MIT researchers have developed a system that enables small, safe, aerial drones to read RFID tags in large warehouses at a distance of several meters, while identifying the tags’ locations with an average error of about 19 centimeters. (stock image) Credit: © petrovk / Fotolia Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionize supply chain

Assistant professors Aimy Wissa and Sameh Tawfick, along with graduate student Alexander Pagano and undergraduates Tongxi Yan, and Brian Chien helped on the project. Credit: University of Illinois College of Engineering New research from a team of University of Illinois Mechanical Science and engineering professors and students, published as an invited paper in Smart Materials

In work showing the potential to use a brain-computer interface and virtual avatar to treat people with gait disabilities, researchers collected data from eight healthy subjects, all of whom participated in three trials involving walking on a treadmill while watching an avatar. displayed on a monitor. The volunteers were fitted with a 64-channel headset and

Civil War-era submarine (stock image). Credit: © Archivist / Fotolia The H.L. Hunley, the first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship, also instantly killed its own eight-man crew with the powerful explosive torpedo it carried, according to new research from a Duke University Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. The Hunley’s first and last combat mission

This new paper-based diagnostic device detects biomarkers and identifies diseases by performing electrochemical analyses, and the assays change color to indicate specific test results. The device can plug into a handheld potentiostat, at left, to automate the diagnostic tests so that they can be performed by untrained users. Credit: Purdue University photo/Aniket Pal A new

This is a full robot set. Credit: MIT CSAIL Even as robots become increasingly common across different parts of our world, they remain incredibly difficult to make. From designing and modeling to fabricating and testing, the process is slow and costly: even one small change can mean days or weeks of rethinking and revising important

Small connector, big effect: This plug-and-play adapter overcomes language barriers between machines and facilitates modifications of industrial facilities. Credit: KIT Plug and play is a technology that allows users to connect devices such as printers or USB memory sticks to a computer and directly use them without installing any software. This technology is now also

Researchers tested more than 50 different computers and external USB hubs and found that over 90% of them leaked information to an external USB device. Credit: © alice_photo / Fotolia USB connections, the most common interface used globally to connect external devices to computers, are vulnerable to information ‘leakage’, making them even less secure than

This is an artistic rendering of fiber-shaped implantable batteries using biocompatible electrolytes. Credit: Guo et al. Researchers in China have engineered bendable batteries that can run on body-inspired liquids such as normal IV saline solution and cell-culture medium. In their work, published August 10 in the journal Chem, the authors designed alternatives to lithium-ion batteries

The spectral transmission-reflectance-intensity (TRI)-Analyzer attaches to a smartphone and analyzes patient blood, urine, or saliva samples as reliably as clinic-based instruments that cost thousands of dollars. Credit: Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed technology that enables a smartphone to perform lab-grade medical diagnostic

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