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The clever Japanese researchers at the Brain Science Institute (BSI) Toyota Collaboration Center have done something quite incredible once again. Using a wheelchair controlled by brain waves measured using EEG, it’s basically a system that will control the ride using brain waves analysed every 125 milliseconds; therefore the name “mind controlled wheelchair”.
As you will see in the video to follow, testers using the wheelchair and the EEG cap system have achieved accuracy of up to 95% which is not a bad figure considering a high tech wheelchair like this may be used in place of current manual wheelchairs for patients who have had strokes or other significant mobility impairments.
Our friends over at TechChee recently spotted this neat new robotic technology developed by the scientists over at the University of Munich Hospital. The EyeSeeCam has been developed to track the viewpoint of the user’s pupils, this as a result then transmits data to servo actuators that can control any number of mechanical devices imaginable.
Examples include a video cameras or even a robot. It sounds extremely simple to use, in fact, the EyeSeeCam has been practically developed to adapt to us, humans.
The latest technology trend spotlight were placed on Chinese researchers at Tsinghua University this week as they have developed super thin carbon nanotubes, 1/1,000th the width of a single human hair, capable of transmitting music and sounds. In laboratory tests, the researchers mounted a thin CNT film onto two electrodes to form a simple loudspeaker. The speaker produced sound with the same excellent quality as conventional loudspeakers, but without magnets and moving components. They also demonstrated that the flexible film could be used just as effectively to play music from an iPod. With such attractive features and functionalities, these latest results and finds in nanotechnology will definitely make it the next most sought after technology to be used in the consumer electronics market, so watch this space!
I believe this sort of thing should relate to latest technology, afterall it is technology combined with clever scientist brains that’s making this possible right?
Solazyme is a synthetic biology company that’s been working on development of biodiesels for the past three years. Their main research has been aimed at unleashing renewable energy / power from tiny marine microbes locked up in the cages within their labs, the fuel produced which is then harvested are sold for use as industrial chemicals and to specialty ingredient markets.
So what’s the news? Solazyme has announced that it has produced the world’s first algae based jet fuel! The product passed all testing specifications for Aviation Turbine Fuel, which means that the aviation kerosene has passed all the major hurdles to creating a jet fuel that is compatible with the current commercial and military infrastructure.
While Solazyme isn’t the only company working on algae aviation fuel, they are the closest to achieving large-scale production which have actually passed through all the necessary tests (measurements for density, thermal oxidative stability, flashpoint, freezing point, etc…) and regulations, so that’s why they’ve now claimed the title as the world’s first. Though it sounds pretty disgusting to hear that jets will be feeding off algae poo, at least it’s eco-friendly and renewable!
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The £5 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project which have involved a number of world class scientists began smashing protons (one of the building blocks of matter) into each other at velocities only a fraction less than the speed of light this morning. The aim was to reproduce conditions that existed during the first billionth of a second after the Big Bang at the birth of the universe, while there were fears that no one could estimate precisely what would come out of the massive tumbler, the good news is it did not bring our world to an end! You’ve probably been watching it in the news all morning, here’s a small gallery of the LHC and I have to say the scale of it is incredible, more so than you would imagine from the pictures shown on the tele…
Lego is probably one of the things that we find most enjoyable to talk about here on this blog, unfortunately its not easy to build every from Lego. Luke Andersen, a computer science major student from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, decided that he wanted to have something special for a PC, something with a wow geeky factor. So he made up his mind and first created the plans for his PC via a simple CAD program. Then he bought 1,238 Lego pieces (for a total of $140) to assemble his masterpiece as pictured, his design includes a removable panel which is pretty clever because he’ll always be backed up just in case he needed an upgrade. Another clever thing about using Lego to build his PC tower is that he can probably design places where he could easily take chunks of Lego out in the situation that the PC overheated.
And if he didn’t like the design, he could always smash it and rebuild a different design, that’s $140 well spent! Continue reading »
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