Lucy: The Smart Mirror that Redirects Sunlight Into Your Home

Lucy is the first device of its kind: It can illuminate your home with real sunlight, by finding and redirecting natural light for you. Most individuals spend over 90% of their lives inside, with limited exposure to natural light. Winters can lead to seasonal depression, and at large, last a long time, preventing us from receiving the Vitamin D and serotonin boosts associated with natural light. Further still, from an aesthetic standpoint, interior designers suggest decorating tricks to br...
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LuminAID light: The Inflatable, Solar-Powered Lamp

LuminAID develops innovative, solar-powered products for humanitarian relief aid and outdoor recreation. The company’s first product, the LuminAID light, is a solar-powered, inflatable lamp that packs flat and inflates to create a lightweight, waterproof lantern suitable for outdoor recreation and emergency situations. The LuminAID light has been sold to individuals in more than 30 different countries, and outreach projects with NGO partners have put more than 10,000 donated lights on-the-ground...
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Tail Lights Rider System for keeping horses safe at night.

Riding horses in low light poses some obvious dangers, particularly in areas where they're forced to share the road with drivers who could become easily distracted. Sadly, for Tail Lights creator Sami Gros, it took a near-tragedy to inspire a solution. "I was out riding my two horses with my best friend, and a car hit my friend and my horse. My friend was OK, but my horse suffered injuries that has made him unridable to this day," Gros said. "I searched the internet for a product that would allo...
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Speedy Microscopic Submarines powered by Light

A team from Rice University has developed single-molecule nanosubmarines that could eventually be used to deliver medicines directly inside the body. Back in 2006, this same group developed nanocars, a single-molecule vehicle with four wheels, axles, and independent suspensions that could be “driven” across a terrestrial surface. Unfortunately, many of the nano-scale devices developed since then either required or emitted toxic chemicals. Several years ago, however, a new motor developed by a gr...
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The birth of a ‘baby planet’

Using a novel technique, scientists have observed a "baby planet" being formed nearly 450 light years away. When new planets absorb nearby gases and dust they get hot. A strange light is emitted as a result and that has allowed researchers to watch a distant exoplanet as it is being formed. The plant is circling a star dubbed LkCa 15 and was discovered by astronomers Adam Kraus and Michael Ireland using the Keck II telescope. Named LkCa 15b, and in orbit in a system with two other planets (aptly...
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Smart Bed for kids with a “monster detector.”

Smart bed for kids monitors their snoozing cycles and determines if diet, stress and other daily activities are impacting the quality of their sleep. The bed, which is equipped with tiny hidden sensors, uses digital-signal capture within the mattress and processing techniques to pick up on motion and pressure. It tracks a child's breathing and heart-rate throughout the night too, and blends that data with other factors to determine a SleepIQ score in the morning. The higher the number (based fro...
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To infinity and beyond.

Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have designed the first on-chip metamaterial with a refractive index of zero, meaning that the phase of light can travel infinitely fast.,This new metamaterial was developed in the lab of Eric Mazur, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Dean for Applied Physics at SEAS, and is described in the journal Nature Photonics. “Light doesn’t typically like to be squeezed or manipula...
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3D printed objects may be toxic

Parts produced by some commercial 3D printers may be toxic, according to a new study that raises concerns about how to dispose of parts and waste materials from the devices which are becoming increasingly popular. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside studied two common types of 3D printers, one that melts plastic to build a part, and another that uses light to turn a liquid into a solid part. They found that parts from both types of printers were measurably toxic to zebrafish e...
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Sleep Number’s x12 smart bed monitors your sleeping habits.

Sleep Number just announced the x12, which packs a variety of sensors to monitor your sleeping habits, movement, heart rate and breathing rate. The bed has two sections, each of which are independently adjustable, so that once the bed knows your sleeping patterns, it can suggest ways you might want to change, say, the head incline. Additionally and this is perhaps our favorite feature a Partner Snore feature allows you raise your partner's headrest to help ease snoring. Having a lumpy mattres...
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Young stars’ flickering light reveals link with matter-eating black holes.

Astronomers have discovered a previously unknown link between the way young stars grow and the way black holes and other exotic space objects feed from their surroundings. The study, 'Accretion-induced variability links young stellar objects, white dwarfs, and black holes,' which is published in the journal Science Advances, shows how the 'flickering' in the visible brightness of young stellar objects (YSOs), very young stars in the final stages of formation is similar to the flickering seen fro...
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Scientists paint quantum electronics with beams of light.

