In a small, sparsely furnished room, a young boy in a black T-shirt backs himself into a corner. He's cautious. Cameras capture his movements, and microphones record every sound. But this doesn't intimidate him; he doesn't even seem aware that he's being observed. His mom, sitting nearby, is not the object of his focus either. Brian (his name has been changed here to protect his privacy) is autistic, and he's staring across the room at a two-wheeled, gray, humanoid robot with big, cartoonish eyes.
Check out today's featured Invention Award winner, the Mini Infuser, a disposable infusion drug pump that may one day replace today's often-unreliable IVs.
Injecting hospital patients with medications is fraught with difficulties—with nurses filling hundreds of orders daily, delays and miscalculations are inevitable and costly. Mark Banister recognized the financial rewards of a solution that his business partner estimates could save $1 billion annually, and set out to design a disposable infusion drug pump to improve on mistake-prone IVs and complex mechanical pumps. Now he's about to start the process of getting FDA approval on his Mini Infuser, a device that drastically reduces room for human error by using a polymer he created to deliver correct dosages.
While the world waits to see if a "top kill" operation can seal off the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf, the staggering proposition of dealing with the more than 11 million gallons of crude spilled to date remains. To combat the massive slick, BP's primary weapon is chemical oil dispersant. The company has already used an unprecedented amount of dispersant—over 840,000 gallons—and is poised to deploy more.
So what exactly does oil dispersant do?
Check out today's featured Invention Award winner, OneBreath, a portable ventilator that saves more lives for less cost.
Four years ago, when Matthew Callaghan was a surgery intern at the University of California at San Francisco, the medical world was buzzing over the prospect of a global flu pandemic. One of the biggest potential problems was logistical: Because 95 percent of the ventilators in the U.S.—which keep critically ill patients breathing when their respiratory system is unable to function—are already in use, thousands of patients would die for lack of available life support. Ventilators cost hospitals from $3,000 up to $40,000 for state-of-the-art models, making it impractical for most hospitals and clinics to stockpile them for emergencies.
Check out today's featured Invention Award winner, Zoggles, a device designed to prevent fogging.
Valerie Palfy was at a four-way intersection near her home in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with no traffic lights when her windshield fogged up. While rolling the windows down to see her way across, she had a flash of inspiration. Why not come up with a way to prevent fog altogether? Ten years later, she's the co-inventor of Zoggles, the first system that predicts and prevents fogging on any surface.
Tired of constantly readjusting your guitar strings? Check out today's featured Invention Award winner, EverTune, a bridge that keeps your instrument continually in tune.
In a small engineering studio in Bronxville, New York, Cosmos Lyles and Paul Dowd eagerly take turns at the dry-erase board, sketching out diagrams of springs, levers and tension curves. This may not seem very rock 'n' roll, but what they're creating will let the musicians on their current client list, including Slash and Rob Zombie's guitarist John 5, shred harder than ever: a bridge that keeps the instrument continuously in tune.
Today's featured Invention Award winner is the Groasis Waterboxx, which waters plants without irrigation.
Dutch flower exporter Pieter Hoff often spent nights in his beloved lily fields to monitor them. One evening, he noticed that the first droplets of morning condensation were collecting on the leaves of his lilies well before midnight.
Today's featured Invention Award winner is SmartSight, a gun-cam system that lets soldiers see around corners and shoot targets without entering the line of fire.
The Rolling Green hills of Sonora, California, no longer lure prospectors with the promise of gold, but for Matthew Hagerty the draw is just as powerful: They're a secluded hideaway ideal for perfecting his military invention, called SmartSight. Ten years in the making, SmartSight is a gun-cam system that allows a soldier to see around corners and shoot targets without putting himself in the line of fire.
Check out today's featured Invention Award winner, SoundBite, a device designed for people with single-sided deafness.
One day in 2006, stuck in bumper-to-bumper Bay Area traffic, Amir Abolfathi had a eureka moment. Formerly vice president of R&D for Invisalign, a company known for transparent dental braces, he had recently been chatting with a friend who was working on hearing aids. Abolfathi knew that bone was a good sound conductor. What if he could somehow make a removable oral hearing aid—one that could channel sound from wearers' teeth to their ear through the bones in their head?
Inducing therapeutic hypothermia can prevent damage from oxygen deprivation in trauma patients
By Emily StonePosted 05.21.2010 at 12:37 pm 3 Comments
Dr. Laurence Katz's emergency room patients receive a lot of different medications. Over the years, he noticed that some patients' body temperatures were dropping during treatment, due to some unknown drugs or combinations of drugs.
Inducing hypothermia can help save the lives of patients whose brains have been starved of oxygen, so Dr. Katz, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, didn't want to stop the drops in body temperature -- he wanted to figure out how to chill more patients.
Last year, after several years of research, he co-founded Hibernaid, a company he hopes will use his research to make the first commercially available drug for inducing therapeutic hypothermia.