Every year, TIME selects the best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. In the past, they’ve featured everything from the real-life hoverboard to the desktop DNA lab.
There’s a new Iron Man. Well, Iron Man for now. She’s still working on the name. The events at the end of the comic book event series Civil War II will result in Tony Stark stepping out of the Iron Man suit and a new character, Riri Williams, taking over, Marvel tells TIME. (Note: Tony’s departure doesn’t mean you know the end to Civil War II yet.)
Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15. She comes to the attention of Tony when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm. Creator and Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis spoke exclusively to TIME about the creation of Riri Williams with book artist Stefano Caselli and Marvel’s increasingly diverse cast of characters.
Read the interview HERE.
Think of the gear you can’t live without: The smartphone you constantly check. The camera that goes with you on every vacation. The TV that serves as a portal to binge-watching and -gaming. Each owes its influence to one model that changed the course of technology for good.
It’s those devices we’re recognizing in this list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time.
Some of these, like Sony’s Walkman, were the first of their kind. Others, such as the iPod, propelled an existing idea into the mainstream. Some were unsuccessful commercially, but influential nonetheless. And a few represent exciting but unproven new concepts (looking at you Oculus Rift).
Rather than rank technologies—writing, electricity, and so on—we chose to rank gadgets, the devices by with consumers let the future creep into their present.
The list—which is ordered by influence—was assembled and deliberated on at (extreme) length by TIME’s technology and business editors, writers and reporters. Read the list HERE.
TIME reveals the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue features five separate covers, each featuring a member of the TIME 100: Kanye West, Misty Copeland, Bradley Cooper, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Jorge Ramos. Each appear individually on five different covers and each issue contains all five covers.
The TIME 100 features often-surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. The twelfth-annual list includes: Elon Musk on Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey on Lee Daniels, Laurene Powell Jobs on Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama on Narendra Modi, Tilda Swinton on Amy Schumer, Antonin Scalia on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Pope Francis, John Lewis on Tim Cook, Chris Rock on Kevin Hart, Hillary Clinton on Elizabeth Warren, Rupert Murdoch on Bob Iger, Martha Stewart on Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift on Ina Garten, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Adam Silver, Jonathan Ive on Brian Chesky, Tom Ford on Julianne Moore, Mindy Kaling on Reese Witherspoon, Jill Abramson on Emma Watson, Rand Paul on Charles and David Koch, Madeleine Albright on Samantha Power, Common on Jimmy Lai, John Glenn on Scott Kelly, Lamar Alexander on Bob Corker, Karlie Kloss on Alexander Wang, Nadia Comaneci on Misty Copeland and many more.
Welcome to TIME’s annual round-up of the best inventions making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. Check out the list HERE.
The Real-Life Hoverboard
The Hendo Hoverboard ($10,000)—a type of skateboard that levitates like a magic carpet—had been a pipe dream since its fictional debut in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II. Now California-based tech firm Hendo has built the real thing.
Granted, there are caveats. Hendo’s hoverboard can float only an inch or so above the ground, and even then only over conductive material like copper or aluminum. Just 10 are being made to order (so far). And battery life is 15 minutes—barely enough time to zoom past your enemies à la Marty McFly.
But the technology that powers it could be revolutionary. Using the $450,000-plus it raised on Kickstarter, Hendo founders Jill and Greg Henderson plan to develop magnetic “hovering” tech to stabilize buildings during earthquakes, protect valuable works of art and more. “The hoverboard is the first step to bringing this technology to the world,” says Greg.
TIME interviewed burger historians and experts to determine which patties made the biggest impact on the burger industry—and the world at large. Check out the 17 most influential burgers of all time HERE.
The In-N-Out Burger – Whereas McDonald’s focused on fast, In-N-Out focused on food—its signature burger, which debuted in 1948, was made from locally sourced ground beef and fresh vegetables. That approach may have prevented In-N-Out’s expansion (it has just 294 locations today, compared with McDonald’s 34,000-plus), but it certainly hasn’t dampened foodie enthusiasm: the In-N-Out burger routinely tops best-of burger lists, and has inspired the launch of other higher-end fast food chains, such as Five Guys.
Today TIME reveals the 2014 TIME 100, its annual list of the most influential people in the world, featuring Beyoncé on the cover. Robert Redford, Mary Barra and Jason Collins are featured on three additional covers inside the magazine.
The TIME 100 features often-surprising pairings of the influentials and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. The eleventh-annual list includes: Sheryl Sandberg on Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton on John Kerry, Justin Timberlake on Pharrell Williams, Valerie Jarrett on Kerry Washington, Dwyane Wade on Serena Williams, Chris Christie on Scott Walker, Barack Obama on Pope Francis, Michael Bloomberg on Charlie Rose, Chelsea Clinton on Jason Collins, Lupita Nyong’o on Steve McQueen, Brit Hume on Megyn Kelly, Dolly Parton on Miley Cyrus, Christine Lagarde on Janet Yellen and many more.
See the TIME 100 full list, tributes, video and photos HERE.
TIME shares 15 inspired high end luxury gift ideas for the plugged-in people on your Holiday shopping list. Here are just a handful of suggestions.
4Moms Origami Stroller
Forget about struggling with a conventional stroller—the Origami stroller is the gold standard. This power-folding carriage opens and closes with the push of a button. Daytime running lights, undercarriage lighting that senses dim conditions and LCD dashboard controls mean your baby will ride in complete comfort.
$850, available at 4moms.com
Döttling The Guardian
Carry your jewelry, cash or valuable documents in style with the world’s first high-security traveling safe. Hard metal hidden inside the lightweight security tube is impermeable to a sledgehammer, and the case is also equipped with a GPS transmitter to pinpoint its precise location.
€13,500, available at doettling.com/en
Samsung Four-Door Refrigerator with Sparkling Water Dispenser
The first refrigerator with a built-in Sodastream machine for sparkling water also impresses with stainless steel detailing, LED lighting and 31 cubic feet of capacity.
$3699, available at samsung.com
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ650V High-Definition Projector Camcorder
This handheld video camera comes with a built-in projector so you can immediately watch what you’ve just captured. It also does double duty by projecting content from external devices.
$1099, available at store.sony.com
Hammacher Schlemmer Desktop 3D Printer
Winner of a Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Award, this 3D printer is scaled for personal use. Thousands of free designs will help you create your own jewelry, toys or personal objects using thermoplastic; the machine can also incorporate removable plastic supports for printing delicate items.
$1300, available at hammacher.com
Check out the entire list HERE.
What makes an invention great? Sometimes it solves a problem you didn’t think could be solved. Skyscrapers can’t turn invisible. Pens can’t write in midair. Paraplegics can’t walk. Except now they can. And sometimes an invention solves a problem you didn’t know you had. Maybe you didn’t realize you needed to eat a doughnut and a croissant at the same time, or resurrect an extinct frog, or turn your entire body into a living password. Now you do. Check out TIME’s list of the best things that were invented in 2013.