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Self-Powered Sensors Monitoring Mackinac Bridge

Mackinac Bridge

Thousands of small sensors are being deployed across the Mackinac Bridge in northern Michigan, one of the world’s longest bridges, to monitor its integrity. . . . → Read More: Self-Powered Sensors Monitoring Mackinac Bridge

Start-Up Creating Touch Sensing for Visual Images

Ting Zhang and Shruthi Suresh

A start-up company spun off from Purdue University is developing a system that translates visual images to touch-sensing signals for people with limited visual abilities. . . . → Read More: Start-Up Creating Touch Sensing for Visual Images

Fox Foundation Supports Parkinson’s Walking Device

VibeForward device

A spin-off enterprise from University of Delaware is developing an electronic vibrating device that fits on the feet or ankles of people with Parkinson’s disease to help them walk. . . . → Read More: Fox Foundation Supports Parkinson’s Walking Device

Univ. Spin-Off Developing High-Nutrition Corn

Evan Rocheford and corn

A company spun-off from a university agriculture research lab is developing a variety of corn with more vitamin A and other nutrients missing from most other types. . . . → Read More: Univ. Spin-Off Developing High-Nutrition Corn

Govt. Shutdown Disrupts U.S. Science

U.S. Capitol

Several agencies that run or finance labs are closed, due to the lapse of funding for about a quarter of federal departments that began on 22 December. . . . → Read More: Govt. Shutdown Disrupts U.S. Science

NSF Supports Expanding Lab-On-Chip Integration, Manufacturing Center

Cadmim leadership

A new federal grant supports expansion of a research and development center developing techniques to make the manufacture and integration of microfluidic, or lab-on-a-chip, devices easier and less expensive. . . . → Read More: NSF Supports Expanding Lab-On-Chip Integration, Manufacturing Center

Robotic Exoskeleton Systems Studied for Industrial Workforce

Guardian XO exoskeleton

Control systems for whole-body robotic devices worn by industrial workers to help them perform their jobs are being designed and assessed by an academic-industry engineering team. . . . → Read More: Robotic Exoskeleton Systems Studied for Industrial Workforce

Brain-Controlled Home Rehab for Stroke in Development

Brain cell networks

A robotic system for home use to help people recovering from a stroke regain use of their upper bodies is in development by an engineering lab, rehabilitation hospital, and 2 companies in Texas. . . . → Read More: Brain-Controlled Home Rehab for Stroke in Development

Wireless Solar Power, Data Transmission Designed for IoT

Solar cell measurement

A process for capturing light to power Internet of Things, or IoT devices, is shown to use the same solar cells to transmit data over an IoT system. . . . → Read More: Wireless Solar Power, Data Transmission Designed for IoT

Electronic Skins Add Robotic Functions to Objects

Robotic skin

An engineering lab developed a way to integrate electronic sensors and motors into flexible materials, which can be added to inanimate objects to give them robotic functions. . . . → Read More: Electronic Skins Add Robotic Functions to Objects