Category: Innovations

Grillo Active – Earthquake early warning device for just $59

Grillo Active earthquake detection device

Natural disasters like earthquakes come without warning and leave behind irreparable damage. Early warning systems like SASMEX receivers cost over $300 which can be a costly affair for most of us. That is why an early warning system that costs just $59 is the thing most of us would want. Grillo Active is an early earthquake detection device designed by Andres Meira from Mexico which taps into the SASMEX frequencies and relays any alarm about earthquake that might be just about to strike.
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Bio-Bus: UK gets its first food and poo-powered bus

Bio-Bus UK’s first food and poo-powered bus

With environmental concerns and pollution increasing day by day, eco-friendly innovations in the transportation industry such as electric and gas powered vehicles are making their way into our daily life. The most recent progress in this context is the ‘Poo Bus’, a human and food waste powered bus that has gone into service between Bristol and Bath in the United Kingdom. Dubbed Bio-Bus, the 40-seater vehicle runs on bio-methane gas which is generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste. With a full tank of gas, the eco-friendly bus can travel up to 300km (186 miles) which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce.
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Solar-powered sugarcane juicer churns out fresh hygienic nectar

solar powered sugarcane juicer

Sure you enjoy the sweet sugarcane juice that is served out rightly in the Asian countries like India. But is it healthy since the sugarcane is crushed in machines that are out in the open? I’m a bit skeptical about that. However, that might soon change as Pradeep Borge, a 28 year old Pune-based inventor has come up with a solar-powered sugarcane juicer. This solar-powered sugarcane juicer is an enclosed juicer that is far more hygienic than the usual sugarcane juicers. Borge revealed his solar-powered juicer at the National Social Innovation Seminar in Pune and is all ready to sell his creation to local vendors.
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Using body movement and smartphone to create special musical playlists

Concert crowd

How about making your own music to suit your mood? Computer scientist Kristaian Nymoen and musicologist Jim Torresen at the University of Oslo have developed an all new software, which will allow your body movement and smartphone to create a special playlist based on your mood. With the new software, user can use the smartphone and his own body movement to create a composition of his own. Read More…

Teenager creates bike wheel powered battery charger for mobile devices

Spinning Power UF mobile device charger

Harnessing energy that is all around us is paramount in developing systems that can be powered for long duration using natural energy sources. Yet another example of energy harnessing system is this bike-wheel powered charger device. Christened as Spinning Power UF, the device attaches to your bike’s wheel and the spinning motion powers it up to consequently charge mobile devices like smartphone.
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NeoNook: Neonatal Infant Care device replicates womb-like environment for sick baby

NeoNook Neonatal Infant Care concept

NeoNook Neonatal Infant Care concept

Newborn infants require unconditional care and medical consulting since it is their most delicate phase of life. Many infants don’t make it past the initial phase simply because of lack of medical care and other factors. To help avert this, NeoNook – Neonatal Infant Care concept designed by Dawid Dawod from Sweden and Alastair Warren (both from Umeå Institute of Design) provides treatment for incubating infants by giving them a womb like environment.
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This prototype capacitive OLED touchscreen folds up three times

SEL fold up display

Trust me, for some good reason I am really fascinated by folding displays. From all kinds of folding displays that we have seen through the years, I presume its only matter of time before we start seeing devices with such screens on the market. Taking us a stride further into the realm is the new prototype OLED screen that folds three times. Developed by Japanese company Semiconductor Energy Laboratory (SEL) and called “Foldable Display,” the screen was showcased at Display Innovation 2014 in Yokohama, Japan. Read More…

Cycoped: Brain-controlled personal mobility vehicle

Cycoped Brain controlled Personal mobility vehicle

24-year old Pretom Chakraborty from Birmingham has designed a one wheeled personal commuting vehicle that is controlled by brain. Yes, this personal mobility vehicle is dubbed as Cycoped is controlled by the electrical impulses in the brain and the inspiration for making it came from the self-driven hoverchairs shown in the Wall-E movie. Cycoped (a.k.a Ecowheel) connects to the smartphone app and special goggles that register the rider’s brain impulses. The vehicle is also controlled by leaning to one side or the other, pretty similar to how Segway like personal commuters do.
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Stanford engineers develop body implanted nanobots powered by ultrasound waves

Stanford engineers develop body implanted nanobots powered by ultrasound waves

Since the exponential rise in the levels of modern medical technology, we have always craved for nano medical devices that run in our blood stream and heal at the first sign of any illness or some major disease. Efforts have been made to develop such prototypes, but the main problem is how to power these tiny little healers. Making use of wires or batteries makes them too big and clumsy to handle, in a way rendering them practically useless when it comes to real life situations. To change this a research team headed by Amin Arbabian (assistant professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University) has developed a way to transfer power wirelessly to any such smart chips.
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Sandia Labs develops sensor system to make prosthesis fit better

Sandia sensor system for better Prosthesis Fit

Sandia National Laboratories have developed a sensor system to make a Prosthesis fit better. Along with Robotics and Cybernetics group, Sandia’s Intelligent Systems is working on a liner with sensors that will tell what’s going on in a limb and a system that can automatically accommodate changes. As a limb doesn’t stay the same shape during the day because of natural fluid fluctuations and as people gain and lose weight, thus, a custom-made socket between a prosthesis and a limb doesn’t always fit. Therefore, an amputee walking on a prosthetic leg is deprived of the comfort, which should be there in the first place.
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