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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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Samsung Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor hacked using wood glue spoof

Samsung galaxy s5 fingerprint scanner hacked by SRLabs

While most of us thought Samsung would have learned from the glitches in the iPhone 5’s fingerprint scanner, researchers at the Security Research Labs in Germany have proven it otherwise by hacking past the Samsung Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor and sending money via the PayPal app. You might recall the hacking technique these guys at SRLabs used to hack the Apple’s iPhone 5’s fingerprint scanner, they have employed the same method of using a fingerprint spoof to breach the S5 fingerprint scanner. Read More…

Lix pen: Sleek 3D printing pen lets you create tangible 3D drawings

Lix 3D printing pen

For those who want to go beyond the canvas to show off their 3D painting and rendering skills 3D printing has the apt answer. 3D Doodler 3D printing pen took the world by the storm as it gives creative artists a chance to showcase their skills, but it has one real downside, it was too big to hold and carry around. So it is time to introduce Lix 3D printing pen developed by Anton Suvorov which is sleek and very easy to handle while rendering 3D drawings and a viable answer for what 3D Doodler lacked. Slated as the smallest 3D pen so far, Lix is all set to rock Kickstarter in a few weeks’ time.

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Voice-controlled robotic wheelchair being developed by MIT researchers

Voice controlled robotic wheelchair

Developed by Robust Robotics Group, a team of MIT research scientists and students headed by Nicolas Roy and Seth Teller, this voice-controlled robotic wheelchair is under development since 2005 and is funded by Microsoft and Nokia. To be precise, this Intelligent Wheelchair project is aimed for people with limited mobility and chronic disability, so that they can move freely in their environment with utmost ease courtesy an intelligent wheelchair software system and computing brain that keeps on learning as it gets more data information regarding the operating environment. The wheelchair has built-in sensors and laser guided navigation system which allows it to get past obstacles and avoid bumping into newly installed things around the home and office environment.
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Google working on contact lens with embedded micro-cameras

Google Smart contact lens with camera

Google of course banks a lot on its high tech Google Glasses and is coming up with innovations that more than meet the eye. In-fact they have actually centered their products on one of the most active human organ that is the eye. Couple of months back Google revealed their secretive project called Smart Contact lens for measuring diabetes by analyzing the glucose levels in the tears and now they have filed another patent for a smart contact lens system that has integrated camera in it. Now this sounds reminiscent to some of the sci-fi technology shown in movies and TV series!
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KinoCOM communication device helps disabled patients with restricted movement

KinoCOM communication device by Idealab

To help paralyzed people or patients having lost their limbs, the KinoCOM device by IdeaLabs is as innovative and simple as it can get. Translating motion into communication, this device is made from microcontroller and motion sensing accelerometers that are inexpensive and effective solution for making life of disabled people a tad easier. It makes communicating with devices like laptop very easy, in-fact just a single click controls the computer cursor.
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SphereBot UAV does the dangerous job of powerline inspection

SphereBot drone

At a conference hosted by the Sacramento California Student Branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a team led by Rebecca Wingo who came up with the idea of this sphere like robot, impressed everyone present there. This semi-autonomous robot is specifically built for assisting personnel who have to inspect power lines which is quite a risky task considering the volume of electricity passing through those lines. Add to that the distance at which these power lines are installed, almost 100 feet off the ground. No doubting that so many personnel have succumb to the dangers that come with this tedious task.
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PowerLoader Light Ninja is a lightweight exoskeleton suit for walking assistance

PowerLoader Light Ninja exoskeleton suit

ActiveLink, a division of Panasonic is developing an exoskeleton suit that helps a person in doing physical activity related to walking or running. PowerLoader Light Ninja exoskeleton suit that braces the wearer’s knees and ankles to give extra support while performing any activity like running, climbing up the stairs or walking on an inclined path that would otherwise tire him/her in a very short time. In a way it increases the capability of an average person by three folds which all goes well for the applications this exoskeleton can be used for. As compared to some earlier exoskeleton suits developed by ActiveLink, this one consumes very less power as it has reduced mechanical parts and the supporting motors have also been reduced in size without any compromise in the performance of the power suit.
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Emotion-sensing gaming controller senses player’s stress level to change in-game difficulty

Emotion sensing gaming controller

Stanford Emotion Sensing Bio Gamepad

Do you get bored while playing your favorite game just because it isn’t tough enough? For instance the number of automobiles coming from opposite direction are not enough to challenge your driving skills in a racing game? Then Stanford electrical engineer, Gregory Kovas and Texas Instruments are working on that element of gaming to make it tough as the player needs it without changing settings in the gameplay interface. They have modded an Xbox 360 controller with a 3D printed plastic module loaded with sensors, so that it can measure your biological data in real-time and change the gaming elements. Meaning that it doesn’t get too difficult or too easy for your while playing your favorite games.
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