The 2009 Invention Awards
This year's ultimate garage creations and the big thinkers behind them.
Right now, somewhere in America, there’s an inventor in a garage on the verge of something big. It might not be a cure for leukemia or a rocket to Mars, but some unexpected innovations can be almost as profound. Like the fisherman who made a lure that doesn’t damage the environment. Or the college kids who built a shock absorber that saves fuel by turning potholes into power. Here in our third annual Invention Awards, we present these and eight other standout inventors whose creativity and hard work are making our lives better, as well as the secrets for getting your own great idea out of the garage and into the world.
Check out our 10 award winners and their inventions:
- Invention Awards: An Escape Harness for Skyscrapers
- Invention Awards: The Fastest Tank
- Invention Awards: Power From Shock Absorbers
- Invention Awards: A Real-Life Babel Fish For the Speaking Impaired
- Invention Awards: The World as a Web Interface
- Invention Awards: Robo-Legs
- Invention Awards: A Better IV Catheter
- Invention Awards: Eco-Friendly Insulation Made From Mushrooms
- Invention Awards: A Generator That Runs on Kitchen Grease
- Invention Awards: A Stronger, Greener Fishing Lure