Today, Popular Science announced its annual Best of What’s New Award winners for the best innovations of 2023, which includes wrk from Arizona State University. Each year, the editors rigorously assess thousands of products and technologies in search of the most exciting and revolutionary innovations.

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The editors have selected five honorees per category, as well as an overall “Innovation of the Year” from a total of 10 categories that range from Aerospace to Sports & Outdoors. This prestigious list, now in its 36th year, highlights the best products and technologies with groundbreaking features designed to significantly improve our lives.

“Since 1988, Popular Science has proudly celebrated the groundbreaking innovations changing our world. The Best of What’s New Awards showcase the year’s radical ideas that are improving our everyday lives and our futures,” said Annie Colbert, Popular Science Editor-in-Chief. “From pioneering disease treatments to inspiring progress in space exploration, and from the electrification of the auto industry to forward-thinking gadgets, this year’s list truly represents the Best of What’s New in 2023.”

This year’s winners range from everyday products for gamers, (Sony’s PS5 Access Controller and Logitech’s PRO X2 LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset), coffee aficionados (De’Longhi’s Eletta Explore espresso machine), outdoor enthusiasts (Polartec’s Fresh Face Odor Control), and stargazers (Unistellar’s Deep Dark technology). It also explores products that help advance our collective knowledge (European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (Juice) and Skydio’s Short Range Reconnaissance System), and improve our health (Pfizer’s Abrysvo vaccine to treat RSV and Eisai’s LEQEMBI treatment for early Alzheimer’s). The “Innovation of the Year” was awarded to Perrigo for developing the first over-the-counter birth control pill to be available in the US since the FDA approved birth control pills in 1960.


Aerospace: Psyche by NASA/JPL and Arizona State University
Auto: ActivAir tire inflation system by BFGoodrich
Emergency Services & Defense: Kevlar EXO by Dupont
Engineering: Carbon removal and electrolysis plants by Equatic
Entertainment: Signature OLED M TV by LG
Gadgets: Generative Fill by Adobe
Health: Opill by Perrigo* (Innovation of the Year) 
Home: Portable solid-state battery power stations by Yoshino
Personal Care: Visible Plus by Visible Health
Sports & Outdoors: Eagle Transmission by SRAM

Other winners include: Polaris’ RANGER XP Kinetic; Meta’s Quest 3 headset; Eufy’s Mach V1 Ultra stick vacuum; the Volvo EX30; Therabody’s Theragun PRO Plus; Charles River Analytics’ Awarion system; ToughBuilt’s ShockStop hammer; Violette_FR’s Invisible Bandage; The New RevAir; and Kia’s EV9The complete list can be found here.