Devices & inventions

Clever clumsiness: Self-taught walking robot

Thumbnail of video: SAC on Minitaur - Training

1/9/2019 Wired - Researchers from the Berkeley AI Research Lab and Google Brain have taught a robot to teach itself how to walk, through trial and error, in just two hours; the results "are as awkward as they are magical."

Wireless 'pacemaker for the brain'

Illustration of the proposed WAND device, with two of the new chips embedded in a chassis located outside the head.

12/31/2018 - A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at UC Berkeley can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s.

A collision of talent

Illustration of a football player running with a ball

11/14/2018 A course at Berkeley teams STEM students with athletes to develop sports-related technology.

Origami electronics

Magnified image of ciscuits printed on flexible mesh

11/14/2018 Scientists have fabricated electronic switches and sensors directly onto paper, where folding it can switch circuits on and off.

From waste heat to energy

Illustration showing how waste heat could be used to generate energy

11/14/2018 Researchers have developed a thin-film device that converts waste heat to energy, using pyroelectric energy conversion.

A tiny step into the final frontier

Berkeley undergrads holding examples of their tiny SpinorSats

10/15/2018 Medium - Six undergrad engineers are developing "SpinorSats" — each less than 10 grams, about the size of an Apple Watch — that they hope will be the smallest maneuverable satellites in space.

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