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Electronic devices able to self-destruct on demand could help alleviate some of the electronic waste in landfills
Cosmin Mihaiu discusses how video games can breathe new life into rehabilitation exercises, helping to ensure compliance and faster recovery.
The Haplafreely plastic will turn to a soft clay when heated, allowing it to be used as a base to stabilize parts during repair as well as a protective covering that can be easily removed.
Synthetic biologist Tal Danino explores the possibilities taking advantage of quorum sensing to program edible bacteria to hunt out and destroy liver cancer tumors.
Rice University students have developed a knee brace that generates the energy to power an artificial heart.
Innovative film-maker Chris Milk discusses how virtual reality can enhance feelings of empathy by letting someone “look” through another person’s eyes.
Disney researchers discuss the potential of Acoustruments, inexpensive, acoustically driven controls that can be attached to handheld devices to create a more seamless interactive experience.
Scientists at the Hotta Research Lab are studying how the different characteristics of soft materials can be applied to different situations and needs.
Computer programmer Fei-Fei Li discusses the technology of teaching a computer to identify pictures and understand pictures, and what that could mean for future computing applications.
David Eagleman discusses his "variable extra-sensory transducer" VEST, which could relay a range of information through vibrations—including allowing the deaf to "hear."
With an eye toward the growing need to monitor huge structures like bridges and buildings, researchers at KAIST Urban Robotics Lab have created a drone able to climb up a wall and fly safely down.
The Holocube HD Tablet lets users create their own holograms on an iPad and project them onto a transparent screen—putting even more creative control in the hands of the artist.
A new concept tire from Goodyear would harvest the heat and vibration of the road to recharge the batteries of electric cars.
Topher White, founder of the startup Rainforest Connection, discusses how used cellphones can help prevent illegal logging in the rainforest.
A new air filter created using the material from surgical gloves could be installed on window screens and face masks, offering a breath of fresh air to people living in extremely polluted areas.