Popular Science picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What’s New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.
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Apple Mac Pro
By streamlining cooling into a single aluminum thermal core, the wizards at Apple packed a
into their smallest package yet.
powerful desktop computer
Intel Core M
Speaking of small, this wafer of a processor
by 60 percent and size by half, paving the way for thinner, cooler tablets and laptops.
cuts power consumption
Welcome to the brave new world of
wireless data transfer.
7 gigabyte per second
Samsung 850 Pro
A solid state drive with
double the endurance
Corsair Gaming K95 RGB
This mechanical keyboard features
from its programmable LED backlights—perfect for the truly hardcore gamer who likes to keep things organized.
16.8 million possible color combinations
POC Helmet Integrity System
Helmets wear out, but normal ones don’t tell you when they do. POC’s
seeks to change all that.
Helmet Integrity System
Abominable Labs F-BOM
If you ski, you’re probably accustomed to the frustration of fog and snow on your goggles. These
F-BOM goggles provide the solution.
This networked probe aims to
crowdsource avalanche safety
Shimano XTR Di2 M9050
Shimano and Fox created the first
, enabling riders to minutely control their rides in new ways.
integrated, programmable mountain bike
This video game
to let you compete on famous courses with the pros.
connects to your training bike
94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball
to quantify your dribble.
networks with your cell phone
Vision Aerial SwitchBlade-Pro
Vision Aerial introduces a tricopter,
tailored to follow your high-speed exploits.
The first consumer ATV to feature
tires that never go flat
From Acer: the first 4K monitor to
in real time with your graphics card, for cinematic gaming.
This super-light, super-strong elevator cable cuts the shackles limiting architects’
Whooshh Fish Transport System
Dam lacking a fish ladder? Too broke to build one? Enter the
U.S. Naval Research Lab Electrochemical Acidification Carbon Capture Skid
Seawater is full of carbon dioxide and hydrogen, which just happen to be two key ingredients in hydrocarbon fuels. Soon, this innovation could allow ships to
their own fuel at sea.
Solar Roadways wants to turn your street into a
, and with serious funding coming their way they might just get it done.
giant solar panel
Philips and Green Sense Farms
For the first time, vertical agriculture
its flat, boring cousin.
Nikken Sekkei BioSkin
This building wrap fights
effects, and it looks nice too.
urban heat island
The Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering produced this
to help scientists explore parts of the ocean floor inhospitable to divers.
six-legged, 1,500-pound mechanical underwater robot
Newlight Technologies Aircarbon
Carbon captured from a dairy farm’s refuse forms the basis of the
in this chair. How’s that for recycling?
One Central Park, Sydney
Hydroponic gardens are just the first of many biomimicry technologies underpinning this
Motiv Electric Powertrain Control System
Electric cars are so passé. Electric powertrains are helping brutes
like this garbage truck
Aquion Energy AHI Technology
Today’s batteries are the least green part of green energy. This
system could mean a brighter future for energy storage.
non-toxic, scalable, safe, saltwater
This Toronto park recycles rainwater, achieving
and fighting flooding.
Cricket cooking culture is on the rise. Read
of New York City’s Black Ant restaurant, one of the chefs driving the bug-eating frenzy.
our Q&A with Mario Hernandez
Modern generators are hugely inefficient, while remaining critical in wartime and disaster zones. This portable machine takes
before pumping out power, clean water, and communications.
only a minute’s set up
America’s leading truck for 32 years swapped out steel in its frame for an aluminum alloy that
and cuts 700 pounds from the vehicle’s weight.
performs even better
GM 4G LTE
General Motor became the first automaker to offer
4G LTE connectivity
Hydrogen fuel cells are no longer science fiction. Toyota’s rolling out production FCVs in Japan early next year and
in late 2015.
in the U.S.
Evatran Plugless L2
This wireless charging adapter can fit to almost any electric vehicle and allow drivers to
after a long commute.
skip the plug
Porsche 918 Spyder
retains the ability to ramp up from zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds in a hybrid system.
Spark-Renault SRT 01E
This electric racecar packs the
to outperform Formula One vehicles in some conditions, and its just the beginning.
Michelin Premiere A/S Tire
‘s grooves widen over time, the reverse of other models, letting it grip the road better longer.
The collision detections system in the latest Murano sees
to avoid crashes even before other drivers hit the brakes.
hundreds of feet past the first car ahead
Volvo Drive-E Engine
manages the power of a conventional five or six, while cutting 100 pounds of weight.
senses bumps and dips before they arrive, adjusting its transmission and suspension to match. This means a smoother ride and more power power from the engine.
super-smart luxury car
Dolby Atmos For Home
Dolby pioneered surround-sound technology years ago, and now they’re taking it
for true immersion
into the third dimension
IMAX Digital 3D Camera
This new 3D camera from IMAX is light and quiet enough to
for really really really really big screen.
push the boundaries of cinematography
Augmented reality comes to the play den as kids gain the power to upload their
into virtual worlds.
Blue Microphones Mo-Fi
These headphones include on-board amplification in order to bring
to low-powered devices.
Netflix Ultra-HD Streaming
A new kind of compression puts Netflix at the forefront of
ultra high definition
TiVo Roamio OTA
This new TiVo system can
, leaving cable behind.
record from the airwaves
This new Samsung television
to accommodate small or large crowds.
adjusts its curvature
Sony Playstation TV
comes to video game consoles, courtesy of Sony.
