Category: Innovations

Google’s Atlas humanoid can now walk like us humans

Atlas humanoid robot by Google

Atlas, the Boston Dynamics’ (now owned by Google) ace robot has improved a lot in the last couple of years owing to intense development. It has demonstrated successfully how to get up after being pinned down to the ground, and a whole set of new features which make it a pioneering innovation aimed for the tech dominated future. Now, the robot can walk on uneven terrain, and I mean really uneven terrain that would be hard for us humans to walk on.
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Manchester University’s researcher develops low cost smart cane

mySmartCane

Life for the visually impaired is very tough, and at times it can get relentless. Even for the family of the blind person, life is not the same. That is what Vasileios Tsormpatzoudis, a PhD student from the Manchester University’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His mother has retinis pigmentosa (Hereditary eye disorder affecting the retina) and that affects her daily routine in more ways than not. This inspired the researcher to make a low-cost smart cane as a reliable mobility tool in daily life. And he like to call it mySmartCane.
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Newcastle seeks permission to perform ‘Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy’ on women with rare genetic mutation  

Mitochondrial removal therapy

Specialist doctors at Britain’s Newcastle are gearing up to provide relief to women who are suffering rare genetic disorders that may pass onto their children. Mutated mitochondria in the embryo will be removed and replaced with healthy ones from donors through ‘Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy’ (MRT).  If the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) allow it, then it would be first baby in Britain to be born from the DNA of three people – parents and donor.
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eBay’s emotionally-powered shop uses bio-analytic technology to decode consumer’s facial expression

ebay emotionally powered shop

‘The Ultimate do good, feel good Shop” – a pop-up shop in London is featuring eBay’s latest emotionally- powered technology that uses advanced bio-analytics to decode facial expression along with measuring other biometrics. The consumer enters a booth that is designed to offer relief from shopping stress during Christmas season. Consumer is shown images of 12 different products on a screen, one by one. A headphone plays instruction is a very calm voice. The customer is required to provide name, email, address, age and gender before proceeding further. Each image is shown for 10 seconds only. A hidden camera located right below the screen recognizes even slight changes in micro-expressions. Read More…

Autonomous mobility scooter for smartphone-obsessed walkers

Autonomous Mobility Scooter

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has come up with another terrifying as well as futuristic mobility concept for people who remain engrossed in their smart-devices all the time. Researchers claim that it will help curbing accidents on footpath caused by phone-obsessed walkers. Seriously, it looks like first prototype of futuristic “digital lounge” featured in one of the best animated films “Wall E”. If you have watched the movie, you must be aware what long term dependence on these “digital lounges” did to the people at the end. That was simply dread. Read More…

Color changing “graphene bubble technology” can facilitate flexible, energy efficient displays  

graphene bubbles technology

Researchers have achieved another breakthrough in the field of display manufacturing. Researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherland have discovered “bubbles of graphene” that can inflate and deflate forming convex or concave shapes in accordance with the width of the cavity. Interestingly, during this process, the bubbles of grapheme changed colors as they expanded or contracted. Though, in infancy yet and limited to microscopic level, the discovery could help in development of displays that are more efficient than current LEDs or OLEDs as the display won’t require additional energy to maintain the content of the display. For instance, the E Ink screens can’t be viewed  in dark. That means, the displays would look best in bright sunlight. Read More…

Advanced SpectroDrone can detect explosives, drugs or chemicals within 1.8 miles radius

SpectroDrone

So far, we had a drone that hunts down landmines by detecting and detonating them, using metal detectors and hyperspectral imaging. Now, an Israeli-based security company Laser Detect Systems (LDS) has developed a highly advanced drone “SpectroDrone” that cannot just detect explosives and IEDs, but, as courtesy of advance laser spectrometry techniques, is capable of identifying several materials including narcotics, hazardous chemicals or chemical components, minerals and even some biological components. Apparently, drones  are proving to be much more important than just recreational toys, which is taking a form of nuisance as their number continue to grow. Read More…

Ladakh engineer’s meticulous Ice-Stupa project wins Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2016

Sonam Wangchuk 2Sonam Wangchuk – A mechanical engineer from Himalaya’s Ladakh region has gained global recognition as he was awarded with prestigious Rolex Awards for Enterprise 2016 in Los Angeles. He was honored for his ambitious, innovative ‘Ice Stupa’ project he has been working to find solution for water scarcity to facilitate cultivation in Ladakh – a cold desert where temperature remains in minus throughout the year. The Himalayan glaciers are receding and posing threat of water scarcity to the villagers dependent on these water sources.

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Solar-powered fabric developed by University of Central Florida is bliss for wearables

Power storing fabric

With the advent of wearables, the need for battery sources that are small and compact is also paramount. The small size of wearables means the power source also needs to be of comparable size to fit inside the wearable. All of this means a constriction in battery life which is a major roadblock for current age wearables as well as the ones which are getting ready for the future. Keeping this in mind, nanotechnology researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed energy storing fabric.
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Indian teenager invents machine to harness wind energy on moving trains  

 

Indian Teengare invents wind-energy harnessing machineWhile the capital of India has become the most polluted city on earth,  some young brains are working to be part of the solution, and not the problem itself.

A 17-years-old Indian teen has joined the league of those who actually understand the relevance of switching to renewable energy sources as other sources are exhausting rapidly. Considering the environmental damage due to traditional methods of electricity production, Akash Singh, originally a resident of Jewar, Greater Noida and a student at Government Polytechnic College in Manesar, Gurgaon has developed a method to harness force of wind on moving vehicles, especially trains. Read More…