Category: Innovations

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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Scientists develop battery that charges in under 5 minutes and lasts for 20 years

Titanium dioxide batteries developed by NTU scientists

(Clockwise from top) NTU Assoc Prof Chen Xiaodong with research fellow Tang Yuxin and PhD student Deng Jiyang

Love your gadgets but can’t seem to cope-up with their battery charging cycles and the need to give them up when the battery is no longer functional? Gadgets like smartphones, tablets, laptops or the trending wearable devices. Lithium-ion batteries could have a major overhaul in the next couple of years as scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed a prototype of battery that has a lifespan of over 20 years and can be charged in under 5 minutes to full charge. Now, that is some leap from the current breed of lithium-ion batteries that have half the lifecycle and take a long time to charge.
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Smart lithium-ion battery that warns you before overheating or other hazardous problems

Smart lithium ion battery

Lithium-ion batteries have changed the way we go on about our daily routine interacting with gadgets and commuting from one place to the other. They have in a way opened up new avenues for developing battery powered gizmos that power the 21st century. But Lithium-ion batteries carry their risks as well. There have been many instances when lithium-ion batteries have exploded without warning creating a threat to lives and property. People around the world have reported exploding phone, in flame laptops and car batteries catching fire unexpectedly. Addressing this problem very seriously, a team headed by Yi Cui, associate professor of material science at the Stanford University have developed a smart lithium-ion battery separator that warns the user before overheating or bursting into flames.
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Japanese mechanical pencil is five times tougher than normal pencils

DelGuard mechanical pencil Zebra

Pencils are a fundamental tool for learning and creativity, simply why everybody uses a pencil. From kids to parents and from writers to designers, everyone is dependent on pencils for their work. With a novel idea to recreate a pencil without interfering with its primary function, Zebra – a writing instrument maker from Japan, has developed DelGuard mechanical pencil, which has lid five times tougher than normally available pencils that break easily. Read More…

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