Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards: 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets Of 2008
7. Nissan Around View Monitor
Nissan's new navigation system enables the driver to see the surroundings of his car as he parks... all sides, 360 degrees around your car in one view. Using cameras positioned on all four sides of the car, Nissan's system synthesizes all views into one on the navigation screen. The things that are possible!
8. M-Spector Digital Inspection Camera
If you've ever had to break through a big patch of drywall in your home just to find out what was on the other side, you will love this M-Spector Digital Inspection Camera. The LED-lens is at the end of a three foot cable. Send it into a small hole and rotate it, The lens will pick up what's behind the wall and beam it back to the 2.4 inch LCD. It will help the pros and the DIYers to find leaks, trace wiring, and maybe even see the trail of your TV cable wire! Find out more about it at Milwaukee Tool or buy it on Amazon .
9. Intel Atom Processor
Don't let the size of the above picture fool you, the Intel Atom Processor is not called "Atom" for nothing. It has 47 million transistors on one 26 x 26 millimeter chip! Intel intends to use this little tyke in a new generation of mobile phone-computers and maybe automobiles (just kidding about the cars), for even greater potential. For more information go straight to the Atom at Intel.
10. Caroma Profile Smart Dual Flush Toilet
Here's a great idea for conserving water -- a toilet with a built-in sink. Wash up and then the water gets reused to move waste in the toilet. (Let's hope the flow doesn't get mixed up.) The Caroma toilet is only available in Australia now, but is scheduled to come to North American in 2009. Steve Levenstein has published a whole blog about this eco-friendly toilet; read more about his experience with it here.
Popular Mechanics has short videos of these Brilliant Gadgets of 2008 on its site!
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Sources: Popular Mechanics and company websites (linked above).