To survive in today’s cutthroat technology market, companies have had to get more innovative rather than just put out flashy products with more form than function. For example, Samsung’s Smart Window (above), will provide geeks who spend the majority of their time at home in front of a computer, a fresh look at the outside world, complete with weather and news. Continue reading to see the top five most innovative technologies.

5. AlphaDog

Developed by the talented researchers at Boston Dynamics, the AlphaDog “is designed to carry 400 pounds, last 24 hours and carry enough fuel for a 20-mile trip.” It’s being developed under DARPA’s Legged Squad Support System (LS3) project. DARPA and the Marines are expected to take this beast for a walk sometime in 2012.

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4. Translucent Plane

No, this plane doesn’t have other worldly technology, but rather boasts a “lightweight bionic structure that mimics the bones in birds and could allow for the kind of transparent canopy pictured above.” Plus, there’s a “‘Smart Tech’ zone and a ‘Vitalizing’ zone, separated by the ‘Interaction” zone.'” Video after the break. The Smart Tech section in the rear of the plane will be where you can get work done or enjoy some video on the holographic screen, while in the Vitalizing room up front you can watch the world go by through the transparent fuselage while seated in a massage chair.

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3. Samsung Smart Window

Samsung’s incredible transparent Smart Window is basically a one-way window that can display things such as the weather, emails, and even faux window blinds. Early testers say that it’s “efficient enough to run exclusively off the juice it pulls from surrounding light.” Best of all, this technology is set to hit stores sooner than later.

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2. NeverWet

Yes, there’s finally a superhydrophobic spray that’s so effective that it lets chocolate syrup slide right off your shoes. Simply put, Ross Technology Corp. created NeverWet, “a silicon-based spray-on coating that repels water and heavy oils.” Ross Nanotechnology’s NeverWet spray is a can of magic. Oooooooor silicon-based superhydrophobic spray that can make liquids “shoot off” anything it’s applied to.

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1. Microsoft OmniTouch

Microsoft Research unveils OmniTouch, which when used in conjunction with PoketTouch, transforms just about any surface into a touchscreen interface. In other words, “Microsoft researchers using Kinect technology and pico projectors created the two applications because they wanted to take advantage of the vast amount of flat spaces in the world.” Using a shoulder mounted pico projector, and a Kinect-like depth of field sensor, OmniTouch creates a multitouch surface that users can interact with using their hands (video demo below). Say you were paying bills or trying to split a tab with a large part at a restaurant, you could project a calculator on the table for everyone to see, or use a whiteboard to figure out your cash flow.

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