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By Times Staff, Wires
Published December 1, 2007
Brush up on the latest innovations
The winner of Popular Science magazine's Innovation of the Year award is the Nanosolar PowerSheet. A layer of solar-absorbing nano-ink is laid down onto metal sheets as thin as aluminum foil, so the panels can be made for about a tenth of what current panels cost and at a rate of several hundred feet per minute. View an animation of how it works at www.popsci.com, where you can also find the complete list of this year's innovation winners. The company's Web site is www.nanosolar.com.
The magazine gives 100 "best of what's new" awards in 10 categories. In the Home Tech category, one of the winners was Benjamin Moore's Aura paint, which covers in one coat with virtually no odors. In the personal health category, the Oral-B Triumph toothbrush provides instant feedback on brushing. The motorized, sensor-equipped brush connects wirelessly to a display that keeps track of how long you brush and tells you when to take it easy on the brushing pressure. See, you're not alone even in the bathroom. The brush is $150; www.oralb.com. Details on all the Popular Science winners are at www.popsci.com.
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