Ambient Corp. has designed a compact system that helps people who can't speak because of neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy or other problems. Its Audeo, a wireless sensor worn on the neck, captures the wearer's neurological activity going from the brain to the vocal cords. This activity is digitized and turned into speech, letting users communicate in person or by phone. A Texas Instruments' MSP430 microcontroller uses little power and manages overall consumption so the Audeo can last more than eight hours on a single charge.
Researchers have been working on a number of alternative chemistries to lithium-ion for next-gen batteries, silicon-air among them. However, while the technology has been viewed as promising and cost-effective, to date researchers haven’t managed to develop a battery of this chemistry with a viable running time -- until now.
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
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