There are a countless number of new inventions/gadgets being introduced each year, and we’ve hand selected five of the most innovative that our editors have come across in the first half of 2007.

WL-16RIII Walkbot

We have seen the future and it’s the WL-16RIII Walkbot — developed at Waseda University in Japan. Designed for the disabled, elderly, or just plain lazy, the Walkbot makes descending a flight of stairs much easier — though it doesn’t look very safe. It’s powered by a 850-Mhz Intel Pentium 3 processor and has two joysticks to control movement. [Source]

Automated Dishmaker

Created by MIT student Leonardo Bonanni, this incredible device “can actually replace cabinets worth of dishes by storing them as flat disks.” Video after the jump.

If the Dishmaker ever becomes a reality, you will never have to worry about dishes again. You just make dishes on demand and try to put all the extra free cabinet space to good use

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Real-Life “Batman” Utility Belt

MIT graduate Nathan Ball created a real-life Batman ultility belt for a contest. Called the ATLAS Rope Ascender, it’s capable of lifting 250-pounds, 50-feet into the air. in 5-seconds or less.

Batman jokes aside (I have well surpassed my quota), this is a great tool that could be used by the military, firefighters, window washers and more. Ball even won $30,000 for making it


Uberbed Lift

The Uberbed Lift is basically a device that conceals “a 50” panel with amplifiers, DVD, VCR, subwoofer, and 7 channels of surround” under your bed.

In just 45 seconds, a robotic arm that will later turn your television, positioning the display to whatever angle you feel is optimum

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Project Grizzly

Troy Hurtubise’s Project Grizzly is basically a high-tech military suit that’s “crafted from high-impact plastic lined with ceramic bullet protection over ballistic foam, and features nearly endless compartments, morphine / salt containers, knife and gun holsters, emergency lights, a built-in recording device, pepper spray, ingestible transponder for those last resort scenarios, and there’s even a fresh air system powered by solar panels within the helmet.”

Troy — inventor of such products as several well-documented bear suits, a fire-resistant paste, and a strange device that he claims can see through walls and skin — spent $150,000 developing the Trojan (apparently his family’s entire savings), along with 1,800 hours on everything from calibrating the helmet-mounted laser to designing the unique, um, crotch-mounted digital compass / world clock

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