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Most Innovative Projects of 2014

Written by wyncode on 3rd July 2014, 4:50 PM

With technology steamrolling its way through any and all areas of people’s lives, more and more innovation is taking place. As 2014 marches on, so do the various projects being conducted by tech companies everywhere. Some of the most unusual projects involve those where computer programming is being used to create machines and applications that can do things once thought impossible. Below is a list of some of the most interesting and innovative projects of the year.

1. SCiO Molecular Scanner

If you’ve ever had the desire to know the molecular makeup of something simply by pointing at it, then you’ve found just what you’ve been looking for all these years. The SCiO Molecular Scanner, developed by Israeli tech company Consumer Physics, involved using the best of the best brains from such prestigious institutions as MIT, Harvard, Caltech, Stanford and many others. The handheld scanner can let its user simply point it at an object, analyze the molecular makeup and then transmit the data to a smartphone in real-time. So why have one of these? Because it can be used for a variety of situations, such as trying to figure out how old that apple is you’re thinking about buying or how much alcohol is in that glass of wine you’re holding in your hand. Set to retail for only $249, it’s a must-have for future molecular biologists.

2. AnkiDrive

If you’ve wanted to know how to control a car with an iPhone or iPad, then AnkiDrive will let you find out. One of the latest and most anticipated games to hit the market in years, it lets a person control a car that’s on a race track. The car, using state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and algorithms, is then able to scan the track 500 times per second, allowing it to adjust its speed and position.

3. Pocket Scan

A handheld scanner that scans anything it comes into contact with, the Pocket Scan sounds rather ho-hum. However, what makes it special is its capability to scan a document and use its installed software to recognize the text in any language and turn the file into a document. Not only does it work for documents, but also pictures and other images.

So whether finding out the molecular makeup of an object or controlling a car through artificial intelligence, 2014 has produced high-tech innovations that show us the best is yet to come.

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