Wearable Ultrasound Patch monitors blood pressure deep inside body

A new wearable ultrasound patch that non-invasively monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin could help people detect cardiovascular problems earlier on and with greater precision. In tests, the patch performed as well as some clinical methods to measure blood pressure. Applications include real-time, continuous monitoring of blood pressure changes in patients with … Continue reading “Wearable Ultrasound Patch monitors blood pressure deep inside body”

UBC breakthrough opens door to $100 ultrasound machine

  Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent pending innovation no bigger than a Band-Aid is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone. Conventional ultrasound scanners use piezoelectric crystals to … Continue reading “UBC breakthrough opens door to $100 ultrasound machine”

Robots can now pick up any object after inspecting it

MIT Researchers have developed a system that lets robots inspect random objects, and visually understand them enough to accomplish specific tasks without ever having seen them before. The system, called Dense Object Nets (DON), looks at objects as collections of points that serve as sort of visual roadmaps. This approach lets robots better understand and manipulate items, … Continue reading “Robots can now pick up any object after inspecting it”

Extending Life of Solar Panels by doing Real-time diagnostics of Health Data

Purdue researchers created an algorithm using the physics of panel degradation that can analyze solar farm data from anywhere, essentially as a portable EKG for solar farms. Real-time diagnostics would ultimately inform better panel designs – the cost-saving “treatment” that could prolong lifespan and continue to cut electrical bills. Degradation in humid environments, for example, … Continue reading “Extending Life of Solar Panels by doing Real-time diagnostics of Health Data”

A new way to remove ice buildup without power or chemicals

MIT researchers have developed a completely passive, solar-powered way of combating ice buildup. The system is remarkably simple, based on a three-layered material that can be applied or even sprayed onto the surfaces to be treated. It collects solar radiation, converts it to heat, and spreads that heat around so that the melting is not … Continue reading “A new way to remove ice buildup without power or chemicals”