Posts Tagged ‘Vanderbilt’

Vanderbilt University Steps Into the Exoskeleton Market

November 2nd, 2012 11:05 admin View Comments


Zothecula writes “For people who are unable to walk under their own power, exoskeletons offer what is perhaps the next-best thing. The devices not only let their users stand, but they also move their legs for them, allowing them to walk. While groups such as Berkeley Bionics, NASA, Rex Bionics, and ReWalk are all working on systems, Nashville’s Vanderbilt University has just announced the development of its own exoskeleton. It is claimed to offer some important advantages over its competitors.”

Source: Vanderbilt University Steps Into the Exoskeleton Market

Making Microelectronics Out of Nanodiamond

August 7th, 2011 08:41 admin View Comments


Science_afficionado writes “Electrical engineers at Vanderbilt have created the basic components for computer chips out of thin films of nanodiamond. These combine the properties of vacuum tubes and solid state microelectronics and can operate in extreme environments where normal devices fail.”

Source: Making Microelectronics Out of Nanodiamond

Stamping Out Low-Cost Nanodevices

June 1st, 2011 06:02 admin View Comments


RogerRoast writes “Vanderbilt University scientists report that they have developed a simple technique for stamping patterns invisible to the human eye onto a special class of nanomaterials. According to the article, the method works with materials that are riddled with tiny voids that give them unique optical, electrical, chemical and mechanical properties. ‘It’s amazing how easy it is. We made our first imprint using a regular tabletop vise,’ Sharon M. Weiss the lead author said. The article was published in the latest issue of the journal Nano Letters.”

Source: Stamping Out Low-Cost Nanodevices

Do Car Safety Problems Come From Outer Space?

March 28th, 2010 03:58 admin View Comments

Hugh Pickens writes “As electronic devices are made to perform more and more functions on smaller circuit chips, the systems become more sensitive and vulnerable to corruption from single event upsets and this is especially true of Toyota who has led the auto industry in its widespread inclusion of electronic controls in the manufacture of their various car models. ‘These circuit families store not just data, but their basic function electrically,’ says Lloyd W. Massengill, director of engineering at the Vanderbilt Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University. ‘In the unfortunate event of a particle flipping just the right bit, a circuit configured to carry out a benign action may be reprogrammed to carry out some unintended action.’ Denise Chow writes in Live Science that some scientists are pointing to cosmic ray radiation as a plausible mechanism behind the sudden, unexplained acceleration reported to have occurred with the late model Toyotas.”

“As the design of automobile systems continues to evolve from mechanical to electronic controls, relying more and more on various circuitry and chips, these electronic components may be vulnerable to being confounded by high-energy radiation writes Chow. Federal regulators were prompted to look into the possible role that cosmic rays played in Toyota’s product recall fiasco after an anonymous tipster suggested the design of Toyota’s microprocessors, software and memory chips could make them more vulnerable (PDF) to interference from radiation compared with other automakers. ‘What’s not known is what direction Toyota and other automakers are taking in terms of finding and correcting these issues,’ says senior researcher Ewart Blackmore.”

Source: Do Car Safety Problems Come From Outer Space?