The 100 Best Inventions of 2020 Include Innovative Ideas and Products From Companies of All Sizes

Time Magazine’s 2020 best inventions provides hope for both a brighter and more interesting future.

The impressive list new products and services confirms that a wide range of businesses, industries and challenges are in the crosshairs of creative individuals and innovative companies. Below is a full list of the inventions and highlights of two of the winners.

X-Ray Vision for Surgeons

It all started when Augmedics CEO Nissan Elimelech got a superhero-inspired idea: Wouldn’t it be cool if surgeons had X-ray vision? Several years of R&D produced the next best thing: xvision, a headset that uses augmented reality to turn a patient’s CT scan into a 3-D visualization that helps guide a spinal surgeon through operations in which every millimeter counts.

The headset superimposes a 3-D image of a patient’s spine over their body, allowing surgeons to (almost) see what’s under the skin without ever looking away from the operating table. Cleared by the FDA in December 2019, the device is already in use at top U.S. hospitals like Johns Hopkins and Rush University Medical Center. —Jamie Ducharme

Adaptive Gaming Kit for Persons with Disabilities

Another winner, Logitech, provides a package of adaptive game controllers for people with disabilities:

“More than 46 million gamers in the U.S. live with a disability, and for some, standard controllers, mouses and keyboards can be challenging to operate. In 2018, Microsoft introduced its Adaptive Controller—a hub enabling users to plug in their preferred controls setup.

Controllers for the disabled

Now Microsoft has partnered with Logitech to produce the Adaptive Gaming Kit. For $99, players get 10 buttons, two triggers, and hooks, pads, loops and other assorted gear that further enables them to customize their controllers. One reviewer, YouTuber Daniel O’Connor, described the kit as “honestly revolutionary.” —Matthew Gault

Buy now: Logitech Adaptive Gaming Kit

The full Time 2020 invention story, including the magazine’s methodology, can be found here. The full list and 24 categories are below.

ACCESSIBILITY
  • Logitech Adaptive Gaming Kit
  • LUCI
  • Earlens Contact Hearing Solution
  • Martin Bionics Socket-Less Socket
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
  • Embodied Moxie
  • Beewise Beehome
  • TrialJectory
  • BrainBox AI
  • Krisp
AUGMENTED AND VIRTUAL REALITY
  • Pico Interactive Neo 2 Eye VR Headset
  • Augmedics xvision
  • Virti
BEAUTY
  • Dyson Corrale
  • Pour Moi Climate-Smart 3-Step Rotating System
  • ManiMe
  • L’Oréal Perso
CONNECTIVITY
  • Owl Labs Meeting Owl Pro
  • Roland GO:LIVECAST
  • Vocera Smartbadge
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS
  • Insta360 One R
  • Microsoft Surface Duo
  • Miller Engineering Dark Skys DS-1 Planetarium
  • MOON UltraLight
  • Sony a7C
  • Lexon Oblio
  • KEEP
  • Nuheara IQbuds2 MAX
DESIGN
  • Ammunition x Gantri 3-D Printed Lights
  • Cuzen Matcha
  • Allbirds Tree Dasher
EDUCATION
  • Van Robotics ABii
  • Duolingo ABC
  • Outlier.org
  • Kiri Toys
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Microsoft Xbox Series S
  • Nvidia GeForce Now
  • Sony Playstation 5
  • Nintendo Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • LG 65-in. GX OLED 4K TV (65GX)
  • Samsung Sero
EXPERIMENTAL
  • Climate TRACE
  • Vollebak Full Metal Jacket
  • ZeroAvia
  • MIT Media Lab AlterEgo
FINANCE
  • Remitly Passbook
  • Upsolve
  • FairShake
FITNESS
  • Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
  • Hydrow
  • Supernatural by Within
FOOD AND DRINK
  • The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co Pinter
  • Air Vodka
  • Impossible Pork
HOME HEALTH
  • Oura Ring
  • Willo
  • FEND by Sensory Cloud, Inc.
HOUSEHOLD
  • Narwal T10
  • CHEF iQ Smart Cooker
  • Gardyn
  • Sepura
MEDICAL CARE
  • Nella NuSpec Reusable Vaginal Speculum by Ceek Women’s Health
  • mRNA Vaccines
  • Provizio SEM Scanner by Bruin Biometrics
  • Under the Weather IntubationPod
  • OraSure OMNIgene Oral
  • Carrier OptiClean
OUTDOORS
  • Bontrager WaveCel
  • CasusGrill
  • YETI V Series
  • CrazyCap
  • Yakima CBX Solar
A biodegradeable grill
PARENTING
  • Yoto Player
  • Cradlewise Smart Crib
  • Mifold Hifold Fit-and-Fold Highback Booster Seat
  • Cybex e-PRIAM
PRODUCTIVITY
  • reMarkable 2
  • Sarcos Robotics Guardian XO Full-Body Powered Exoskeleton
  • Guardhat HC1 Communicator
  • 3M Post-it Flex Write Surface
SOCIAL GOOD
  • Flare
  • Fairphone 3+
  • Skysource WEDEW
  • LIXIL Sato Tap
  • Loon
STYLE
  • Various
  • Renewcell Circulose
  • CuteCircuit SoundShirt
SUSTAINABILITY
  • Heliogen HelioHeat
  • FarmWise Titan FT-35
  • Pivot Bio PROVEN
  • Tom’s of Maine Recyclable Tube
TRANSPORTATION
  • Gocycle GXi
  • Hunter Board
  • NASA Ingenuity Helicopter
  • Dimer GermFalcon
  • CLIP
WELLNESS
  • Callaly Tampliner
  • Johns Hopkins Corona­virus Resource Center
  • Hatch Restore
  • Tombot Jennie

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