Innovation at the Verge
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Innovation by combining your ideas with the ideas of others as you meet at the Verge.
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Innovation at the Verge

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Joel Barker has always believed the future is something you create, not something
that happens to you. In this bold, new program, Innovation at the Verge, Barker teaches how to create your own future by finding your next innovation. Through stories and examples, you will learn how to combine your ideas with the ideas of others as you meet at the Verge. 

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Ninja star design throws extra power into the origami battery mix

Ninja star design throws extra power into the origami battery mix | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
​Last year researchers demonstrated an origami-style battery that could produce electricity using dirty water.
Joel Barker's insight:

Wonderful example of art influencing science. Yes, it's a verge. JB

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Solar energy generating noise barriers undergo tests in the Netherlands

Solar energy generating noise barriers undergo tests in the Netherlands | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Highway barriers could deliver more than just noise protection if a test currently underway in the Netherlands proves successful.
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Scissoring origami-inspired bridge could help out in disasters

Scissoring origami-inspired bridge could help out in disasters | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Whether they're floods, earthquakes or landslides, natural disasters
have a nasty habit of cutting survivors off from aid by destroying
bridges.
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Sony joins with ZMP to launch drone company

Sony joins with ZMP to launch drone company | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Sony Mobile, the wholly owned Sony subsidiary formerly known as Sony Ericsson, is going upwardly mobile by teaming up with Japanese robotics firm ZMP to launch a drone company. Aerosense Inc.
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Paper Clip-Sized Heart Devices Open New Industry Markets

Paper Clip-Sized Heart Devices Open New Industry Markets | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
A heart monitor the size of a paper clip may help keep Fred Schakel alive.
Joel Barker's insight:

At the very end of this story is an example of "verge innovation." In order for Medtronic to build this tiny device, they turned to the Swiss watch making industry who has been manufacturing and assembling tiny parts for 150 years.  That is a perfect verge.  JB

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Local Motors 3D-Prints Incredible Full-Scale Car in Just 44 Hours!

Local Motors 3D-Prints Incredible Full-Scale Car in Just 44 Hours! | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Arizona-based Local Motors has succeeded in creating the world's first 3D-printed car at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
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Phase-Change Materials Increase the Speed Limit for Computers

Phase-Change Materials Increase the Speed Limit for Computers | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
By replacing silicon with phase-change materials, new research shows that computers could be capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently models.

The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with �
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Audi TT's virtual cockpit blends the old and the new

Audi TT's virtual cockpit blends the old and the new | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
The rise of in-car infotainment systems has seen electronic displays vying with traditional instrumentation, such as the speedometer, odometer and tachometer, for dashboard space and driver attention.
Joel Barker's insight:

This is also happening with Apple and automobiles. Apple will provide the software, the car companies will provide the hardware. Great partnership potentials.  JB

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Prototype prints precise, patient-specific drug doses

Prototype prints precise, patient-specific drug doses | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Purdue University have come up with a way to print the proper medication dosage that a patient requires. The prototype uses inkjet printing technology and a...
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Surgical robot snakes its way down the throat

Surgical robot snakes its way down the throat | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
When we last heard about the modular snake robot designed by Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor Howie Choset, it had been used to explore an abandoned nuclear power plant.
Joel Barker's insight:

Seems like it's from an Alien movie, but why not?  JB

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3D-printing robot creates freestanding metal structures

3D-printing robot creates freestanding metal structures | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
To a large extent, 3D printing technology is still in its infancy. If you thought it was all Etsy jewellery and plastic toys, though, think again. Joris Laa...
Joel Barker's insight:

So we take the concept of 3D printer which laid down material using and XYZ axis concept and then we free form it by changing the 90 degree axis requirement to a robot that can move in space and in curved lines.  VERGE INNOVATION.  This is getting really interesting! JB

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Olaf combines backpack, scooter, roller luggage and skateboard - Images

Olaf combines backpack, scooter, roller luggage and skateboard - Images | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Removing the backpack
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This is a multiple verge innovation. And it looks extremely practical.  JB

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SkinGun shoots burn victims with their own stem cells

