20 Coolest Innovations We've Ever Seen

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The increasing popularity of connected devices, wearable technology, and eco awareness is just one of the reasons why innovation is moving at such a frantic pace in 2015, with extraordinarily talented designers making the seemingly impossible possible. With an incredible amount of baffling yet wonderful tech on the horizon, we pulled together the 20 coolest innovations we’ve ever seen…

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Vessyl

If you’re on a health kick then this intelligent cup will help you to count the hidden calories contained in sugary drinks. The clever smart cup can recognise different liquids and let you know how many calories you’re consuming via a dedicated app.
Price: $119 (approx £79)

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OM One Levitating Speaker

If you think Bluetooth speakers are boring then you obviously haven’t seen the OM One which takes the shape of a sphere that hovers and spins in mid-air. The floating audio orb is the result of simple but effective electro-magnetic engineering.
Price: $199 (approx £131)

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Elon Musk Hyperloop

This supersonic train is the brainchild of Tesla’s Elon Musk and would get you from London to Edinburgh in under 30 minutes. Designed to travel at speeds of 700mph, the train is still at concept phase but could revolutionise the way we travel.

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Worx Aerocart

This 8-in-one device for serious DIYers cleverly transforms from a wheel barrow into a hand cart and can be used in a number of configurations to lug heavy goods from A to B. Crafted from hardcore steel, the Aerocart also packs flat-free tyres that will never need inflating.
Price: $160, (approx £106)

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Quadrofoil

Ignore the eye-watering price - this incredible all-electric, eco-friendly watercraft has a silent motor and zero emissions so the idea is that you can use it on lakes and rivers where boats are usually banned. And thanks to a hollow hull, this futuristic boat is unsinkable.
Price: €15,000 (approx £11, 500)

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AeroMobil Flying Car

This impressive prototype from Slovakian firm AeroMobil sports foldaway wings and can reach tops speeds of 100mph as a car and 124mph as a plane. The hybrid vehicle uses regular petrol and can take off and land on any grass or paved strip that’s a few hundred metres long.
Price: £TBC

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Bagolf Gbag

One for the golfers, this next-gen golf bag will store your clubs using a unique magnet-based dividing system that keeps each of your irons firmly in place. A rigid, lightweight core that stores the clubs is surrounded by removable fabric pockets to bring the golf bag into the 21st Century.
Price: $480 (approx £317)

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MOTO Hint

This clever little earbud acts a a voice-based control system for your Android smartphone. Give it a tap or say “Listen up, Moto Hint” and it’ll spring into action and let you make calls, send texts, respond to messages and use the web, with the results being fed back to your ear.
Price: $150, (approx £99)

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GlideSafe Car Seat

It’s safer to sit children in the middle of the back seat, rather than near the sides of the car, in case of a crash and that’s why this slick car seat slides out from the middle of the seat for easy access, while the protective shell is left in the vehicle, transforming the seat into an ergonomic carry cot.
Price: £TBC

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Tribord Easybreath Snorkelling

If you struggle with traditional snorkels, then the world’s first full-face snorkel may be the answer. Instead of just breathing through your mouth, the Easy Breathe enables you to breathe in and out normally, as well as giving you a much larger field of vision to enjoy the marine life.
Price: €40 (approx £30)

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Senz Windprood Umbrella

A solution so simple that it’s amazing no one thought of it before, the Senz umbrella rocks an asymmetric design that keeps its shape in the face of gale-force winds and won’t end up being blown inside out like an ordinary brolly.
Price: £62
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Bosse Shovels

Digging is hard work, but these innovative shovels from Bosse are here to make things a whole lot easier. A 360-degree central rotating handle is designed to lessen the pressure thanks to 16 locking positions that are used to find the most comfy fit for you.
Price: From $69, (approx £46)

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Klippa Leg for Climbers

With a design inspired by mountain goats, the Klippa is a prosthetic leg for rock climbers and sports a hoof-like soul to give extra purchase on a rock face. The designer has worked with amputees to develop the interchangeable soul along with an elastic pivot that mimics the ankle joint.
Price: £TBC

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HyperIce Vyper

Fitness gadgets have boomed over the last couple of years and the Kickstarter-funded Vyper is one of the latest gadgets to arrive. Used by top athletes, the rolling gizmo aids fitness and recovery by using vibration to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.
Price: $199 (approx £131)
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Johammer J1

It may look like something out of Tron, but this electric motorcyle is real and completely re-invents two-wheeled travel. The emission-free electric motor and controller are integrated into the rear wheel, making this an eco-friendly mode of transport with a beautifully designed lightweight aluminium frame.
Price: From €23,000 (approx £17,500)
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Hendo Hoverboard

2015 was the year that Marty McFly took to his day-glo hoverboard in the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II and now that year has finally arrived, you too can own a genuine hoverboard, thanks to this amazing Kickstarted invention, powered by four disc-shaped hover engines.
Price: $10,000 (approx £6,600)
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Goji Smart Lock

Smart home technology is big business and this smart lock enables you to lock and unlock your door from anywhere in the the world using your smartphone. The lock will take photos of any visitors to your front door and automatically send you an alert.
Price: $278 (approx £183)

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JIBO

 JIBO is the world’s first family robot acts as a personal assistant around the home and is fitted with camera and microphones to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ and can speak to alert of you new messages or pass on reminders, while on-board AI tech learns your preferences.
Price: $499 (approx £329)

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Nike Self Tying Shoe

Along with hoverboards, Back to the Future Part II also promised us self-tying trainers in 2015 and Nike looks set to deliver. Based on the shoes from the film, the new Nike MAGS will light up and also feature self-tightening laces. Finally.
Price: £TBC

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Evelo Omni Wheel

If you like the idea of the power-up provided by an electric bicycle but you don’t want to ditch your own bike, the Omni Wheel is the perfect solution. This brilliant wheel turns practically any normal bike into an electric version and all it takes is a 30-minute installation.
Price: $999 (approx £659)
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