Devices & inventions

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.

New test rapidly identifies antibiotic-resistant 'superbugs'

Tara deBoer holding synthetic urine samples being tested with DETECT solution

10/15/2018 - A new test dubbed DETECT, co-developed by Berkeley bioengineers, can diagnose patients with antibiotic-resistant infections in a matter of minutes and help limit the spread of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” which kill as many as 700,000 people worldwide each year.

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.

Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

Discarded cup carried to storm drain by runoff water

8/30/2018 - Berkeley engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water using mineral-coated sand, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water.

Calling out fake photos on the web

Illustration of fake photo detection

8/21/2018 Wired - Fake photos are the bane of internet junkies. SurfSafe, a browser plugin from RoBhat Labs (computer science undergrads Ash Bhat and Rohan Phadte), can warn users that they're viewing a Photoshopped fake in real time — like an antivirus for photos.

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