Various researchers have created ways to transmit wireless
information from LED light fittings, to act as a form of enhancement to
networks known as "Li-Fi
." But now engineers at the University of
Virginia (U.Va) have
come up with a new twist on this theme – they claim to have created an
algorithm that makes almost any device fitted with standard visible-
light LEDs able to communicate with other equipment
with similar LEDs. So, for example, the LED headlights in your car could
communicate to the car in front of you through its LED taillights, or
LED display in your clock radio could tell the coffee
maker to turn on via its indicator light.
A team of researchers from the University of Virginia School of Medicine has made a landmark discovery of vessels that connect the brain with the lymphatic system – something that wasn't previously thought to exist. The breakthrough has significant implications on the study of major neurological diseases, from multiple sclerosis to Alzheimer's.
A solar-powered wheelchair designed by students at the University of Virginia has won first prize in a competition, Change My Life in One Minute, to mark World Cerebral Palsy Day. Entrants to the competition were asked to come up with an innovation that could make a significant difference to a person with a disability. The solar-powered wheelchair can run continuously powered only by the sun.
Looking for a more effective solution to the all-too-common wobbly table dilemma than a folded up bit of cardboard or piece of rubber under the leg, University of Virginia physicist Lou Bloomfield created a new type of silicone rubber called Vistik – it's malleable enough to take on any shape when pressed, but is still resilient enough to offer support, as it gradually
starts to return to its original shape as the pressure is released. The material could have many applications ... beyond just steadying up wobbly tables.
Silver is known for its antibacterial qualities, and has thus found its way into water filters created at institutions such as Stanford
universities. Given that these filters are often used in developing nations, however, it would be nice if they could also contribute to the local economy – instead of being just one more thing that’s brought in from outside. Well, that’s just the idea behind the University of Virginia’s PureMadi filters and MadiDrops.
Sometime in the future, perhaps sometime soon, the robotic jellyfish
cruising the world’s oceans may have to make way for one other companion – the robotic ray. A team led by University of Virginia engineering professor Hilary Bart-Smith has created such a “creature,” in hopes that its autonomously-operated descendants may someday help us humans explore and study the sea, or possibly perform surveillance for the military.
Have you ever wished that your computer could answer questions like “What did he mean when he said that?” or “Should I go to that party?” Well, while that may never happen, it could
conceivably provide you with an answer if you asked it, “Where did I leave my wallet?” – if it were running the Kinsight system.