Category: Innovations

Dodow: A natural solution that helps you get to sleep

Dodow sleep device by LIVLAB

Dodow sleep device by LIVLAB

One out of six people has difficulty falling asleep. There can be lots of reasons associated with it such as busy schedules, hectic lifestyles, stress, tiredness and many more. As we all know sleep is one of the most important factor related to the well-being of a human both mentally as well as physically. There are lots of methods and natural solutions such as therapies, relaxation therapy, yoga and meditation that can help a person with his sleeping disorder. However, all these methods are costly and requires a long period of time to work efficiently. Therefore, a French startup called LIVLAB have come up with an innovative and natural solution to help people get to sleep.
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Wearable solar-cell technology to power Soldier Integrated Power System (SIPS)

Soldier Integrated Power System

As a relief from heavy batteries that the soldiers carry with them in the battlefield, new wearable solar technology has come a step closer to reality. The Australian Nation University (ANU) has developed a wearable solar-cell technology that will enable power generation possible to juice up Soldier Integrated Power System (SIPS).
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The Wearable Artificial Kidney gets green signal for human testing

The Wearable Artificial Kidney 3]

A patient is required to visit hospitals or a clinics 3-4 times in a week if he/she is on Kidney dialysis machine. Presently, the kidney dialysis machines are very bulky, hence, not portable. However, the Wearable Artificial Kidney is going change the way patients received dialysis. The federal Food and Drug Administration and the University of Washington Institutional Review Board have given green light to testing of this wearable dialysis device. The testing is likely to start this autumn in Seattle.
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Shape-shifting robots will get smarter with the sensor enabled robotic fabric

Robotic fabric by Rebecca Kramer Purdue University

Researchers headed by Rebecca Kramer at the Purdue University have developed robotic fabric loaded with sensors that can contract or expand depending on the requirement. This new class of active clothing could have many applications that could make us more super-human. For example it could assist us in moving faster or give added strength and endurance or perhaps pave way for spacesuits that counteract the effects of space travel and atmospheric pressure. Just a couple of days ago we came across the Shrink-wrapping spacesuits which eliminates the need for those bulky spacesuits, and this robotic fabric is even one step ahead.
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Octobot looks surprisingly real as it swims in the Mediterranean Sea

Octobot underwater robot

We, human as innovators have always tried to take inspiration from nature and sometimes completely emulate the creatures for some functionality. The same is true for robotic creatures that we have been accustomed to seeing. This time around researchers have managed to imitate one of the most intelligent underwater creature, the octopus. D. Tsakiris from the Institute of Computer Science, FORTH (Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas) in Heraklion, Greece and his team have managed to make a robotic Octopus vulgaris, dubbed Octobot which has silicone arms and attached web that propels it like a real creature in the water.
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Astronauts won’t look bloated thanks to the Shrink-wrapping spacesuits

MIT shrink wrapping spacesuits

Surviving in outer space is not that easy as the astronauts have to cope up with changing atmospheric pressures and gravity level. To handle atmospheric pressure levels astronauts wear spacesuits with mechanical pressure produced by gas. But that could be soon changing as researchers at MIT headed by Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems have come up with the Shrink-wrapping spacesuits that will eliminate the need to wear bulky spacesuits. These spacesuits behave like second skin as it is a compression garment made-up of small spring-like coils and passive elastics that contract when exposed to heat.
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Apple files patent for ultra-clear noise cancellation technology

Apple Bone conduction technology for noise reduction

Apple has filed a patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for “System and method of mixing accelerometer and microphone signals to improve voice quality in a mobile device”. This patent is for improving the voice quality of iPhone calls by fitting accelerometers that detect vocal chord vibrations through the person’s skull when they speak, thereby eliminating any non-vocal noise and ambient vibrations. To do this the output signal is measured and the accelerometer-based voice activity detector (VAD) does the trick of delivering crystal clear vocal sound to the listener.
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Intel reveals dual-screen laptop with e-ink display on the backside

Intel dual screen laptop

Laptops and netbooks haven’t had much of a technological makeover in the last couple of years, but Intel is hoping to change that with their dual-screen laptop. According to Murali Veeramoney, head of the concept PC programme at Intel, several manufacturers are making laptops based on this new dual-screen laptop concept. The laptop has the traditional screen and a e-ink black and white display on the back side which acts as a surrogate viewing screen with extremely low power requirements.
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Dirt cheap 3D printed microscope for your smartphone has 1000x zoom!

3D printed microscope for your smartphone by PNNL

So, how do you turn your smartphone or tablet into a high quality microscope capable of 100x, 350x or 1000x zoom levels? You get hold of a 3D printer and glass spheres that are dirt cheap. That is exactly what Rebecca Erikson from the U.S. Department of Energy’s PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) has done. This inexpensive and practical way to turn your mobile device(s) into high powered microscope is truly amazing and gives us one more reason to rejoice the invention called smartphone.
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Samsung 27-inch S27D90C Full HD Curved Monitor epitomizes your desktop viewing experience

Samsung-27-inch-S27D590C-Curved-Monitor

Curved screens are the trend these days as electronics manufacturer’s making it a point to come up their version of UHD (Ultra High Definition) display with curved aesthetics. Samsung Electronics has released curved UHD displays in the past and not they want to take the immersive curved screen experience to desktop monitors too. Samsung Electronics has revealed the 27-inch S27D90C Full HD Curved Monitor which enhances your viewing experience while surfing the internet, watching movies or playing high-end games on your PC. The monitor boasts-of a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio.
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