The Best Inventions of 2016

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Every year, TIME Magazine chooses some of the best inventions of the year. From folding bike helmets to bracelets that allow kids to give back, these were some of the most important inventions of last year:

A Folding Bike Helmet-$119 (454.39 NIS)

Cyclist and inventor Jeff Woolf had an accident on his bike. So he set out to invent a helmet people will be happy to wear and carry with them. This helmet is made from strong plastic, but the user can fold it until it’s almost flat so it’s easy to carry. “As more people ride a bicycle on the road, more people will have accidents,” Woolf says. He hopes the folding helmet will save lives.”

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Nike’s Shoes That Tie Themselves-$720 (2,749 NIS)

To tie the laces on these Nike shoes you simply press a button and the shoe fits itself to the foot shape. The shoes’ batteries need three hours of charging and can last up to two weeks. Nike designed these shoes to help athletes do better in their sports. The shoes are also great for people who find it difficult to tie their shoes, like children, old, or blind blindness people.


Soccer Fields in Unusual Spaces

In many big and busy cities, like Bangkok in Thailand , there’s not much room for parks and gardens. There’s especially little room for soccer fields. A company in Thailand decided to take unused spaces in the city and turn them into soccer fields. These fields don’t have the usual rectangle Rectangle.png shape. But kids in Bangkok are glad to have the extra outdoor play space.


PlayStation Virtual Reality headset-$400 (1,527 NIS)

Sony developed the PlayStation VR headset to work with the PlayStation 4. Gamers who use it to step into the world of the game and have an amazing experience. The headset has nine LEDs for the PlayStation Camera to track 360 degree head movement. It can also teach children about things like outer space or the human body, and it can even teach doctor’s how to save more lives.


Sweet Potatoes Rich in Vitamin A

More than 43 million children (under the age of 6) in Africa don’t have enough vitamin A in their body.

This can lead to blindness blindness.pngand serious health problems. A company called HarvestPlus hopes to change that with their sweet potatoes. Scientists used special techniques (called biofortification) to develop potatoes that are rich in Vitamin A. These potatoes can also survive all kinds of weather and they are strong enough so that viruses can’t harm them. 


Apple Airpods-$159 (607 NIS)

Missing the headphone jack in your phone? Apple removed the headphone jack from its latest iPhone, because wireless headphones were becoming popular. These wireless headphones have a microphone, and technology that automatically pauses music when you’re speaking on the phone. The headphones also have great sound quality.

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UNICEF Kid Power Band Bracelet-$40 (152.7 NIS)

This bracelet solves two serious problems: childhood obesity this-shocking-anti-childhood-obesity-campaign-is-stirring-national-controversy.jpg  and kids who go hungry. UNICEF’s app helps kids be more active: it tracks their steps and gives them points when they reach their goals. The points are then turned in for real food packages that are sent to kids from all over the world through UNICEF (UN fund for children). More than 30,000 hungry children have received food packages since children began using the bracelet in 2014.

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Post Reading Questions:

  1. Why did Jeff Woolf invent the folding bike helmet?
  2. Why did Nike design these shoes that tie themselves?
  3. Who can these shoes also help?
  4. Would you want to but these shoes?
  5. Where did the company in Thailand build the soccer fields?
  6. Why did they use unused spaces in the city?
  7. Which two inventions help hungry children in the world?
  8. How does each invention solve this problem?
  9. What two problems does the UNICEF bracelet solve?

Discussion Questions

  • Which one of these inventions would you like to have and why?
  • Which ones will help more people or change their lives?
  • Is there something you’d want to invent if you were given the money?
  • How will this technology change your everyday life?
  • What kinds of inventions can you predict for the future?