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Here are the top 100 inventions of 2021 according to Time


Here are the top 100 inventions of 2021 according to Time

The year is still quite far from its end and the first rankings are already being drawn up.

Like the one, curious and exciting, just published by Time. The famous American weekly founded in 1923 has in fact elected the 100 best inventions of 2021, dividing them into 26 categories.

We understand the criteria with here every twelve months the magazine chooses the most representative inventions of the year. Then let’s see some of the best 100 inventions of 2021, and finally find out how Italy is also part of the ranking of the current year.

The 100 best inventions of 2021: the selection criteria

Every year, Time publishes a list of the most beautiful, surprising, useful, fun and even representative inventions of the year we are experiencing.

To compile the list of the best inventions of 2021, the magazine involved editors and correspondents, who nominated a large number of inventions. Each was evaluated based on a number of parameters, including originality, creativity, effectiveness, ambition and impact on the present. The result is a list of 100 revolutionary inventions divided into 26 categories.

The best inventions of 2021 category by category

So let’s choose, by way of example, some of the 100 best inventions of 2021, divided into 26 categories each representing a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 9 inventions.

Artificial intelligence

Ample space has inevitably been given to artificial intelligence, a category with 5 inventions. Among these we point out Caption AI, a software that allows you to perform very detailed ultrasound scansand NVIDIA Omniverse, a platform for virtual collaboration designed specifically for creatives, designers, researchers and engineers.

Apps and software

The category is represented by 4 inventions. We quote MTA Live Subway Map, app that shows an interactive map of the New York subway. The originality lies in the fact that the map is updated in real time with the data arriving from the various stations. users are thus able to know the movement of passengers and any problems on the lines at any time.

Augmented and virtual reality

Another symbolic category of our present. Among the inventions of 2021 there is Google Maps Live Viewa fusion of Google Maps and Street View which, thanks to augmented reality, shows the surrounding reality on the smartphone screen.

The category also includes Neeva, the new search engine without advertising.


Very original KUDO Marketplace, a platform that allows interpreters to be booked in real time for multilingual meetings. Also worth mentioning BuzzBell, smart messaging app that notifies us only in case of receipt of important messages.

Consumer electronics

Here it is impossible not to mention the Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3Samsung’s third-generation foldable smartphone that is seeing record sales in Korea.

Time itself, a few years ago, had crowned the iPhone smartphone of the decade.


Among the 3 best inventions of 2021 that fall into the category, mention for the Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 laptopwhich in addition to the classic screen has an external one optimized for reading ebooks.


Among the most fascinating categories, it counts 4 among the 100 best inventions of 2021. Here we quote Boom XB-1, supersonic jet prototypes that will soon be able to travel at over 2,000 kilometers per hour, covering for example the route from New York to London in three and a half hours.


Tonalone of the 3 inventions in the category, is a multi-exercise machine with an advanced interactive screen and dynamic weights that adapt to the movements, for profitable workouts at home.

Food & Drink

Here we point out, blushing a little, Sfoglini Cascatelli, a pasta made in the USA capable of holding the sauce and being stapled with a fork in a way, it seems, unmatched.

Health for the home

In the category there is one of the most emblematic inventions of 2021, and that is the do-it-yourself tampons to verify whether or not Coronavirus is positive. Also reported an air purifier and an air quality meter always.


This is undoubtedly the category of the year. Invention is queen of course the set of vaccines against Covid-19. But there is also space for the vaccine against malaria and the Linus Health DCTclock, a clock capable of carrying out a test to prevent Alzheimer’s.


One of the two best inventions of 2021 that fall into the category is Robin the Robota nurse robot made of recycled bioplastic that distributes medicines to the youngest patients and interacts with them thanks to artificial intelligence.


Among the winners there is EcoFlow Delta Pro, domestic battery useful during blackouts and also for those who love camping. Rechargeable via solar panel, it is able to power a home for two weeks.


Here we quote Lyft New E-Bike, the electric bicycle capable of traveling 60 miles on a single charge. But also ElectReonan Israeli company that produces cars capable of recharging by induction on roads equipped with the necessary characteristics.


In this category it is mentioned Blue Shepard, rocket that carried Jeff Bezos into space. Which, it is true, was preceded by Richard Branson. But Blue Shepard was reported as particularly innovative because it is reusable.

It’s Italy?

Yes, one of the 100 best inventions of 2021 is Italian. It falls into the accessibility category, it’s called Revolve Air and it is one folding wheelchair conceived by the designer Andrea Mocellin. Revolve Air takes up 60% less space than a standard folding model.