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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335568/an-electricity-price-aware-open-source-smart-socket-for-the-internet-of-energy
#1
Óscar Blanco-Novoa, Tiago M Fernández-Caramés, Paula Fraga-Lamas, Luis Castedo
The Internet of Energy (IoE) represents a novel paradigm where electrical power systems work cooperatively with smart devices to increase the visibility of energy consumption and create safer, cleaner and sustainable energy systems. The implementation of IoE services involves the use of multiple components, like embedded systems, power electronics or sensors, which are an essential part of the infrastructure dedicated to the generation and distribution energy and the one required by the final consumer. This article focuses on the latter and presents a smart socket system that collects the information about energy price and makes use of sensors and actuators to optimize home energy consumption according to the user preferences...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331790/ultrathin-fluidic-laminates-for-large-area-fa%C3%A3-ade-integration-and-smart-windows
#2
Benjamin P V Heiz, Zhiwen Pan, Gerhard Lautenschläger, Christin Sirtl, Matthias Kraus, Lothar Wondraczek
Buildings represent more than 40% of Europe's energy demands and about one third of its CO2 emissions. Energy efficient buildings and, in particular, building skins have therefore been among the key priorities of international research agendas. Here, glass-glass fluidic devices are presented for large-area integration with adaptive façades and smart windows. These devices enable harnessing and dedicated control of various liquids for added functionality in the building envelope. Combining a microstructured glass pane, a thin cover sheet with tailored mechanical performance, and a liquid for heat storage and transport, a flat-panel laminate is generated with thickness adapted to a single glass sheet in conventional windows...
March 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331379/smartphone-viewing-distance-and-sleep-an-experimental-study-utilizing-motion-capture-technology
#3
Michitaka Yoshimura, Momoko Kitazawa, Yasuhiro Maeda, Masaru Mimura, Kazuo Tsubota, Taishiro Kishimoto
There are studies reporting the negative impact of smartphone utilization on sleep. It is considered that reduction of melatonin secretion under the blue light exposure from smart-phone displays is one of the causes. The viewing distance may cause sleep disturbance, because the viewing distance determines the screen illuminance and/or asthenopia. However, to date, there has been no study closely investigating the impact of viewing distance on sleep; therefore, we sought to determine the relationship between smartphone viewing distance and subjective sleep status...
2017: Nature and Science of Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325038/benefit-of-rare-earth-smart-doping-and-material-nanostructuring-for-the-next-generation-of-er-doped-fibers
#4
Inna Savelii, Laurent Bigot, Bruno Capoen, Cedric Gonnet, Corinne Chanéac, Ekaterina Burova, Alain Pastouret, Hicham El-Hamzaoui, Mohamed Bouazaoui
Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) for harsh environments require to develop specific fabrication methods of Er (3+)-doped fibers (EDFs) so as to limit the impact of radiation-induced absorption. In this context, a compromise has to be found between the concentration of Erbium and the glass composition. On the one hand, high concentration of Er (3+) ions helps to reduce the length of the EDF and hence the cumulated attenuation but generally leads to luminescence quenching mechanisms that limit the performances...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325023/an-affordable-cuff-less-blood-pressure-estimation-solution
#5
Monika Jain, Niranjan Kumar, Sujay Deb
This paper presents a cuff-less hypertension pre-screening device that non-invasively monitors the Blood Pressure (BP) and Heart Rate (HR) continuously. The proposed device simultaneously records two clinically significant and highly correlated biomedical signals, viz., Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Photoplethysmogram (PPG). The device provides a common data acquisition platform that can interface with PC/laptop, Smart phone/tablet and Raspberry-pi etc. The hardware stores and processes the recorded ECG and PPG in order to extract the real-time BP and HR using kernel regression approach...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325014/real-time-monitoring-of-swimming-performance
#6
R Delgado-Gonzalo, A Lemkaddem, Ph Renevey, E Muntane Calvo, M Lemay, K Cox, D Ashby, J Willardson, M Bertschi
This article presents the performance results of a novel algorithm for swimming analysis in real-time within a low-power wrist-worn device. The estimated parameters are: lap count, stroke count, time in lap, total swimming time, pace/speed per lap, total swam distance, and swimming efficiency (SWOLF). In addition, several swimming styles are automatically detected. Results were obtained using a database composed of 13 different swimmers spanning 646 laps and 858.78 min of total swam time. The final precision achieved in lap detection ranges between 99...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324620/exposure-to-electromagnetic-fields-from-smart-utility-meters-in-gb-part-i-laboratory-measurements
#7
Azadeh Peyman, Darren Addison, Terry Mee, Cristian Goiceanu, Myron Maslanyj, Simon Mann
Laboratory measurements of electric fields have been carried out around examples of smart meter devices used in Great Britain. The aim was to quantify exposure of people to radiofrequency signals emitted from smart meter devices operating at 2.4 GHz, and then to compare this with international (ICNIRP) health-related guidelines and with exposures from other telecommunication sources such as mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices. The angular distribution of the electric fields from a sample of 39 smart meter devices was measured in a controlled laboratory environment...