A team of scientists from the University of Chicago and Penn State University have accidentally discovered a new way of using light to draw and erase quantum-mechanical circuits in a unique class of materials called topological insulators. Researchers may be able to "paint" quantum electronics with beams of light. The electrons in topological insulators have unique quantum properties that many scientists believe will be useful for developing spin-based electronics and quantum computers. Howev...
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Haiku, a tiny little bike assistant.

Haiku is a small detachable device that you need to put on the handlebar of your bike . It uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone and present you all the information you need, starting with directions. You need to put directions on your phone first in order to get them on Haiku’s deported screen. The device tells you when you need to turn with simple arrows. If you are riding the bike and get a phone call or a message then Haiku has a few color LEDs on the side which blink when you receive a...
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Lumos helmet keeps cyclists safe with automatic brake lights.

Lumos is a next generation ultimate bicycle helmet with brake lights and turn signals, to help cyclists stay safe and visible on the road.For cyclists, the road can be a nasty place to be at night, so we're all for technologies that can help draw drivers' attention in order to reduce the number of accidents. The latest of such attempt is the Lumos helmet, which not only comes with turn signal indicators that can be controlled wirelessly, but also packs a brake light that comes on automaticall...
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Flyte lightbulb levitates and rotates in the air.

Flyte is a levitating light which hovers by magnetic levitation and is powered through the air. The amazing flyte hovering light uses magnetic levitation and wireless technology to rotate continuously with almost no friction. It is described as a new way to experience light, one that is free from the constraints of gravity and enhances wireless technology to receive power. Combing tesla laws of induction with the signature bulb, it is powered through the air making it safe and harmless as it nee...
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Miniature invisibility cloak that can conceal 3-D objects by refracting light waves.

Scientists at the Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have created an invisibility cloak made from a thin material covered with millions of gold-plated antennae which wraps around an object and uses the antennae to divert light waves from its surface, rendering it undetectable to the human eye. Light reflects off the cloak as if it were reflecting off a flat mirror. Unlike the fictional character, the ultrathin cloak is real, and it successfully concealed microscopic 3D objects from detection in vis...
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A mirror that monitors vital signs

Wish you could check your vital stats while brushing your teeth? Thanks to the new innovation by MIT PhD student Ming-Zher Poh, reading your pulse and other vital stats may someday be as easy as standing in your bathroom. Working with public-domain software, Poh developed a way to measure the pulse by analyzing subjects sitting in front of a two-way mirror. The MIT Media Lab Medical Mirror is equipped with a computer monitor along with a built-in camera that tracks changes in brightness pr...
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New light-controlled gel makes big strides in soft robotics.

A new material controlled by light may help scientists build better soft-bodied robots. The UC Berkeley scientists created the gel using graphene and a synthetic protein similar to elastin, which is found in humans' blood vessels, skin and more. The synthetic elastin, created from genetically engineered bacteria, absorbs water at room temperature, but at higher temperatures it expels the water and shrinks. Inspired by the way plants grow toward light sources, a phenomenon known as phototropis...
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Nightlight Simplified With Touch

The Senzo Nightlight is an innovative lamp designed to provide a soft light that follows you in the dark at the very touch of your fingertips. With this kind of design, there isn't any more stumbling and fumbling in the night. Designed by Soledad Clavell and Marcos Madia, and inspired by the notion of ‘fingertips skimming the walls until you reach the door’, this tubular Senzo Nightlight is fitted on the wall approximately 80 cm above the floor for maximum convenience. At night if you don’...
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The Giant Magellan Telescope

Imagine looking into space using this super-giant telescope. With a gigantic 39-meter aperture, the Giant Magellan Telescope is a super-giant earth-based telescope that promises to revolutionize our view and understanding of the universe. It will be constructed at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile and is expected to take 10 years to build. The GMT has a unique design that offers several advantages. It is a segmented mirror telescope that will use seven of the world's largest mirrors...
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Laser Lights and Viruses: Novel Additions to Biosensors

New biosensors use suits of light and virus-filled fibers for accurate and timely detection to improve safety. Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) are creating a new biosensor that uses laser light and engineered viruses, created with advanced manufacturing techniques, to more accurately detect the smallest amounts possible of biological molecules in our food, water or blood. Health tests conducted for pregnancy and blood sugar involve putting a drop of fluid on a t...
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