India's Mangalyaan among best inventions of 2014

Time magazine has named India's Mangalyaan among the '25 Best Inventions of 2014 that are making the world better smarter and in some cases a little more fun'. Time described Mangalyaan as a technological feat that will allow India to flex its interplanetary muscle, nobody gets Mars right on the first try, but India did when Mangalyaan went into orbit around the Red Planet, a technological feat no other Asian nation has yet achieved. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation the Mars spacecraft cost India just $74 million, less than the budget for the science fiction movie Gravity. The Time magazine List of best inventions also includes an invention by Nalini Nadkarni, a forest ecologist and college professor who helped develop the 'Blue Rom' with Snake River Correctional Institution in Oregon, for inmates in solitary confinement, who for 23 hours a day see nothing but a tiny-white walled cell, an experience some research suggest heightens mental illness and makes prisoners suicidal. The Blue room is an exercise space where a projector plays videos of open deserts, streaming waterfalls and other outdoor scenes that Nadkarni says is designed much in the way one walks through a park to relax. Also on the list is Pramod Sharma a former Google engineer who developed 'Osmo' a tablet toy that gets physical and that he created when he saw his daughter playing with the iPad, but did not want her to be glued to the tablet all day. The toy has helped Osmo raise $14.5 million in capital and is now sold in the Apple Store. Other inventions mentioned on the list include a reactor developed by Lockheed Martin, Apple's smart watch, and Microsoft's Surface Pro 3.