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Mobile device with Hiru installed. (Photo: Irisbond)

 

A Spanish company creates a pioneering system in the world to control all kinds of devices with a glance.

 

It is about the startup Irisbond and its Hiru device, which is capable of being compatible with all operating systems and devices, from a computer to an ATM, through an elevator, an access control in an office building, and many other systems. This helps to avoid using the hands, a vital aspect in the current context of the pandemic.

 

Thanks to the eyetracking technology developed by Irisbond, a new way of communicating with the environment is created. Advanced artificial intelligence-based software algorithms together with hardware translate gaze to provide natural, intuitive, hands-free access to information, as well as full screen control.

 

The company is currently closing agreements for the application of its technology with companies from various sectors such as neuromarketing, automotive, research, industry 4.0, smart homes, robotics, health or education. Likewise, it will go on sale to the public from next January, being available for reservation from today and being compatible with any type of computer or tablet. It is already operational from Windows and is working on iOs.

 

Irisbond also collaborates with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States to investigate techniques that improve their algorithms, and was one of the 8 startups awarded by the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC).

Founded in 2013 by Eduardo Jauregui, Irisbond is a pioneer company in assistive technologies that has created the first 100% Spanish manufacturing and development eyetracking software. The Spanish startup has been awarded in different awards such as "Accessible Europe: TIC 4 ALL" or the Discapnet Award of the ONCE Foundation for Accessible Technologies, for its cutting-edge technology and for reflecting the values ​​of innovation, success and inclusion of the solution , thus improving the quality of life of people with disabilities.

 

Likewise, Irisbond has been recognized with the prestigious Certificate of the COVID-19 Seal of Excellence delivered by the European Commission (EC), which endorses highly innovative companies with a potential for high growth and internationalization, to seek agreements with strategic partners at the European level, and to be able to develop and expand its business and help alleviate the ravages of the virus.

 

It also recently received recognition from Samsung Dev Spain, the Samsung Iberia software developer community for its Tallk app, which was the winner of the 2020 Top Developer Awards, and which was developed by Irisbond in collaboration with Samsung and the Luzon Foundation. to facilitate communication for ALS sufferers.

 

The eyetracking market is estimated to grow from $ 368 million in 2020 to $ 1,098 million in 2025, tripling in just 5 years. Especially noteworthy is the high demand for this type of technology in the health sector, especially in healthcare communication, and in the marketing sector, both to make personalized advertisements and to know the behavior of the audience.

 

“The incorporation of this technology to different consumer verticals is becoming more and more common. And now, in these times, in which physical contact must be avoided as much as possible, eyetracking technology can greatly facilitate our lives. People will be able to interact with the environment using only the movements of their eyes. Daily acts such as calling the elevator or withdrawing money can be done without using your hands, ”says the CEO of Irisbond. (Source: DICYT)

 

 

Source: Redacción, N., 2020. Sistema Pionero Para Controlar Todo Tipo De Dispositivos Con La Mirada. [online] Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Amazings® / NCYT®). Available at: <https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/40279/sistema-pionero-para-controlar-todo-tipo-de-dispositivos-con-la-mirada> [Accessed 23 November 2020].


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3D printed glove, lined with stretchable fiber optic sensors that use light to detect a series of deformations in real time. (Photo: Cornell U.)

 

It's no exaggeration to say that stretchable sensors could change the way squishy robots will function and feel. In fact, they will be able to feel quite a bit.

 

Researchers at Cornell University have created a fiber optic sensor that combines inexpensive LEDs and dyes, resulting in a stretchable "skin" that detects deformations such as pressure, bending and tension. This sensor could give soft robotic systems - and anyone using augmented reality technology - the ability to feel the same rich tactile sensations that mammals rely on to navigate the natural world.

 

The researchers, led by Rob Shepherd, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, are working to commercialize the technology for physical therapy and sports medicine.

 

Their work was published in the journal Science. The co-authors of the article were PhD students Hedan Bai and Shuo Li.

 

Bai was inspired by silica-based distributed fiber optic sensors and developed an Extendable Light Guide for Multimodal Sensing (SLIMS). This long tube contains a pair of elastomeric polyurethane cores. One of the nuclei is transparent; the other is filled with absorbent dyes in multiple places and connects to an LED. Each core is coupled to a red, green, and blue sensor chip to record geometric changes in the optical path of light.

 

The researchers designed a 3D-printed glove with a SLIMS sensor on each finger. The glove is powered by a lithium battery and equipped with Bluetooth so that it can transmit data to the basic software, which Bai designed, which reconstructs the movements and deformations of the glove in real time.

 

"Right now, detection is mostly done through vision," Shepherd said. "We hardly measure touch in real life. This skin is a way of allowing ourselves and machines to measure touch interactions in the way that we now use our phone cameras. It's using vision to measure touch. This is the most convenient and practical way to do it in a scalable way."

 

Bai and Shepherd are working with the Cornell Technology Licensing Center to patent the technology, with an eye toward applications in physical therapy and sports medicine. Both fields have taken advantage of motion-tracking technology, but have so far lacked the ability to capture force interactions.

 

Researchers are also investigating the ways that SLIMS sensors can power augmented and virtual reality experiences.

