Category: Innovations

Indian youth builds voice-controlled wheelchair for his grandfather

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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…

Alienware VR Backpack PC: A take on hassle-free virtual reality experience

Alienware VR Backpack PC

We already know VR headsets are a glimpse of what we all are going to be a part of in the future, but for now the technology is bulky. The reason being, lot of wires that need to be connected to a high performance PC. Alienware wants to free us from those shackles with their exciting VR Backpack PC. That means the VR hardware can be self-contained in the backpack and give you the freedom to carry it anywhere. Plus, that means less clutter of wires and all the hassle that comes with it.
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Lenovo Smart Shoes have fitness tracking features and act as gaming controller too

Lenovo Smart Shoes

Lenovo made quite a few announcements at their Tech World Conference 2016 like the Moto Z line-up of flagship phones and Google’s Project Tango enabled Phab devices. Another announcement at the event that we couldn’t afford missing was this smart running shoe made in collaboration with Vibram who have made similar shoes in the past too. These fashion-forward as-well-as technologically advanced shoes perform standard fitness tracking functions like counting the number of steps, distance travelled on foot, calories burned in a day and activity tracking.
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Jackrabbot – Social droid that can move in crowded spaces without mowing people

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One thing that robots couldn’t do (so far) was to conveniently walk through crowded human spaces, which comes very naturally to humans. Since, we are better at learning from observing or through experiences. A team from Stanford University is working on enabling robots to move alongside humans without intimidating with them. The team claims to have developed a droid, named Jackrabbot, that can navigate down streets without running into people coming from opposite direction.

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Auris Surgical’s ARES is first robot bronchoscope approved by FDA

ARES bronchoscope robot

Robots are making their way into just about everything and next generation of robots are going to be surgical robots that will help ease pressure on doctors. Auris Surgical, a technology startup in the Silicon Valley is working on one such breakthrough surgical robot called the ARES (Auris Robotic Endoscopy System), which has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The remote controlled ARES robot was approved by FDA as a bronchoscope in May to view and treat lung conditions. Read More…

George Hotz self-driving kit for cars is looking good, believe you me

George Hotz self driving car kit

George Hotz, the famous hacker who challenged Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors with a prototype self-driving car kit is back to fulfil his promise. The genius has come up with another demonstration of his self-driving kit for cars. Comma.ai, a company founded by the man himself for taking forward his ambitions of making an un-beatable self-driving car. Investing his time on a 2016 Acura ILX car to demonstrate his autonomous vehicle, George believes he has the technology and AI prowess to beat self-driving cars under development currently.
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