Blippar app allows users to point their smartphone camera at any object and be given a slew of information about it.

Blippar is the leading are app using the most advanced mobile augmented reality and artificial intelligence technology used for marketing and visual search. Everything in the world has a story, DiscoverMore with Blippar app by pointing Blippar camera at flowers, pets, food, and many everyday objects. Blippar uses the power of Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Augmented Reality. Get inspired and let your curiosity take you on the most unexpected journeys. The app allows users to ...

IBM’s Dr. Tanveer Syeda-Mahmood has developed Watson modules for doctors aimed at improving the accuracy of diagnoses for stroke, mammography, radiology and cancer, previously un-diagnosed by human inspection.

Watson has identified cases of heat disease previously undiagnosed by human inspection of ultra-sonic imaging, clinical tests and case notes, according to IBM at the Conference on Medical Image Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI). As a result, IBM is offering five new Watson modules to doctors aimed at improving the accuracy of diagnoses for stroke, mammography, radiology and cancer. IBM Watson is a cognitive system (computer) enabling a new partnership between people and computers. It tu...

Research team from Autodesk and Dartmouth College has developed a new interactive design tool called “Printone,” which provides users with the ability to create functional 3-D printed wind instruments in any shape or form using interactive sound simulation feedback.

A research team from Autodesk and Dartmouth College has developed a new interactive design tool called "Printone," which provides users with the ability to create functional 3-D printed wind instruments in any shape or form using interactive sound simulation feedback. The team designed 16 free-form wind instruments to play different melodies, including: a star that can play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," a bunny that can play "Little Peter Rabbit;" a snowman that can play "Jingle Bells;" and a...

University of Tokyo researchers have found that when embedded a male sex gene into the genome of female silkworms it developed male reproductive glands and started producing sperm.

A group of University of Tokyo researchers and their collaborators embedded a male sex gene into the genome of female silkworms and found that they developed male reproductive glands and started producing sperm, as well as displaying other male characteristics. This finding may eventually lead to the development of pesticides targeting the Masc gene, considered the determinant of maleness in silkworms, and help pave the way for controlling agricultural pests through the sterilization of moths. ...

NaviPack navigation module for autonomous control of drones, robots, and other devices

NaviPack has announced the release of a LiDAR navigation module for autonomous control of drones, robots, and other devices. The NaviPack system is being introduced via its Indiegogo page. The NaviPack module features a built-in Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm chip. By integrating the control chip and LiDAR together, NaviPack becomes a true plug-and-play LiDAR solution that instantly powers drones and robots with 360 degree sensing capabilities, reducing integration tim...

Pizzicato enables truly flexible software-defined radios that are able to change frequency, bandwidth or radio standard in an instant

Cambridge Consultants brings the radio transceiver into the digital age Following its reveal of Pizzicato, the world’s first all-digital radio transmitter, product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants has now added a digital receiver to create a complete Pizzicato radio system. It’s a glimpse into the future of wireless design – radios built purely from computing power. Pizzicato promises to vastly increase the range of wireless applications and to be a powerful enabler for bo...

New study of water-saving plants advances efforts to develop drought-resistant crops

As part of an effort to develop drought-resistant food and bioenergy crops, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered the genetic and metabolic mechanisms that allow certain plants to conserve water and thrive in semi-arid climates. Semi-arid plants such as agave have adapted to survive in areas with little rainfall by developing a specialized mode of photosynthesis called crassulacean acid metabolism, or CAM. Unlike plants in wetter environments, C...

Northwest University Research – Perils of Too Much Relaxation in Assisted Living

You wake up and someone makes you breakfast. You attend a lecture, eat lunch and enjoy a book club meeting, then eat dinner with friends, and finish the night with a movie before heading to bed. While this lifestyle sounds convenient and relaxing, it may be what is killing older adults in assisted living communities. The Good and the Bad of Assisted Living More than 735,000 older adults nationwide live in assisted living communities. These communities promote a hassle-free and accessible liv...

Mice can sense oxygen levels in the environment using specialized neurons in their noses that are present in the olfactory mucosa

The genome of mice harbours more than 1000 odorant receptor genes, which enable them to smell myriad odours in their surroundings. Researchers at the Max Planck Research Unit for Neurogenetics in Frankfurt, the University of Saarland in Homburg, the University of Cambridge and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have discovered that mice can also sense the oxygen level of the inhaled air using neurons in their nose. For this newly discovered sensory property, mice rely on two genes termed Gucy...

