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Top 40 Science Ideas in November

From Distracted Driver-Spotting AI to VR Eye-Tracking Systems

— November 26, 2016 — Tech
As the November 2016 science trends reveal, AI and VR technology is being used in a wide variety of ways to improve the everyday lives of consumers.

In terms of AI, the technology is being used in a number of different fields, including law and transportation. For example, a group of researchers recently collected data from the European Court of Human Rights to create an AI program that predict the outcome of human rights trials. In the world of transportation, a product called the Myriad chip is being used to detect instances of distracted driving.

Similar to AI, VR technology is also leading to a number of scientific advancements. As highlighted by the November 2016 science trends, examples include palliative pharmacy apps that distract patients from painful experiences, low-tech headsets that offer migraine relief and eye-tracking systems that could allow consumers to manipulate objects with their gaze.
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Tactile Object-Identifying Sensors
Tactile Object-Identifying Sensors
This Sensor System Can Accurately Identify Objects By Touch
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AI Human Rights Judges
AI Human Rights Judges
This AI's Judgements are Based on the European Court of Human Rights
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38
Microbial Arcade Games
Microbial Arcade Games
This Smartphone Microscope Game Lets Kids Play Pac-Man With Real Microbes
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37
Ideal Speech Recognition Systems
Ideal Speech Recognition Systems
Microsoft's System Has a Word Error Rate Equal to That of Humans
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36
3D-Modeled Historic Cities
3D-Modeled Historic Cities
Researchers at Lund University Have Created a Model of Old Pompeii
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35
GMO-Detection Devices
GMO-Detection Devices
This High-Tech Sensor Can Identify and Quantify GMO Materials In Crops
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34
Dynamic Image Projections
Dynamic Image Projections
Ishikawa Watanabe Lab's DynaFlash Projects Images onto Moving Objects
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33
Polished 3D-Printing Techniques
Polished 3D-Printing Techniques
Printoptical's Printing Technology Requires No Post-Processing
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32
Cloud-Based Research Apps
Cloud-Based Research Apps
'Benchling' is a Document Aggregator Specifically for the Life Sciences
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31
Rehabilitative Soft Robots
Rehabilitative Soft Robots
The EPFL's Reconfigurable Robotics Lab's Robots Can Mimic Human Muscles
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30
Wearable Wrist Stabilizers
Wearable Wrist Stabilizers
The Neurosplint Assesses Wrist Posture and Offers High-Tech Feedback
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29
Fertility Timing Services
Fertility Timing Services
Prelude Fertility Gives Women Control Over When They Have Children
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28
Flower Recognition Apps
Flower Recognition Apps
This App Uses Smart Technology to Let iPhone Users Identify Flower Species
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27
Exposed Lattice Casts
Exposed Lattice Casts
Cast21 is as Strong as Normal Fiberglass Casts Yet With a Unique Design
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26
Taste Manipulation Devices
Taste Manipulation Devices
The Taste Buddy Prototype Can Stimulate Taste Buds to Mimic Flavors
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25
Chinese Medical Chat Bots
Chinese Medical Chat Bots
Baidu's Melody the Medical Assistant Helps Doctors Diagnose Patients
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24
Cardiologist-Crafted Gelato Recipes
Cardiologist-Crafted Gelato Recipes
This Antioxidant-Rich Gelato Can Improve Athletic Performance
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23
Powerful Object-Tracking Telescopes
Powerful Object-Tracking Telescopes
The Space Surveillance Telescope is a Project from DARPA
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22
Non-Invasive Allergy Tablets
Non-Invasive Allergy Tablets
These Innovative Pills Provide a Pain-Free Alternative to EpiPens
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Distracted Driver-Spotting AI
Distracted Driver-Spotting AI
Movidius' Myriad Chip Can Recognize Texting and Driving
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VR Eye-Tracking Systems
VR Eye-Tracking Systems
Google's Eyefluence Will Let Users Control VR with Their Eyes
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Wirelessly Powered Drones
Wirelessly Powered Drones
This Drone Doesn't Require Cables or Tethers to Get Charged Up
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18
Omnisensory Body Suits
Omnisensory Body Suits
Sarotis is a Body Suit That Could Let Users Feel Digital Information
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Exoplanet Imaging Projects
Exoplanet Imaging Projects
Project Blue Hopes to Photograph an Exoplanet Around Alpha Centauri
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Camera-Containing Catheters
Camera-Containing Catheters
This Tiny Camera Lets Surgeons See Inside Blood Vessels In Real Time
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15
Haptic Surgery Robots
Haptic Surgery Robots
Deakin University's 'HeroSurg' Gives Surgeons 3D Images and Haptic Feedback
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14
Moisture-Measuring Robots
Moisture-Measuring Robots
This Agricultural Robot Helps Farmers Water Their Crops Optimally
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13
Infrared Dental Cameras
Infrared Dental Cameras
This Contraption Helps Dentists Inspect Patients and Detect Cavities
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12
Wireless Fingerprint Systems
Wireless Fingerprint Systems
This Fingerprint System Conveys You Information From Phone to Device
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11
Palliative Pharmacy Apps
Palliative Pharmacy Apps
Apotek Hjartat's 'Happy Place' is a VR Experience to Help Mitigate Pain
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10
Kite-Based Power Sources
Kite-Based Power Sources
Kite Power Solutions Offers an Innovative and Cost-Effective Alternative
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9
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aircraft
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aircraft
The HY4 Aircraft Offers Revolutionary Four-Seater Electric Flight
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8
AR Migraine Experiences
AR Migraine Experiences
This Project Uses Augmented Reality to Educate People About Migraines
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7
Humongous Agricultural Drones
Humongous Agricultural Drones
The eBee Fixed-Wing Drone Helps Map Agricultural Territories
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6
Smartphone Microscope Adapters
Smartphone Microscope Adapters
The 'iMICROSCOPE RT' Upgrades a Smartphone in Seconds
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5
Self-Balancing 3D-Printed Figurines
Self-Balancing 3D-Printed Figurines
These 3D-Printed Models Use Ball Bearings For Balance
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4
Autonomous Agricultural Helicopters
Autonomous Agricultural Helicopters
This Unmanned Helicopter is Designed For Crop-Dusting Work
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3
Typhoon-Strength Wind Turbines
Typhoon-Strength Wind Turbines
Atsushi Shimizu's Wind Turbine Can Withstand Gale Force Winds
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2
Photo-Realistic 3D Avatars
Photo-Realistic 3D Avatars
Metapixel's Image Capturing System Creates Incredibly Lifelike Avatars
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1
Luxurious Weightless Chairs
Luxurious Weightless Chairs
The Elysium Chair was Developed by a Bioengineering Professor
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