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6. The get-drunk spray. Alcoholics can rejoice. Designers have come up with a tiny machine that gets you drunk in seconds. The £20 Wahh Quantum Sensations device, developed by Frenchman Philippe Starck and American David Edwards, sprays just 0.075ml pure alcohol at a time. It works instantly because it is an aerosol and hence absorbed quickly. The bad – and good – news is that the effect lasts only seconds as well.

Top 10 innovations of the year

Sci fi became reality this year with Google Glasses - computer-powered glasses that layer email and sat-nav over the real world. But other inventors pioneered even crazier ideas - from a flying drone that bellows encouragement while you jog, to a gun that makes people stop talking using a weird sonic effect.