A device for studies of human interaction, dementia and movement disorders

A novel ‘contact lens’ patch that treats eye diseases

A novel AI-based device for early intervention of congestive heart failure

New stimulation method against brain and nervous disorders

Brain stimulation is now being used successfully to combat diseases such as Parkinson's (lat. Parkinson scriptor morbus), chronic depression, pain and tinnitus. By making neurostimulators smaller and more energy efficient, they can be used more effectively and for a wider range of brain and nervous disorders. Marijn van Dongen, the scientist of Delft University of Technology (TUDelft), made a prototype of a chip that enables this kind of neurostimulation to be used.  Brain stimulation is successfully used today to combat neurological diseases and there is evidence that brain stimulation may also be successful in the treatment of many more brain disorders, such as epilepsy, addictions, migraine and dementia. Many existing neurostimulators, however, have a limited energy efficiency, making a large battery necessary. This in turn increases the size of the whole neurostimulator, making it impossible to locate the implant where it is actually needed. Subcutaneous wires often connect the neurostimulator in the chest with the electrodes in the brain. 

42 days ago

Sense Glove blurs the lines between virtual and real interactions

Sense Glove’s unique low latency force-feedback system enables the user to feel the shape and density of virtual objects. Due to the precise sensor-based tracking of each joint in the hand, every interaction using the Sense Glove renders a virtual reality to feel like a physical environment. The sense glove can be used as a force-feedback controller for virtual and augmented reality or as the input device for telerobotics. Sense Glove is a spinoff of Delft University of Technology (TUDelft).

43 days ago

Ballistic Barrier: an origami inspired, deployable, bulletproof shield

A lightweight bulletproof shield inspired by a Yoshimura origami crease pattern has been developed by the researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU). The new ballistic barrier can be folded compactly when not in use, making it easier to transport and deploy. When expanded - which takes only five seconds - it can provide cover for officers and stop bullets from several types of handguns. The researchers worked with a federal special agent to understand what their needs were, as well as SWAT teams, police officers and law enforcement and found that the current solutions are often too heavy and not as portable as they would like. The team wanted to create something that was compact, portable, lightweight and worked really well to protect them. 

64 days ago

Revolutionary waterless hygienic toilet

The CardiacSense: reliable cardiac and blood pressure monitoring

A wearable device measures cortisol in sweat

A new device attached to a smartphone could be the future of early cancer diagnosis

A low cost, easy-to-use device, designed to be attached to a smartphone, demonstrates that detecting the very early stages of common diseases such as prostate cancer (lat. Carcinoma) could be as simple as taking a picture. Scientists from the Institute of Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD) at the University of Technology Sydney have developed a prototype that is not only sensitive enough to detect traces of cancer biomarkers but can quantify the level of these disease-indicating molecules, so that doctors can use this device to monitor a patient's recovery from surgery and treatment. Moreover, developers expect that future mass production will cost around $10 per device.

82 days ago

A new waterless toilet can detect biomarkers

Regular medical check-ups could be soon replaced by visits to the bathroom, thanks to the smart toilets, designed by Science Walden design team at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). This smart toilet system is the latest version of the previous waterless energy-producing toilet system BeeVi Toilet, created as part of the Science Walden Project. At the heart of this Science Walden project is the Feces Standard Money (FSM). Their new, advanced BeeVi WALDEN 2.0 even features a built-in health screening system that could be used to analyze urine and other waste matter and inform users of their current wellbeing via a smartphone application.

89 days ago

A portable device for rapid and highly sensitive diagnostics

A portable and low-cost diagnostic device has been developed by the researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. This microfluidic tool, which has been tested with Ebola (lat. Zaire ebolavirus), requires no bulky equipment. It is thus ideally suited for use in remote regions. Over the past several years, microfluidic devices have shown extraordinary potential in the area of diagnostics. They are composed of silicone rubber with minuscule channels the width of a hair. Microfluidic devices, and can rapidly detect a number of different biomarkers in very small quantities of blood (lat. Sanguis).

90 days ago

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