Coolest inventions of 2012

1. Indoor Cloud

For a few moments, you can have your very own cloud to admire in the comforts of the indoors. Of course, the surrounding temperature and humidity must be meticulously tracked, as this is a fairly difficult procedure, but it's definitely worth it.

2. A Civilization Starter Kit

Don't lie; at one point the idea of the 2012 apocalypse has seemed frighteningly real. Now, thanks to the civilization kit, starting up again won't be so difficult. It includes plans, videos, and pictures detailing how to build all the machinery necessary to maintain a decent sized civilization.

3. Liquiglide

The age old problem of getting the ketchup out of the bottle has been solved. Thanks to a group of MIT students, with this new material meant to hold liquids and slide them off easily, the ketchup issue will be a thing of the past.

4. Home HIV Test

For many without medical insurance, this could potentially be a lifesaver. Only requiring $40 and 20 minutes of your time, this device uses a saliva swab to detect the signs that lead to HIV, saving people from trips to the doctor and waiting days for results.

5. Solar Water Distiller

This invention is meant for third world countries in coastal areas. For $50, this device could significantly improve, if not save, the lives of thousands who live without a proper supply of clean water. It is solar-powered, which means that it is rechargeable at no cost to the user and it is highly effective.

6. Enable Talk Gloves

The Enable Talk Gloves use motion sensors to detect the movements of the hands of those who are hearing impaired. While wearing the gloves, someone can speak in sign language by making the motions and the gloves will use a built-in speaker system to "speak" aloud. This makes communication much easier, as people who do not know sign language can now translate.

7. Nike Flyknit Racer

These revolutionary running shoes designed by Nike weigh in at 5.6 oz. and use only a single thread wrapped around them. This feather-light shoe is optimal for runners.

8. Wingsuit Racing

If you have $600 - $2,000 to spare, consider the Wingsuit. It's a bat-like suit that has the ability to allow consumers to glide through valleys and jump off cliffs at 5,000 ft. AND live to tell the story. It's a win- win situation.

9. Baxter

Previous robots have been kind of creepy-looking, but Baxter is a completely different story. At $22,000 this little robot is adorable and performs simple tasks such as packing and storing. Perfect for setting him to clean your room and pretending you have your own personal Wall-E.

School, major and year: A&S, Economics, 2015
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You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I’d start by getting some coffee and a personalized omelet at Mac. Then we’d go lose our voices at a football game and wear our super awesome Superfan shirts. We would then go see one of the amazing Acapella groups perform. We’d get some Mac N Cheese from the Rat for lunch. We would go see My Mother’s Fleabag for an awesome good time. Then we’d take a break and visit the dorms (i.e. sit in my room and watch Mean Girls…because Mean Girls.). We would then go to a hockey game, then to the Mods, and end the night at Late Night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? Eat your vegetables and take a lot of pictures.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? The Rat
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? That delicious Simply Orange juice the dining halls always have stocked. This and a personal pizza topped with ketchup. Judge all you want, but ketchup on pizza is the best thing to happen since Game of Thrones.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? “I Always Knew” by the Vaccines
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? I was Minnie Mouse as a kid. Not trying to brag, but I rocked the ears off that costume.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Del Taco
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Easy. Harry Potter. (I’m assuming) I’d get to go to Hogwarts, be a wizard AND be friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s a win win, for me anyway. If I can’t be a wizard then i’d be friends with the main characters from This Is The End.

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