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Jan 27, 2019

Meet The Kenyan Engineer Who Created Gloves That Turn Sign Language Into Audible Speech

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Photo: Roy Allela

Twenty-five-year-old Kenyan engineer and innovator, Roy Allela, has created a set of gloves that will ultimately allow better communication between those who are deaf and those who are hearing yet may not necessarily know sign language. The Sign-IO gloves in essence translate signed hand movements into audible speech.

Allela’s gloves feature sensors located on each finger that detect the positioning of each finger, including how much each finger will bend into a given position. The glove connects via Bluetooth to an Android phone which then will leverage use the text-to-speech function to provide translated speech to the hand gestures of a person signing.

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Jan 25, 2019

Europe’s ‘New’ Periodic Table Predicts Which Elements Will Disappear in the Next 100 Years

Posted by in categories: chemistry, mobile phones

Scientists made a ‘new’ periodic table of elements to show how smartphones (and party balloons) are draining Earth’s resources.

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Jan 25, 2019

Static electricity mystery paves way for better battery life

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Does your phone’s short battery life bug you? Static electricity could be coming to the rescue.

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Jan 22, 2019

Mechanical engineers develop process to 3D print piezoelectric materials

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, mobile phones

The piezoelectric materials that inhabit everything from our cell phones to musical greeting cards may be getting an upgrade thanks to work discussed in the journal Nature Materials released online Jan 21.

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Jan 21, 2019

After the Smartphone: The Race for the Next Big Thing

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, virtual reality

As the smartphone market matures, startups are racing to predict what’s next, and venture-capital firms are spraying money into fields like virtual reality, smart watches and even implants in the brain. Here are some of the startups attracting investment.


Venture-capital investors are spraying money into fields like virtual reality, driverless cars and even implants in the brain.

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Jan 18, 2019

Astronomers aren’t pleased about a Russian plan to put billboards in space

Posted by in categories: government, mobile phones, satellites

This is a horrible, horrible idea. The company wants to create a series of satellites that can unfurl, which will reflect light, and that can be manipulated to send messages to earth. The entire collection, comprised of CubeSats, will provide an area of about 50 sq. km. and create a whole new kind of orbital debris.

According to the website, “When phones don’t work, during zero visibility, power cuts and catastrophical emergencies – government can use the display for urgent notifications for the population.” We can ignore the idea of them being seen during zero visibility, but can you imagine a message floating in the sky that you can’t just turn off?


It was bound to happen.

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Jan 16, 2019

Say ‘bye bye’ to faulty mobile phones and solar cells

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, solar power, sustainability

Faulty mobile phones and solar cells could soon be a thing of the past…


Jan 10, 2019

2-D materials may enable electric vehicles to get 500 miles on a single charge

Posted by in categories: computing, mobile phones, transportation

Lithium-air batteries are poised to become the next revolutionary replacement for currently used lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles, cell phones and computers.

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Jan 7, 2019

CES 2019: Scientists have developed a blood pressure monitoring app to replace the 100-year-old cuff

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, mobile phones

Startup Biospectal could help 1.6 billion people suffering from hypertension by using a smartphone and an app to check for high blood pressure.

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Jan 7, 2019

Binghamton University researchers design a more durable MEMS switch

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Researchers from Binghamton University’s Mechanical Engineering Department have developed a way to make cell phones and power lines more durable.


Assistant Professor Sherry Towfighian and graduate student Mark Pallay created a new type of microelectromechanical system – more commonly known as a MEMS switch – that uses electrostatic levitation to provide a more robust system.

“All cell phones use MEMS switches for wireless communication, but traditionally there are just two electrodes,” said Towfighian. “Those switches open and close numerous times during just one hour, but their current lifespan is limited by the two-electrode system.”

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