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Among the top 10 choices among the top 100 inventions

 The American “Time” highlights the latest inventions that deal with the requirements imposed by the Corona pandemic regarding work, distance education, hygiene and disinfection, in addition to augmented reality in surgeries and a solution to a problem due to climate change.

Among the top 10 choices among the top 100 inventions


Every year, the American “TIME” magazine highlights the best inventions that make the world better, smarter and more fun, which this year are characterized by providing solutions to emerging problems that keep pace with the Corona pandemic.


Time relies on aggregating nominations from a variety of professional editors and reporters around the world, then assessing each competitor on key factors, including creativity, impact, ambition and potency.


Among the list of 100 inventions for the year 2020, “Al Arabiya.net” today selected 10 of the most important ones due to the new nature of daily life, from the increasing demands on cleanliness of places and people, work and distance education, and of course what keeps pace with women’s interests in beauty and taking care of their appearance:



1. Artificial intelligence for mixing cosmetics

Among the top 10 choices among the top 100 inventions


When it comes to beauty, there is no one size fits all. That's why cosmetics company Perso, a clever dispenser that mixes lipsticks, foundations and skincare products tailored to each individual user. 


The user logs into a Perso app and uploads a selfie, which the app's algorithm will then evaluate and address common skin concerns such as dark spots, wrinkles and blemishes. 


For skin care formulations, the application will also take into account environmental conditions such as humidity and sun exposure before mixing the desired product by the user herself. With the smart dispenser, there are interchangeable cartridges for blending products, meaning users can easily switch between blending for skincare or makeup.


2. The skill-building robot "Moxy"

Among the top 10 choices among the top 100 inventions


A robot called Moxie was created by a constellation of experts in artificial intelligence, software, education and child development. MOXY aims to help enhance the social and emotional skills of children from 5 to 10 years old. 


It is designed so that children find a compassionate friend who encourages reading and drawing, and motivates them to interact with adults, siblings and peers by writing gentle notes for their families or talking to a friend about feelings, preparing them scientifically and educationally for the real world.


3. High tech teacher


Among the top 10 choices among the top 100 inventions



With the aim of solving computer science and mathematics learning problems, ABii was developed, a robotic tutor that aims to bridge the math and reading proficiency gap for fifth graders.


 “Abyei” is not just a toy, but a robot that is designed to work with teachers, and increasingly with parents now, after many children are receiving their education from home due to the precautionary measures to combat the exacerbation of the Corona pandemic. 


The Abyei robot uses a camera to detect changes in students' attention and refine its teaching approach to suit each individual student. The Abyei bot includes regularly updated lesson plans to meet country-specific national standards for school versions and home versions as well.


4. Embarrassing Situations Blocking App


As millions around the world struggle to adapt to relying on remote work, many are encountering the embarrassing and haunting problem of unwanted background noise during important online business meetings, such as children's screaming, lawn mowers and dogs barking. 


The electronic Krisp app is created as a mute button for all those sounds that cause embarrassing situations. The noise canceling app is compatible with any video conferencing or voice chatting software. 


The application employs machine learning techniques to distinguish between the user's voice and background sounds, and then automatically filters out unwanted sounds and blocks out background noise so that only the speaker's voice reaches the bosses and the rest of the co-workers.



5. Augmented Reality Guided Surgery

Among the top 10 choices among the top 100 inventions


Augmedics has produced the xvision headset, which gives surgeons x-ray vision during surgeries using augmented reality technologies. XVision surgical glasses use augmented reality to convert a patient's CT scan into a 3D visualization that helps guide surgeons for spinal surgeries, which require a millimeter resolution. 


The Xvision High Resolution Surgical Glasses give a highly conformable 3D image of the patient's spine on their body, allowing surgeons to see (almost) under the skin without looking away from the operating table to monitors attached to them. The innovative device received FDA approval in December 2019 and is already in use at top US hospitals such as Johns Hopkins and Rush University Medical Center.



6. Germ Hunter


Humans inhale countless potentially infectious particles that, if they bypass the mucus lining in the upper airway and enter the lungs, can make a person ill. When a sick person exhales, particles from the respiratory tract infect others as well. 


For more than a decade, Harvard aerosol expert Professor David Edwards has worked on what he calls the FEND smart nasal spray, which he sees is equivalent to hand washing to reduce the risk of infection. FIND is a salt and calcium free nasal spray that strengthens the mucus lining, helping to trap and remove small pathogens. 


In a preliminary study, people who used FEND spray exhaled 75% less aerosol particles, suggesting that it might be a worthwhile addition to the disease prevention arsenal, along with hand washing, masks and social distancing.


7. A self-cleaning broom


Vacuum cleaners or even robotic vacuums have been used to clean rooms in homes for dusting for years. It has always been there, whether in conventional or robotic vacuum cleaners, that the vacuum itself should have been cleaned and emptied of dust and dirt every once in a while. 


But the new Narwhal vacuum cleaner has been created with a self-cleaning feature, as it washes and dry its mopping pads through a refillable water tank. The new vacuum cleaner is controlled by an electronic application that allows switching between cleaning floors, carpets and other surfaces according to areas and directions.


8. Air cleaner


In hospitals, in particular, "clean" rooms are in high demand, as air remains trapped in a closed filtration system rather than mixing with the rest of the facility. 


The OptiClean Portable Air Purifier has two air purification functions, it can transform any room into a so-called negative air pressure space to prevent potentially contaminated air from flowing, and instead push it through a high-efficiency HEPA filter before it is released back into the room. 


Or he can simply filter pathogens from the room. The innovative device suits the needs of hospitals as well as schools, universities, offices and other buildings, looking to provide safe indoor environments.


9. "Portable Disinfectant"


CrazyCap has created a drinking water bottle cap that uses ultraviolet light to sterilize water within one minute. The producing company explains that: "When a person wants clean water, he drinks from water packed in plastic bottles, which is harmful to both health and the environment." 


The new invention provides a more sustainable way to get pure and sterile drinking water on the go anywhere in just 60 seconds. The device has two modes, one for purifying water from public taps or fountains, and the other for streams and ponds that are likely to resort to hikers and camp residents, who are accustomed to the tasks of boiling water to purify and sterilize it. The UV cap is rechargeable and compatible with most reusable bottles.


10. Water from the air anywhere


As the effects of global climate change accelerate, fresh water is more valuable than ever. A portable generator, called WEDEW, has been invented to produce fresh drinking water from air. The device is powered by a power source derived from heating discarded plant and animal materials, such as wood chips or walnut shells, releasing water vapor into the air during the process. Then the generator condenses the steam into potable water. 


The system consists of a container for storing the battery and a refrigeration unit as well as a transport container. In 2020, the WEDEW company, in partnership with the World Food Program, provided generators for clean drinking water in a refugee camp in Uganda, as well as in some poor areas of Tanzania.


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