Category: Innovations

Teen invents tongue-controlled mouse for the physically challenged

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People with disability have a tough time completing even the most basic tasks, making life an everyday struggle. In today’s time where surfing the internet can be attributed as a very major task, a teen has brought ray of hope for the unfortunate physically challenged. 17-year old Emma Mogus from Oakville has created a mouthguard-like device which acts as a mouse for desktop/laptop input. She calls it a Tongue-Interface-Communication (TiC) device, and it has five buttons which correspond to five different mouse inputs. Interestingly, the mouthguard works like a regular mouse with a bit of computer programming.
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You’ll soon use urine to power your smartphone

smartphone charged using urine

Imagine a future where a visit to the toilet would allow you charge your smartphone for additional 3 hours? If new microbial fuel cell developed by boffins at the University of West of England in Bristol can be commercialized, the future could just be so near. The invention cost as little as £2, and claims to provide 3 hours of talk time to a present day smartphone after 6 hours of charging using 600ml of urine (approximately what you leak on a single outing to the loo). Read More…

MIT researchers create liquid battery that uses gravity to generate energy

MIT liquid battery uses gravity to generate power

The concept of liquid flow batteries is not new, such batteries have been around in some form since the 1970s. Taking an inspiration from these, researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are building a new, revolutionary liquid battery that uses gravity to generate power. According to the paper published in the Energy and Environmental Science journal, MIT researches suggest, the new battery will work on the principle of an hourglass and should be available as a power solution for applications across a range of industries soon. Read More…

German researchers develop salt grain-sized 3D printed camera

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Team of PhD students led by Timo Gissibl and Simon Thiele at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, have developed a salt grain-sized camera, which could one day change the future of imaging in health and security. The camera is 3D printed, and it is small enough to fit into a standard syringe needle. Interestingly, the camera is fitted with a LED and three lenses and is attached to a 5.6 foot optical fiber that is just equal to the width of two hair strands. Read More…

Researchers develop micro-camera which can be injected directly into the blood stream

Micro camera

Nano technology is really making some inroads into medical science for better diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Scientists at the University of Stuttgart have created another application of practical nano technology which gives us a glimpse of the future. They have built a three-lens camera which is no bigger than the width if two human hair and can be injected right into the blood stream. The small size of this camera comes courtesy 3D printing technology. Focal point of this camera unit is just 3mm away from the lenses and has a width of 100 micrometers.
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Scientist develop world’s first 1,000-processor chip in a University

 

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In pursuit of doing a world’s first, scientists at the University of California have developed a microchip which features 1,000 processors. The chip called KiloCore has been designed in a way that each of its cores can run programs independently. The amazingly powerful chip is claimed to be the fastest ever created by a University, and it can compute up to 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors. The chip is fabricated by IBM using the company’s own 32nm CMOS technology.   Read More…

Indian youth builds voice-controlled wheelchair for his grandfather

bihar boy builds voice-controlled wheel chair
Ashutosh, a resident of Bihar and a final year engineering student at Birla Institute of Technology, Patna did something remarkable to help his grandfather move around without help from others. Ashutosh knew his grandfather hates it when someone tries to help him move around, so he created a voice-controlled wheelchair for him. Fan of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, Ashutosh was also impressed by his voice-command wheelchair. No surprise that he designed and built a working model based on Hawkins’s wheelchair. Read More…

SmartCane uses ultrasonic waves to help visually impaired navigate better

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There are endless technologies being built to benefit the visually impaired. Yet, in developing countries like India, a majority of visually impaired still use the age old white cane to navigate. While the white cane is still effective at detecting objects at the ground level, it fails as an assistive tool when it comes to detecting objects above the waist. As a solution, an Indian robotics researcher and inventor, Dr Rohan Paul has designed and developed the SmartCane – a battery operated walking cane which uses ultrasonic waves to detect objects and obstacles between knee and head height of the user. Read More…

Solar powered phone charging station by Edinburgh University students

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For us all electricity is not much of an issue, and rarely do we think much about it, since it an abundant resource for us. Refugees and migrants in Greece have electricity on their priority list because it is scarcely available. In a world dominated by smartphones, these people require electricity to juice up their device to stay in touch with loved ones. In such a situation getting access to electricity is like striking gold and it comes at a steep price tag. Seeing this, students at Edinburgh University have come up with a charging station that uses sun’s power. Called as Project Elpis, the device was created with help from Entec, a Greek solar technology company.
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Berkeley roboticist builds robot designed to cause intentional injury and pain to humans

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Amid high-activity in the field of Artificial Intelligence and robotics, Alexander Reben, a Berkeley roboticist and artist has done what Sir Isaac Asimov were strictly against off – crossing ethical limits while creating AI machines. This man has developed a sadistic robot to deliberately cause pain to humans. The robot is capable of inflicting severe injuries and cause hellish pain. Causing pain is the sole purpose of this evil creation. Well, that’s not true. It was just a joke, but there is some truth in it. Read More…

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