Max Planck Research Suggests Individual lifespans are becoming more similar

Scientists discover a novel regularity for vastly different human societies and epochs On average, as lives get longer, the difference in the age at which people die becomes smaller. By analyzing data from 44 countries, researchers have now proven that life expectancy and the variation of individual lifespans are tightly bound together by a mathematical relationship. If life expectancy decreases in times of crisis, then, according to the same mathematical logic, the distribution of the leng...

Life Advice From Leaders

  Bill Gates - six of his best pieces of wisdom Don’t make the same decision twice... On making decisions about your business, Gates advises people to take their time. Consider the issue from every angle and make sure whatever choice you make is the right one for your business. You don’t want to be wasting time coming back and having to change your original decision. “If you're too willing to reopen issues, it interferes not only with your execution b...

Research on correlation of Money & Happiness

In contrast to decades of research reporting surprisingly weak relationships between consumption and happiness, recent findings suggest that money can indeed increase happiness if it is spent the “right way” (e.g., on experiences or on other people). Drawing on the concept of psychological fit, we extend this research by arguing that individual differences play a central role in determining the “right” type of spending to increase well-being. In a field study using more than 76,000 bank-trans...

Staying Positive – Daily habits of behavior and thought processes have the ability to alter the architecture of brain structure and connectivity

Neuroscientists recently made a correlation between an increase of alpha brain waves—either through electrical stimulation or mindfulness and meditation—and the ability to reduce depressive symptoms and increase creative thinking. Our various states of consciousness are directly connected to the ever-changing electrical, chemical, and architectural environment of the brain. Daily habits of behavior and thought processes have the ability to alter the architecture of brain structure and connect...

Israeli company Urban Aeronautics completed a test flight for a robotic autonomous flying air ambulance.

Urban Aeronautics has announced that its Cormorant Unmanned Air vehicle (UAV) prototype has performed its first autonomous pattern flight including low flight over uneven terrain. Urban Aeronautics AirMule, formerly Air Mule or Mule, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) codename Pereira (shapiyriyt; שפירית‎ Shafririt )(Dragonfly), is an unmanned flying car UAS designed by Rafi Yoeli and built by Tactical Robotics LTD., a subsidiary of Urban Aeronautics LTD. in Yavne, Israel. It will be used in sear...

UK’s Cambridge Consultant Axsis technology has developed a surgical robot that can perform cataract eye surgery

Cambridge Consultants, a UK-based product design firm, is showing off a highly dextrous robotic surgical system that it developed. The Axsis robot was created to overcome the limitations of existing surgical robots. Miniaturising robotics design Axsis technology heralds the next wave of surgical robotics innovation Propelling surgical innovation to the next stage, product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants is showcasing Axsis – one of the smallest known robots for surgica...

Blub Keo is a USB powered nixie tube clock which displays the time using sequential digits which are illuminated through ionized neon gas.

Blub Keo is a USB powered nixie tube clock which displays the time using sequential digits which are illuminated through ionized neon gas. A blend of solid machined aluminium, stainless steel, hand formed glass and neon, Keo is a delicate fusion of art, design and engineering. With a warm orange glow reminiscent of a vintage amplifier valve, Blub Keo's display features a hand formed glass 'bulb' in which a series of very fine stainless steel numerals are arranged in a stack and illuminated one a...

MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group develops Bionic ankle-foot prosthesis that normalizes walking gait for persons with leg amputation

Biomechatronics Group at MIT  Media Lab's mission is two fold. First, seek to restore function to individuals who have impaired mobility due to trauma or disease through research and development. Second, develop technologies that augment human performance beyond what nature intends. These objectives are met by combining the scientific discipline of organismal and cellular neuromechanics with the technological discipline of bionic device design. Our research staff and students include biomecha...

BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) White House’s Initiative

Neurons in the Brain
BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) White House's Initiative® – a bold, new initiative focused on revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. The BRAIN Initiative is one of the Administration’s “Grand Challenges” – ambitious but achievable goals that require advances in science and technology. Since the President announced the BRAIN Initiative, dozens of leading technology firms, academic institutions, scientists, and other key contributors to the f...

Cornell University’s research suggests being positive amid daily stress is good for long-term health

Relax. Breathe. It’s all small stuff. When faced with life’s daily challenges, adults who don’t maintain a positive outlook have shown elevated physiological markers for inflaming cardiovascular and autoimmune disease, according to new research by Cornell University and Penn State psychologists. “Hassles and minor frustrations are common in day-to-day living. Our findings suggest that how people react to daily stressors may matter more … than the frequency of such stressors,” explain the rese...

