Snowflakes photographed by new high-speed camera

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In the late 1800's, Wilson Bentley and Gustav Hellmann began photographing snowflakes. However, their photos revealed entirely different representations of snowflakes. How could nature present two different forms of snowflakes? Today University of Utah engineer Cale Fallgatter and atmospheric scientist Tim Garrett are helping to solve that mystery with the use of a new camera system that photographs free-falling snowflakes. The technology behind the camera that revealed the intricate,...

Smart vents to save energy – CES 2015

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NSF-funded small business Keen Home has developed a smart vent that opens and closes to reduce uncomfortable hot and cold spots, save energy in unused rooms, and tailor a home’s heating and cooling to fit specific lifestyles. The new wireless system will respond automatically based on users’ habits and presence. Keen Home co-founder Nayeem Hussain explains how the smart vents integrate into daily life. Keen Home is funded through NSF’s Small Business Innovation Research program....

Autonomous robot does laundry

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People typically consider doing the laundry to be a boring chore. But laundry is far from boring for artificial intelligence (AI) researchers like Siddharth Srivastava, a scientist at the United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley. To AI experts, programming a robot to do the laundry represents a challenging planning problem because current sensing and manipulation technology is not good enough to identify precisely the number of clothing pieces that are in a pile and the number that...

Shoe-based tech helps amputees get extra mileage out of physical therapy - CES 2015

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It looks like Fitbit for feet, but it’s actually Google for gait, according to Stacy Bamberg, CEO and founder of Veristride. Veristride, a small business funded by NSF’s SBIR/STTR program, is developing tools to help amputees rehab faster with gait analytics. Wearable insoles pair with walking data analytics to provide people with information about how they walk to improve their performance. At the 2015 International CES, Bamberg explained how the tech may help people track their...

Light-based virus detection - CES 2015

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NSF-funded small business Nexgen Arrays is developing tests for the detection of viruses, including Ebola, Lassa, and Marburg, directly from blood, near the site of patient care. These tests are based on technology designed to rapidly detect a broad array of pathogens in a simple, easy-to-use test format. The tech grew out of the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center, which develops new applications for health, productivity and energy savings. David Freeman, CEO of NexGen Arrays,...

Heat and motion-powered wearable electronics for improved health - CES 2015

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At NSF-funded Engineering Research Centers across the United States, interdisciplinary university teams turn knowledge into new systems technologies. Working closely with industry and regional stakeholders, the centers ultimately aim to commercialize technological innovations. At International CES 2015, members of the NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) demonstrated nanotech-enabled, wearable health...