Physicist Dr. Bijan Miremadi has developed a gas sensor that could prevent disasters caused by dangerous gases both at home and in the workplace. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the only one of its kind in existence," says Miremadi. Depending on the type of sensor heads they use, most gas sensors currently in the market are not selective to a particular gas. His system is like a sniffing camera which can find any gas and identify it. Miremadi developed two versions--a handheld unit suitable for personal use or in the home, and another unit that can be controlled by a computer and monitor multi locations in office buildings, industrial sites, and mines. The handheld version, now in the prototype stage, can also be connected to a computer or operated independently. Miremadi is currently looking for financing to bring his products to market. The sensor was developed with the support of SFU's university/industry liaison office, in collaboration with Western Pacific Research Corp., an SFU spin-off company.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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