All Posts By: lisaweiner

Touch sensors enable speech and sound to be understood

Amir Amedi and Reichman University colleagues have released a study describing touch-based technology to help people understand speech and sound – and to detect their location in the future. The sensory substitution device can deliver speech simultaneously through audition and as fingertip vibrations which correspond to low frequencies extracted from the speech input. 40 non-native-English-speaking […]

Prenatal MRI study suggests autism differences may begin in the womb

A small Boston Children’s Hospital study led by Assistant Professor Emi Takahashi and postdoc Alpen Ortug showed increased volume of the insular lobe as a potential strong prenatal MRI biomarker that could predict the emergence of ASD later in life. It revealed significant differences in brain structures at 25 weeks’ gestation between children who were […]

Hopkins developed saliva sensor improves speed and accuracy of COVID detection

David Gracias and Ishan Barman at Johns Hopkins have developed a COVID 19 sensor which provides fast and accurate results using a drop of saliva placed on a device. No additional chemical modifications like molecular labeling or antibody functionalization are required, which could allow the sensor to be used in wearable devices. Current PCR tests […]

Zhenan Bao Stanford Skin Inspired Electronics

Zenan Bao further develops stretchable, potentially reshapeable, skin inspired electronics

Stanford’s Zhenan Bao and team have developed a stretchable, potentially reshapeable, wearable display that can allow a new way of interactive human-machine interface. “We can see the image and interact with it, and then the display can change according to our response” said Bao in a Stanford interview. The display is made entirely of stretchy […]

Stanford study: High dose magnetic stimulation eases severe depression

Nolan Williams, Alan Schatzberg, and Stanford colleagues have published a small, double blind study showing that high dose, noninvasive, magnetic brain stimulation alleviated depression symptoms in 80% of participants. Stanford accelerated intelligent neuromodulation therapy (SAINT) is an intensive, individualized form of transcranial magnetic stimulation. Effects were seen within days and lasted months. Side effects included […]

Candy sensor prototype to monitor electrolytes, ovulation, kidney function through saliva

Korea University professors Beelee Chua and Donghyun Lee have developed a health monitoring sensor using saliva collected from a Tootsie Roll candy to detects salt and electrolyte levels, and monitor ovulation status and kidney health. The easily accessible, low-waste sensor is simply licked. To make the prototype sensor, a Tootsie roll was flattened and crevices […]