There’s nothing more exciting than seeing where our imaginations can take us. We applaud TIME‘s annual celebration of ideas and creativity and what they might mean for the future. Inventions come from dreaming things up that didn’t exist before. Whether it’s something ingenious, useful, or just for fun, it’s all about imagination and those championing it.
Every year, TIME highlights the Best Inventions that are making the world better, smarter and even a bit more fun
To assemble our 2018 list, we solicited nominations across a variety of categories from our editors and correspondents around the world, as well as through an online application process. Then TIME evaluated each contender based on key factors, including originality, creativity, influence, ambition and effectiveness.
The result: 50 groundbreaking inventions that are changing the way we live, work, play and think about what’s possible.