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THIRTY YEARS LATER ...

That smart cooker, which we’ve nicknamed the Millennial Oven, perfectly follows the trajectory of innovation over the past 30 years. It’s built around bedrock technologies—convection cooking, image recognition, microprocessors, compact cameras, wireless radios—but elevated by the addition of an anyone-proof interface.

We’ve seen this story time and again since 1988, the year editors first anointed 100 products as the Best of What’s New. The cultural shift over those years is remarkable.

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