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12 Apr 2021

AI-Powered Backpack Helps Visually Impaired Navigate World

Researchers have designed an AI-powered, voice-activated backpack that can help the visually impaired navigate and perceive the world around them. The backpack helps detect common challenges such as traffic signs, hanging obstacles, crosswalks, moving objects and changing elevations, all while running on a low-power, interactive device.
22 Dec 2020

Engineers Develop a Soft Robotic Gripper

Scientists often look to nature for cues when designing robots - some robots mimic human hands while others simulate the actions of octopus arms or inchworms. Now, researchers have designed a new soft robotic gripper that draws inspiration from an unusual source: pole beans.
31 Oct 2019

Impressive Proportion of UK Universities Have Electrified Their Fleet

As hotbeds of innovation, many people expect universities to be early adopters of electric vehicle technology and drive progress from the front. But how are UK institutions performing?
16 Sep 2019

Electronic glove offers 'humanlike' features for prosthetic hand users

An electronic glove, or e-glove can be worn over a prosthetic hand to provide humanlike softness, warmth, appearance and sensory perception, such as the ability to sense pressure, temperature and hydration.
18 Apr 2019

World's first gene-edited lizards

A group of researchers has become the first in the world to successfully produce a genetically modified reptile—specifically, four albino lizards—using the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool.
15 Feb 2019

Machine learning to ID source of Salmonella

A team of scientists has developed a machine-learning approach that could lead to quicker identification of the animal source of certain Salmonella outbreaks.
19 Apr 2017

Tarzan robot hangs above crops to inspect plants as they grow

With robots dangling over the field, researchers will be able to get more frequent measurements and to avoid some laborious field work. Someday, they may be able to stay at their laptops miles away, in the air conditioning, scanning a steady stream of images and data sent back from the robots.
13 May 2013

How to harvest electricity directly from plants

Researchers are developing a new technology that makes it possible to use plants to generate electricity.
17 Feb 2012

Rapid, uniform dispersion method for carbon nanotubes

Harnessing the power of carbon nanotubes could get considerably easier, thanks to an advance by engineers from the University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia.