Each year, thousands of new products and breakthrough technologies vie for the attention of editors at Popular Science magazine. But only the best of the bunch -- those products that inspire awe, envy, admiration -- are awarded inclusion in Best of What's New, the highly anticipated December issue that ranks as the most widely-read issue of the year.
The 16th annual Best of What's New, which hits newsstands November 12, 2003, showcases the top 100 tech innovations in 12 categories: Automotive Tech, Space & Aviation, Cars, Computing, Gadgets, Home Entertainment, Home Tech, Personal Health, Photography and Recreation -- along with two new categories, Engineering and General Innovation. One winner in each category is awarded the highest honor, Grand Award, in recognition of products representing a leap over existing technologies.
This year, MIOX Corp. won the Grand Award in the new General Innovation category for the company's water purifier. The MIOX water purifier uses water, salt and a battery to create a solution that, when mixed with contaminated water, purifies it. It can kill Giardia, Cryptosporidia, Anthrax and others -- all in a package about the size of a fat Sharpie marker.
More information about Best of What's New winners can be found at www.popsci.com/popsci/bown/.