HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Fly Used as Model for Battery-Free, Intelligent Hearing Aid

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/2
tekochip
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Motion Sensor
tekochip   8/5/2014 7:27:51 AM
NO RATINGS
Ultrasonic motion detection is a method employed by many burglar alarm system, usually with a Piezo transducer.  The advantage, and disadvantage, over a PIR is that ultrasonic echoes from a single sensor can cover an entire room.


Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Motion Sensor
Elizabeth M   8/5/2014 6:03:26 AM
NO RATINGS
Ah, that's an interesting concept, tekochip. So motion by hearing instead of actual motion detection, is that what you mean? That could work.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Inspiration from nature
Elizabeth M   8/5/2014 5:44:30 AM
NO RATINGS
Thank you for shedding light on what kind of technology this is exactly, 78RPM. Yes, there is a lot of inspiration to be found in nature, that's for sure. I'll try to keep an eye on the project to stay on top of future developments.

tekochip
User Rank
Platinum
Motion Sensor
tekochip   8/4/2014 7:04:03 PM
NO RATINGS
This device would also make an excellent motion sensor.

78RPM
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Inspiration from nature
78RPM   8/4/2014 12:07:29 PM
NO RATINGS
I love this kind of technology that exemplifies BEAM (biological, electronic, aesthetic, mechanical) robotics. Many non-natural signal processing methods have been made before that involve microcontrollers running programs, use of mathematic equations such as FFTs, phase detection algorithms. A fly knows nothing about Laplace and Fourier Transforms (nor do most people). But this device is more elegant in that it imitates nature and even generates the energy it needs. I would love to hear more about this as the project develops.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Inspiration from nature
Elizabeth M   8/4/2014 8:36:34 AM
NO RATINGS
1 saves
Inventors are finding a lot of inspiration from nature for new devices and robots of all types, and this one is particularly interesting and holds promise for future hearing devices. The structure of the fly's hearing organ in this case is very well-suited as a model for a better microphone that could be used in a hearing aid; the potential to be battery free is also good news for people who need these types of devices.

<<  <  Page 2/2
Partner Zone
More Blogs
Thanksgiving is a time for family. A time for togetherness. A time for… tech?
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
Researchers have developed a new flexible fabric that integrates both movement and sensors, introducing new potential for technology-embedded clothing and soft robots.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Dec 1 - 5, An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service