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As we enter the new year, we look back on the significant events that happened and people who made the news in 2017. In addition to important events and people, there were also many new ideas that went from concept to reality.  Some of the greatest moments of 2017 involved breakthroughs and inventions. Many of these amazing ideas caused a lot of people do double-takes. Technology has especially come into play in millions of people’s lives. Here are some of the best inventions of 2017.

1. Glasses that give sight to the blind

For some people, glasses are essential for them in their everyday lives. For others who are legally blind,  glasses would not make a difference in their ability to see the many wonders of this world. That all changed when a company called Esight made glasses that could actually give sight to those who are blind. Canadian Television (CTV) described it as “The only innovation of its type.” This will definitely change the world for people who are visually impaired.

2. Guilt-Free Ice Cream

The ice cream brand, Halo, has created a new line of what they like to call “Guilt-Free Ice Cream.” This ice cream seems too good to be true as it claims to be low in sugar and calories, and high in protein. They have every flavor you can imagine and even some dairy-free flavors. This trend will not be leaving us anytime soon!

3. Alexa

Amazon has recently created a new virtual assistant and her name is Alexa. She is built into devices such as the “Amazon Echo” and is very similar to iPhone’s virtual assistant, Siri. The Amazon Echo has a built-in microphone and you can just activate Alexa and ask her to do certain things you tell her to. Some commands you can ask her are to play music or to set a reminder. It has a very powerful microphone so she can hear you from across the room. Alexa certainly is in many of our homes today.

4. Tesla

By now, most people have heard of the car brand Tesla. In 2017 Tesla introduced a new model, the Model X.  Everybody has been talking about some of the new Tesla Model X features. The car runs on electricity, can drive itself, and can go up to 60mph in 2.9 seconds! It can also tow things that are over 5,000 pounds. The Model X  claims to be one of the smartest cars in history and has made an appearance and impact for the record books.

5. iPhone X

Speaking of the Model X, now we are going to talk about the iPhone X. The iPhone X has three cameras and is the first phone that you can unlock with using your face. This feature was a very controversial topic because some people thought it was safe, others disagreed. Despite this, we can sure say that the iPhone X was one of the greatest inventions of 2017.

It’s exciting to look back on the great inventions of 2017. Our world is constantly changing and improving our lives in big and small ways. Whether it be technology or guilt-free ice cream, we are doing things now that we would never have dreamed of a couple years ago. Who knows where we will be at the end of 2018!