10/04/2010 10:34 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Breakthrough Awards 2010: Popular Mechanics' 10 Most Transformative Products Of 2010 (PHOTOS)

Popular Mechanics' sixth annual Breakthrough Awards recognize the top people and products that have "truly moved society forward," celebrating innovations that range from artificial retinas to hedge trimmers.

"From soccer balls that generate light to cell phones that diagnose medical conditions, our diverse, inspired winners are making the seemingly impossible a reality," explained Popular Mechanics editor-in-chief James B. Meigs in a press release, noting that the honorees are "leading the way into the future."

Check out Popular Mechanics' picks for the 10 most transformative products of 2010 in the slideshow below. Click here for a full list of the Breakthrough Award winners, as well as descriptions of their accomplishments.