Alas! Apple's iPhone gets its due. The celebrated Time Magazine Invention of the Year Award for 2007 has gone to the pocket size, wonder technology platform that does everything but cook your eggs! Of course, if you happen to be boiling them, you can set the iPhone alarm to tell you when the eggs are done!
The iPhone's integrated system is not only a phone; it's a computer with internet, email, gaming, audio/video platform (integrated iPod), still camera, video camera, and more. Basically, everything you do on your computer, your phone, your cameras, your radio and TV (as long as the programming is Podcast). can be accomplished on the iPhone.
But the iPhone not only brings so many communication and entertainment functions together in one sleek index-card sized gadget, it brings many improvements to those functions. It's phone messaging system, for example, records your list of messages and enables you to choose the ones you want to hear. It enables quick merging of incoming calls while you are speaking with another caller.
The enhanced camera function, at 2 mega-pixels, automatically merges with your laptop or desk computer pictures when plugged in, making it easy to select a grouping of photos from both sources. The iPhone's keyboard is intuitive, so if your finger slips or you spell something wrong, it corrects instantly. The computer operating system, OS X, enables quick responsive downloads and multi-tasking. And the list goes on and on and on..
Congratulations, iPhone! You deserve Time's 2007 Best Invention of the Year Award.
More details of Time's 2007 invention awards will be announced on this site in future columns. For full coverage, see Time Magazine November 12, 2007 edition, to be on newstands November 2. Thanks to CB!
UPDATE: The inventions selected by Time can be see at Time.com. InventorSpot.com will be highlighting some of these in upcoming articles so check the home page of InventorSpot.com.