Harvard Scientists Train Computer to Distinguish Scents

A team of Harvard scientists led by Venkatesh Murthy, professor of molecular and cellular biology, tackled a seemingly complex phenomenon in their investigation: how mice can distinguish scents from one another. Using a machine-learning algorithm, Murthy and his colleagues “trained” a computer to recognize the neural patterns linked to various scents, and to identify specific odors in a mixture of smells. The study, published in the journal Neuron, focused on creating an algorithm for a compu...
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The Purple Pillow: Innovating the way we rest

Traditional pillows, no matter the type, can cause problems for users. They are lumpy, flat, hot, and most importantly, lack proper neck support. The Purple Pillow aims to change that. Pillows currently used can be saggy and weak, have a harsh angle, and other issues. Interestingly enough, there are a lot of aspects that one must take into consideration in designing a pillow. Shoulders need strain relief while the neck needs gentle, yet firm support. Breathability is also an important fac...
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The Alarm Clock that Innovates the Way We Wake Up

Hitting the snooze button one time too many? The Pavlok Shock Clock, an innovative alarm clock, seeks to change this morning habit. For many individuals who set an alarm the night before an early morning, hitting the snooze button is a common occurrence. This tends to carry over throughout the day as a general feeling of fatigue and frustration. Usual alarm clocks operate by continuously sending out a noise signal until the user gets out of bed. Such a methodology perhaps contributes to a ...
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HemaApp: The App that Measures Hemoglobin with a Smartphone

University of Washington computer scientists and electrical engineers have come together to develop HemaApp: an application that uses a smartphone camera to estimate hemoglobin concentrations. Anemia, a blood condition exacerbated by malnutrition or parasitic disease, is a common health problem in the developing world that is often undiagnosed. Currently, in order to detect hemoglobin levels, most health care providers either use an invasive technique (i.e. a needle) or expensive machines tha...
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Luuup: The First & Last Litter Box One Might Own

Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most innovative ones. Such is the case Luuup, a cat litter box, composed of three identical sifting trays, which is designed to be the first and last litter box a user uses and cutting down the time and effort needed to clean. For pet owners, cat little boxes are unpleasant to deal with but also a necessity. Oftentimes, current models lead to wasted litter or can be complicated and expensive, with fragile parts that need to be cleaned. The Luuup l...
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Bagel: Innovating the Way to Measure Size

Ever wonder why we use so many different tools for measuring? The Bagel Labs team had similar thoughts, and decided to create the Bagel, a smart all-in-one tape measure, which can save measurements, record voice memos, and measure just about anything. Bagel was designed with three separate modes to tackle the wide range of circumstances in which a user needs to measure something. String Mode: This works the same as a traditional tape measure, but due to its flexibility, can be used to mea...
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Battery that self destructs in Water in 30 Minutes

A breakthrough invention in developing transient batteries has been developed:  a self-destructing battery that completely dissolves in water without leaving behind any trace. Researchers at Iowa State University have designed a one-millimeter-thick, five-millimeter-long and six millimeters wide battery that use typical lithium-ion technology. The transient battery is made up of eight layers, including an anode, a cathode and the electrolyte separator, all wrapped up in two layers of a polyvi...
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The Gaze Desk: The Smart Standing Desk

The Gaze Lab has introduced a smart standing desk that is responsive, aimed at improving posture and developing a healthy standing routine over time. Standing desks at large serve as a healthier way of working. This desk is personalized to a user’s unique physique. A user puts in their height and weight into a mobile app and the GAZE DESK alters its position accordingly. It can recognize users as well. Although the desk is designed to find a perfect position for users based on their body prof...
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Altered: The Innovative Faucet Solution that Uses 98% Less Water

The Altered Company has created a nozzle that uses 2% of your normal water usage. It’s flexible, designed to fit over any tap, customizable, with two modes depending on the needed amount of water, and an environmentally conscious solution to the everyday problem of water waste. Water stress is a global issue that affects one billion people at present, and will impact an estimated 3 billion people in 2020. Furthermore, when one uses a regular tap, much of the water simply bounces off the surfa...
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Novel Regenerative Bandage Heals Diabetic Wounds Faster

Northwestern researchers have come up with a novel approach to treat foot ulcers. Their development, a regenerative bandage, heals diabetic wounds four times faster than standard bandages without additional side effects. Experienced by 15% of people with diabetes, foot ulcers can lead to serious health complications. What seems like a harmless sore could result in, for 24% of those affected, a lower-leg amputation and in certain cases, even death. These sores are particularly a problem for...
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Walli: The Smart Wallet

Thousands of individuals lose or forget their wallet each day. Walli, a new smart wallet, is designed to target just that. The wallet connects to your phone via Bluetooth and notifies you when you leave it behind. It also sends a notification if a card or even your phone is left behind. The Walli app continuously monitors your wallet. As soon as you are too far away from your wallet, the app sends you a notification. If a user misses these notifications, Walli has the ability to track the ...
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The Product That Makes Water Taste Like Juice

Imagine if water tasted like juice—without the calories. The Right Cup, a new product featured on Indiegogo, promises to do just that. The Right Cup takes the same FDA approved aromatic fruit flavors which beverage companies use in their drink and using proprietary Encapsulated Aroma Release technology, the makers insert them into the Right Cup to create a scented inner lining. During the process, the aroma and flavor become part of the cup itself but the plastic characteristics of the cup ar...
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BUILD: Versatile Furniture Units

BUILD is adaptable furniture: it can be your room divider, wall rack, storage box, or even something else! Many furniture pieces that are produced are toxic and can eventually fall apart. BUILD is designed to be an easy-to-assemble furniture solution that is a versatile solution that is free of toxics. The product is a toxin-free, emission free, allergy friendly and 100% recyclable “build-your-own” furniture product. A single modular element is the essence of this lightweight shelving and ...
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Eatware: Tableware Designed for Alzheimer’s Patients

Inspired by her late grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease, Sha Yao, an industrial designer, developed Eatwell: a user-centered tableware set designed to help increase food intake and maintain dignity for those with Alzheimer’s. Her product won first place at 2014 Stanford Design Challenge out of 52 teams from 15 countries. Firm in her commitment to improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s, Yao set out to understand more about their lives. Through volunteering, she discovered ...
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BOT: A Vision For Commuting in the Future

    The idea is to combine taxi service, real-time ride sharing and self-driving vehicles. Friendly looking vehicles named BOT will be in constant connection with the network that accepts ride-requests. They can pick up users at any location, and unlike public transport, drive them directly to the destination. If someone needs to go in similar direction, the system allows him or her to join a ride, making it an efficient way to commute. One cab could replace 4 or even more privat...
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Eatsa: The San Francisco Eatery with a Virtual Cashier

The founders of Eatsa, a new fast food eatery in San Francisco, aimed to be different. The eatery provides an unprecedented, personalized ordering experience—with a “virtual cashier.”   “‘eatsa is reinventing fast food by combining the speed and affordability of fast food with the delicious flavors and nutritious ingredients of premium fast casual," said Tim Young, co-founder of eatsa.  ‘By developing new technology to automate every aspect of the food experience, we are able to d...
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