A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers and a collaborator from China have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction. An innovative method of reusing energy, the nanogenerator ultimately could provide automobile manufacturers a new way to squeeze greater efficiency out of their vehicles. The researchers reported their development, which is the first of its kind, in a paper published May 6, 2015, in the journal Nano Energy. Xudong Wang, the Harvey D. Spangler fellow and an associate professor of materials science and engineering at UW-Madison, and his PhD student Yanchao Mao have been working on this device for about a year. The nanogenerator relies on the triboelectric effect to harness energy from the changing electric potential between the pavement and a vehicle's wheels. The triboelectric effect is the electric charge that results from the contact or rubbing together of two dissimilar objects.
Today, the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) published a case report on the first application of a 3D printed scaffold for periodontal tissue engineering in a human patient, along with a review of 3D printing for oral and craniofacial tissue engineering. These papers are published in the latest clinical supplement to the Journal of Dental Research, which encompasses all areas of clinical research in the dental, oral and craniofacial sciences, and brings emerging contributions in discovery and translational science to clinical application for the healthcare community.
It’s easier than ever to create a startup around a new, innovative idea. But most startups fail -- and most innovative products never take off. What differentiates the projects that DO take off? What habits, behaviors and attitudes are shared by the teams who create genre-defining hits? In this talk, you’ll learn the 7 habits of breakthrough innovators - brought to life with front-line stories from the early days of eBay, Ultima Online, The Sims, Rock Band, Covet Fashion, Happify, Lumosity and Pley. You’ll come away with a smarter approach to innovative product design - and practical, actionable design shortcuts you can use right away to turbo-charge your path towards product/market fit.
As a teenage hobbyist building robots at home in Bristol, Joel Gibbard had a leftfield thought when pondering his next project. How would he continue to make models if he lost a hand? “The critical thing to me in continuing to play with robotics and tinker with making things was to use my hands. So I thought it would make sense to make a robotic hand so that in the event I ever lost one, I would continue to use that,” he said. From that grim thought eight years ago, Gibbard has developed a robotic hand for amputees and people born without one - and he can produce the prosthesis for a fraction of the current market price for such a device by using a 3D printer. Once an image of the recipient’s arm has been taken using a 3D scanning technique, the rigid “bone” structure of the hand – which is made of nylon – and the outer “skin” – which is made of a strong, rubbery plastic –are printed together and can be run off overnight. The rest of the prosthesis is made up of steel cables that operate the fingers and react when sensors detect movements in the muscles on the arm.
Europe’s economic growth since the start of the financial crisis has been sluggish, and the region faces difficult long-term demographic and debt-level challenges. But a new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, A Window of Opportunity for Europe, finds that the convergence of low oil prices, a favorable exchange rate, and quantitative easing has given these economies a chance to unlock new economic dynamism by undertaking ambitious reforms and stimulating job creation and investment.1
Our report identifies 11 growth drivers in three areas—investing for the future, boosting productivity, and mobilizing the workforce—that can help Europe achieve its aspirations. We find that by scaling and speeding reform, mostly at the national level, and stimulating investment and job creation throughout the region, Europe could close its output gap, return to sustained growth of 2 to 3 percent a year over the next ten years, unleash investments of €250 billion to €550 billion annually, and create more than 20 million new jobs (exhibit).
US Soldiers could soon get personal drones small enough to fit in the palm of their hand. Army Special Forces are testing the tiny 'black hornet' drones. The 18-gram craft has three cameras and even thermal cameras to fly at night
Customer Confusion Ask 10 random people in your organization “Who is our customer?” How many different answers would you get? Ideally, the answer is the same. There is only one customer. Your strategy, resources and goals and objectives must be aligned around a singularly defined customer. Lack of customer clarity creates organizational challenges that extend far beyond customer service. A lack of clarity and alignment about the customer leads to confusion and uncertainty about critical organizational priorities. A consistent definition of customer, can break down silos, unlock lost productivity and empower your people. The Case for the Customer: Research consistently proves the organizational impact benefits of a high performing culture on measures such as sales growth, market share, ROI, net income, customer satisfaction, innovation, etc. ..........
We often constrain our innovation because we ‘shoe horn’ any conceptual thinking into a given time, usually the yearly budgetary plan, so it dominates the actions decided and can exercise a large influence in this constraining of ideas to realization. We should make the case that different types of innovation operate and evolve over different time horizons and need thinking through differently. We have three emerging horizons that need different treatment for innovation. 1. Those innovations meeting given goals that support today’s business– these should be within specified period covered by a yearly plan and cover mostly incremental innovation. They provide the source of energy to feed the future, they form our present core but are more than likely already in some form of decline, however you prop them up. 2. Objectives that are more disruptive in nature –
There’s no better example of the potential for IoT in business than when it comes to customer relationship management (CRM).
