Innovations in Assistive Technologies

April 11, 2014
Innovation took center stage at the 2014 International CES® with amazing new products in the areas of wireless, apps, automotive, digital health and fitness, 3D printing, and startup tech. Some of these devices could have profound implications for mHealth, telemedicine, assistive technologies, and healthcare marketing. But not all new technologies at CES come with fanfare. Often, it’s the gradual advance in technology innovation that can have a huge impact and improve consumers’ lives. One such area is sound quality, thanks to the gains being made in the production and use of high resolution...

UNews: March/April 2014

April 09, 2014
3D Printing Targets the Heart Bioengineering Professor John Fisher and Fischell Fellow Anthony Melchiorri at the University of Maryland created a 3D-printed heart implant that helps patients regrow blood vessel tissue. This graft could benefit the treatment of a number of cardiovascular problems and diseases, including congenital heart defects. The team has a patent pending on the biocompatible polymer graft and has named their new company FormaSTEM. Fisher and Melchiorri presented their research at Maryland’s Professor Venture Fair, an annual competition among university inventors that lets participants present their latest...

Let's Collaborate

April 02, 2014
This year it was clear that one of the real values of the 2014 International CES is its role as an important venue for collaboration across companies and industries, and that this is a new way of doing business. Historically, collaborations at CES tend to be about bilateral company deals such as large OEMs selecting a particular chip or software program within the traditional CE ecosystem. Often, press releases by smaller companies tout their alliances with a major CE company. While that’s still an important aspect, we are now seeing a shift towards inter-industry collaboration...

A Divided Nation

April 01, 2014
Growing up, I remember the events that united us, some tragic, some wonderful: The Kennedy and King assassinations, the first footsteps on the moon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Challenger disaster and 9/11. As one, Americans either grieved or celebrated. Even our divisions, on civil rights and on the Vietnam War, were thoughtful and the minority thinking soon gathered followers to become the majority. Now few Americans would consider turning back the clock on discrimination or sending our troops back to Vietnam. Today feels different. Not since the Civil War has our nation been so divided. Maybe it...

Things to Come

March 28, 2014
We are on the threshold of advances set to transform businesses and the global economy. The 2014 International CES gave us a glimpse at some of the disruptive technologies that are profoundly changing our daily lives and even how we manage our health. 3D printing promises huge changes. Soon, these printers will be in homes and so simple to use that a child will be able to design and print their own toys. Our story looks at some of the innovative uses for 3D printing that you may not be aware of yet. Showing the future of video, the striking images displayed on 105-inch curved OLED screens from LG and Samsung...

International Focus: Germany

March 27, 2014
Photovoltaic Efficiency A partnership between Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Phoenix Contact and SMA Solar Technology—dubbed “PV Pack”—will focus on increasing the conversion e iciency of photovoltaics used in solar power applications. Speciically, the PV Pack research project will seek to increase efficiency through innovative cooling technologies for photovoltaic inverters, the devices which convert the direct current (DC) output of a solar panel into alternating current (AC). The project was funded by €1.4 million (US $1.9...

Madness Tech

March 26, 2014
Before the NCAA Tournament gets back underway tomorrow, let’s take this opportunity to look at some of the effects technology is having on both the sports we watch and how we watch them.   While (hopefully) a good number of brackets are still giving fans hope, it only took until the second day of the tournament for all entries in Warren Buffet’s ‘Billion Dollar Bracket’ challenge to be eliminated. Mercer’s first round upset of Duke eliminated all but .03 percent of the entries, according to CBSSports.com. While entrants in the challenge are probably wishing that technology could have helped them pick the perfect bracket to win the challenge, a number...

MC10’s David Icke: Integrated Body Computing

March 21, 2014
Tucked away in a nondescript brick building in Cambridge, Mass. is an innovative startup hard at work. On the second level in an open loft-like space is where the magic happens as more than 50 employees and interns are busy working on transforming the way people manage their health. Leading the charge is MC10’s CEO David Icke, who says the $300 billion microelectronics industry is based on rigid brittle silicon in boxy packages and therefore, has limitations for wearable technology. To counter this, MC10 reshapes electronics to create thin, conformal systems that flex, stretch and bend seamlessly. Its technology...

Staying Ahead of the Curve

March 18, 2014
The 2014 International CES could be described as a love-fest with curved displays, ranging from large screen OLED TVs—which were presented by Changhong, Hisense, Konka, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, TCL and Toshiba—to the smaller, curved OLED smartphone screens offered up by LG and Samsung. First the TVs By way of review, OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) are constructed of a series of organic (carbon-based) thin films that convert electricity to light. Each pixel is a small light-emitting diode (hence the name) and when electrical current is applied, light is emitted. Unlike LCDs...
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