November 6, 2007 Having crashed its way into the lexicon as well as the marketplace in spectacular fashion in June, Apple’s iPhone has been recognized as Time Magazine’s Invention of the Year for 2007.

Time Magazine cite the design, software platform, innovative use of a touchscreen interface and the potential of the device to drive the technological development of the market as a whole as the primary factors in deciding the award.

The wind and solar powered Venturi Eclectic “energy-autonomous vehicle” and MIT Media Lab’s City Car make-up the top three, with the SAAB Aero X, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the futuristic X-48B Blended Wing Body Concept from Boeing Phantom Works, NASA and the Air Force Research Laboratory also rating highly on the 2007 list.

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