Handheld remote and contactless biometric sensor for health monitoring

Seeing bionic hand

This device monitors human conditions

Next generation stair-climbing wheelchair

А yоung teаm оf Mаsters students frоm Switzerlаnd hаs develоped next generation wheelchаir Scewо, which is cаpаble оf climbing stаirs аnd is equipped with cаterpillаrs. The Scewо wheelchаir is the secоnd iterаtiоn оf the оriginаl Scаlevо prоject. It is still а demоnstrаtiоn prоtоtype аnd is in the stаge оf аctive develоpment. The wheelchаir is nоt а cоmmerciаl prоduct yet.

22 days ago

Colorimetric sensors for gas detection

Exclusive interview for SPINOFF.COM with Mr. Ray Chiu about the technology of colorimetric sensors for accurate chemicals detection and quantіfіcatіon of natural gas

BіoІnspіra, led by the team from UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Natіonal Laboratory and Stanford Unіversіty, develops colorіmetrіc sensors for cost-effectіve, low-powered and hіghly sensіtіve detectіon and quantіfіcatіon of natural gas wіth real-tіme and remote monіtorіng. The system allows the natural gas іndustry to recoup the sіgnіfіcant portіon of the annual $5B value of natural gas leakіng from іts іnfrastructure.

22 days ago

Used to measure metabolism-related molecules

The aim of a new biosensor chip developed at EPFL (The École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) is to monitor the concentration of molecules, such as glucose and cholesterol, and certain drugs simultaneously. Being of a small size - only a centimetre long, it is placed under your skin and powered by a patch which is placed on the surface of your skin.  This chip communicates with mobile phone for information transmission.

22 days ago

Steady intelligent robots

Automated driverless shuttle

Smart sensing textiles

Self-healing concrete

Bio-concrete – is concrete that can heal itself using special bacteria developed in Delft Technical University (TUDelft) in the Netherlands. With time concrete become fragile from tension, crack and deteriorate. An invention by a microbiologist Dr. Henk Jonkers offers an innovative approach to creating more stable concrete by adding limestone-producing bacteria to the mix. This self-healing bioconcrete aims to provide a cheap and sustainable solution, markedly improving the lifespan of buildings, bridges and roads. The research of Dr. Jonkers has been commercialized by the spinoff company Green-Basilisk since 2015.

25 days ago

Portable device provides rapid and accurate diagnosis of tuberculosis

A handheld diagnostic device that Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators first developed to diagnose cancer has been adapted to rapidly diagnose tuberculosis (TB) (lat. Phthisis) and other important infectious bacteria. The researchers describe portable devices that combine microfluidic technology with nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to not only diagnose these important infections but also determine the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. Rapidly identifying the pathogen responsible for an infection and testing for the presence of resistance are critical not only for diagnosis but also for deciding which antibiotics to give a patient. These described methods allow the team to do this in two to three hours, a vast improvement over standard culturing practice, which can take as much as two weeks to provide a diagnosis. The system detects DNA from the tuberculosis bacteria in small sputum samples.

52 days ago

A new glucose monitor for diabetics proves virtually painless and even more accurate

A more comfortable and reliable blood-sugar monitoring system is being designed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTHRInstTech) in Stockholm for people with diabetes (lat. Diabetes Mellitus). After successfully testing a prototype of a microneedle patch on a human subject, the completion of a system for clinical tests is now underway. Continuous monitoring is a way to safely and reliably lower blood glucose – giving the user a full picture of their glucose levels throughout the day and helping them avoid severe hypoglycemia. But the continuous glucose monitoring systems (known as CGMS) in use today have two main drawbacks: they are uncomfortable since they require a minimum 7mm needle that’s inserted into the skin; and, because of their size, they take measurements in the fat tissue – not the most ideal location.


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