Category: Innovations

Fluid-based micro implant promises to restore vision ceased by Glaucoma

Miniature pump regulates internal ocular pressure

Researchers at Fraunhofer University have given us enough reasons in the past to believe technology has the ability to put things right. In a recent development, researchers at the University are working on an implantable micro-fuild pump which would effectively be placed in the eye to treat ocular pressure and restore vision. There are various eye ailments which create elevate or reduce pressure in the eye and lead to diminishing vision, in intense cases even leading to blindness. There have been no real solutions for such problems that include Gluacoma and Phthisis bulbi. Read More…

Researchers develop device that uses smartphone to detect pregnancy

Pregnancy test with smartphone

Detecting pregnancy could very well be done with your smartphone in the future if we believe what is going on in Hanover Centre for Optical Technologies (HOT), University of Hanover, Germany. The researchers at this university have developed a prototype sensor for smartphone that is capable of detecting first signs of pregnancy and even diabetes. The fiber optic sensor in conjunction with a compatible app is going to monitor various body fluids like blood, urine, saliva or sweat and also analyze breath.
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Samsung working on Li-ion batteries with twice the battery life


Samsung smartphones don’t have the best of batteries that promise to last beyond a day. Thankfully a new study claims researchers at Samsung are working on lithium-ion batteries that could keep your Samsung phone charged for twice the time than currently possible. Surely, the novel battery isn’t making into the flagship Galaxy S7 since the technology is still work-in-progress, but if all goes as planned; the batteries could soon find their way into the forthcoming Samsung phones. Samsung is confident that new batteries can be a commercially viable alternative. Read More…

BBC develops brain-controlled headset that controls iPlayer app

BBC brain controlled headset

BBC have developed a proof-of-concept prototype headset that shows how future applications like TV will be controlled with just your thought. This wearable has been developed in collaboration with “This Place” to eliminate the use of remote control for laid back entertainment without even moving a muscle. The brainwave-reading headset measures the electrical activity in your brain, and then initiates the intended action with the iPlayer app. For example, choosing from a list of programs or videos is going to be done in the blink of an eye. Read More…

Project Premonition uses drones to predict diseases before outbreak

Project Premonition

Humans and wildlife is being exposed to a range of epidemics since, the current epidemic detection systems have to rely on patient analysis to detect the onset of a disease. It has been seen, that the current detection and diagnosis systems take minimum of two weeks to detect that a disease has moved into human population. In case of wildlife, the turnaround time can be even larger. To provide a faster and more convenient method of detecting a spread of diseases, Microsoft Researchers are working with some research scholars to develop Project Premonition, autonomous drone-based system to predict disease before they spread into the human population. Read More…

GloveOne wearable lets you feel virtual reality for real!

GloveOne Glove Wearables

GloveOne adds the dimension of touch for your VR experience

Virtual reality lets you interact with augmented environment in such a way that it feels real, aided by visual and audio feed. But there is still an element missing, the element of touch and feel. GloveOne created by Spanish company NeuroDigital Technologies looks to plug this gap of sensation in virtual reality, literally making you feel it in the hands. The wearable is loaded with touch sensors that let the user feel the object in augmented reality environment via sensations created from 10 actuators placed on key points on the palms and fingertips.
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World’s first prosthetic leg that feels like a real limb to the patient

Prosthetic leg by Hubert Egger

The best option for an amputee to gain back lost motor ability is through prosthetics and the artificial limb comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. For example a prosthetic leg gives the amputated person the ability to walk and perform everyday chores of life without much problem. However, artificial limbs come with own set of problem, the major one being phantom pain.
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Scalevo Wheelchair climbs up stairs on tank like treads

Scalevo electric wheelchair

Wheelchair acts as an important tool for people with disabilities and in the last few years the traditional wheelchair has undergone a major technology upgrade, all thanks to innovators around the globe. This is Scalevo Wheelchair, a prototype that started as a student project in Summer 2014 at ETH Zürich and now gives immense hope to disabled people in extending their commuting way beyond just the level road.
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55-inch Samsung Mirror and Transparent OLED display panel is a delight for window shoppers

55-inch Samsung Mirror and Transparent OLED display panel

55-inch Samsung Mirror and Transparent OLED display panel

Display technology is evolving at an exponential pace with major players like Samsung, LG and Sony doing extensive R&D in HD OLED displays that can be folded. Now another benchmark has been achieved by Samsung Display who have developed the first ever 55-inch Mirror and Transparent OLED display panel targeted for personalized shopping and informational browsing.
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Using PlayStation 3 camera, student creates device to communicate with eyes

nirmani-karunaratne-optical-reader.helps communicate with eyes alone

We live in a world where bright, young research and engineering students are creating assistive devices to help the differently abled. After Alex Deans’ revolutionary iAid, here is another outstanding creation – optical reader from New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) student Nirmani Karunaratne, which is slated to change the way quadriplegics and severely disabled have communicated until. Using $100 worth of parts and with some software and DIY hardware, this Sri Lankan student has developed a wearable optical reader that takes instructions from quadriplegics by tracking their eyes. Read More…

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