The 2013 Best Of What's New

Welcome to our annual list of inventions changing the world.

Sandia National Laboratories Fiber Optic Network

Each year, the editors of Popular Science search all corners of the material world—cars, skyscrapers, drones, phones—to find the 100 innovations that are reshaping the future right before our eyes.

Best of What’s New winners make our world and our lives safer, more efficient, and straight-up better than we thought possible. These innovations make the stuff of science fiction—restoring sight to the blind, conversing with computers—the stuff of reality.