From cars to air conditioning, fridges to fitness bands, there are few ‘things’ that the Internet of Things has yet to start infiltrating. They’ve even started entering business, where the potential for automation and connectedness sees your customer service reps being replaced by an email from your washing machine telling you to change your drain hose.
Based on our experience, we've created a list of things that might inspire your innovation room. Some of these items are already in our office, others will follow soon. Make sure to let us know if you have other great suggestions.
We live in an era in which innovation reigns supreme—and everything from state addresses to New York Times bestsellers to the board’s P&L expectations reminds us of that fact. Everyone wants it, everyone needs it. But the day-to-day realities of those who are actually tasked with innovation tend to be mired more in a vague sense of frustration than a triumphant chorus of bottom-line wins. One big source of that frustration: having your big idea—the one you and your team just know can stand the test of time and generate market impact—diluted, stalled, and eventually quashed by organizational barriers. It’s the tragedy of a great idea never seeing the light of day, and it’s enough to make innovation feel academic—abstract, even.
Genomes are like the biological owner's manual for all living things. Cells read DNA instantaneously, getting instructions necessary for an organism to grow, function and reproduce. But for humans, deciphering this "book of life" is significantly more difficult. Nowadays, researchers typically rely on next-generation sequencers to translate the unique sequences of DNA bases (there are only four) into letters: A, G, C and T. While DNA strands can be billions of bases long, these machines produce very short reads, about 50 to 300 characters at a time. To extract meaning from these letters, scientists need to reconstruct portions of the genome—a process akin to rebuilding the sentences and paragraphs of a book from snippets of text. But this process can quickly become complicated and time-consuming, especially because some genomes are enormous. For example, while the human genome contains about 3 billion bases, the wheat genome contains nearly 17 billion bases and the pine genome contains about 23 billion bases. Sometimes the sequencers will also introduce errors into the dataset, which need to be filtered out. And most of the time, the genomes need to be assembled de novo, or from scratch. Think of it like putting together a ten billion-piece jigsaw puzzle without a complete picture to reference.
Researchers who developed a high-speed form of atomic force microscopy have shown how to image the physical properties of live breast cancer cells, for the first time revealing details about how deactivation of a key protein may lead to metastasis. The new findings also are providing evidence for the mechanisms involved in a cell's response to anti-cancer drugs, said Arvind Raman, Purdue University's Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering. In atomic force microscopy (AFM), a tiny vibrating probe called a cantilever passes over a material, precisely characterizing its topography and physical properties. However, before now the procedure has been too slow to record some quickly changing biological processes in action. "Before this advance you could see only the before and after, but not what happened in between, the dynamics of the event," Raman said. "There is evidence based on this work and our previous findings that there might be a mechanical signature to drug resistance."
An algorithm has been designed to tell if somebody in a color photo is naked. Isitnude.com launched earlier this month; its demo page invites you to try it out to test its power in nudity detection. You can choose from a selection of images at the bottom of the page, including pics of Vladimir Putin on horseback and Tiger Woods in golf mode. We tried it out, dragging and dropping a picture of Woods over into the box and the message promptly said "Not nude-G." "You can probably post this." Other notes on the page include, "We apologize if we didn't get it right, we are improving every day." "Please note that we cannot detect black and white images."
The next big battle for tech giants is in the realm of the “Internet of things,” which is an industry buzzword used to describe the way all our home gadgets and appliances will soon be connected to the web and will be able to communicate with one another. That said, you shouldn’t need to rely on Apple, Google or other companies to hook up your home — instead, you may be able to use an “Internet of things” development platform that’s being crafted by a Finnish startup called Thingsee that aims to make programming web-connected appliances and devices easy and intuitive.
Most companies understand the value of innovation, or at least they say they do in the research and development part on their website… We often come across businesses with a great research and development story that don’t share this online, or don’t do it particularly well. By talking about innovation, a company can reach out to key stakeholders, and also promote core messages about their business. For these reasons, an increasing number of companies include at least some R&D content on their websites (although some do it better than others). So what’s the best way to communicate this online? Well there’s nothing wrong with having some innovation pages with well-written text, accompanied by nice images and maybe even some video. But let’s be honest about this, although this approach is far better than having nothing at all, it isn’t a very innovative way of talking about innovation. What’s the alternative then? Well we’ve looked at some current best practice and come up with 5 innovative ways of sharing your innovation content online:
The first time I set foot in China was in 2008. I had enrolled in a Chinese course in the coastal city of Hangzhou- not far from Alibaba’s headquarters. Soon after I arrived, a guy at my university told me about this thing called Alibaba’s Taobao that ‘sells all the stuff you can imagine’ and I figured: why not check it out? So I grabbed my electric scooter, drove over to Taobao’s modest office and asked the receptionist where the showroom was. It took me a few minutes to realize Taobao was an e-commerce website and not a shop. Now the whole world knows Alibaba and soon also Taobao – China’s largest e-commerce website. And that’s just the start. Let me give you a quick overview of what happened during my past 7 years in China. And most importantly, think about what this trend means to you as a business owner or consumer in the West. It started with nothing, except for Alibaba and Tencent. An e-commerce site and software company, respectively. Imagine that I couldn't even find deodorant anywhere when I first arrived. That’s our baseline. Then, this happened:
The mystery test vehicle — essentially a technology test bed — is designed to orbit the Earth and then land like one of Nasa's old shuttles. While it's main mission payload is a mystery, Nasa last month revealed it has a materials experiment aboard, while the Planetary Society is tagging along with a solar-sail demo. The mystery test vehicle — essentially a technology test bed — is designed to orbit the Earth and then land like one of Nasa's old shuttles TOP FOUR CONSPIRACY THEORIES The space plane is a spy plane: The leading theory appears to be that the unmanned space plane is a shuttle-shaped surveillance vehicle. It could be a space bomber: This is the least likely theory, according tot Seven Aftergood, a secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists. He claims the US doesn't need this capability. It is on a mission is to 'take out' satellites: This activity would be easily traceable, making it unlikely to stay a secret. The X-37B deploys spy satellites: Instead of destroying them, the theory suggests that the space plane's orbit matches up to where deployed satellites would work best for spying on other countries.
