Tagged: Nanotechnology

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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MIT researchers develop furry wetsuit inspired by beavers

Furry wetsuit by MIT

Nature inspires everything manmade, and that inspiration isn’t going to die down. Researchers at MIT derive inspiration for a number of inventions from nature, and this research follows suite. Anette (Peko) Hosoi, a professor of mechanical engineering and associate head of the department at MIT along with co-authors Alice Nasto (lead author and graduate student) postdoc José Alvarado, and applied mathematics instructor Pierre-Thomas Brun are developing a wetsuit inspired by semiaquatic hairy mammals.
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Researchers develop graphene nanobots powered by light and heat

Graphene micro robots

Making headway into the development of nano robots that could be useful in many fields is this origami robot made from light-weight graphene material. A research by a team of Chinese engineers and material scientists at Donghua University in Shanghai have come-up with a unique method to propel graphene sheets almost like a robot controlled by a remote controller.
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Affordable white shirt repels oil-based liquid for zero maintenance and care

The unstainable white shirt_2

Clothing manufacturers have always craved for a fabric that is hydrophobic and repels any kind of staining. White is perhaps one of the most susceptible clothing fabric that is rendered useless in case it is stained beyond cleaning. Moreover, sporting a white formal shirt or tee always exudes confidence, but it is also a dirt magnet which deters many from wearing this soothing colored clothes. A Kickstarter campaign that is on course to attaining almost 5 times the funding goal is all set to change that. This is The Unstainable White Shirt which can take any liquid or oily substance, and still manage to be squeaky clean with the wipe of a cleaning cloth.
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How about magnetic sensors embedded in your skin?

imperceptible magnetic sensor

Magnetic sensor that gives you added perception of directional sense

We humans have become so advanced in technology that it is only time before we can mimic all living things in robotics form. But what we lack is certain things that only some animal species have. For example, the ability to sense magnetic fields which helps them in getting a sense of direction during long migrating stints. Sharks, birds and insects can orient themselves in the right direction by sensing the magnetic fields of earth which gives them accurate perception of altitude and direction. Experts call it magnetoception as it gives a unique sense of perception governed by magnetic field.
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Swim trunk with hydrophobic nanotechnology repels any kind of liquid

Frank Anthony hydrophobic nanotechnology swim trunks

Next time you get wet in the swimming pool you won’t have to worry drying your shorts in the sun. Frank Anthony’s hydrophobic nanotechnology swimwear makes it possible as these shorts don’t soak water and in fact repel it for a ultra-dry feel. Not only water but these shorts repel any kind of liquid material including coffee, soda or fruit juice. Now that is some good news for people who are in the habit of spilling their drinks or have to stay in water for extended period of time for swimming or any other outdoor activities.
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Revolutionary nanotechnology charges smartphone in mere 30 seconds

Storedot Organic phone charger

Charging you gadgets in a matter of seconds could become a reality as an Israeli based company has invented a revolutionary nanotechnology which is a collection of nanodots of biological origin which have enhanced electrode capacitance. Add to that the increased battery life expectancy that can survive thousands of charges and you have a battery charging solution that will ridicule all other methods without question. At Microsoft’s Think Next conference Tel Aviv University revealed its prototype charging device called StoreDot that can juice up your smartphone in just 30 seconds using Multi Function Electrode and that technology could be in your hands come the year 2016.
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Electronic skin – Health monitoring skin patch capable of administering drugs automatically

Wearable electronic skin patch for health monitoring

Korean researchers have developed a wearable sensor device called Electronic Skin which is capable of monitoring and treating muscle disorders in people suffering from Parkinson or epilepsy. This wearable health monitoring device looks like a small adhesive bandage that has nano-circuitry embedded over it. As described in a paper published on this nanotechnology monitor, this small adhesive bandage can be worn on the wrist, as it continuously monitors physiological activity for one week and then the medication embedded in a silica interface is automatically administered through this flexible electronic device by diffusion-driven release of drug molecules through the skin. The silicon nanomemebrane sensors detect changes in electrical resistance to indicate a fast tremor or certain problem with the patient wearing it.
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Novalia Paper keyboard will be the thinnest computer peripheral

Novalia Paper Keyboard

Printed keyboard that is as thin as a paper could be a reality in the coming months as Novalia, a Cambridge based company has plans to unveil a printed keyboard that will be cost effective. The process has metal plates with circuit engraved with conductive ink that can print at 100m/minute which is cheaper than traditional electronics. In this new kind of manufacturing method, the A4 paper is embedded with a layer of conductive ink which is sandwiched in such a way that it becomes responsive just like any other touch screen. This means, it can be attached to car windscreen, side of a glass etc. for input to a tablet or PC for example.
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e-whiskers developed for robotics and wearable technology applications

electronic whiskers

Nanotechnology and artificial body parts have been a subject of research for intuitive minds for decades and with the kind of technology that the world has evolved it is no surprise that we are seeing new developments every now and then. Researchers at Berkeley Lab and University of California (UC) Berkeley have come up with artificial whiskers made from silver nanoparticles and composite films of carbon quite similar to the whiskers of cats or rats. These e-whiskers are very sensitive to even a pressure of 1 Pascal which is equivalent to pressure exerted by a dollar bill on table. These electronic whiskers have high-aspect ratio fibers coated with conductive composite films of nanotubes and nanoparticles making them 10 times more sensitive to pressure than other pressure sensors developed in the past.
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