25 best inventions of 2012
Got a spare $8m to buy the Deepsea Challenger Submarine, or what about $750,000 for a floating fish farm? Or if your budget is more limited there's the Self-inflating Tyre for $200 each or the Motion-activated Screwdriver ($40) that screws clockwise to tighten if you tilt it to the right and loosens if you tilt to the left.
These are just some of the inventions that made it into TIME magazine's 25 Best Inventions of 2012. Some have hugely practical applications, like the Solar Water Distiller for use in coastal areas in the third world. At $50 it's half as expensive and 67% more efficient than existing models.
How much have you to spend?
Others included the OraQuick Home HIV Test ($40), Body Armor for Women ($555) and the new TechPet toy ($59.99) from Bandai the company that gave us the Tamagotchi. The Nike Flyknit Racer ($150) is a sneaker made by knitting thread into a single layer to fit around your foot, so it's lighter and gives a precision fit.
If you have deeper pockets, how about $1,500 for Google Glass, a computer built into the frame of a pair of glasses? Or for between $600 and $2,000 you could be the proud owner of your very own Wingsuit enabling you to jump off cliffs and glide to the ground. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!
And then there's the Tesla Model S electric sedan that is able to travel 265 miles on one charge. A snip at $49,900. Or for the photographers, the Sony RX100 Digital Camera ($650) that's 20% slimmerv than your average digital SLR and small enough to carry in your pocket.
God's best invention?
I wonder what we consider God's best invention? Of course Christians believe that He created the world or as Isaiah puts it (Chapter 42 v 5-9 The Message), “God who created the cosmos, stretched out the skies, laid out the earth and all that grows from it”.
I love to read when God asked Job, “Have you ever in all your life commanded a day to dawn? Do you know where the light comes from or what the source of darkness is? Have you visited the storerooms where I keep the snow and hail? Can you shout orders to the clouds and make them drench you with rain?” Of course Job had no answers and neither do we, despite all our knowledge and gadgets.
What about us?
But of course we would have to say that His greatest invention was us! As Psalm 8 says, “What is man, that you think of him, mere man, that you care for him?” Yet despite this, sadly, because He gave us free will we turned away from Him. Fortunately His greatest gift to us came in the shape of Jesus who provides a way for us to mend our broken relationship with our Heavenly Father.
No, however clever inventors are and no matter how useful their inventions are to mankind, they still can't match God's inventions. And never will!