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Top Innovations of 2023

Dec. 22, 2023
A look back at the top innovations from the year in manufacturing, science, and engineering.

Since the year is coming to a close, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at what new, fun, and whimsical innovations happened throughout the year. There is a clear trend with restaurants getting into the automation game along with automation taking over the home & garden space as well as healthcare. I guess the robots are coming to take us away...ho ho, hee hee, ha ha....

Anyway, I can't wait to see what innovations and developments come our way in 2024.

Robots Are Here To Mow Your Lawn
Here to alleviate your back pain and give you back some free time on the weekend, landscaping companies are taking on Husqvarna automatic robot mowers to help the environment and increase safety.

Holy guacamole! Chipotle is Using Robots to Cut, Core, and Peel Avocados
Chipotle Mexican Grill has hopped on the automation bandwagon and is testing out a new cobot with the potential to slash prep times and optimize everyone’s favorite taco topping.

New Technology Generates Electricity 'Out of Thin Air'
The accidental, renewable power device is said to be more advantageous than wind or solar energy and could help mitigate climate change and power medical devices.

3D Printer Uses Lasers and Cameras to Print Intricate Designs With a Wider Variety of Materials
Researchers from MIT, the MIT spinout Inkbit, and ETH Zurich have been diligently working on a new 3D inkjet printer that will change what types of projects can be printed and what materials can be used.

Reheated Lunch Never Tasted So Good With the Steasy Mini-Steamer
The lunchbox from start-up Nexenic has revolutionized meal prep by creating a smart and portable method of reheating food that not only makes it taste just as fresh as when it was originally cooked but also doesn't remove its vitamins or nutrients.

Roll Up: Pangolin-Inspired Robot Is Designed to Travel Within the Human Body
Recently, researchers have turned to the pangolin with its unique overlapping scales as a model for the latest technical innovation.

Labor Shortages Be Damned! Invention of Robotic Chef Turns the Tables
The French startup Cook-e builds a fully automated, robotic kitchen that assembles a meal, cooks it, and plates it all in under 4 minutes.

Robotics and AI: From the Plant Floor to Your Local Fast-Food Restaurant
Wendy's plans to use an underground autonomous robot system to deliver food to hungry customers in the parking lot.

Cosmic Concrete to Build Homes on Mars
Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a new type of concrete that is twice as strong as traditional concrete—made from just potato starch, dust, and salt—that could be used to create infrastructure on Mars.

Looking for a Snack? Try a Rechargeable, Edible Battery
Researchers from Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) have used products found in many pantries to develop a rechargeable, edible battery.