At Synapse, something brilliant always seems to be in the works. Its teams of inventors, designers and engineers tackle all sort of problems for clients, whether it’s developing plaque removal technology for Philips Sonicare, DNA field analysis devices for Seahawk Biosystems or a metered electricity regulator for use in Bangalore, India. But the company’s work for Nike and TomTom on high-tech sports watches that track everything from steps walked to calories burned put it on the leading edge of the current wearable-tech craze.
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
| November 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.