Category: Innovations

Your smartphone can detect a major earthquake, making tremors more predictable

Smartphone Earthquake Early Warning System

Natural disasters like Earthquakes can have a significant damage to life and property, as was demonstrated by the magnitude 9 earthquake that shook Tohoku-oki, Japan in 2011. Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) systems play a pivotal role in minimizing damage to life and property by issuing distress warning, so that one can get those few extra minutes to escape before damage is incurred. But not all countries or regions can afford these costly scientific-grade EEW’s, so scientists had to come up with an alternative. A study published on April 10 in the inaugural volume of AAAS journal Science Advances, led by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides enough evidence that smartphones could be that alternative for providing earthquake early warning system.
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Breakthrough cancer detection technology detects mouth, throat cancer through breath

EPFL cancer detection Technology

Cancer is the third largest cause of deaths reported globally as late detection also reduces number of treatable victims drastically. However, a team of researchers led by Nico de Rooij in Neuchatel worked at SAMLAB in collaboration with EPFL to develop, perhaps, the quickest method available for detection of certain type of cancer cells. This device can detect cancer in mouth and throat only. Highly accurate micro-sensors are developed for this device, and they measure cancer signatures in breath. All a person will have to do is to breathe out into a mobile device to make the detection possible, that’s it. The team collaborated with the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel to test the device on real patients, who were either sick or had gone through a surgery for throat cancer. The results verified that the technology is accurate and the sensors were extremely efficient and effective. Read More…

You’ll dream of morphing into a superhero with this magic cotton fabric coating!

Coating Turns Cotton Into Superhero worthy fabric

Till date it has not been possible to make a universal fireproof, self-healing as well as waterproof fabric which has many practical uses. All that is set to change as Chinese researchers have invented a new material which protects cotton fabric from catching fire or getting wet. The research headed by Junqi Sun from Jilin University in Changchun, China ventured on combining super-hydrophobic material with fire-retardant compounds to create one single solution that would self-heal itself after use. This solution is created from a mixture of ethanol and silsesquioxane which tuned out to be good for both. Read More…

Colorado veteran develops interlocking archery target that’ll save you lots of money

Matrix Targets archery targets that last longer

As an archery shooter you very well know that once the archery board is pinned with many targets down on the bull’s eye, it needs to be replaced with a new one. Even if the other part of the target is untouched, it has to be replaced since one part has gone bad. 55-year old Kevin Peterson from Montana who himself is an archery enthusiast wanted to get over this problem and came up with his unique idea of making an archery board more usable. Matrix Targets is what he designed to increase the usability of archery targets by three folds.
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High-speed flexible aluminum battery that’ll charge your gadgets in under a minute

Aluminum ion battery by Stanford University scientists

Humanity is desperately looking for alternative sources of powering up modern day gadgets, especially wearables that require flexible batteries which are thin. In this pursuit, scientists at Stanford University have made a breakthrough with their bendable aluminum battery that could replace the traditional lithium-ion batteries in coming years. Even more exciting is the prospect of charging your gadgets in mere seconds with the promise of a longer battery life.
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Smart Bandage capable of detecting bedsores at a very early stage

Smart Bandage that detects bedsores and ulcers UC Berkeley

Bedsores and ulcers can be a real irritation for bed-ridden people, and they are very painful indeed. To counter this problem Engineers at UC Berkeley and researchers at UCSF are in the phase of developing a Smart Bandage that detects underlying development of bedsores at a very early stage. The development of this Smart Bandage is undertaken by UC Berkeley researchers who devised the software and hardware of the bandage, while UCSF carried out all the initial animal trials. Smart Bandage uses electrical signals (impedance spectroscopy) to detect tissue development under the skin for curing bedsores or ulcers at their root level.
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LG develops high-quality smartphone display that consumes less power

LG display technology

LG is looking to create a niche for itself in the smartphone market with new technology for the displays of these mobile devices. LG have announced a Quad High Definition (QHD) LCD panel for smartphones that is going to stiffen the competition in high-end of the spectrum. LG claims that this new display technology will be huge leap in features like color gamut, brightness, contrast ratio, touch function, power consumption and thinness. The 5.5-inch QHD LCD panel loaded with IPS technology will be used in upcoming LG phones slated to be released by the end of this month.
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Blind people will be able to navigate better with the smart vest

Smart Assist System for Blind people

Helping blind people lead a normal life has been on the priority list of many intellectual researchers out there and so far many of them have achieved good results. In this quest is a Palestinian graduate student of engineering from the Polytechnic University in Hebron, Abdel Rahman al-Barmeel who has designed a smart vest that helps blind people walk normally. With the use of vibrations and voice command, this vest dubbed as Smart Assist System for Blind People (SASB) is developed under close supervision of dean of the Engineering Department and project supervisor, Ramzi al-Qawasmi.
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Exoskeleton that harnesses body energy and aids in stress-free walking

Exoskeleton device by NC State engineers and UNC Chapel Hills School of Medicine

Self-powered exoskeleton that assists in walking and running

Walking and running like a super-human has always been your fantasy, hasn’t it? Exoskeletons and other contraptions have been trying it hard for the last decade with impressive results. Another effort to improve your motor skills while walking has come to light and it is also aimed at people with walking anomalies or the elderly section of society. NC State engineers and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine have developed an exoskeleton which helps in preserving energy while walking and releasing it when needed.
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Innovative survival suit provides 24 hours of protection in cold water

Stearns Thermashield 24+ Immersion Suit

Getting stuck in cold water without insulation and the right equipment can be fatal, and in most cases the reason is hypothermia. Although, you might have a good strategy to survive in cold water as explained by born survivor Bear Grills in his series Man vs. Wild, but achieving his stamina levels is quite difficult. Bugged by the number of fatalities in cold water due to hypothermia, Bob Duncan, Alaska Airline pilot and inventor came up with the idea of making a protection suit that helps you survive for almost 24 hours in worse conditions.
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