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Virtual Fitting: Real-Time Garment Simulation for online shoppers

Virtual Fitting Real Time Garment Simulation Rice University

Internet of Things has brought a lot to the existing world and even changed the way we perceive things. Shopping is one thing that has gone virtual in a very short period of time with people looking to save time and money by ordering things online. But when you shop online for clothes more often than not you get disappointed as the color or size don’t really match to your expectations. Either the size is a mismatch or the color doesn’t look good on you when you try it on. Lam Yuk Wong and her design partner Xuaner Cecilia Zhang, both from China, decided to do something about the constant disappointment of online cloth shopping by them as well as their friends. And hence these two Rice University engineering students came up with the solution of a virtual fitting room they call “Virtual Fitting: Real-Time Garment Simulation” which shows the buyer how a particular cloth will look on them in real-time.
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Homemade Bitcoin fuel dispenser for when you run out of gas

Bitcoin Fluid dispenser

Bitcoin digital currency has changed the way we make purchases and it is most definitely the future of digital shopping spree. Now another good use of Bitcoin has come to light that supports this fact in a big way. Andy Schroder, thermodynamics researcher and a big fan of Bitcoin has made a Bitcoin Fluid Dispenser which dispenses diesel fuel. Just like any other normal fuel dispenser this fluid dispenser is made from scratch by Andy and follows strict guidelines required for dispensing fuel while following the Bitcoin specific requirements.
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Anagraphs – Electronic Braille reader that hooks on to mobile devices

Anagraphs electronic Braille reader

Life can be very difficult for blind people and although there are devices like braille to assist them in reading, they come at big cost which is not within reach of common people. To help blind people in getting the technological upgrade; a team involving researchers from Fraunhofer Institute of Photonic Microsystems, Germany along with private companies including C.K. Productions, Innora, and Hobart Lasers are developing a next generation reading device. Called Anagraphs, this device brings all the digital content available on e-readers, tablets or computers to blind and sight-impaired users.
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Bike-powered 3D printer recycles plastic and prints wearable medallions

Bike-powered 3D printer 

With an intention to get people closer to 3D printing and recycling, a group of students from various design and art schools in Taiwan have formed the Fabraft design studio. The latest from the little start-up’s workshop is the Mobile Fab, an out of the block bicycle installed with a small computer and a 3D printer. The bike-powered 3D printer turns discarded plastic bottles and cups into bike parts in a jiffy. All people have to do is feed the Mobile Fab with discarded plastic, it chops the plastic and then grinds it into powder before using the powder as ink to print wearable medallions attached to colored lights. Read More…

Ossia’s wireless charging solution Cota can power devices within 40 feet radius

Ossia Cota wireless charging 40 feet

We are not new to wireless charging, most high-end phones now come with wireless charging. But the truth is, wireless charging is still in its juvenile stage. Still, you need the device to be within a few inches from the power emitter, but with wireless charging techniques like the Cota from Ossia, a start-up in Redmond, Washington, the scenario is set to change. Unlike the wireless charging technique from the Chun T. Rim, which can emit power wirelessly up to 15 feet, Ossia’s patented wireless charging technology, called Cota can charge electronic devices without cords from 40 feet away.  Read More…

Lytro Illum light field camera, a new way up for professionals

Lytro Illum light field camera

To allow passionate amateurs and professional photographers cross limits of creativity inherent in film and digital photography, Lytro has launched the Illum camera which allows users to refocus on pictures after taking them. Now, this doesn’t really read different to the light-field camera Lytro launched back in 2011. But, the Lytro Illum is actually way too radically. Illum uses 40-megaray light field sensor (instead of megapixels), which allows the camera to capture color, intensity and direction of all light rays entering the camera. Result is, living digital pictures, which can be refocused after they have been shot. Read More…

Augmented Magnifier shows 1000x magnification overlay with subject metadata

Augmented Magnifier by Anirudh Sharma and Pattie Maes

A magnifying glass does what it claims to do. It magnifies what is being looked at through it. This is how magnifying glass has been since inception, with slight modifications here and there in its magnifying ability. But now, researchers Anirudh Sharma and Pattie Maes at MIT’s Media Labs vision to give the magnifying glass a transparent display to transform it into an Augmented Magnifier. Read More…

Jedi Putter trains golfers for an accurate putt with multisensory, real-time feedback

Jeff Fitlow

Over the years engineers have tried remodeling the physics of putter used in golf. There have been significant improvements, but the Jedi Putter, first multisensory, real-time tactile feedback training putter sets to make the game even more competitive. Designed for intermediate golfers to help them learn consistent putting strokes, the Jedi Putter is a brainchild of Ray Simar and his team of five engineers from the Rice University. Read More…

Osteoid medical cast with attachable bone stimulator promises quick healing

Osteoid medical cast

Medical casts that we use are made ideally for structural integrity. These casts are made of plaster and they sacrifice ventilation leading to itching, bad smell and unnecessary bulk. To offer a new, lightweight and durable alternative for such orthopedic casts, Deniz Karasahin has designed a customizable 3D printed medical cast dubbed the Osteoid. Osteoid is designed primarily to improvise on the healing experience of a broken or fractured bone. Being lightweight, easy to build, and fully customizable to need, the Osteoid can be easily combined with low intensity pulsed ultrasound bone simulator. The combination together allows healing process to be reduced by almost 38 percent in most critical cases. Read More…

Teenage inventions that are changing the world we live in

Teenage-Inventors

While most of the teenagers out there are busy enjoying their life to the fullest, a small bunch of them are always putting their mind into overdrive for innovative solutions to problems the world is plagued with. They don’t tinker around with fancy gadgets or upbeat toys, rather they make gizmos that even a veteran would be proud of. These kids might look innocent but what’s churning up in their mind is for all to see. And what’s important is that they rejoice every moment invested in creating these game-changing innovations. So, Let’s see what these teenage prodigies are doing to change the world we live in, and will one day become the pioneering entrepreneurs that world will remember for a long time.
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