10 great innovations and ideas of the past 5 years
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10 great innovations and ideas of the past 5 years

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As humans, we’re constantly evolving and creating. Some of the greatest inventions and ideas of all time have come from crazed humble beginnings (and very, very late nights).

Here are 10 innovations that may give truth to the premise, “new is always better.”


 

1. All the 3D-printed things

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We can 3D-print pizza. PIZZA. We’ve also been able to 3D-print a tortoise shell. How cool is that? Other useful things we can make with a 3D printer: accessories, locks, lamps, housewares, Lego, medicine, skin, and so much more cool stuff.
 

2. Hoverboards

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The idea of a real-life hoverboard is still in its infancy, however, various prototypes have been unveiled, in all of their gimmicky glory. They only hover about an inch or two off the ground, though (if at all). For now, you’ll have to continue to be envious of Marty McFly’s h-awesome hoverboard.
 

3. The selfie stick

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This one’s debatable – you either love it or you hate it, but you can’t deny how innovative (read: irritating) it really is.
 

4. Instagram

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Instagram: The best platform for posting those glorious food snapshots (#foodporn) and selfies taken by your handy selfie stick. Don’t forget the filter.
 

5. Android OS

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Yeah, the Android operating system has only been around for the past five (okay, maybe seven) or so years. It’s amazing to think about how far we’ve come, technologically speaking, in such a short amount of time. About a billion people across the world use the Android operating system. It’s the most popular OS for all smartphones, and naturally, Google develops it. Open source developers love it.
 

6. Video streaming services

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Video streaming services such as Netflix (yes, I know Netflix has been around much longer than five years, however, it still merits a mention here) and the newer CraveTV and Shomi have redefined the way in which we consume movies and TV. You no longer have to worry about feeling guilty for owning the box set of Smallville.
 

7. Smartwatches

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Smartwatches have been around for a long time, but the newer Apple Watch has completed revolutionized the way we receive information. It can do virtually anything a smartphone can, and it sits confidently on your wrist. It doesn’t get more personal than that.
 

8. Crowd-funding sites

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Crowd-funding sites such as Kickstarter, GoFundMe, and Indiegogo offer independent artists, inventors, and smart-minds alike a chance to get their ideas off the ground and receive the financial backing they so desperately need. Before you commit the dollars, make sure you’re donating to a legit campaign, though.
 

9. Google Glass

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For better or for worse, Google Glass – the hands-free smartphone-like device –has opened our eyes to a whole new level of existence. Although they’ve halted production of the prototype, Google is committed to continually improving the project.
 

10. Daily deal sites

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Daily deal sites such as WagJag have really made our collective lives easier over the past five years. Launched in 2010, WagJag offers you the services you’ve come to love for less. Whether that is in the form of a hotel stay, cool new product or accessory, date night at your favourite restaurant, or an activity adventure with the fam, WagJag makes living more affordable. Sometimes they’ll even boast exclusive deals with partners you can’t find anywhere else. It doesn’t get much better than that.
 

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By Greg | AUGUST 05, 2015 02:38 PM
I guess 'great' is a relative term, but most of the things on this list are dispensable garbage the world would be better off without.
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