Engineers from University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed an unique energy harvesting and storage technology for capturing the energy of human motion to power mobile electronic devices. The energy generated while walking can be put to great use if captured and stored for later use, observe the researchers. Lead researchers J. Ashley Taylor and Tom Krupenkin made use of “reverse electrowetting” for developing the concept; a phenomenon which they pioneered in 2011. A conductive liquid...
Scientists from the University of California, Berkley along with the Telekom Innovation Laboratories and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have launched an application named “MyShake” to give early notifications about possible earthquakes. A large section of the world’s population lives in earthquake prone areas where they tend to helplessly rely on Earthquake Early Warnings (EEW). Now, this cutting edge advancement in technology has resulted in a smartphone application for android...
Vivek Venkatachalam, a postdoctoral fellow from Harvard University has devised a microscope that encapsulates neural information into 3D images. This tool is believed to possess the potential to uncover the mysterious link between the neural signal and its corresponding behaviour. The group went about their work by investigating the crawling behaviour of tiny, transparent C. elegans worms using the microscope’s 3D imaging technique. Senior author, Samuel explained that the newest...
MIT’s media lab has devised an open ended optical fiber based imaging system that requires no extra protective case. Named “optical brush”, this open ended bundle of optical fibers use time of flight technology to image and sense complex environments. This newest customization is expected to add a new dimension to laser treatment and other light based imaging applications. These fibers are connected to photo-sensors at one end and the other end is free to paint. The positions of the fibers’...
Members of a research team at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, have developed a smart chip that can be paired with brain implants for efficient wireless transmission of signals from and to the brain, providing much-needed aid to patients of diseases like the Parkinson’s and impairments such as the paraplegia. Led by Indian-born scientist Arindam Basu, the team has tested the chip on animal models and remarkable results have been obtained, including an accuracy of 95% in...
The 1996 established company, Intex Technologies Ltd. has recently launched a low budget fitness smart wear named FitRist. To compete with the rivals like Misfit Ray and Swipe’s Fband, Intex incorporated a time piece inside an activity tracker. Sporting a light weight blended with exotic style, the fitness band also features a step calculator, calorie counter and a sleep monitoring option.
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A group of researchers from the Optical Networks Group at the University College of London has achieved an astounding digital data transfer rate of 1.125 Tb/s for. The unimaginable lightning fast data rate was achieved following pioneering research work based on the capacity limits of contemporary optical transmission systems. Lead researcher, Dr Robert Maher of the Electronic & Electrical Engineering department at UCL explained that the demand for high speed data transmission is...
A group of physicists from the Technical University of Munich has fabricated a Nano sized laser source, that is a thousand times thinner than human hair onto a silicon chip, potentially lowering the manufacturing cost of high-performance photonics based devices. This current advancement in nanowire laser systems will significantly boost the science of data processing, in terms of both speed and economic factors. Proving Moore’s law wrong, electronic circuits have reached the optimum point...
A team of Swiss researchers have succeeded in teaching a drone how to spot and follow trails in forests. The quadcopter used by the team is equipped with two cameras and a powerful artificial intelligence algorithm that processes the images and identifies man-made trails. During tests, the drone was able to successfully identify 85% of the trails while a human could identify only 82%. These drones could be used in search and rescue operations in dense forests....
A mechanical engineering graduate form IIT Kharagpur and an AMP from Harvard Business School, Bhaskar Majumdar serves as the Managing Partner at Unicorn India Ventures fund. He has a rich work experience holding key corporate positions at Times of India, Zee Telefilms and Altavista UK. As the Chairman of Heath Ventures from 2009, Bhaskar has invested in several early-stage startups in UK and India. Unicorn India Ventures started by Anil Joshi and Bhaskar Majumdar, has done its first close...