Many modern organizations are locked into a mindset – an organizational culture – that began with the Industrial Revolution in eighteenth-century Britain and was fully developed during the Second Industrial Revolution in the US. The great success of these revolutions – creating modern business and generating huge wealth – makes it easy to believe that what worked as a way of managing great corporations in the early 1900s is still the best way to run an organization in the twenty-first century. But times have changed. Our new book, My Steam Engine Is Broken: Taking the organization from the industrial era to the Age of Ideas, sets out three core, culture-related ideas. Many organizations have a culture that is still unconsciously modelled on the managerial, ‘Steam Engine’ mindset of the industrial era; a culture which is fundamentally unsuited to the modern workplace. There are a number of core Steam Engine behaviors which actively prevent or destroy the things that modern organizations know that they most need from their employees – engagement, commitment and creativity, amongst others. Addressing and changing these core Steam Engine behaviors – little by little and piece by piece – will in time achieve a radical transformation of the organization, creating a working environment suited to the Age of Ideas and freeing up the energies of the organization’s members.
Today’s pioneering enterprises are doing more than just talking a good digital game. They are fundamentally changing the way they look at themselves and quickly mastering the shift from “me” to “we.” Proactive corporate leaders see their businesses, employees and customers as a living, breathing digital fabric offering unprecedented opportunity to establish beachheads in new markets, drive profit and change life for the better. Through the transformational power of this network, we’re witnessing the birth of a new era of “digital ecosystems.” The Accenture Technology Vision 2015 maps out five key trends: The Internet of Me, Outcome Economy, Platform (R)evolution, Intelligent Enterprise and Workforce Reimagined. How to sum it all up? It’s not just about you — or me, or anyone else in particular. It’s about all of us — The “We Economy”.
I’ll be honest. Rules really bug me. I recognize their importance in life but I do feel their importance is often inflated. As a well-credentialed rule breaker I do recognize and appreciate how the majority of people in life find peace and comfort in rule following. However, it is also necessary to recognize that progress is almost always precipitated by rule breaking. Innovation of any kind is nearly impossible without breaking some type of rule. Rules about how we relate to people. Rules about how we should behave. Rules about how we should run organizations. Good rules produce quality work on a repeatable basis. They produce safe and reasonable decisions. They also waste time and create too many non-innovative discussions in boring committees.
Running innovation projects is hard. By definition you’re doing new things so you can’t rely on old habits and routines. If you and your innovation team don’t feel uncomfortable, you’re simply not innovating. That doesn’t mean you’ll need to fly blind. At every moment in your innovation process you can use tools, references, checklists and other innovation methods. We do the same in our innovation projects. Let me give you some insights in our innovation toolkit. Let me present my weapons of choice at every stage within an innovation process!
Google is releasing prototypes of its self-driving car on the roads of Mountain View, California this summer. According to the announcement, the vehicle test runs will include safety drivers who can takeover driving if necessary, and speeds for the vehicles have been capped at 25-mph. Google says this phase of testing will help them better understand how the community interacts with the self-driving cars, and identify challenges.
Innovation. The word might make you think of Silicon Valley. But innovation isn’t the sole province of startups. They didn’t invent it, and they’re not always the ones from which we can best learn. As Matt Kingdon argues in The Science of Serendipity, it’s corporate innovators battling within large, established organizations who are the field’s real heroes. Tapping into 20 years of experience on the front lines of innovation—bringing new products and services to market and helping organizations become more innovative—Kingdon dissects the ways in which corporations are continually reborn. He looks at the anatomy of innovation, asking: How do time-pressed executives go about taking risks? How do they prepare to see—and seize—opportunity? And how do you place humans, with all of their fears and foibles, at the heart of commercial success?
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