March 21, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323415/facile-access-to-multi-sensitive-and-self-healing-hydrogels-with-reversible-and-dynamic-boronic-ester-and-disulfide-linkages
#8
Ruiwei Guo, Qian Su, Jinwei Zhang, Anjie Dong, Cunguo Lin, Jianhua Zhang
Multifunctional and multi-responsive hydrogels have presented a promising platform to design and fabricate smart devices for application in a wide variety of fields. However, their preparations often involve multistep preparation of multi-responsive polymer precursors, tedious reactions to introduce functional groups or sophisticated molecular designs. In this work, a multifunctional boronic acid-based crosslinker bis(phenylboronic acid carbamoyl) cystamine (BPBAC) was readily prepared from inexpensive commercially available 3-carboxylphenylboronic acid (CPBA) and cystamine dihydrochloride, which has the ability to crosslink the cis-diols and catechol-containing hydrophilic polymers to form hydrogels...
March 21, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322552/one-step-fabrication-of-a-microfluidic-device-with-an-integrated-membrane-and-embedded-reagents-by-multimaterial-3d-printing
#9
Feng Li, Petr Smejkal, Niall P Macdonald, Rosanne M Guijt, Michael C Breadmore
One of the largest impediments in the development of microfluidic-based smart sensing systems is the manufacturability of integrated, complex devices. Here, we propose multimaterial 3D printing for the fabrication of such devices in a single step. A microfluidic device containing an integrated porous membrane and embedded liquid reagents was made by 3D printing and applied for the analysis of nitrate from soil. The manufacture of the integrated, sealed device was realised as a single print within 30 min. The body of the device was printed in transparent acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), and contained a 400 μm wide structure printed from a commercially available composite filament...
March 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321440/neuronify-an-educational-simulator-for-neural-circuits
#10
Svenn-Arne Dragly, Milad Hobbi Mobarhan, Andreas Våvang Solbrå, Simen Tennøe, Anders Hafreager, Anders Malthe-Sørenssen, Marianne Fyhn, Torkel Hafting, Gaute T Einevoll
Educational software (apps) can improve science education by providing an interactive way of learning about complicated topics that are hard to explain with text and static illustrations. However, few educational apps are available for simulation of neural networks. Here, we describe an educational app, Neuronify, allowing the user to easily create and explore neural networks in a plug-and-play simulation environment. The user can pick network elements with adjustable parameters from a menu, i.e., synaptically connected neurons modelled as integrate-and-fire neurons and various stimulators (current sources, spike generators, visual, and touch) and recording devices (voltmeter, spike detector, and loudspeaker)...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318904/dual-memory-neural-networks-for-modeling-cognitive-activities-of-humans-via-wearable-sensors
#11
Sang-Woo Lee, Chung-Yeon Lee, Dong-Hyun Kwak, Jung-Woo Ha, Jeonghee Kim, Byoung-Tak Zhang
Wearable devices, such as smart glasses and watches, allow for continuous recording of everyday life in a real world over an extended period of time or lifelong. This possibility helps better understand the cognitive behavior of humans in real life as well as build human-aware intelligent agents for practical purposes. However, modeling the human cognitive activity from wearable-sensor data stream is challenging because learning new information often results in loss of previously acquired information, causing a problem known as catastrophic forgetting...
February 20, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306253/double-exchange-effect-in-two-dimensional-mno2-nanomaterials
#12
Xu Peng, Yuqiao Guo, Qin Yin, Junchi Wu, Jiyin Zhao, Chengming Wang, Shi Tao, Wangsheng Chu, Changzheng Wu, Yi Xie
Electronic state transition especially for metal-insulator transition (MIT) offers physical properties useful in intriguing energy applications and smart devices. But to-date very few simple metal oxide possessed electronic transition near room-temperature. Herein, we demonstrate experimentally that chemical introduction of double-exchange in 2D nanomaterials brings a metal-insulator transition near room-temperature. In our case, valence-state regulation of 2D MnO2 nanosheet induces Mn(III)-O-Mn(IV) structure with double-exchange effect, successfully triggering near-room-temperature electronic transition with an ultrahigh negative magnetoresistance...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306196/flexible-sensing-electronics-for-wearable-attachable-health-monitoring
#13
REVIEW
Xuewen Wang, Zheng Liu, Ting Zhang
Wearable or attachable health monitoring smart systems are considered to be the next generation of personal portable devices for remote medicine practices. Smart flexible sensing electronics are components crucial in endowing health monitoring systems with the capability of real-time tracking of physiological signals. These signals are closely associated with body conditions, such as heart rate, wrist pulse, body temperature, blood/intraocular pressure and blood/sweat bio-information. Monitoring such physiological signals provides a convenient and non-invasive way for disease diagnoses and health assessments...
