TIME is out with its list of the “25 Best Inventions of 2015.” The list includes the “hoverboard” scooter, period proof underwear, Samsung’s transparent truck and more. The Apple Pencil and iPad Pro also made the list.
Here’s what TIME has to say about the tablet/pencil combo: “In the 450 years or so since its invention, the pencil has become so ubiquitous, it’s easy to forget how remarkable a technology it is. It can write at any angle. Shades get darker depending on how hard you press. Marks can be erased. Reproducing this functionality digitally has vexed computer engineers for years, which is what makes Apple’s latest effort so impressive.
“The Pencil allows users to draw, paint or write on a screen, just as they would a sheet of paper. And it works in tandem with the iPad Pro, a tablet faster than roughly 80% of laptops sold in the past year, so there’s no perceptible delay. That combination has already sparked chatter about new ways to create art, animations, blueprints and more. ‘You can rest your hand anywhere and [the iPad Pro screen] totally ignores it and it just reads the Pencil,’ wrote Don Shank, an art director at Pixar, after testing the products in September. ‘It’s pretty amazing’.”
Click through all 25 inventions here.