Smart Shoe – Wireless Sensor Embedded in the Training Shoe to Measure Power and Energy

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase

Alluvial Joules Smart Shoe is a wireless dynamic sensor system embedded in the training shoe for force, power and energy measurement during exercise or training.

 

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Startup Junkie Underground Discusses Customer Roles in Product Development

Startup Junkie Underground

July’s Startup Junkie Underground saw Jim Mooney, founder and CEO of References-Online, telling the story of his business and the influence his customers have had on its development. According to Mooney, he has been able to turn “one good idea” into a successful business employing over 20 people without ever taking on outside financing. With a background in business-to-business sales, Mooney knew firsthand the difficulties in connecting a prospective customer with a reference customer. The task was especially difficult for new companies that might have relatively few customers, as even a customer willing to provide a reference may tire of the process after a few calls. Mooney’s idea was to create recorded references that were easy to access but with less marketing spin than “the glowing testimonials found on the corporate website.” References-Online’s initial product were audio recordings of interviews with reference customers, all conducted by a third party and available online. The interviews were split into short segments of about a minute in length by topic to allow prospective customers easy access to the information (Mooney notes that in seven years no prospect has ever hit the “play all button”), and also allows companies to track what information was of interest to the prospect and tailor future messaging accordingly.

 

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Multi-Touch Surface PC Table

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For it’s latest trick, Microsoft’s engineers have given the multi-touch Surface PC table a bartender’s sixth sense. If you set your drink down on top of it, the Surface will be able to detect just how full it is. At least, if it’s in a special glass.

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Zon – Most Innovative Technology In A Hearing Aid

Zon Hearing Aid Concept 

 Zon Hearing Aid

There are a few who understand technology and even lesser know something of design. Starkey’s designed ‘zon hearing aid’ is a result of a defined approach from the seekers who know them both. What’s cooking in the design clinic isn’t known before it is out, but competitions that honor designs deserve credit for revealing the unknown. Stuart Karten’s design of the hearing aid bagged the people’s design award at the National Design Awards, and that is where it came known from. Zon hearing aid is one perfect device within too – housing the latest and most innovative technologies, from BluWaveTM signal processing to best feedback interceptors to a Directional Speech Detectors, making the audibility near perfect in all circumstances.

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Children Learn Differently After 12 Years Of Age

Children Learn Differently After 12 Years Of Age 

Eight-year-old children have a radically different learning strategy from twelve-year-olds and adults. Eight-year-olds learn primarily from positive feedback (‘Well done!’), whereas negative feedback (‘Got it wrong this time’) scarcely causes any alarm bells to ring. Twelve-year-olds are better able to process negative feedback, and use it to learn from their mistakes. Adults do the same, but more efficiently.

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