December 2011: The 100 Best Innovations of the Year

Best of What’s New

Innovation of the Year

Lytro Light-Field Cameras

[Grand Awards

  • Gadgets: Lytro Light-Field Camera
  • Green Tech: Bio Soil Enhancers Forage Boost
  • Engineering: Versabar VB1000
  • Health: Diagnostics for All Liver-Function Test
  • Security: Aerovironment Nano Hummingbird UAV
  • Computing: Apple OS X Lion
  • Home Tech: Stanley LaBounty F16
  • Home Entertainment: Sony HMZ-T1 Personal 3-D Viewer
  • Auto Tech: EcoMotors OPOC Engine
  • Recreation: Billabong V1
  • Aviation and Space: SpaceX Dragon


How to Lift 3,500 Tons
Jon Khachaturian began his career putting offshore oil rigs in place. Now he pulls them back out

Keeping Heads Above Water
Shane Dorian nearly died while surfing. Now he’s making the sport safer with a fast-inflating wetsuit

Making Gadgets Great
Joi Ito was an early investor in Flickr,, Twitter and Kickstarter. Now, as the new director of the MIT Media Lab, he’s applying his digital savvy to innovating in the material world

The One-Cent Solution
How a chemist and a doctor found a much cheaper way to diagnose disease


  • Auto Tech
  • Aviation and Space
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Gadgets
  • Green Tech
  • Health
  • Home Entertainment
  • Home Tech
  • Recreation
  • Security


How 2.0


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