Best Inventions of 2018

February 1, 2019
This is the Gravity Jet Suit. It lets people fly.
COURTESY WONDERHATCH

Inventions have the power to help people. They change the way we live, work, and play. Each year, TIME magazine picks the year’s best inventions. Here are six that TFK thinks will improve the world. Read on to learn about these amazing objects.

A Safer Ride

ANDREW MYERS FOR TIME

Biking in the dark is dangerous. A man named Eu-wen Ding almost learned this the hard way. He forgot his lights. He was nearly hit by a car. So he thought of a better way to ride. He came up with the LUMOS KICKSTART HELMET. It has bright lights. They make a cyclist more visible. They also blink to signal a turn. Riders can activate the signal from their handlebars.

Better Wheels

ANDREW MYERS FOR TIME

More than 3 million Americans use a wheelchair. But most wheelchairs are heavy. They can be hard to move around. The WHILL MODEL CI is a new type of wheelchair. It has special front wheels. They allow it to climb over things. The chair can be used indoors or outdoors. It can move around in tight spaces. It can also be taken apart in minutes. This makes it easy to transport.

Ready to Fly

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a flying suit! Gravity Industries has made the GRAVITY JET SUIT. It has five mini jet engines. Two are built into each of the hand units. One is built into the backpack. The jets shoot a person into the air. The suit can fly up to 50 miles per hour. For now, the suits are expensive. They are also loud. Richard Browning helped invent the suit. He wants the next one to be quieter and cheaper.

Get in the Game

ANDREW MYERS FOR TIME

Some people have trouble using their arms and hands. That makes it hard for them to play video games. Microsoft invented the XBOX ADAPTIVE CONTROLLER. It helps these gamers. It is a larger version of a classic controller. The buttons are big. They can be pressed with an elbow or chin.

Sweet Shoes

ANDREW MYERS FOR TIME

Making some kinds of shoes can hurt the planet. Allbirds wants to change that. The company is testing a new material. It is called SWEETFOAM. It is made from the sugarcane plant. It uses parts of the plant that are usually thrown out. Allbirds first used SweetFoam to make flip-flops. Now the company plans to use it in different kinds of shoes. It hopes others will make things out of SweetFoam, too.

Homes for All

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The ICON VULCAN 3D PRINTER can build a tiny house in just two days. How? It creates the house layer by layer. It uses concrete. This costs less than other ways to build a house. ICON is the company behind the printer. In the future, it hopes to make a house in just one day. It wants to take the printer to places where more houses are needed.