Innovation: Best Inventions Of 2016 - Part 2


A lot of inventions have been created this year that made the world a little bit better and brighter. These innovations are changing the everyday lives of people.

TIME collated an unranked list of the best inventions of 2016. These are the things that are making the world better, brighter and more exciting. Check out part one here.

VR headset

Virtual reality catapulted to fame this year with tech giants such as Facebook, HTC and Sony, among others, developing their own headsets. According to PC Mag, the best VR headsets in the market are Sony's PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and Google's Daydream View.

It was previously reported that VR could also help solve the paradox faced by time travel. Doron Friedman, the director of the Advanced Virtuality Lab (AVL) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel, has said that immersive VR operates just like a metaphysical lab.

Marijuana Vape Pens

More and more states are on their way to legalizing the use of medical marijuana. California-based company Hmbldt has created a new line of vaporizer pens using cannabis to treat minor complications such as insomnia and headaches.

The pens use cannabis oil that help people feel calm, sleepy or relieved of pain when inhaled. It is highly likely that products similar to the company's vape pens may become common in the future.

Sleep Tracker

Most people struggle to get out of bed in the mornings and one of the probable causes is the bad quality of sleep. Sleep trackers such as Hello Sense addresses both issues and more.

Sleep trackers can emit sounds that can help users ease their way to sleep. Smart alarms also monitor users' sleep cycles and identify the right time to wake them up. Moreover, it can also check other details such as humidity, light and air quality to create the perfect environment for sleep.

Spinning wheels

Goodyear is on the way to reinventing traditional tires. Its new wheels, the Eagle 360, allow cars to move in any direction and debuted in March.

Sebastien Fontaine, an industrial designer at Goodyear, revealed that magnetic levitation is the secret. Their tires actually hover beneath cars and are expected to be used for self-driving cars.

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