Tagged: Rice University

Infant SOS lets car seats save children left alone in hot cars

Infant SOS car sea Rice University

Every year a lot of kids die of heat strokes after being left alone inside hot cars. According to nonprofit safety group Kids and Cars, since 1990 about 600 U.S. children have been subject to this preventable death. In order to counter this unnoticed tragedy, graduation students at the Rice University’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen have developed a new type of car seat accessory for kids, which protects infants when they are left alone in potentially dangerous hot cars. The Infant SOS car seat notifies parents and caregivers with flashing LEDs, message alerts and alarm. Read More…

DIY BEERduino – Automatic beer dispenser that limits your alcohol intake

BEERduino beer dispenser DIY

If you have a beer dispenser at home and your friends don’t mind drinking till the last drop is consumed then you are in a fix. There has to be a way to dispense the beer in limited quantity and only to people who are authorized to do so. This DIY project however is going to change that as a Raspberry Pi microcontroller system regulates the amount of beer dispensed from a home kegerator system. The project dubbed as BEERduino is designed by Karl Gerhardt and Samantha Paulsen from Rice University to record the number of requests to pour beer and control the individuals who can use the kegerator.
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Bluetooth-enabled motion sensing device boosts cerebral palsy therapy

DeXcellence Platform

For patients undergoing treatment for cerebral palsy or for ones with affected motor movement of the hand due to stroke, trauma or spinal cord injuries, a team of students at the Rice University have invented a Bluetooth-enabled device that keeps track of the patient’s progress in therapy or rehabilitation. Dubbed the DeXcellence platform, the device is like a board game that users can have fun using. Designed primarily to test abilities of patients with cerebral palsy, the Bluetooth device has a small peg in the center and is made to boost cerebral palsy therapy. The peg is comfortable to hold and it embedded with electronic sensors that inform any Bluetooth-connected tablet or smartphone of how the peg is moving in space. Read More…

Flexible thin-film battery is high energy power source for wearable electronics

Flexible thin-film battery by Rice University researchers

Researchers around the globe are constantly looking for that magic material which is flexible, as well as powerful enough to power up wearable electronics that are going to be the trend in coming years. Rice University Laboratory are now one step closer to developing that very material which is both flexible behaves like a high-energy supercapacitor, ideal for modern day wearables. Sans any lithium, this 3D nanoporous layer on poly(ethylene terephthalate) has been developed which is hundredth of an inch thick and can last for 10,000 charge-discharge cycles and 1,000 bending cycles.

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Virtual Fitting: Real-Time Garment Simulation for online shoppers

Virtual Fitting Real Time Garment Simulation Rice University

Internet of Things has brought a lot to the existing world and even changed the way we perceive things. Shopping is one thing that has gone virtual in a very short period of time with people looking to save time and money by ordering things online. But when you shop online for clothes more often than not you get disappointed as the color or size don’t really match to your expectations. Either the size is a mismatch or the color doesn’t look good on you when you try it on. Lam Yuk Wong and her design partner Xuaner Cecilia Zhang, both from China, decided to do something about the constant disappointment of online cloth shopping by them as well as their friends. And hence these two Rice University engineering students came up with the solution of a virtual fitting room they call “Virtual Fitting: Real-Time Garment Simulation” which shows the buyer how a particular cloth will look on them in real-time.
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Jedi Putter trains golfers for an accurate putt with multisensory, real-time feedback

Jeff Fitlow

Over the years engineers have tried remodeling the physics of putter used in golf. There have been significant improvements, but the Jedi Putter, first multisensory, real-time tactile feedback training putter sets to make the game even more competitive. Designed for intermediate golfers to help them learn consistent putting strokes, the Jedi Putter is a brainchild of Ray Simar and his team of five engineers from the Rice University. Read More…

Rice University students build functional robotic arm for a 17-year-old


Dee Faught is a 17-year-old who was born with osteogenesis imperfecta – a genetic condition which causes brittle bones. Over the year, wheelchair bound Dee has been dependent on others for every little thing. But now, thanks to a fully-functional robotic arm developed by engineering students at Rice University, Dee can be more independent and reach out for things own his own. Called the R-ARM, the robotic hand designed specifically for Dee is really state-of-the-art and has won the engineering students behind the arm the George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase and Competition. Read More…

Students develop seizure detecting belt that sends data wirelessly

Millions of kids and adults alike suffer with epilepsy – a neurological disorder characterized by seizures, and there aren’t many ways to detect seizures. Electroencephalograph (EEG) is perhaps a standard care for seizure detection, but now members of the Team Seize and Assist, with sponsorship from Houston-based Cyberonics Inc. have developed a belt, which monitors signs of epileptic seizures and sends information of it via Bluetooth to the smartphone or computing device of the caregiver. Read More…