POPSCI: The 100 Best Innovations of 2009


The standards by which we judge the year’s greatest innovations are simple. The objects don’t necessarily need to be beautiful (although some, like the all-glass TKTS building in Times Square, certainly are). They don’t have to be eco-friendly (although the packaging made of biodegradable fungus certainly is). They don’t even have to be difficult to build (with all due respect to the telescope designed to find Earth-like planets).

bown-opener-485-2They just have to push past what we thought was possible just twelve months ago.

And the following 100 innovations have all blown us away, beginning with the headliner, our product of the year: something so simple yet so smart, with the ability to improve countless lives.

Please enjoy the full list here on our special Best of What’s New site, arranged by category, each with its own Grand Award Winner and packed with additional videos and photos.

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