MAY 2018 | BRINGING INNOVATIONS TO MARKET | A publication of Purdue Research Foundation
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Purdue researchers, backed by Gates Foundation, developing device to help pregnant women detect serious health complications

Purdue University researchers are developing an app and wearable technology to enable pregnant women to use a smartphone to detect whether they have or are susceptible to a condition that could lead to serious health complications for them or their unborn child.

New instrument can rapidly test whether drugs contain trace crystallinity
A novel device developed at Purdue is shown to quickly and inexpensively determine whether new pharmaceutical formulations have trace crystallinity that can negatively impact a drug’s stability and bioavailability.

Hand-controlled robotic kit garners top honors at TiE50 Silicon Valley awards program

ZeroUI and its smart interaction robotic kit “Ziro” received top honors at the recent TiE50 Silicon Valley awards program that named just 50 companies as ‘most innovative tech startups’ from a pool of more than 7,000 nominees from 28 countries.

$115,000 funding awarded to Purdue researchers, advance innovations to commercialization 

Four Purdue University researchers will share nearly $115,000 in funding from the Trask Innovation Fund to further develop their innovations and move life-changing technologies through the commercialization pipeline.

Technology could improve drug delivery methods, outcomes
A novel injectable drug delivery method may be used for controlled delivery of analgesics, anesthetics, antibodies, and other drugs as well as growth factors. When compared to traditional drug delivery, controlled delivery offers improved efficacy, reduced toxicity, reduced need for specialized drug administration, and improved patient compliance/convenience. This method can promote wound healing, cell adhesion and proliferation, cell motility, angiogenesis, cellular signaling, and matrix organization.

Real-time advanced traffic congestion warning system
A technology for a real-time advanced congestion identification warning system for automobiles, using cloud-based traffic data is under development at Purdue. This technology reduces the risk for a back-of-queue crash by identifying locations of slowed or stopped traffic and then alerting drivers who are approaching the affected area. The traffic alert can be triggered in different ways, with or without human input. In addition, the installation of this device can be temporary to address nonrecurring congestion near work zones or maintenance areas.

Technology could remove water contaminants with continuous photoreactor

A series of continuous flow photoreactors is shown to effectively remove some water soluble ethers from water. Because oxygen concentration is kept constant throughout the process, destruction of the substrate is not limited by oxygenation of the solution. Additionally, no in-solution reaction components, catalysts, or products are produced that must be dealt with at the end. The design could be expanded to larger municipal water systems.  

Augmented reality tools advance telementoring and telesurgery 

A novel approach to surgical telementoring using an augmented reality (AR) simulated transparent display allows a mentor to add annotations to be displayed for a mentee during surgery. The annotations are displayed on a tablet held between the mentee and the surgical site as a heads-up display. As it moves, the system uses computer vision algorithms to track and align the annotations with the surgical region. Among other applications, this system allows trainees to remain focused on the surgical region and reduces the potential for errors during surgery.

Advanced chlorinated solvent detection using raman spectroscopy helps identify chlorinated solvents in water

A new method could improve the identification of chlorinated solvents in water using Raman spectroscopy. Raman analysis of chlorinated solvents traditionally involves direct monitoring of any of a number of solvent specific vibrational modes and is limited by a weak Raman return of chlorinated solvents. In this new method, the presence of the solvent can be inferred indirectly by monitoring the OH stretching line of water, a method 10x more sensitive than traditional analysis. This method detects much lower concentrations at the same laser power.

Breastfeeding simulation system teaches nursing technique

A new technology could help mothers increase comfort by improved breastfeeding techniques. This simulation gives mothers a realistic training session that can teach the proper way to hold a baby, proper orientation in which a baby should be held, and other important aspects that can reduce discomfort to the nursing mother.

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Spotlight on Karthik Ramani...

Karthik Ramani is the Donald W. Feddersen Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Computer-Aided Design and the Journal of Mechanical Design. He is a member of the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/SBTR) program of the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships program.  

His research lies at the intersection of mechanical engineering, and information science and technology. The areas encompass design and manufacturing, new kernels for shape understanding using machine learning, geometric computing and human-computer natural user interaction and interfaces with shapes and sketches.

Major areas of emphasis are computer support for early design, shape searching, sketch-based design, cyber and design learning, sustainable design, and natural user interfaces for shape modeling. 

ZeroUI and its smart interaction robotic kit "Ziro" was developed by Ramani and received top honors at the recent TiE50 Silicon Valley awards program.  The Ziro kits allows users to build and create free-form robotics construciton and operate the robot using gestures with their hands when wearing a glove that comes with the kit.  The robotic kit could engage more children in engineering and other STEM fields.  

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