Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-154) and index.
Stories of fifty 21st century inventions.
The rise of e-books -- A smart wheelchair -- The 'bladeless' fan -- Tubular containers for confectionery -- The iPod MP3 player -- Fed up with abusive teenagers hanging round your shop? -- Apple's iPhone -- The Gocycle bicycle -- The Magnamole cable guide -- The Speedo LZR racer swimsuit -- The Searaser wave-powered pump -- The Road Refresher no-spill dog bowl -- Nintendo's Wii game console -- Wide-image scanning of the retina -- Who invented the MRI? A Nobel Prize dispute -- Leaves on the line -- Reprieve for the BlackBerry -- Clean water -- Carbon capture in the ocean -- Stamping out smoking -- Heelys shoes -- The Silent Knight anti-snoring ring -- The hand cream that blocks MRSA transmission -- Self-service checkouts at the supermarket -- The electronic supermarket trolley -- Recycling PET plastic -- Coffee-cup sleeves -- Business method patents -- Medical advances -- Robot helpers -- Protecting the computer and its users -- Harry Potter and intellectual property -- To Arthur! 250 years of the black stuff -- The electronic nose -- Product placement -- Inventions in the Universal Studios theme parks -- Inventions on Dragons' Den -- A novel broom -- The yoomi self-warming baby bottle -- Anti-skimming devices -- The fight over high-definition recordings -- The Segway personal transporter -- Self-cleaning glass -- The Roomba robot vacuum cleaner -- Rotating buildings --Automatic number plate recognition -- Bricks from ash, not straw -- Near-field communication 'wave and pay' -- computer-generated imagery in films -- The future for the car?