Tagged: Prototype

First prototype of RoboLeg, a 3D printed robotic leg unveiled

3D printed robotic leg

Living by the passion of developing 3D-printed robotic prosthesis for patients who cannot afford the really expensive robotic prosthesis already available, carpenter Richard Van As and prop-maker Ivan Owen have recently released the first prototype of RoboLeg – a 3D printed robotic leg. The developer duo have previous been made famous with their creations including a robotic 3D-printed hand, 3D printed robotic arm and 3D printed robotic finger. Dubbed the Robohand, Roboarm and Robofinger respectively, the 3D files and assembling instructions of each are available for download on Thingiverse. Read More…

Portable retina scanner that works with mobile devices

Portable retina scanner that works with mobile devices

Your eye retina is one of the best identification methods that is secure and unique from any other person on this planet. So why not have a personal retina scanner that gives proof of identity safety, securely and on the go? To make secure payments, unlock your car or maybe even conduct bank transactions. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) are working on a portable retinal scanner that will be shown off at Optatec International Trade Show in Frankfurt from May 20 to 22. The prototype of this retinal scanner is suitable for people who wear eyeglasses and this compact scanner made from silicon-based microelectronic components that capture image of retina surface from reflected laser beams.
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Body heat harnessing thermo-element tattoo generates electric power

Thermo element body heat to produce electric energy

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning have developed a wearable thermo-element that converts thermal energy into electrical energy and can be very useful in powering up wearable devices. The team led by Professor Jo Byeong-jin of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has managed to create a system that can harness body heat and convert it to electricity. The thermo-element is made from glass fiber and can be embedded into clothing as it is light-weight enough to not become a hassle while wearing.
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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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Nokia Normandy Android KitKat powered smartphone spotted !

Nokia Normandy android KitKat powered smartphone

Very strong rumors about the Android-powered Nokia smartphone codenamed Normandy have leaked in the cloud and it is no surprise that pictures of this KitKat-running operating system have finally been revealed. The vibrant operating system of the phone’s screen looks like it is running on Android 4.4 KitKat which might well be modified version of Nokia’s own OS. Also the handset shows dual SIM support, a benchmark test with 5-megapixel camera and 854 x 540 display. But the question is, whether this handset would ever make to the consumer market as Microsoft has purchased Nokia’s handset division? Probably this leak is an indication of something surprising.
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CES 2014: Razer Project Christine modular gaming PC is invincible

Razer Project Christine CES 2014

Razer being a frontrunner in making leading gaming and PC equipment has taken the onus of giving the world its first ever modular gaming system that is customizable beyond belief. At 2014 CES Razer has revealed Project Christine prototype which is a modular gaming computer that even an average Joe can customize on will at any given time courtesy the PCI-Express architecture, meaning that you wouldn’t have to buy a new computer in case your CPU configuration degrades with time. More like a slot of hardware fitting console, Christine will have separate sections for slotting in new hard disks, RAM, CPU GPU or other hardware. Each of these wire free modules will have liquid cooling and noise cancellation so you can expect it to be super quiet and cool even while playing the most graphics intensive games.

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Battery-powered upper body exoskeleton Titan Arm wins James Dyson award

titan arm

Two things that really fascinate me about exoskeletons is the ease with which they assist the differently abled and the way these increase human strength immensely. Following the application and its design magnificence, Titan Arm – a battery powered robotic exoskeleton has won the 2013 James Dyson award, which signifies that the future of humans with super-strengths is finally nearing reach. Developed by four mechanical engineering students at University of Pennsylvania (who will get $45,000 with additional $15,000), the prototype robotic arm augments the upper body strengths by almost 40 pounds and being customizable, the exoskeleton can be tweaked to handle a lot more. Read More…

Concept 1865 e-velocipede relives the bicycle evolution with modern touch

basf e-velocipede

Have you ever imagined what old day vehicles would have looked and performed like if their creators had access to modern day materials? This query intrigued the intuitive minds over at BASF SE (largest chemical company in the world) and they teamed up with DING3000 design studio to create an e-velocipede dubbed as Concept 1865 which has an electric drive train and makes use of BASF’s innovative material. The name itself is a reflection of the company’s foundation year 1865 and choosing a vehicle that marks the initiation of the evolution of bicycles was the significant motivation for building this prototype under the project name of Concept 1865 – Rethinking Materials.
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Touchless gesture controlled input is the next pinnacle of smartphones and tablets

Gesture controlled smartphone and tablet technology by elliptic labs

If you were thinking that owning a high-end touchscreen smartphone is cool then an intuitive new technology by Elliptic Labs could change your perception drastically. A touchless gesture SDK controlled (software development kit) by Elliptic Labs that uses ultrasound as the input was demonstrated at CEATEC 2013 Japan, Murata booth at Hall 2 Booth 2A72 in Tokyo from October 1-5. This new technology will make sure that less energy is required to initiate input for smartphones, tablets and other modern day gadgets with a screen and on top of that it is going to be cost-effective for manufacturing too. Everything from playing games to writing text is going to be touchless with this new innovation, in a way making your smartphone all the more smart.
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CommSeal lets you enjoy safe smartphone texting while driving

CommSeal

Texting while driving can be very dangerous and accounts for many accident cases out there. To solve this problem Christopher Danne has developed a device called CommSeal (smartphone accessory) which will considerably help solve the problem of Texting While Driving (TWD). Commseal connects wirelessly to your smartphone via Bluetooth connection and provides a much safer way to text while driving as the texting buttons are placed ergonomically (at 10 and 2 o’clock position) on the latch that is connected to the steering wheel. The collision avoidance system/sensors warn the driver in case he/she is texting and a collision is imminent by vibrating the hand unit.
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