Every year, Popular Science Magazine recognizes the best batch of everyday inventors and tinkerers, who have come up with what could very well be the next hot, must-have creations. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
From potential life-savers to those that could just save your day, everything on the table above was created by someone, quite possibly, just like you, and each year, Popular Science Magazine recognizes those people, everyday inventors, for their breakthrough creations.
"They're working in their garages, they're working on their own small companies, not taking money from the government," says Dave Mosher of Popular Science Magazine. "These are inventors who are on their own and trying to make it."
Like the creator of the Morpher folding bicycle helmet, who felt that a good way to get more people to wear helmets while biking was to make them easier to carry and even easier to buy.
"You can put them in dispensing machines so if people don't have one on them, they can buy one out of a machine near a bike rack and be on their way," the inventor says.
If you're a runner or hiker, SolePower takes advantage of all that energy you're using up and, just like a crank flashlight, every time you take a step, a mechanism in the heel of an insert trickle charges a battery, which you can then use to charge your phone.
"So to fully charge an iPhone, it depends what your weight is and how big your stride is, but generally, 10 miles to 15 miles can do it," says one person involved with SolePower. "They're working on shrinking that down."
The Guitar Wing shrinks down total control of a live stage show for the lead guitarist who likes to lead all aspects of a performance.
"You can control stage lights. You can control volume. You can control effects," says one person involved with the Guitar Wing.
Finally, something that may look like a child's toy or part of an elementary school science experiment is actually something that could quite possibly save your life someday. Created by and for military medics, XStat handles bullet wounds in a more 21st-century fashion.
"You put it into a bullet wound, and it releases all of these rapidly expanding capsules that can plug a bullet wound in about 15 seconds," says one person involved with XStat.
A civilian version is also in the works.
All four of the inventions are in their final stages of production and approval and are slated to be on sale by the end of this year.