CBS News Logo Popular Science’s top inventions of 2016 revealed

More of the futuristic technology that you only saw in movies is coming to life, and sooner than you may imagine. Popular Science magazine says the "golden age of invention is here." Their new issue features the "2016 Invention Awards," which highlight this year's 10 greatest creations by independent inventors. For the 10th annual list, editors looked for unique products that can disrupt the tech world. "These are independent inventors, so it's a group of friends who decided to build a startup in their garage, it's someone who was tinkering and decided to make his own hoverboard," Sophie Bushwick, project editor at Popular Science, told "CBS This Morning" Tuesday. You may remember Rosie the robot maid from "The Jetsons." Forty years after the cartoon first aired, you can now have your very own robotic companion, called "Jibo." It was invented by MIT researcher Cynthia Breazeal who wanted to create a robot that was "fun to hang out with." While it has many of the qualities of Amazon's Echo with its Alexa persona, Jibo is distinguished by its ability to socialize. "It can tell you a bed time story, it can take a photo of you and your friends hanging out. It can even learn individual preferences," Bushwick said. Remember the flying hoverboard from the 1980s teen sensation, "Back to the Future II?" That is also no longer an item of the future. Inventor Alexandru Duru of Canada broke a Guiness World Record, flying a distance of over 900 feet, balancing 16 feet above the water's surface. Duru plans to have the hoverboard ready for distribution by 2017. Tech predictions "Back to the Future Part II" got right Some inventions are more than for pure entertainment, like the PSM pill -- short for physiological status monitoring -- that can monitor vital signs like your heart rate, breathing rate and body temperature. "Normally, measuring that kind of thing would take an invasive technique," Bushwick said. "With this, you just swallow the pill and it streams your data." So Continue Reading

Mick LaSalle’s favorite movies of 2016

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The best movies of 2017 and the biggest disappointments

The best in cinema for 2017 included a long-awaited sequel, a new kind of war movie, a superhero movie with a woman in charge and comedies that often paired laughs with heartache. And in the case of the most “woke” movie of the year, comedy with horror. These are original films that you need to “Get Out” and see. Great storytelling found interesting characters set in the past, present and near future. I saw many movies this past year, and from that viewing, I’ve also included a list of movies that fell just outside of my top 10 that could have made a best-of list in other years. The following is a top-10 list for 2017 that is, as always, something more like my favorite movies of the year. 1. Blade Runner 2049 This remarkable sequel — mysterious and mind-blowingly gorgeous, lyrical and haunting — arrives 35 years after what may have been the best film of 1982 and which is now the best picture of 2017. In a world of increasingly virtual reality, the film makes us question what we believe to be real and the ways in which we judge other people’s authenticity. But the movie is the real deal: true movie magic with a soul that cannot be easily replicated. 2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Frances McDormand gives a searing performance as a mother hell-bent on finding justice for her murdered daughter who is infuriating and heartbreaking at the same time. Director Martin McDonagh creates a complex black comedy that is a masterpiece of illustrating how we process grief and how tragedy can define our lives in ways we cannot imagine. 3. Get Out Jordan Peele’s very creepy, very smart and very funny horror movie-meets-satire full of social commentary on race digs at our societal discomfort to scare us silly — and hopefully demonstrate how clumsily inauthentic we can be around other races. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” is turned on its head by an important new voice. 4. Dunkirk Not since Continue Reading

Holy upsets, Batman! ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ most anticipated movie of 2016, survey finds

Just about the only thing that can take movie goers’ minds off “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is... the next film in the franchise. A survey of movie goers taken by the ticket-selling site Fandango found that the most anticipated movie of 2016 is “Rogue One: A Star Wars story,” the first standalone adventure from that long time ago and galaxy far, far away. That movie, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, chronicles the dangerous mission of the rebel spies that stole the plans for the Death Star before the start of the original 1977 “Star Wars.” RELATED: THE NEWS' 16 MOVIES TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2016 Swimming into second place on Fandango’s “2016 Hot List” survey is Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” a sequel to the 2003 animated classic, “Finding Nemo.” Marvel fans’ Spidey-senses may be tingling since “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” comes in third, well ahead of the similarly themed “Captain America: Civil War” (May 6) which finished fifth. Matt Damon’s return as Jason Bourne in the untitled fifth installment of the espionage franchise rounded out the top five, finishing fourth. Ticket-buyers rated Melissa McCarthy (“Ghostbusters”) as the most anticipated actress in 2016, and Matt Damon (Untitled Jason Bourne movie) as the most anticipated actor of the next 12 months. Wonder Woman, played by Gal Godot in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," beat out Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool as the most eagerly awaited comic book character to debut in 2016. Continue Reading

Most anticipated movies of 2016: ‘Rogue One,’ ‘Finding Dory’

