The Best Inventions of 2021
November 10, 2021 6:13 AM EST

SPECIAL MENTION: Lots of creative artists are using augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR)—and plenty more would like to, if only the technology wasn’t so complicated. Enter Volta, an easy-to-use app that artists can use to edit and build their own mixed-reality environments to be streamed on Twitch or experienced via a VR platform. Volta, which is currently in beta and offered for free, also can be used to enhance live performances. One famous fan: electropop artist Imogen Heap, who live-streamed the creation of her music video Last Night Of An Empire. —Jason Cipriani

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