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Indian youth builds voice-controlled wheelchair for his grandfather

bihar boy builds voice-controlled wheel chair
Ashutosh, a resident of Bihar and a final year engineering student at Birla Institute of Technology, Patna did something remarkable to help his grandfather move around without help from others. Ashutosh knew his grandfather hates it when someone tries to help him move around, so he created a voice-controlled wheelchair for him. Fan of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, Ashutosh was also impressed by his voice-command wheelchair. No surprise that he designed and built a working model based on Hawkins’s wheelchair. Read More…

Live from the Hive: Bristol varsity undertakes world’s first live tweeting honeybees project

Live from the hive

To study the effect of human population around beehives, the University of Bristol has collaborated with At-Bristol, UK’s renowned interactive science center and BeeBristol for project ‘Live from the Hive’. The project will compare data from two different beehives, one in urban area and other in natural habitat. One of the hives is located on the center’s green roof, while other is located 14 miles south of Bristol in Langford, a rural area. Researchers predict adverse effect on the bees due to pollution caused by human activity.  Read More…

SmartCane uses ultrasonic waves to help visually impaired navigate better

SmartCane Rohan Paul

There are endless technologies being built to benefit the visually impaired. Yet, in developing countries like India, a majority of visually impaired still use the age old white cane to navigate. While the white cane is still effective at detecting objects at the ground level, it fails as an assistive tool when it comes to detecting objects above the waist. As a solution, an Indian robotics researcher and inventor, Dr Rohan Paul has designed and developed the SmartCane – a battery operated walking cane which uses ultrasonic waves to detect objects and obstacles between knee and head height of the user. Read More…

Rolls Royce Vision 100 Concept: Opulent self-driving electric car of the future

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While other automotive manufactures are concentrating on making a self-driving car for normal users, Rolls Royce has something extravagant to offer. The BMW owned brand well-known for its opulence and a high-end cluster of customers, has now decided to foray into the future forward self-driving automotive market. The Rolls Royce Vision 100 concept car clearly gives us a glimpse of what luxury self-driving cars will be like 10-20 years down the line. Even by RR’s standards, the electric engine driven concept car overshadows its current models. This two-seater haven in luxury mobility is more than 19 feet long, and given new meaning to the expression automotive haute couture.

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Apple iOS 10 gets noticeable updates, here’s a detailed look at them

Apple iOS 10

At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple made some key announcements which will decide the course for the next twelve months. Major updates included tweaks and improvements for Mac, Apple Watch, iPhone and Apple TV. As promised earlier in the detailed article about those major announcements at WWDC, we here concentrate on what iOS 10 update brings on the platter for Apple iPhone and iPad users. Simply because there are more than 1 billion iOS devices being used globally. The operating system has been kind of revamped from bottom up and gives us a chance to discuss about all the new features worth mentioning. And yes, Tim Cook did mention that iOS 10 is the mother of all releases.
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Five major announcements coming out of Apple’s WWDC 2016

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At the annual software conference – the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple chief executive Tim Cook and company took to the stage and had amazing announcements to make. Some of these finest and freshest announcement from Apple ranged across company’s spectrum of products including the Mac computers, iPhone, Apple TV and the company’s only wearable, the Apple Watch.  The incremental updates came for the OS’s in almost everything from Mac, Apple Watch, iPhone and Apple TV in addition to a few updates for Siri, iMessage and Maps. We have here touched on the five most important announcements from the conference. Read More…

Playful Wisp Pediatric Nasal Mask for non-invasive ventilation in children

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Children with obstructive sleep apnea and neuromuscular disorders need frequent ventilation to maintain the oxygen levels in blood. This can take a toll on child’s psyche and have long term stress related problems which can be hard to solve. To make ventilation fun activity for children suffering from such unfortunate ailments, Philips Respironics (a subsidiary of Royal Philips) has developed Wisp Pediatric Nasal Mask. This ventilating mask is designed to assist in breathing and proper intake of oxygen, while maintaining the fun element with its giraffe neck like design.
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CSIC develops exoskeleton for children having loss of mobility

CSIC Exoskeleton

Exoskeletons give people with limited mobility the freedom to walk freely again. Such condition is mentally damaging for adults, just imagine the kind of effect it has on a child. For grown-ups Berkley-based SuitX revealed the most practical exoskeleton called Phoenix, for people who are not able to walk due to some medical condition. Before that however, Marsi Bionics created an exoskeleton suit for Daniela, a six-year old quadriplegic patient. The suit adapts to growing child’s needs, and that makes it an innovation which will go a long way. Keeping up to the promise of developing exoskeletons which have long term benefits for growing children, Marsi Bionics has lend its technology to help The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) develop world’s first exoskeleton for kids having muscular atrophy.


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TraxPack: A smart wheeled bag with tank-tracks to deal with stairs

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Wheeled suitcase is easy to maneuver, but becomes tedious to drag up on stairs. The wheeled bags nowadays are coming with features like smartphone charging and smart-lock, but TraxPack has more to offer. The TraxPack has location tracking powered by GSM and GPRS, two ports for charging portable devices, and an integrated scale that lets user measure their luggage weight and manage it accordingly, like in against airline requirements.
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Star Wars BB-8 Talking Fridge Toy: Japanese surprise us again with a crazy gadget

BB-8 talking fridge gadget

BB-8 is one of the most popular character from Star Wars which inspired DIY’ers to come-up with unique things. This cute little rolling robot is undeniable when it comes to creating homemade toys, robots or even souvenirs. To be frank, BB-8 droid rules the DIY world and for good reason too. This time around we have a Star Wars BB-8 talking fridge gadget which is something very different from what we have seen so far. The little BB-8 has loaded sensors which detect refrigerator’s door opening and set the BB-8 alive with voice chat assisted by more than 20 pre-loaded audio files.
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