Category: Innovations

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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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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Interview: Suman Mulumudi, creator of Steth IO iPhone case that doubles as a stethoscope

Steth IO by Suman Mulumudi

A few weeks back we showed you one of the most innovative technology by a teenager that uses iPhone as a stethoscope. The Steth IO case for smartphone, developed by Suman Mulumudi who unearthed the hidden capability of iPhone’s microphone to detect heart beats very precisely, can even better a stethoscope. So we had to get an interview done with this ingenious kid who is on the course of making the most tech savvy stethoscope that you could ever imagine of. A stethoscope that is actually your iPhone case. So read on for what Suman had to say about our inquisitive queries and you’ll surely be amazed by his intellect.

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Self-dissolving electronics could make gadgets destructible on command

Transient electronics

Degradable antenna that self destructs on command

You lose your phone and then wonder if would destroy itself completely as there is some confidential data in it that can reveal your greatest secrets. Well for your phone or any other gadget to self-destruct it needs to dissolve at the very basic circuitry level and that is some technological advancement to achieve given the current situation. However Reza Montazami, an Iowa State University assistant professor of mechanical engineering is developing a technology that he calls transient materials which comprises of hardware made from special polymers that are capable of dissolving when the trigger is activated.
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Land Rover will reveal world’s first invisible car technology at New York Auto Show

Land rover Transparent Bonnet virtual imagining technology

The invisible Aston Martin Vanquish in Die Another Day was just a cooked up imagination but pictured well in the movie. Now in real life, Jaguar Land Rover is working on a Transparent Bonnet virtual imagining concept that will be the next best to a completely invisible car. The new camera-based technology will debut on Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept SUV at New York Auto Show on 16th April, so don’t miss it if you are anywhere around the city at that time. Cameras positioned in front of the car feed a Head-Up Display, thereby creating a see-through view of the terrain underneath, wheels and engine bay.
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Body heat harnessing thermo-element tattoo generates electric power

Thermo element body heat to produce electric energy

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning have developed a wearable thermo-element that converts thermal energy into electrical energy and can be very useful in powering up wearable devices. The team led by Professor Jo Byeong-jin of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has managed to create a system that can harness body heat and convert it to electricity. The thermo-element is made from glass fiber and can be embedded into clothing as it is light-weight enough to not become a hassle while wearing.
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Revolutionary nanotechnology charges smartphone in mere 30 seconds

Storedot Organic phone charger

Charging you gadgets in a matter of seconds could become a reality as an Israeli based company has invented a revolutionary nanotechnology which is a collection of nanodots of biological origin which have enhanced electrode capacitance. Add to that the increased battery life expectancy that can survive thousands of charges and you have a battery charging solution that will ridicule all other methods without question. At Microsoft’s Think Next conference Tel Aviv University revealed its prototype charging device called StoreDot that can juice up your smartphone in just 30 seconds using Multi Function Electrode and that technology could be in your hands come the year 2016.
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