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    Avnet has partnered with Not Impossible Labs to create a new podcast series about spectacular people who are harnessing the power of technology for the sake of humanity.  Mick Ebeling, the founder of Not Impossible Labs, is our guide through uplifting stories of people who've created technology for the sake of humanity and continue to ask the question  “What if nothing in life is impossible?”  Listen and explore how people are solving the hardest, most mind-boggling problems in some of the most creative and unimaginable ways.




    Listen and explore how people are solving the hardest, most mind-boggling problems in some of the most creative and unimaginable ways.



    Episode 1: Do You See What I See?
    Erik Weihenmayer is an athlete, adventurer, author – and the only blind person to scale Mount Everest. Now he’s the first to test out a new device that raises a question at the very heart of how sight works: Do we see with our eyes, or with our brains?


    Episode 2: Blood from the Sky.
    Two inventors -- one who created a cute little robot, the other who created an app to help kids learn to read -- take on the greatest challenge of their lives: Women are dying in Rwanda at an alarming rate – and they think they have an idea that could save them.


    Episode 3: The Eyewriter
    When producer Mick Ebeling met a paralyzed graffiti artist named Tempt, he made a promise that Tempt would one day paint again – and then wondered how he’d keep the promise. The results of the challenge reside in museums on both coasts – and the philosophy behind them launched Not Impossible Labs.



    Episode 4: The Arm Race
    When Johnny Matheny lost his arm to cancer he decided it was his chance to help others – so he volunteered to be the guinea pig in any project that came along. Little did he know what the government’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program had in store for him – and now he has become the first man to ever use their latest robotic arm, which he can control... with his mind.



    Episode 5: Kissyface
    Day to day, we rarely think about facial control software unless it's to play silly games on our iPhones or Snapchat. But a crazy inventor and a rehab specialist put have developed a way to let people who are paralyzed with spinal injuries use it to surf the web, paint – do anything you can do on a computer. Just with a head tilt, a raised eyebrow, and... the kissyface.

    From the element14 Community:


    An EEG Appliance Brain Controller


    A project a community Member did in order to allow a disabled person to control appliances using their brain waves.

    Episode 163: Ben Heck’s Parallax Sensor Seeing-Eye Hat Episode


    This an accessibility project that is specifically done for the blind by Ben Heck, a YouTube personality for element14.


    Episode 176: Ben Heck’s Single-Handed Pinball Mod Episode


    Ben Heck is a YouTube personality for element14 that has done several projects for Veterans who have lost limbs and want to continue doing the things they love such as pinball and video games



    Episode 6: Project C.O.D.I.
    Cody is a fearless and sensitive 7-year-old boy diagnosed with a rare disease that is slowly robbing him of hearing and sight. The Not Impossible Labs team committed itself to finding a way for Cody to navigate the world. What they created – and built into a superhero costume -- allows Cody to feel what his eyes will soon no longer be able to perceive.

    From the element14 Community:


    Microsoft and Apple Unite For Braille HID


    Apple and Microsoft are partnering on a USB-IF HID device that allows visually impaired and blind live and feel more included in social dynamics.


    To see again — sonar vision for the blind


    Scientist develop algorithm that turns , video captured in sunglasses, into sound.


    Episode 163: Ben Heck’s Parallax Sensor Seeing-Eye Hat Episode


    Ben heck builds a Seeing Eye Hat that allows the blind to detect when objects are near using a Parallax Sensor.



    Episode 7: Feel the Music
    A deaf woman who becomes a world-famous solo percussionist, and a singer with perfect pitch who loses her hearing but still performs live, send the Not Impossible team on a quest to answer the question: How do deaf people experience music? And can we invent a technology to enhance that experience? The answer – a vibrotactile suit that sends music impulses all over their bodies – will change your perception forever of what it means to “hear.”

    From the element14 Community:


    Infrared light, enabling the deaf to hear


    Rabbitt, a University of Utah professor of bioengineering, used infrared light to stimulate the inner-ear cells of a toadfish and send signals to the brain. In other words, let the toadfish hear via light applied to its ear cells. The toadfish ear cells are a well-established model for comparison to human ears.

    Play-A-Grill provides music and much needed bling for your mouth


    Grills’ (no not barbeque); you’ve seen them before, usually worn by rappers with loads of money.  Designed by Aisen Chacin, the grill is able to play MP3’s that lets the wearer hear the music through their teeth (teefis) rather than external speakers. This is known as bone conduction hearing. In fact, that’s how we hear under water (using the bone directly behind the ear).