SkinGun shoots burn victims with their own stem cells | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
The SkinGun applies stem cells to the site of a burn in a novel way, helping increase both treatment and recovery time over standard methods. New tests show that it delivered a healing spray with 200 times more coverage than traditional methods.
Joel Barker's insight:

An obvious verge. JB

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Ultrasound keeps Israeli fighter jets safe

Ultrasound keeps Israeli fighter jets safe | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Air force technician applies baby-viewing technology to detect cracks in F-16 wings
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Mussel-inspired surgical glue shuts down bleeding wounds in 60 seconds

Mussel-inspired surgical glue shuts down bleeding wounds in 60 seconds | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
The ability of mussels to stubbornly bind themselves to underwater surfaces has intrigued scientists for years. If this ability could be recreated in the lab, it could lead to new adhesives for all kinds of applications.
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Myexposome wristband detects personal exposure to chemicals

Myexposome wristband detects personal exposure to chemicals | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
While our awareness that potentially harmful chemicals lurk unseen in our environment may have grown, most of us still have no idea these substances might be or whether we are exposed to them.
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Eye drops could spell the end of cataract surgery

Eye drops could spell the end of cataract surgery | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
People suffering from cataracts aren't exactly flush with options when it comes to restoring their vision.
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Coke machines to serve as Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa

Coke machines to serve as Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
In this day and age, if a community is to prosper, it certainly helps if its residents have internet access.
Joel Barker's insight:

Like all good verge innovations, it makes sense once you think about it. But you never would have thoiught about it yourself.  JB

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Graphene Paint Makes Impermeable and Chemically Resistant Coatings

Graphene Paint Makes Impermeable and Chemically Resistant Coatings | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
New research from the University of Manchester demonstrates how a thin layer of graphene paint can make impermeable and chemically resistant coatings, which could be used for packaging to keep food fresh for longer and protect metal structures against corrosion.

The surface of graphene, a one
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Doctors Could 3D Print Their Own Tools For a Fraction of the Cost

Doctors Could 3D Print Their Own Tools For a Fraction of the Cost | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
The cost of the instruments needed to run a hospital or a lab is often exorbitant--but what if doctors and scientists could simply print their own tools from an open library of designs? That's what a paper published today suggests.
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Exoskeletal Arm Technology for Ergonomics Safety and Productivity

Exoskeletal Arm Technology for Ergonomics Safety and Productivity | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Equipois's patented zeroG mechanical arm holds tools and parts as if weightless for manufacturing operations such as grinding, sanding, riveting, assembly, and drilling. It is used by some of the world's best manufacturers as a best practice in automotive, aerospace, transportation equipment, and other industries.
Joel Barker's insight:

It started with steady cam from the movie business making a presentation to industrial safety people. They immediately saw applications to make moving tools easier and safer.  JB

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Seat and drum become one with Drumstooled

Seat and drum become one with Drumstooled | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Drumstooled, as the name suggests, is a mash up of the kind of stool you might find at the breakfast bar in the kitchen with an acoustic kick drum, and some...
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Yvon Martel’s multi-purpose, all-terrain electric locomotive

Yvon Martel’s multi-purpose, all-terrain electric locomotive | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
Looking like a mix between a snowmobile, a dog sled and a miniature World War I tank, Yvon Martel’s electric creation is nothing if not versatile. With a to...
Joel Barker's insight:

I don't need to say anything about this obvious verge innovation.  JB

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Olaf combines backpack, scooter, roller luggage and skateboard

Olaf combines backpack, scooter, roller luggage and skateboard | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
The Olaf Urban scooter offers some serious flexibility for transporting you and your belongings. It functions as four different pieces of gear.
Joel Barker's insight:

As are so many verge innovations, obvious now, but not before we see them.  JB

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Hacker makes air hockey table from 3D printer parts

Hacker makes air hockey table from 3D printer parts | Innovation at the Verge | Scoop.it
A project by Spanish tinkerer Jose Julio has given rise to a competitive, merciless air hockey machine that will lay bare your mortal frailties and beat you...
Joel Barker's insight:

Clearly a perfect example of verge innovation!  JB

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