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.

  • Logitech Adaptive Gaming Kit
  • LUCI
  • Earlens Contact Hearing Solution
  • Martin Bionics Socket-Less Socket
  • Embodied Moxie
  • Beewise Beehome
  • TrialJectory
  • BrainBox AI
  • Krisp
  • Pico Interactive Neo 2 Eye VR Headset
  • Augmedics xvision
  • Virti
  • Dyson Corrale
  • Pour Moi Climate-Smart 3-Step Rotating System
  • ManiMe
  • L’Oréal Perso
  • Owl Labs Meeting Owl Pro
  • Roland GO:LIVECAST
  • Vocera Smartbadge
  • Insta360 One R
  • Microsoft Surface Duo
  • Miller Engineering Dark Skys DS-1 Planetarium
  • MOON UltraLight
  • Sony a7C
  • Lexon Oblio
  • KEEP
  • Nuheara IQbuds2 MAX
  • Ammunition x Gantri 3-D Printed Lights
  • Cuzen Matcha
  • Allbirds Tree Dasher
  • Van Robotics ABii
  • Duolingo ABC
  • Kiri Toys
  • 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
  • Climate TRACE
  • Vollebak Full Metal Jacket
  • ZeroAvia
  • MIT Media Lab AlterEgo
  • Remitly Passbook
  • Upsolve
  • FairShake
  • Nike Air Zoom Alphafly Next%
  • Hydrow
  • Supernatural by Within
  • The Greater Good Fresh Brewing Co Pinter
  • Air Vodka
  • Impossible Pork
  • Oura Ring
  • Willo
  • FEND by Sensory Cloud, Inc.
  • Narwal T10
  • CHEF iQ Smart Cooker
  • Gardyn
  • Sepura
  • 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
  • Bontrager WaveCel
  • CasusGrill
  • YETI V Series
  • CrazyCap
  • Yakima CBX Solar
A biodegradeable grill
  • Yoto Player
  • Cradlewise Smart Crib
  • Mifold Hifold Fit-and-Fold Highback Booster Seat
  • Cybex e-PRIAM
  • reMarkable 2
  • Sarcos Robotics Guardian XO Full-Body Powered Exoskeleton
  • Guardhat HC1 Communicator
  • 3M Post-it Flex Write Surface
  • Flare
  • Fairphone 3+
  • Skysource WEDEW
  • LIXIL Sato Tap
  • Loon
  • Various
  • Renewcell Circulose
  • CuteCircuit SoundShirt
  • Heliogen HelioHeat
  • FarmWise Titan FT-35
  • Pivot Bio PROVEN
  • Tom’s of Maine Recyclable Tube
  • Gocycle GXi
  • Hunter Board
  • NASA Ingenuity Helicopter
  • Dimer GermFalcon
  • CLIP
  • Callaly Tampliner
  • Johns Hopkins Corona­virus Resource Center
  • Hatch Restore
  • Tombot Jennie

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