So the annual Time magazine best invention of the year round-up is out, and the surprise entry (or not) this year is India’s very own Mangalyaan that reached Mars successfully this year. However, along with Mangalyaan some major tech launches also made it to the coveted list and the most noted ones were the Apple Watch, and the Surface Pro 3.
The Apple Watch was unveiled in September alongside the new iPhones. Even though the smartwatch is not expected to launch before spring next year, it has managed to grab the attention of the team at Time.
“Most smart watches have proved to be anything but: they try to shrink down the experience of using a cell phone, with clunky results. Apple’s Watch, by contrast, wholly reimagines the computer for the wrist, using a novel interface that combines a touchscreen and physical buttons. Besides telling time, the Watch can send messages, give directions, track fitness and make wireless payments. It’s also an attractive piece of fashion, with high-end Edition models that feature 18-karat gold,” the report stated.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 was launched in May and the company positioned the Surface Pro 3 as a no-compromise PC that can double up as a tablet. The report states that Microsoft’s latest “hybrid” bundles the power of a laptop into a svelte 12-inch tablet and can run desktop apps like Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
“That, as well as a slim, detachable keyboard cover and a built-in stand that makes the Surface usable on a desk, makes it more suitable than other tablets for professionals like doctors and businesspeople. No wonder organizations such as Coca-Cola and Seattle’s Children’s Hospital have adopted it in droves,” the report said.
The selfie stick and the Blackphone also made it to the list. The Blackphone was developed after the Snowden leaks, and it runs a customized Android operating system stripped of features that might make data vulnerable, like calendar sync. It also comes with software that encrypts calls, texts and browsing history at levels far beyond normal smartphones.
The Coolest Cooler, Hendo Hoverboard, Witricity, Lumo Lift and BMW i3 were also mentioned in the list.