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Berkeley student’s automated dorm room is a geek’s paradise

Put some intelligent motion sensors, synchronized with a single computer, to work inside a dorm room, and this is the outcome which the whole world loves, appreciates. Derek Low, an electrical engineer at University of California, turns his dorm room into a smart living place in which everything from light switches to curtains are automated. Curtains automatically open and lights turn on as Low enters the room. Various settings include sleep mode, homework mode, romantic mode, etc, in which sharpness of light varies as per user’s needs. In party mode, for example, curtains automatically close with a sharp ear-piercing sound, disco ball starts spinning with emitting some flickering lights, and music player streams some fast music tracks and turns the small apartment into a personal club.

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MyShake app gives you extra few seconds before a major earthquake

MyShake Android App_2

Natural disasters, particularly earthquakes are the most feared thing in this world as they strike without notice. Detecting earthquakes has been a major subject of study and researchers world over have dedicated their lives for doing so. There is no doubt how smartphones can play a pivotal role in detecting earthquakes owing to their advanced sensors. Exploring that capability has already been researched by University of Houston and National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy. Now researchers at the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory have taken those finding forward and developed an app for smartphones which records even the slightest of tremors and helps in formulating a prediction pattern for the future.
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Smart Bandage capable of detecting bedsores at a very early stage

Smart Bandage that detects bedsores and ulcers UC Berkeley

Bedsores and ulcers can be a real irritation for bed-ridden people, and they are very painful indeed. To counter this problem Engineers at UC Berkeley and researchers at UCSF are in the phase of developing a Smart Bandage that detects underlying development of bedsores at a very early stage. The development of this Smart Bandage is undertaken by UC Berkeley researchers who devised the software and hardware of the bandage, while UCSF carried out all the initial animal trials. Smart Bandage uses electrical signals (impedance spectroscopy) to detect tissue development under the skin for curing bedsores or ulcers at their root level.
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Engineers invent ultra-thin artificial skin that changes colors

ultra-thin chameleon-like skin

A study published by a team of UC Berkeley engineers announces the invention of an ultra-thin film that can shift colors when flexed. Clearly, the inspiration comes from the capability of a chameleon to change colors to match the environment. It’s an incredible invention as a lot of fields will be benefited through such technology. Read More…

Engineers develop flexible sensors to determine heart oxygen levels

Organic wearable device by UC Berkeley

Engineers at UC Berkeley have come up with a pulse oximeter sensor that measures blood oxygen levels, arterial oxygen saturation and heart rate with pin-point accuracy. As opposed to other pulse meters in the market this wearable sensor is thinner, cheap and flexible enough to be worn like a band. This gives the wearable sensor more flexibility in terms of portability and use.
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e-whiskers developed for robotics and wearable technology applications

electronic whiskers

Nanotechnology and artificial body parts have been a subject of research for intuitive minds for decades and with the kind of technology that the world has evolved it is no surprise that we are seeing new developments every now and then. Researchers at Berkeley Lab and University of California (UC) Berkeley have come up with artificial whiskers made from silver nanoparticles and composite films of carbon quite similar to the whiskers of cats or rats. These e-whiskers are very sensitive to even a pressure of 1 Pascal which is equivalent to pressure exerted by a dollar bill on table. These electronic whiskers have high-aspect ratio fibers coated with conductive composite films of nanotubes and nanoparticles making them 10 times more sensitive to pressure than other pressure sensors developed in the past.
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MAX – Flexible and lightweight exoskeleton promises bionic future

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Exoskeletons give able mobility to the elderly and people employed in heavy manufacturing industry. But they can be bulky and complicated to use. To make more practical usability of exoskeletons and lend the users ease of use, MAX (Modular Agile eXoskeleton) system is here. This low cost exoskeleton promises ultra-mobility is specially designed for industries where workers have to be in a crouched position.
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CRAM robot inspired by cockroaches will be vital in search & rescue operations

CRAM Cockroach robot_1

Cockroaches are the creepiest insects that nobody dares to love, isn’t it? But scientists at University of California Berkley have taken interest in this ugly insect to have an insight on its Houdini-like tricks and build a robotic cockroach. Inspired by their ability to squeeze their body to get through the tiniest of crevice, American cockroaches have capabilities that can be emulated in a robotic form for search and rescue operations in case of natural calamities like earthquakes or tornados. Cockroaches have the unique capability to position their legs to the sides and their shell acts like a sponge to take 900 times impact of their body weight.
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Researchers develop sweat analyzing wearable for precise health monitoring

Sweatbit wearable health monitor

Sweat can tell lot about a person’s health and quite often we ignore the signs like constant odor or color in sweat. According to experts sweat contains chemicals, electrolytes, proteins and heavy metals which when studied can reveal a person’s internal health as well as hydration levels. Researchers at University of California, Berkley have developed a sensor-enabled wearable which analyses person’s sweat and based on it gives health stats and also physiology insights. That means tracking of body functions in depth, and the use of this wearable will span beyond fitness tracking. It will be used in medical field to know about patient’s body functions in detail.
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