Time magazine has published a compilation of the best inventions that have been created during this year 2022, it is a long list that includes, for the first time, around 200 innovative products and ideas (in previous editions only 100 new inventions were highlighted ).
It should be noted that the magazine has indicated that the chosen products pay “special attention” to currently booming fields such as the electric vehicle industry, green energy and the metaverse. Likewise, it distributes all the inventions in 27 categories ranging from Accessibility to Special Mention -the largest category with 50 products-, going through Consumer Electronics.
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First of all, in the Apps and Software category, the social network ‘BeReal’ stood out, a French application that asks users to publish what they are doing at a certain time of day. When indicated by the app, the user has two minutes to upload a selfie and a photo of what is in front of them. In this way, the social network seeks to share naturally, without filters. BeReal reached the top of the free download list on the App Store this summer.
In this same section, other inventions have also been valued, such as the ‘NordVPN’ virtual private networks (VPN) from Nord Security, which encrypt data and protect it from indiscreet searches. In its latest version, the service blocks hackers by blocking malware and malicious ads.
Also included in the category are Truepic Lens software, which securely documents the provenance and history of photo and video alteration; and the You.com search engine.
In the Consumer Electronics category is the new IBM chip with two-nanometer technology. This technology is capable of placing 50 billion transistors, each the size of five atoms, in a very small space. It is the smallest and most powerful microchip ever developed. In fact, Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have announced plans to produce the chip by 2025.
Likewise, there are other inventions valued within this category, such as a microscope for ‘smartphones’, by QingYing E&T, which is the size of a fingertip and is attached to the device with a nanosuction cup. Also the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or the new ‘smartphone’ from the Nothing company, the ‘Phone (1)’, and the Samsung Solarcell Remote, a remote control that works without batteries.
On the other hand, in the Metaverse category, the recreation of a public square that simulates the city of Seoul but in this digital environment stands out. It is the first platform of this type developed by a city, it has a beta version for more than 3,000 residents and the idea is that the platform can be used for orientation. In its vision for the future, Seoul plans to “build a full-service virtual world” five years from now, according to Hosum Chae of Metaverse Seoul.
Other elements such as meetings in the Microsoft Mesh Metaverse for teams or the ‘Skinetic Haptic Vest’, a vest that transmits physical sensations that occur in the metaverse, are also included in this category.
Times, has also selected seven innovations in the framework of Artificial Intelligence, including an AlphaFold machine learning program called ‘DeepMind’, which is capable of predicting the structures of 200 million proteins.
Likewise, this category includes the DALL-E 2 service, developed by OpenAI, which is used to generate images from a description; and the AI-powered vehicle inspection app, which has been developed by Ravin.
The Green Energy category recognizes the lithium-ion battery, created with silicon powder from Sila Nanotechnologies; and the ‘Gradient’ heat pump, which uses an electric pump to heat and a greener refrigerant to cool, reducing carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent.
Finally, among other outstanding projects, in the category of Special Mentions, Time magazine has recognized the ‘Panasonic Layout Free TV’, a television that has a support that allows it to be easily moved around the space thanks to its wireless connection.