March 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302050/implementation-of-clinical-research-trials-using-web-based-and-mobile-devices-challenges-and-solutions
#14
EDITORIAL
Roy Eagleson, Luis Altamirano-Diaz, Alex McInnis, Eva Welisch, Stefanie De Jesus, Harry Prapavessis, Meghan Rombeek, Jamie A Seabrook, Teresa Park, Kambiz Norozi
BACKGROUND: With the increasing implementation of web-based, mobile health interventions in clinical trials, it is crucial for researchers to address the security and privacy concerns of patient information according to high ethical standards. The full process of meeting these standards is often made more complicated due to the use of internet-based technology and smartphones for treatment, telecommunication, and data collection; however, this process is not well-documented in the literature...
March 17, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301010/effect-of-sonic-vibrations-on-bond-strength-of-fiberglass-posts-bonded-to-root-dentin
#15
Amanda Mahammad Mushashe, Rodrigo Otavio Jatahy Ferreira do Amaral, Carlos Eduardo Edwards Rezende, Flares Baratto Filho, Leonardo Fernandes da Cunha, Carla Castiglia Gonzaga
Sonic vibrations may improve the bond strength and durability of fiberglass posts by improving adhesive penetration into dentin as well as the cement flow. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of sonic vibrations on the bond strength between fiberglass posts and root dentin using the pull-out test. Bovine roots were endodontically treated and divided randomly into four groups (n=12): Group C - conventional cementation (control); Group SA - sonic vibration (Smart Sonic Device, FGM) of the adhesive system and conventional post accommodation; SP group - conventional adhesive application and sonic vibration of the post during accommodation; and SASP - sonic vibration of the system adhesive and the post during accommodation...
January 2017: Brazilian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299697/monitoring-the-cellular-binding-events-with-quartz-crystal-microbalance-qcm-biosensors
#16
Abdul Rehman, Xiangqun Zeng
Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) biosensors have been demonstrated as noninvasive and label-free tools for cell based measurements. However, the complexity of biofilms composed of cells with the associated liquid environments is preventive towards forming explicit relationship between the added mass and the change in the frequency output signal. Therefore, the protocols of interface design (surface chemistry, interaction mechanism, and data acquisition), data interpretation, and device fabrication, all need to be finely refined in order to make these biosensors prevail in real life...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294279/smart-wearable-kevlar-based-safeguarding-electronic-textile-with-excellent-sensing-performance
#17
Sheng Wang, Shouhu Xuan, Mei Liu, Linfeng Bai, Shuaishuai Zhang, Min Sang, Wanquan Jiang, Xinglong Gong
A novel S-ST/MWCNT/Kevlar-based wearable electronic textile (WET) with enhanced safeguarding performance and force sensing ability was fabricated. Stab resistance performance tests under quasi-static and dynamic conditions show that the maximum resistance force and penetration impact energy for the WET are 18 N and 11.76 J, which represent a 90% and 50% increment with respect to the neat Kevlar, respectively. Dynamic impact resistance tests show that the WET absorbs all the impact energy. The maximum resistance force of the WET is 1052 N, which represents an improvement of about 190% with respect to neat Kevlar...
March 15, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292673/bioresponsive-transcutaneous-patches
#18
REVIEW
Jicheng Yu, Yuqi Zhang, Anna R Kahkoska, Zhen Gu
Transdermal drug delivery systems that utilize transcutaneous patches of arrayed microneedles have attracted increasing interest in medical practice as an alternative method to hypodermic injection. Over the past ten years, research has focused on leveraging physiological signals associated with diseases or skin-specific tissues to create bioresponsive patches that release drug directly in response to an internally-generated stimulus. This review surveys the recent advances in the development and use of bioresponsive transcutaneous patches for on-demand smart and precise drug delivery, exploiting different physiological signals including pH, serum glucose levels, and enzyme activity...
March 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290720/comparison-of-heart-rate-variability-recording-with-smart-phone-photoplethysmographic-polar-h7-chest-strap-and-electrocardiogram-methods
#19
Daniel J Plews, Ben Scott, Marco Altini, Matt Wood, Andrew E Kilding, Paul B Laursen
PURPOSE: To establish the validity of smartphone photoplethysmography (PPG) and heart rate sensor in the measurement of heart rate variability (HRV). METHODS: 29 healthy subjects were measured at rest during 5 min of guided breathing (GB) and normal breathing (NB) using Smartphone PPG, heart rate chest strap and electrocardiography (ECG). The root mean sum of the squared differences between R-R intervals (rMSSD) was determined from each device. RESULTS: Compared to ECG, the technical error of estimate (TEE) was acceptable for all conditions (average TEE CV% (90% CI) = 6...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285203/flexible-heartbeat-sensor-for-wearable-device
#20
Yeon Hwa Kwak, Wonhyo Kim, Kwang Bum Park, Kunnyun Kim, Sungkyu Seo
We demonstrate a flexible strain-gauge sensor and its use in a wearable application for heart rate detection. This polymer-based strain-gauge sensor was fabricated using a double-sided fabrication method with polymer and metal, i.e., polyimide and nickel-chrome. The fabrication process for this strain-gauge sensor is compatible with the conventional flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) processes facilitating its commercialization. The fabricated sensor showed a linear relation for an applied normal force of more than 930 kPa, with a minimum detectable force of 6...
March 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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