‘iBreastExam’ – Portable Device For Breast Scan

iBreastExam™ (or iBE) is a game-changing technological breakthrough for countries and regions with rising incidence of breast cancer, most cases presenting at late stages and limited to no access to early detection for most women. iBreastExam™ harnesses the power of innovative sensor technology, software computing and mobile revolution, such that a doctor or any health-worker can offer objective and effective breast examinations, with ease and comfort. The test is painless and radiation free,...

MIT’s research on Fluid Interface

Reality Editor is a new kind of tool for empowering you to connect and manipulate the functionality of physical objects. Just point the camera of your smartphone at an object built with the Open Hybrid platform and its invisible capabilities will become visible for you to edit. Drag a virtual line from one object to another and create a new relationship between these objects. With this simplicity, you are able to master the entire scope of connected objects. Th...

NASA’s research on Nano and Micro Fabrication Process Modeling

Development of manufacturable technologies for nanoelectronics and MEMS devices for advanced computing and sensing applications presents significant challenges. Modeling and simulation of the fabrication processes, extensively used by the microelectronics industry, offer significant advantage in meeting these challenges. BenefitExisting technologies, while mature for microelectronics fabrication, need further development in order to meet reliability, repeatability and yield requirements. Ma...

NASA and International team’s research shows, as CO2 levels are rising earth is getting greener.

From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led the effort, which involved using satellite data from NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer instruments to help determine the leaf area index, or...

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed and tested a self-regulating drug eluting patch that monitors and releases appropriate amounts of medicine.

Biomedical engineering researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a technique that uses a patch embedded with microneedles to deliver cancer immunotherapy treatment directly to the site of melanoma skin cancer. In animal studies, the technique more effectively targeted melanoma than other immunotherapy treatments. According to the CDC, more than 67,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with melanoma in 2012 alone ...

‘Panther Alpha’ is the Mini Supercomputer (Micro PC) that fits in the palm of your hand.

Panther Alpha, powered by Linux, is the ultra-portable Micro PC that makes even the slickest laptop designs seem bulky by comparison. With unparalleled customization options, smarter privacy settings, and much less power required to perform; you’re open to a whole new world of possibilities that fit right in the palm of your hand. Panther OS, makes for quite the astonishing Micro PC. It’s designed specifically to bring out the very best in your Panther Alpha, allow you to customize your exper...

‘ EyeQue’ is a miniature optical scope that attaches to the screen of a smartphone to allow you to self-administer refractive measurement test

The team at EyeQue have developed an intelligent vision solution leveraging EyeQue's patented refraction concept invented at MIT. EyeQue’s miniature optical scope attaches to the screen of a smartphone (IOS or Android) and allows you to self-administer a state-of-the-art refractive measurement test through the myEyeQue mobile application. Using advanced technology and patented algorithms hosted in the EyeQue Cloud, results are processed in real-time, generating a vision record and a set of Ey...

MaxMyTV: Home automation on your TV

Android based MaxMyTV Smart Hub automates your home and Overlays alerts from Sensors, IP camera and Social Media on TV broadcast video. As we stuff more and more technology into our homes, it becomes clear that we need to simplify and consolidate in our lives. Not by buying less stuff, we’re not barbarians. But rather by buying more stuff that gives us the ability to control all the stuff we buy. Which is where MaxMyTV comes into play. Essentially, MaxMyTV is inserted between your TV and y...

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Muscular Dystrophy Research

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds the Muscular Dystrophy Surveillance, Tracking, and Research Network, known as MD STARnet. MD STARnetcollects critical information about muscular dystrophy that will improve care for those living with the disease. Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of muscle diseases that results in increasing weakening and breakdown of skeletal muscles over time. The disorders differ in which muscles are primarily affected, the degree of weakness, how fas...

EchoPixel renders patient-specific anatomy in an intuitive, interactive virtual reality format.

EchoPixel renders patient-specific anatomy in an intuitive, interactive virtual reality format, leading directly to increased clinical knowledge, faster operations, and better care. True 3D, from EchoPixel, is an advanced medical visualization software solution. It offers physicians an unprecedented opportunity to view and interact with patient tissues and organs in a truly 3D form, as if they were real physical objects. Real-Time, Interactive Virtual Reality System: True 3D moves beyond ...

Max Planck Germany Science Tunnel Enables cross stream knoweldge share – Fundamental discoveries in one discipline can lead to crucial advances in completely different areas tomorrow

Today, new technologies build on a broad spectrum of scientific findings. Fundamental discoveries in one discipline can lead to crucial advances in completely different areas tomorrow. In all probability, this tendency will only intensify in the future. Or, to put it another way, after centuries of diversification, the life sciences, natural sciences and engineering disciplines are converging once again. This is the cusp on which the sciences are poised today – and, now and then, also caught in ...