You love robots. (It’s not a question.) This
stays upright, responds to gesture commands, carries small items, and syncs with its buddies.
It’s like the original Dragon,
. And NASA chose it to send astronauts into space.
Google X Project Wing
fly like airplanes, hover like helicopters, and lower packages by long cables to protect machines and bystanders. What’s not to love?
Google delivery drones
, China became just the third nation to succeed in a soft landing on the moon.
Northrop Grumman RQ-180
The DoD recently confirmed the existence of this
Icon Aircraft Icon A5
Hobbyists should love this light, versatile, collapsable
Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander
The world’s longest, largest aircraft incorporates an
to keep it aloft for days.
will carry pilots in training for 75-minutes flights.
emissions-free, battery powered plane
wildly differs from anything else in the air.
Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)
NASA built a
for landing on faraway planets, and it’s amazing.
Honda Aircraft Company HondaJet
It turns out that when you put the engines
the whole airplane improves.
on top of the wings
is extraordinarily sensitive to low light, making nighttime photos—wait for it—a snap.
mirrorless interchangeable lens camera
This new Android cell phone encrypts calls and texts,
whoever might be listening.
Kyocera Sapphire Shield
survives falls, scratches, and other indignities of everyday cellphone use.
LG Display Flexible OLED
It’s here: a
mass-produced, truly flexible screen
captures the immersive views necessary for virtual reality.
360 degree by 270 degree camera
Adobe Ink & Slide
enables designers and artists to draw precise images on usually clunky touch screens.
These indoor locational awareness systems are brand new, but app developers are already coming up with an
for the bluetooth gadgets.
amazing range of tasks
Stir Kinetic Desk
This sit-to-stand desk
when it’s time to shift.
Cardboard doesn’t usually top the list of materials associated with tech giants, but this
should open new consumer frontiers for the technology.
ultra-cheap virtual reality system
Widespread, immersive virtual reality is on the cusp of becoming a reality. Read
with Jeremy Bailenson, founder of Stanford’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab.
Deka “Luke” Arm
is so advanced, it takes its name from Luke Skywalker’s replacement limb in so advanced Star Wars.
Exact Sciences Cologuard
To combat evasion, Exact Sciences introduces this less invasive, home-use
colon cancer screening
Convergent Dental Solea
takes the pain, numbing, and loud noise out of dentistry.
GoodLux Technologies SunSprite
lets you know if you’re not getting enough sun for your mental or bodily health.
The Walking Egg Lab
cuts costs and improves access.
stripped-down, mobile in-vitro fertilization lab
Medrobotics Flex System
with a high-definition camera allows less invasive surgeries with easier recoveries.
tooled robotic snake
injectable sponges can enter open wounds to stop internal bleeding in the field for up to four hours.
Gilead Sciences Sovaldi
This first-of-its-kind drug
in weeks. Wow.
cures Hepatitis C
Sproutling baby monitor
Like a FitBit for babies, this
help parents keep their infants safe and tracks their habits.
points users to the right treatments and tracks its stocks.
cloud-connected medical kit
Black & Decker 20v Max Lithium Cordless Drill With Autosense Technology
The folks at Black & Decker have
that detects major shifts in a screw’s torque, stopping the motor before stripping the fastener or splintering wood.
designed a sensor
Belkin WeMo Maker
This little apparatus makes
it’s attached to “smart” and controllable by smartphone.
any DC-powered device
Gorilla Clear Repair Tape
Love duct tape but hate the look? This
from Gorilla performs the same function but is perfectly clear.
new adhesive strip
Remington iCoffee SteamBrew
This drip-style coffee maker produces the
of a true French press.
CleanAlert FilterScan WiFi
This smart sensor
when your filters are clogged, a common cause of HVAC inefficiency.
Kohler Touchless Flush Kit
This kit turns just about any toilet into a
LG EcoHybrid Dryer DLHX4072V
the power-hungry staple’s electricity consumption in half.
Sensors in this
tell you when your meat is done to your liking, ending the guesswork in grilling.
Toro Recycler with SmartStow
New motor tech enables
to take up half the space in storage.
Google Android Wear
While no hardware leader has emerged in the smartwatch market, Google has standardized the
with its ubiquitous software.
wearable operating system
For the first time, software
will allow photo editors to move objects in 3D space.
geared toward average users
Humin provides a contact list that
, organizing people by context, not the alphabet.
works like your brain
File sharing meets streaming in this
legal-ish software wonder
This console game outsources the bulk of its processing
, enabling high performance without lag time.
to the cloud
Apple OS X Yosemite
Yosemite is the
to truly integrate its mobile and desktop user experiences.
first operating system from Apple
bike lock that outsmarts thieves.
American Science & Engineering Mini Z
This sensor can read
bouncing off objects to see through solid objects in the field.
Applied DNA Sciences SmokeCloak DNA
This smoke system brands intruders with
to prove they were at the scene.
harmless, unique plant DNA tags
Carnegie Mellon University LiveLight
This software aims to cut time from investigations by
for important events.
sifting through security footage
aims to replace passwords on computers.
home iris scanner
University of Michigan Nanopillar Arrays With Polymer Multilayers
by proving a medicine’s legitimacy when it’s breathed on.
fights counterfeit drugs
Ondot Systems Card Control
This app allows users to
from their cell phones, fighting fraud.
turn credit cards on and off
This home security camera
at the command of a remote user on a tablet or phone
This new real-time data exchange system from DARPA aims to
by tracking their position against hazards.
save firefighters’ lives