2013
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Diagnostic methods are being used, requiring several days from sampling to results for infectious diseases in clinical laboratories worldwide. Elderly, pregnant and pediatric patients require timely, reliable and accurate diagnostics of bacterial infectants.

The aim of this project is the design, development and fabrication of a biosensor, which will determine the type and concentration of bacterial infectants in liquid human samples.

Biosensor will determine the type and amount of bacteria in samples with unprecedented speed of detection, accuracy and reproducibility matching the state of the art cultivation or genetic diagnostics.

The low detection limits might be achieved through functionalized biochip surfaces.

Actual results of measurements are processed on a smartphone. Internet connection offers the advantage of contacting your physician ...

Recycling is the latest craze in the world so I decided to do my part by recycling cans and bottles.I hung a 30 gallon trash bag on a hook and started to fill it up, after a little while the weight of the cans was making the hole a little difficult to open so I came up with the idea of using a 3"x 6" diameter piece of pvc pipe with 4 plastic hooks riveted to the pvc to keep the mouth of the bag open.I later decided to use plastic stickon hooks witch made it much cheaper. I have no idea how much it would cost to manufacture but I AM sure it would be really cheap using ...

Problem:
Campus settings lack a form of instantaneous communication in the face of technological failure or cell tower overload.

Benefits:
The sound level of our whistle is great enough that it can be heard from room to room in large buildings. This allows for communication between walls in the face of a crisis (active shooter, stabber, etc). It will improve the safety and security in campus settings such as schools, businesses, hospitals, etc.

Currently:
Identification badges are required at most campuses

Improvement:
Our badge is designed to contain a chip or simply hold identification cards (and credit cards, etc), but the innovation comes with the whistle that is built into the badge. With students/employees required ...

The problem with cell-phone battery chargers on the market today is threefold. They either need to be plugged into a wall outlet with an adapter requiring a 110 VAC connection, plugged into a laptop, or use a cumbersome, stand-alone, encased solar panel with wires that needs to be carried separately everywhere. They all represent inconvenience and the need to carry something in order to charge a phone battery. The convenience of not having to carry adapters, laptops, or solar panels to charge a phone would be a major convenience for people in today's society. This invention eliminates all of the above making it convenient for charging any mobile phone anywhere. It consists of an elastic pocket attached to the ...

The Beam Irradiance on Target System (BITS) is a high energy laser (HEL) sensor array that directly measures the beam irradiance profile of HEL weapons. The BITS is a sensor array composed of 105 sensors arranged in a hexagonal pattern over a circular area and is designed to withstand direct exposure to continuous wave (CW) lasers at threat irradiance levels. The sensor array spatially and temporally samples HEL beam profiles and is the only reusable and direct (on target) measurement system of its type. The BITS represents the state of the art in the directed energy test and evaluation HEL sensors.

The directed energy test and evaluation community required a reusable, direct (on target) detection technique to measure CW ...

As Americans have become more and more concerned about staying healthy, exercising has become a part of daily life for many. Water is essential to the body's normal functioning, especially with increased physical activity. As a result, the demand for portable sources of water has increased dramatically and bottled water has emerged as a leading beverage in the U.S., second only to carbonated soft drinks, generating billions in revenues each year. Yet widespread controversy has arisen over the use of disposable plastic water bottles, which have created a major waste problem. More than 60 million plastic bottles are thrown away on a daily basis, and end up in landfills, incinerators, or as public litter. Reusing these disposable plastic water ...

We have been working in the design of water harvesters from air humidity for the Peruvian desert, based in our knowledge and practice, but there was lacking a general theory behind our task, until the "Biotic Pump" concept of Victor Gorshkov and Anastassia Makarieva of the St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Unit became known, then our speculations and findings made sense and gave us a lot of confidence.

The big energy source of atmospheric water is in the phase change from vapour (measured as RH) to liquid (in fog, clouds, rain). We added to that some dessicant materials such as CaCl2, MgCl2, glycerol, H2SO4, molasses etc. are hygroscopic ( they absorbe atmospheric water vapour latent heat i.e. the dessicant becomes ...

Background:
Bicycle racks are, in general, poorly designed and function in a sloppy and unaesthetic manner. They are time-consuming, annoying, and frustrating to use, and can damage the bicycle. As bicycle use grows for environmentally-sound transport, recreation, and exercise, a better bicycle securing and locking device is needed.

Description:
The “Bike Dock” is a simple, rugged, convenient, and secure bicycle holding and locking device. Unlike ordinary bike racks, it’s easy, fast, and satisfying to use, and can be more secure.
It captures the front wheel, supporting the bicycle. When locked, it prevents removal of the front wheel from the device and protects the front wheel from being removed from the bicycle frame. The presence of the bicycle wheel also ...

“Is it possible to generate a patterned surface which is microbe friendly?”

The idea deals with production of easily degradable bio fertilizers using a patterned microbial surface. Fertilizers used in crop cultivation today are synthetic in nature. These synthetic fertilizers are harmful for ecosystem as they result in soil pollution and increase in synthetic chemical concentration of the soil. Though various forms of biofertilizers have been introduced in the market, their use is limited due to their high cost and low efficiency.

In order to combat this problem, an idea is proposed in this article which is at a research stage in my laboratory and has achieved few successful results. The basic idea is to use patterned microbial surfaces ...

A “feather-weight”, non-conductive, non-metallic (no wires or metal connections at or near the light-emitting fabric surface), flexible, machine-washable visual display that is embedded into apparel fabric materials via CNC machines.

The output display measuring from a few inches up to 16” in fabric consists of multiple transmission and receptor points using LED/Optic technology coupled with Bluetooth and/or IR encrypted communication protocols. Receiving data from a small watch or bracelet with a GSR sensor measuring resistance changes in the skin, the ECG and heart rate measurements are converted through algorithms then displayed immediately at the surface of the fabric in full-color graphic representations and/or digital formats at an intensity automatically adjusted to ambient light levels. I demonstrated a ...

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