No. 10 on AOL's list was this year's biggest and most buzzed about airplane — the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. With a capacity of 210-330 passengers on its three different models, the Boeing Dreamliner has unmatched fuel efficiency — using 20 percent less fuel than similarly sized airplanes on comparable trip lengths. Also, 50 percent of the Dreamliner's primary structure is made from composite materials. Since the plane's unveiling in July, the company has received almost 750 plane orders and is expected to deliver the first of its fleet in late 2008.
Tween sensation Hannah Montana came in at No. 9. The enormous popularity of Montana, played by singer Billy Ray Cyrus' daughter Miley Cyrus, has exceeded even Disney's expectations of the brand. With a hit TV show, sold-out concerts, a clothing line, toys and an upcoming movie, Hannah Montana is, without a doubt, the hottest "celeb-u-product" for America's 13-and-younger set.
"Halo 3," a video game developed for the Xbox 360 console, is AOL's No. 8 pick this year. Opening-day sales of this video game topped $170 million Sept. 25. But that number quickly faded as the sales total climbed to $300 million in its first week of availability. "Halo 3" broke the record for the highest-grossing opening day in entertainment history. That title was previously held by "Spiderman-3," which grossed $60 million at the box office in May 2007.
Google Maps earned the No. 7 spot with the launch of two new upgrades this year. In April, Google released a program that allowed people to make their own maps "mashups" — or as they it, "My Maps." May 2007 saw the incarnation of Street View, a program that gave users a 360-degree view of every street in several major U.S. cities. The precision and clarity of their street-view images raised privacy concerns, which only added to the buzz, and made voyeurs of all of us.
The Tesla Roadster's pre-launch buzz catapulted it to No. 6. This sports car boasts a 0-60 time of less than four seconds, but speed is not its chief appeal. The Roadster is a fully electric vehicle. Although the Roadster prototype was unveiled in 2006, delays in the car's production have pushed back its debut to early 2008. Interested? Apparently, so is everyone else. But good luck getting your hands on one, it's already sold out.
No. 5 on the list is Vitamin Water, an energy drink for the health conscious. With support from celebrities such as 50 Cent, Kelly Clarkson, David Ortiz and Shaquille O'Neal, Glacéau brand, which Coca-Cola bought in 2007 for $4.2 billion, became a pioneer in its field of "advanced water."
Sling Media's Slingbox slid in to AOL's No 4 spot with it's anytime, anywhere usage. This trapezoid-shaped box allows consumers to compress and transfer live TV, satellite or DVR from their home to their computers or smartphones from anywhere in the world, all without requiring their home computers to be running. Thus making your favorite TV shows available when and where you want them.