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A team of 56 researchers has designed a Breathalyzer-type device that can accurately detect 17 different diseases. (all images via IT)   The title may read like click-bait, but it couldn’t be further from the truth as 56 researchers from five different countries came together to first prove a theory first by testing a hypothesis made by ancient Greeks and second, to build a device that could help quickly diagnose patients with various diseases.   The idea behind the science is ...
BLAST is sensor technology developed as part of the Office of Naval Research’s Future Naval Capabilities program. It is labeled a “Force Health Protection” product, and could be a benefit to men and women in combat in numerous ways. Marines shield themselves from the blast of a detonated explosive at an urban leaders course. (Photo Credit: U.S. Marine Corps; photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos)   Explosives present an obvious danger in close proximity, but even as the distance ...
This is a “why” kind of product.   With many of our devices being smart from cars that park themselves to shoes that autolace, it seems more and more companies are looking for any excuse to make “smart products.” The latest gadget is a device that lets you control the scent of your home with your phone. Moodo is a diffusion machine that sprays fragrance in the air via four capsules filled with different scented crystals. Similar to scented candles, the crystals come ...
Amber Agriculture, a startup from the University of Illinois, introduced farm technology that helps to limit grain spoilage; a large problem that often goes overlooked. Amber Waves wireless sensor and remote fan control switch (via Amber Agriculture)   The Consumer Technology Association’s 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a consumer technology tradeshow that recently exhibited new farming technology developed by Amber Agriculture. The Amber Waves wireless sensor won the 2016 ...
Introduction I needed some custom test leads recently and after experimenting with a few types of banana plugs and cables I found a nice combination and set about assembling them. This short blog post contains a possible recipe, i.e. what worked for me. It was also an opportunity for me to use a ferrule crimp tool. The end result was good – it appears to be a reliable set of test leads. (For innovative ideas on test probes, see here: Shop Tips -  Intrusive Meter Probe  ). In t ...
At CES 2017 Digitsole shows off their latest shoes that have built in sensors to help you keep track of your stats. These aren’t the nicest looking shoes, but they have built in technology (via Digitsole)   Ever since Marty McFly rocked them in Back to the Future Part 2, people have been pining for tech savvy shoes. At CES last year, shoe company Digitsole showed its self-lacing sneakers, obviously inspired from the popular movie. With their latest footwear they’re going beyond ...
Scientists developed an artificial leaf to make medicine, taking inspiration from photosynthesis. Believe it or not, these artificial leaves have the capability to create medicine. All they need is sunlight. (via Bart Van Overbeeke)   There’s no question about the importance of medicine, but the sad fact is not everyone has access to it. Whether it’s lack of medical support or funds, medicine is not necessarily widely available around the world. But what if we suddenly had the ...
Technology from NASA’S Mars Lander has been adapted by Bruin Biometrics for use in hospital settings as the first device capable of identifying pressure ulcers before it’s too late. Bruin Biometrics SEM Scanner (via Bruin Biometrics)   Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, are a serious health problem that alone costs the United Kingdom £ 2.1 billion annually. They are a lethal and costly medical health concern that largely affects elderly and long-term care patients, ...

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