Star Wars mania won't subside in the new year.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was voted the most anticipated 2016 film in a survey of moviegoers conducted by ticket site The results come as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh film in the saga, is setting box office records."Star Wars is conquering everything out there — it's a box office behemoth," says Erik Davis, Fandango managing editor. "Seeing Rogue One at No. 1 for 2016 shouldn't be a surprise, even if I don't think many people know it's not a sequel."Rogue One (in theaters Dec. 16, 2016) is the first stand-alone Star Wars Anthology film, exploring characters and events beyond the core saga. Set before 1977's Star Wars, it tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star.Finding Dory (in theaters June 17), the widely anticipated sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo, swam to second place in the poll."Adults loved the original, and there's a whole generation of kids who have grown up with a true fondness for Finding Nemo," Davis says. "People have wanted to see these characters on the screen for a very long time."Finding Dory will bring back the voices of Albert Brooks as the clownfish Marlin and Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful fish Dory, now searching for her lost mother (Diane Keaton) and father (Eugene Levy).Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice landed third on the list. Matt Damon's still-untitled return to the Jason Bourne franchise came in fourth, while Damon was also chosen as most anticipated actor."This speaks to the popularity of that franchise when Matt Damon is in the role," Davis says. "The fifth installment is right in this mix, but it doesn’t even have a title and we haven’t seen a trailer."More tentpole sequels dominated the Continue Reading

The best movies (so far) of 2016

The season of sequels may be upon us, but the best movies so far this year have been a mix of original fare and art-film gems. Plus a whole honking bunch of superheroes.Ranked, here are USA TODAY's film critic's top movies for the first half of 2016.You don’t have to have a soft spot for Duran Duran or The Cure to enjoy this musically tinged, 1980s-set coming-of-age treat but it helps. A teenage Irish boy (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) seemingly wanders out of his league when he falls for a local model (Lucy Boynton) and forms a band so she can be in their videos. Thing is, he’s actually pretty good, so there are great tunes to be had along the inevitably rocky road to getting the girl.It’s not the best movie in Marvel’s massive 13-movie (so far) saga, but it's up there. Civil War pits arguably the studio's best character Cap (Chris Evans) against superfriend Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in an emotionally charged battle, but also introduces an amazing new Spider-Man in Tom Holland and the diverse hero we’ve needed for a while, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther.The complete meltdown of a dysfunctional family unit is seen through a terrifying Puritan lens in the period scare-fest. A New England clan’s rural world is rocked to the core when the littlest member goes missing, and it gets worse from there, with a dark threat in the nearby forest and the creepy goat Black Phillip on the farm. Plus: The bonkers ending will haunt you far past the closing credits.Whereas his Boyhood didn’t live up to the hype, Richard Linklater’s retro comedy exudes fun times and deep thoughts with a bunch of Texas college ballplayers who don’t even hit the field until halfway through the movie. Instead, one weekend in their lives is a study in cool music, great friends and the transition from boyhood to something resembling being a grown-up.A seemingly Continue Reading

Our top 10 movies of 2016

If 2016 taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected. While that was certainly true in the sociopolitical world, it was also a phrase to live by in the arts. From every corner of the globe, and in nearly every genre, provocative stories and insightful voices were to be found, particularly at the cinema.From films that reflected our own society’s harshest truths back at us to movies that let us escape into big screen wonders, this was an incredibly rewarding year for cinema fans. Here are the films that we think that soared the highest.1. “The Handmaiden”: The latest offering from South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook, who has spent his career building intricate and unpredictable works of art, “The Handmaiden” is both a highly-charged thriller and the year’s best-told love story.Based on the Sarah Waters novel “Fingersmith,” this is an epic, adults-only saga full of twists, turns and heart. The story of a young Korean handmaiden who falls in love with a wealthy heiress, the film masterfully disarms its audience, seducing and shocking until its final frame.2. “10 Cloverfield Lane”:The best American film of the year, director Dan Trachtenberg’s debut feature is a journey into the country’s darkest heart, circa 2016. John Goodman does career-best work as Howard, an authoritative overseer in a doomsday bunker who illustrates the dangers of acting out of fear, paranoia and isolationism.As I wrote at the time of the film’s release in March, the most frightening thing about Howard is his humanity. We justifiably view his actions as monstrous, but as portrayed by Goodman he’s vulnerable, even sympathetic to a degree. He’s doing what he believes to be right, and he won’t let anyone tell him otherwise, which makes him truly scary.3. “Loving”: If “10 Cloverfield Lane” looked at the worst side of American society, “Loving” offered an affirming Continue Reading

Goody’s top 10 movies of 2016 (so far)