 

"The immersion in VR and AR is all about motion capture. The touch is hardly there," Shepherd said. "Suppose you want to have an augmented reality simulation that teaches you how to fix your car or change a tire. If you had a glove or something that could measure pressure, as well as movement, that augmented reality display might say, 'Turn and Then stop, so you don't over-tighten the nuts. 'There's nothing out there that does that right now, but this is one way to do it." (Source: NCYT Amazings)

 

 

Source: Redacción, N., 2020. Un Sensor Cutáneo Estirable Proporciona A Los Robots Esta Sensación Humana. [online] Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Amazings® / NCYT®). Available at: <https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/40183/un-sensor-cutaneo-estirable-proporciona-a-los-robots-esta-sensacion-humana> [Accessed 17 November 2020].


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Lighter cars thanks to scrap material

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 15:24

An example of a fine network of carbon fibers manufactured under the optimized conditions allowed by the research proven process. (Photo: Kanazawa University)

 

Faced with the threat posed by global warming, many groups of scientists are working hard to minimize the amount of fuel we use in our daily lives. Reducing the weight of vehicles will in turn decrease the amount of fuel required for their operation, and will help mitigate global warming as well as save the user money.

 

In a recent study, the team made up of, among others, László Szabó and Kenji Takahashi, both from the University of Kanazawa in Japan, has chemically modified a waste material from the paper industry, and processed it into a possible lightweight material and strong, ideal for achieving that reduction in weight in cars without compromising its robustness. This technological advance can improve fuel economy in private and public transportation.

 

The researchers started with kraft lignin, a by-product of a common process performed on wood pulp. Paper mills often burn kraft lignin for power, because it is difficult to use for other applications except a few very specialized ones. Chemical transformation of kraft lignin into a more useful material would improve the environmental sustainability of paper production. 

 

Szabó and his colleagues have carried out a chemical modification of kraft lignin, optimizing the ability of this material to be compatible with another polymer called polyacrylonitrile, and thus prepare quality carbon fibers with which to manufacture a composite, resistant and lightweight material.

 

The process they have used generates only a fairly benign by-product, acetone.

 

When Szabó and his colleagues reduce the cost of preparing their new carbon fibers sufficiently, the door will be opened to the future manufacture of lighter, more robust and more fuel efficient vehicles. Since all industries use transportation, all of them will save money in this chapter, and all businesses will be more environmentally sustainable. 

 

 

Source: Redacción, N., 2020. Automóviles Más Ligeros Gracias A Un Material De Desecho. [online] Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Amazings® / NCYT®). Available at: <https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/40148/automoviles-mas-ligeros-gracias-a-un-material-de-desecho> [Accessed 11 November 2020].


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The MatchingPack project, developed by the Packaging Innovation Cluster, seeks to connect the packaging needs of companies with the solutions offered by innovation agents.

 

Different research groups of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) work to solve global challenges in the packaging sector. This is an action framed in the MatchingPack project developed by the Innovation Cluster in Container and Packaging. The objective is to connect the packaging needs of companies with the solutions offered by innovation agents.

 

After exploring last year the path of creating Corporate Ventures between packaging companies and startups that offer solutions for their needs, in this second edition the Cluster has defined a series of challenges related to digitalization, materials and smart packaging. Applying artificial intelligence (AI) to packaging has become one of the great demands.

 

"The arrival of AI to the sector is unstoppable and has multiple benefits. For example, for the production process, where it will play an important role in digitization. The sensorization of packaging production and the interpretation of this mining of data through artificial intelligence will allow us to be more effective, identify waste or problems, avoid contamination as well as any other process that influences the final quality of containers and packaging ", explains Jesús Pérez, director of the Cluster of Innovation in Packing.

 

It will also play an important role in distribution, he adds. "It will facilitate traceability, guaranteeing the safety of the product at all times. From the consumer's point of view, it will improve the information that is offered, and could also contribute to collect and interpret data on the usability of packaging, which will favor its continuous improvement process ".

 

 

Coronavirus and sustainability

 

In recent months, safety has become the main avenue of innovation for new packaging developments due to the health crisis of COVID-19, together with the environmental trend. "Packaging has proven to be an effective ally and an essential element in situations like these, therefore this can be one of the main lines of development of new packaging solutions, focusing on hygiene and its antibacterial effects and virucidal properties", affirms Pérez.

 

The management of packaging waste is also one of the main challenges identified by the Cluster. It highlights the need to improve the separation processes of composite materials such as multilayer ones, as well as to find chemical recycling solutions for the separation of these multilayer materials and other applications. In the field of materials, another global challenge has been detected, such as improving the use of cardboard and foam together, in order to facilitate their recycling.

 

"We seek the use of sustainable, compostable or 100% recyclable materials. The challenge is to ensure that these new materials can meet the same benefits as conventional ones, always respecting the principle of safety for the consumer," says Pérez. Related to this, the director of the Cluster also places the circular economy as one of the main objectives of the sector. "As a society we need to take advantage of all waste to convert it into new products, and along these lines there are many possibilities for the container and packaging industry to generate new materials with bio-waste that are effective and 100% safe for the consumer."

 

 

Source: innovaspain. 2020. El Futuro De Los Envases Pasa Por La Inteligencia Artificial - Innovación En Español. [online] Available at: <https://www.innovaspain.com/envases-inteligencia-artificial-cluster-matchingpack/> [Accessed 2 November 2020].


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