Category: Innovations

Eye tracking wheelchair developed by Imperial College London researchers

Eye tracking wheelchair developed by Imperial College London researchers

So far, we have seen so many tech savvy wheelchairs that help paraplegics to commute from one place to another without much hassle. There have been quite a handful attempts to develop wheelchairs that propel forward just by the user’s eye movement, but one inherent problem in such wheelchairs is the lack of ability to identify when the user actually wants to move in that direction. To overcome this quandary, Aldo Faisal and his colleagues at Imperial College London have developed an eye tracking wheelchair which is connected to a pair of cameras that detect the user’s intention of eye movement.
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Young Indian graduate working on device that detects hearing loss in infants

The 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Neeti Kailas, 2014 Young Laureate

Hearing ailments in infants is a problem that needs to be addressed as soon as it surfaces, otherwise it can lead to permanent hearing loss which affects their whole life. To overcome this predicament, Neeti Kailas, an Indian graduate from National Institute of design (NID), Ahmedabad decided to make a device that can detect hearing problems in infants. Along with Nitin Sisodia, fellow of Stanford Biodesign India, Neeti has designed a device that can be worn on the head and gives mass screening for detection of hearing loss problem in new born babies.
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Clever Medkit: A smart and hi-tech first aid kit

Clever Medkit

It’s time to say goodbye to the old, boring and not so useful first aid kits. A Christchurch based company has developed a revolutionary hi-tech medical kit that is way ahead in every aspect than the conventional kits. Christened Clever Medkit, the intelligent workplace first aid kit is the creativity of local entrepreneurs Peter Montgomery and Peter Gillman. Shortlisted for the New Zealand Hi- Tech Awards, these easily recognizable wall-mounted kits features real time inventory tracking and provides the best possible assistance to the staff.

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StitchCAM drone will let farmers increase profits and maximize resources

SNAP Vision Technologies StitchCAM drone

The evolution in aviation industry has not been too kind to farmers. But, if SNAP Vision Technologies’ new Kictstarter campaign meets funding, farmers could soon have an affordable drone to assess their crop health, administer better irrigation and increase their crop yield. In the present scenario, farmers’ collet information about their corps’ well-being by walking in the field, or flying manned flights over their fields (which is a very costly affair). SNAP Vision Technologies personal aerial survey drone dubbed StitchCAM can be a cost effective way to help landowners and farmers increase profits and maximize resources. Read More…

Hyundai 2015 Genesis: “Yes you can have blind faith on self-driving cars”

Hyundai Motors "The Empty car Convoy"

Hyundai Motors “The Empty car Convoy”

Self-driving cars have always captured our imagination and automotive manufacturers around the globe are in a close battle to make one of the most reliable self-driving car. Hyundai seem to be inching closer to that goal and with their 2015 Genesis sedan showcased at the CES 2014 show for some cool technological advancements, the picture looks promising. But, even if an automotive manufacturer manages to make the most reliable self-driving car on this planet, how will the end-user be sure of that fact?
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Sensor-enabled seatbelts, seat covers jolt up drivers when they’re sleepy

Harken drowsy driving prevention device

It is still time before self-driving robotic cars hit the roads, until then it’s up to human drivers to steer the wheel. And when humans are behind the wheel, chances of accidents increase due to fatigue. To counter this with technology, Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia (IBV) aka Biomechanics Institute (IBV) in Valencia, Spain has developed a noninvasive system dubbed Harken to prevent driver fatigue and sleepiness. Read More…

BAE unveils Striker II smart helmet with built-in night vision camera, HD display

Striker II night vision camera helmet-1

Fighter pilots over the years have seen a host of changes in their helmets. But one thing that has been a problem of this technological shift is that the night vision goggles fitted to the helmets only add to the weight on a pilot’s head. To address the issue, BAE Systems has built the Striker II – a new smart helmet integrated with night vision camera, which allows fighter pilots to see in the dark, sans extra burden on the head. Unveiled at the Farnborough Airshow, the Striker II helmet comes with a visor, which doubles as a high-definition display, permitting pilots to see all useful data (about co-ordinates and targets on the ground) in their field of vision. Read More…

NanoFlowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine sportscar that runs on salt water finally gets road legal

NanoFlowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine

NanoFlowcell Quant e-Sportlimousine made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and the technology that it boasted-off made everyone think that it was good on paper but not good enough to make it to the productions. As opposed to that belief, the car that runs on salt water powered electrolyte flow cell power system has received approval from TUV Sud in Munich for use on public roads. This streamlined and sexy looking four seater sportscar that is based on the principle of redox flowcell developed in 1976 by NASA and American Space Program. Read More…

LG shows 18 inch flexible transparent display that can be rolled like a newspaper

LG flexible and transparent rollable display

LG has been working on flexible display technology for quite some time, in fact couple of years now. LG, as it promised has developed an 18 inch rollable OLED display along with 18 inch transparent display, paving way for future of display technologies used in HD displays. Apparently these are the world’s first flexible OLED displays of this size, and LG promises that it will have a humongous 60 inch flexible display coming in 2017. The display has a resolution of 1200 x 810 and a curvature radius of 30R which can be rolled up to a radius of 3 cm without incurring any damage to the display itself. The flexibility of this display comes courtesy a back pane made from highly molecular substance based on polyimide film, rather than the traditional plastic material for such flexible displays.
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