Category: Innovations

Smartphone app lets you detect a heart attack

smartphone app helps detect stroke

Researchers suggest, atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm is one of the major reasons for strokes. Almost 70 percent of strokes caused by atrial fibrillation are avoidable with preventive medication, but the issue is, early detection of this common type of abnormality in heartbeat is difficult to monitor. There are ECG devices for around the clock monitoring, but they are expensive and cumbersome to use. A new study by team of researchers from University of Turku, Finland is set to change the way atrial fibrillation is monitored with a low cost application that will allow smartphone to detect changes in the heart rhythm. Read More…

Stamp-sized, sun-powered device purifies water in minutes

Stamp-sized water disinfecting device

People in many parts of the world cleanse water by leaving it in plastic bottle for long hours under the sun to let UV rays kill microbes. Since, this is a very time consuming process (UV rays, that form only 4 percent of the sun’s total energy, can take up to a couple of days to purify water), engineers at the Stanford University and SLAC National Laboratory have noticed the problem and have developed a small device that works on the energy of the sun to kill 99.99 percent germs in water in only 20 minutes. Read More…

Wearable alcohol sensor monitors blood alcohol level in real-time

flexible wearable alcohol sensor

Finally, a device that you can wear to know your blood alcohol content is here. Simply stick it onto your skin and know if you’re still good to drive after a crazy party. Developed by the University of California San Diego researchers, this is a flexible wearable sensor that can accurately and continuously measure blood alcohol levels from sweat and communicate data wirelessly to a mobile device connected over Bluetooth. Read More…

Smart Tactile Paving – Traffic lights for smartphone addicts

Smart Tactile Paving

Using smartphones while walking on crowded city streets is not a good idea. All of us know it, but still risk using our phones while crossing streets. Games like Pokemon Go have increased the risk quotient even more in the recent months. To counter this risk-taking instinct of smartphone addicted people, an Australian firm has come-up with the idea of Smart Tactile Paving concept. The idea is to provide red lights in peripheral vision of people using smartphone for texting, gaming, social-networking or any other activity.
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Teen invents tongue-controlled mouse for the physically challenged

Tongue Interface Communication Device TiC

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

salt grain-sized 3D printed camera

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



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…