Tagged: UC Berkeley

CRAM robot inspired by cockroaches will be vital in search & rescue operations

CRAM Cockroach robot_1

Cockroaches are the creepiest insects that nobody dares to love, isn’t it? But scientists at University of California Berkley have taken interest in this ugly insect to have an insight on its Houdini-like tricks and build a robotic cockroach. Inspired by their ability to squeeze their body to get through the tiniest of crevice, American cockroaches have capabilities that can be emulated in a robotic form for search and rescue operations in case of natural calamities like earthquakes or tornados. Cockroaches have the unique capability to position their legs to the sides and their shell acts like a sponge to take 900 times impact of their body weight.
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Smart Bandage capable of detecting bedsores at a very early stage

Smart Bandage that detects bedsores and ulcers UC Berkeley

Bedsores and ulcers can be a real irritation for bed-ridden people, and they are very painful indeed. To counter this problem Engineers at UC Berkeley and researchers at UCSF are in the phase of developing a Smart Bandage that detects underlying development of bedsores at a very early stage. The development of this Smart Bandage is undertaken by UC Berkeley researchers who devised the software and hardware of the bandage, while UCSF carried out all the initial animal trials. Smart Bandage uses electrical signals (impedance spectroscopy) to detect tissue development under the skin for curing bedsores or ulcers at their root level.
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Engineers invent ultra-thin artificial skin that changes colors

ultra-thin chameleon-like skin

A study published by a team of UC Berkeley engineers announces the invention of an ultra-thin film that can shift colors when flexed. Clearly, the inspiration comes from the capability of a chameleon to change colors to match the environment. It’s an incredible invention as a lot of fields will be benefited through such technology. Read More…

Engineers develop flexible sensors to determine heart oxygen levels

Organic wearable device by UC Berkeley

Engineers at UC Berkeley have come up with a pulse oximeter sensor that measures blood oxygen levels, arterial oxygen saturation and heart rate with pin-point accuracy. As opposed to other pulse meters in the market this wearable sensor is thinner, cheap and flexible enough to be worn like a band. This gives the wearable sensor more flexibility in terms of portability and use.
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