    MIT Technology can Spy on Conversations via Video of Vibrating Objects in a Room


    It seems that the far-fetched gadgets from James Bond films are becoming a reality.  Novel technology created by MIT researchers, Microsoft and Adobe can convert the subtle vibrations of an object in a room into sound waves in order to spy on conversations. While they hope this technology may lead to a variety of unexpected inventions, they are currently relishing the cool factor.


    Episode 8: Vet Tech
    A special episode for the Fourth of July: After reporting on tragedy after tragedy, a TV journalist struggling with anxiety discovers a cure in technology prescribed by her doctor – and quits her job to devote herself to using that technology to help America’s war veterans. She and the doctor team up to enhance that technology – doing some of the nation’s first hard-science experiments on blending virtual reality and biofeedback – and soon this simple solution begins to have far-reaching implications in the treatment of psychological disorders for veterans, first responders, and those suffering from PTSD in all walks of life.

    From the element14 Community:


    Prototyping an EMDR Machine


    After his grandson told him about a type of psychotherapy used to treat PTSD and other traumatic traumatic incidents called EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, this member built a pair of prototypes that did just that. Starting with a simple scan circuit based on a 4017 he built a Discrete Device Prototype.    Later, he built a second prototype based on an Arduino Duemilanove. The program was very simple and linear with very little logic involved.

    Virtual Reality Helps Sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress


    With virtual reality exposure therapy, someone with PTS can be transported into an artificial environment modeling the traumatic situation from their past, granted the opportunity to relive it in a safe, controlled environment.


    Episode 114: Ben's Single-Handed Xbox One Controller Episode


    element14 YouTube personality Ben Heck recounts the time, about 6 or 7 years ago at the time, when he was contacted by someone that lost a limb in the Iraq war. The guy likes to play video games so he asked Ben if he could build him a one handed controller. It attracted a lot of interest and it’s been something that he’s done a lot of over the years.


    Episode 9: Oh Print Me A Home

    From the element14 Community:


    Steve Keating and his team at MIT have taken 3D printing to a place it’s never been before – and hope to take it places NO one has ever been before. They have invented a 3D printer that can print an entire building, using no other “ink” than what it finds around it in nature – and they say it’s capable of printing buildings out of ice... on Mars. Host Mick Ebeling talks with The Amazing Mister Keating, and finds out why this machine is only the SECOND-coolest 3D project he’s ever done.

    3D Printing the Human Brain


    Steve Keating, a doctoral student at MIT, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After his surgery, Keating wanted to see a 3D version of his brain with the tumor to better understand his condition and what had taken place during the surgery. Working with a team of scientists from Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, Keating developed a printing technique using pieces of the MRI images in which the colors were broken down in finer shades and accentuated so that the printer could print with precision. It was like zooming into a picture and refocusing the lenses to see more details that would have escaped the eyes otherwise. As a result, Keating and the team obtain a 3D portion of his brain that was so detailed that one would feel inside the brain.


    The Light Rider is the world's first 3D printed motorcycle


    3D printing can do a lot things, now it can make motorcycles. Airbus used 3D printing to create the bike, but they didn't use plastic. Instead they got its odd shape by thousands of thin metal layers produced in a bed of metal powder. The entire frame is made out of Scalmalloy, which is aircraft grade aluminum. They used an algorithm to develop the Light Rider’s optimized structure to keep weight at a minimum while ensuring the motorcycle’s frame was strong enough to handle the weight loads and stresses of everyday driving scenarios. The result: a motorcycle that looks more like an organic exoskeleton than a machine.


    Dubai to Build World's First 3D Printed Office


    Further evidence that 3D printing is coming of age in the construction and design sector can be found in an announcement made in Dubai this week of plans to assemble the world's first fully functional 3D printed building. The building will be located close to and is the first major initiative of the “Museum of the Future,” launched earlier this year in Dubai, and will act as temporary headquarters for its staff. It will be approximately 2,000 square feet in size and will be printed layer-by-layer using a 20-foot tall 3D printer, then assembled on site in a matter of weeks. All interior furniture, detailing, and structural components will also be built using 3D printing technology.






    Not Impossible Challenge

    Want to do something more than listen to the podcast? You’re in the right place! We challenge YOU to innovate and create your own technology for the sake of humanity. Check back each week for a new challenge.


    Remember that some things that seem impossible are just impossible right now. Commit and figure it out. Geronimo!