It always seems so snotty when a film critic offers a top 10 list and it’s a bunch of tiny little movies most people have never heard of, much less seen.Sorry. Now that we’re halfway through the year, it’s time for my list of the 10 best movies of 2016 (so far), and no blockbusters made the list. In fact, all my favorite movies are what you might call small, even art-house fare. This is not because I am a snob — ah, if only I were that smart — but instead, because most of the biggest movies so far this year have been pretty good at best, and often something quite a bit less than that.These movies are outstanding.Themes are always good, and while at first glance nothing other than a small budget would seem to unite my picks, on further reflection you could say almost all of them, whether documentary or fiction, are about people striking out on their own, either by choice or circumstance. Maybe it’s a sign of the times as elections approach. Maybe it’s coincidence.Or maybe it’s a sign of strong individual voices making artistic statements that aren’t clouded or overly influenced by too many people. I like that best of all; let’s go with it.Keep in mind that it’s only July, and studios hold back what they think of as their best stuff, or at least their most likely to win awards, until later in the year, so it’ll likely change. But no matter what comes out between now and the end of December, know this: None of these films will disappoint you.In alphabetical order (we’ll save the actual rankings for the end of the year), here are the 10 best movies of 2016 so far.The Gold in question is Jonathan Gold, the dining critic for the Los Angeles Times. Laura Gibbert’s documentary about Gold doesn’t skimp on the food, particularly the weird and the often nuclear-level hot. But what makes this film so good is that it is more than that. Gold seeks out restaurants in Continue Reading

What are the best movies of 2016?

“Some men you just can’t reach.”So Strother Martin tells Paul Newman in “Cool Hand Luke.” Women, either, he might have added.The quote came to mind after a couple of social-media posts about compiling an annual top 10 movies list. Like clockwork, the reactions came in — this was a horrible year for movies. There weren’t any great movies this year. There weren’t even any good movies this year. RELATED: The worst movies of 2016Wrong. Wrong. And wrong.This was, in fact, a terrific year for movies. Were there dogs released? Of course. That’s what the five worst movies list is for.Even if you go strictly by the numbers, though, 2016 was an outstanding year for good movies — great, even. I’m not the be-all, end-all arbiter of what’s good and bad, but I see just about everything, so at least I know what’s out there. I rarely give a movie 5 stars. Maybe once a year. Maybe twice.This year I gave four movies 5 stars, and there were a couple that almost made the grade.You’ll find those below, along with the rest of the best of 2016.Do you disagree with the picks? I certainly hope so. Arguing about them is half the fun.The usual caveats apply. There are four or five other movies I could easily swap in, and the top four are close enough that I could switch them around and still feel OK about things. But you’ve got to pick 10, and you’ve got to rank them. Rules are rules. So here you go:MORE AZCENTRAL ON SOCIAL: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | PinterestMike Birbiglia is a talented filmmaker as well as a terrific improv comic. He merges those worlds here, with a perfectly cast movie about a New York comedy troupe struggling to succeed and, for some of its members, struggling with success. Birbiglia wrote, directs and stars as the leader of the group, bitter after being passed over for stardom. Keegan-Michael Key plays a star about to hit it big; Continue Reading

‘La La Land’ is the best movie of the year

“La La Land” is magical.You can describe it in other ways — beautiful, joyous, heartbreaking, fun, toe-tapping, emotional, flat-out great — but “magical” seems like the best fit for writer and director Damien Chazelle’s brilliant film. If you have friends who say they don’t make good movies anymore, drag them to this.RELATED: Will Emma Stone be dancing with an Oscar thanks to 'La La Land?' | What are the best movies of 2016? | Top 5 movie musicals will have you singing and dancingIt’s a full-on musical, with the magical realism that often implies. There are dance numbers, some of the Busby Berkeley variety, including the first scene, set on an LA freeway choked with traffic. It’s the oldest story in Hollywood — struggling actress meets struggling musician, a variation on the boy-meets-girl trope.It is at once a throwback and contemporary. Don’t let the bright primary colors, snappy dance numbers and gorgeous sunsets fool you — this is a movie that traces the real strains the fight for success puts on a relationship. In other words, it brings realism to the genre while making room for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling to literally float while dancing together, and those seeming contradictions fit together perfectly.Traffic on the above-mentioned freeway grinds to a halt. So what do the drivers do? Hop out of their cars and break into song and dance to “Another Day of Sun,” which is maybe not quite as sunny as it sounds. Like the other songs, it’s written by Justin Hurwitz, with lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.Among the crowd are Mia (Stone) and Sebastian (Gosling). He blows his horn at her, she gives him the finger — ah, romance. She’s on the way to her job at a coffee shop on the Warner Bros. lot, and then on to another soul-sucking audition, in which the casting directors often don’t even look up from their phones.Seb, as some call Continue Reading