Restoring hearing loss
A team of worldwide researchers have received a $9.7-million grant to design and develop a new implantable device and surgical procedure for the deaf that hopefully will cut through the noise and produce much more detailed sound than traditional hearing-loss treatments.
Electronic pill can relay diagnostic information or release drugs
Researchers have designed an ingestible capsule that can be controlled using Bluetooth wireless technology. The capsule, which can be customized to deliver drugs, sense environmental conditions, or both, can reside in the stomach for at least a month, transmitting information and responding to instructions from a user's smartphone.
3D printing cells to produce human tissue
With today's technology, we can 3-D-print sculptures, mechanical parts, prosthetics, even guns and food. But a team of biomedical engineers have developed a method to 3-D-print cells to produce human tissue such as ligaments and tendons, a process that will greatly improve a patient's recovery.
Wearables powered by body movements
A wearable energy-harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging, according to a team of researchers. The device, about the size of a wristwatch, produces enough power to run a personal health monitoring system.
Bioengineered robotic hand with its own nervous system senses touch
Why not make a prosthesis that can actually "feel" its environment?
Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity
A vertical axis wind turbine is a wind turbine design where the generator is vertically oriented in the tower, rather than sitting horizontally on top.
Non-toxic material that generates electricity through hot and cold
Thanks to the discovery of a new material, jewelry such as a ring and your body heat could generate enough electricity to power a body sensor, or a cooking pan could charge a cellphone in just a few hours.
Stabilising energy storage
Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take full advantage of renewable energy, electrical grids need large batteries that can store the power coming from wind and solar installations until it is needed.
Smart glasses that focus automatically
The days of wearing bifocals or constantly swapping out reading glasses might soon come to an end.
David Pugh interviewed Angela Mitcham, Business Development and Partnerships manager at Vaporsens, an exciting startup based on nanofibre sensors for detection of over 30 compounds of interest, primarily for the security industry.
Turnable, twistable robots
Forget steel and aluminum. The robots of tomorrow may be able to squish, stretch and squeeze.