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Biologically-inspired joints and systems and methods of use thereof

The present disclosure provides a biologically-inspired robotic device comprising: a first member; a second member pivotably connected to the first member; one or more actuators; and a coupler/decoupler mechanism (CDC) selectively coupling or decoupling of the one or more actuators to the second member, such that, when the one or... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Methods and systems for burning liquid fuels

Methods and systems for clean-up of hazardous spills are provided. In some aspects, there is provided a system for burning an water-oil emulsion that includes an enclosure configured to hold a water-oil emulsion; one or more conductive rods disposed throughout the enclosure, each rod of the one or more roads... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Haptic glove as a wearable force feedback user interface

A toroidal actuator is responsive to a teleoperator for providing haptic feedback responsive to a curvature or articulated movement applied to a gripped object. The toroidal actuator surrounds an operator member such as a finger, and is responsive to pneumatic pressure for increasing telepresence force defined by resistance encounter against... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Airborne vehicle recovery

The airborne vehicle recovery method and apparatus enables radiosonde users to reliably recover launched radiosondes and provides new and unique opportunities for research and data acquisition with balloon launched radiosondes. Airborne vehicles such as radiosondes are disposed in a flight body adapted for propulsionless, gliding navigation for returning to one... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Devices and methods for measuring vascular deficiency

The present invention relates to devices and methods for measuring vascular deficiency using Doppler ultrasound detection. Embodiments can be used to monitor the condition of surgical tissue flaps or other conditions in which obstruction in the vascular system can impact patient health. The systems can include a Doppler ultrasound probe,... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Surgical retraction device

A surgical appliance includes a pair of opposed prongs slideably disposed on an elongated locking track for retracting neurovascular and musculotendinous anatomical structures through an incision for affording access to deeper structures for inserting osteosynthesis hardware in the surgical treatment of a distal radius fracture or other surgical procedure. The... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Transport container flame arrestor

A volatile liquid storage container has combustion resistance properties from a flexible sock or tube constructed of fire resistant fibers coupled to a neck of the storage container to prevent flame flash-back into the storage container. The storage container defines an enclosed volume having an orifice in the container material... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Antifungal agents and uses thereof

Antimicrobial agents, compositions that include the agent(s) and use(s) thereof are provided. Also disclosed are screening assays for identifying antimicrobial agents.... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Multi-band heat flux gauge

A noncontact temperature sensing device receives radiative emissions from a sensed object to measure radiant heat flux and computes a temperature using multiple photodiode sensors, or elements, each sensitive to a different bandwidth of near IR light. The device samples a fluctuating heat source such as a flame or explosion... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Engineered tissue constructs

A modular engineered tissue construct includes a plurality of fused self-assembled, scaffold-free, high-density cell aggregates. At least one cell aggregate includes a plurality of cells and a plurality of biocompatible and biodegradable nanoparticles and/or microparticles that are incorporated within the cell aggregates. The nanoparticles and/or microparticles acting as a bulking... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Method and using software defined networking and network function virtualization to secure residential networks

A service provider device includes a controller having a memory and a processor. The controller is configured to receive a device access request from the client device via a residential network, the server provider device being located external to the residential network and detect a communication type identifier associated with... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Coated cell culture apparatus and methods of use

Device, and methods of using or making the device, for engineering cells in vitro are disclosed. In some aspects, a cell culture device comprises at least one glass or polymer surface configured for incubating cells in a culture medium; a charged molecule electrostatically bound to the surface; and a polyelectrolyte... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Inquiry skills tutoring system

An assessment engine includes a definition of inquiry skills being assessed. Assessment models are used to infer skill demonstration as one or more students engage in inquiry within computerized simulations and/or microworlds. A pedagogical agent and/or help system provides real-time feedback to one or more students based on the assessment... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Cable driven manipulator for additive manufacturing

A parallel robotic manipulator for generating 3 dimensional structures includes a set of redeployable towers adapted to transport one or more cables, and at least one drive source operable to draw or traverse the cables across a rendering area. An end-effector suspended from the cables is operable to deposit extrudate... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Electrohydrodynamic (ehd) refrigerant pump

An electrohydrodynamic (EHD) pump increases refrigerant flow rate and the resulting pressure in a vapor compression based cooling system for permitting reduced compressor sizes and power demands. The EHD pump disposes electrodes in a liquid path of the refrigerant flow, and increases fluid flow and resulting pressure by an induced... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Molecular thermoelectric lipid bilayers and a device using the same

A molecular thermoelectric (M-TE) lipid layer includes a lipid bilayer or monolayer and a dopant, and in particular, the dopant can be an n-type dopant, a p-type dopant, or a hybrid thereof. The dopant can be selected from modified biological molecules, such as lipid, transmembrane protein and oligonucleotides. A molecular... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Systems and methods for in-situ clean up of burnable materials

The present disclosure provides devices and methods for cleaning up or burning spills of burnable materials in situ. In some embodiments, a system for burning a burnable material comprises a base having a first side configured for placement on a surface with a burnable material and a second side; and... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

System and assessing wound

The wound assessing method and system provide a convenient, quantitative mechanism for diabetic foot ulcer assessment.... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Method and recycling lithium-ion batteries

Cathode material from exhausted lithium ion batteries are dissolved in a solution for extracting the useful elements Co (cobalt), Ni (nickel), Al (Aluminum) and Mn (manganese) to produce active cathode materials for new batteries. The solution includes compounds of desirable materials such as cobalt, nickel, aluminum and manganese dissolved as... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Dry powder based electrode additive manufacturing

A dry electrode manufacturing process employed for low cost battery through a dry mixing and formation process. A thermal activation renders the dry fabricated electrode comparable to conventional slurry casted electrodes. The dry electrode mixture results from a combination of a plurality of types of constituent particles, including at least... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

System and network access control

Embodiments of the innovation relate to, in an access controller, a method for providing access to a network resource. The method includes receiving, by the access controller, a network access request and user interaction information associated with the network access request from the client device, the user access information received... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Anti-microbial coatings and devices

Compositions and methods for coating medical devices are provided. A coating composition may comprise a tether covalently attached to an anti-microbial peptide, the tether having sufficient length to permit the anti-microbial peptide to at least partially penetrate a membrane of a bacteria, upon contact of the anti-microbial peptide with the... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Self-healing coating for reinforcement steel

A self-healing coating for reinforcing steel embedded in concrete includes emulsion derived microcapsules having a healing agent and adapted for dispersion through a liquid coating medium for application on a structural steel surface to form a coating for corrosion prevention. The microcapsule particles are dispersed in the coating medium for... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Locating and ranging using coherent array reconciliation tomography

A ranging and tracking system and method employs a Coherent Array Reconciliation Tomography (CART) approach that benefits from a series of samples gathered from deployed receivers in an area of interest, and applies a sequence of matrix operations and transformations to data defining locations in a Cartesian grid space for... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Molten salt pyrolysis for bio-oil and chemicals

A bio-oil reactor leverages chemically recalcitrant lignocellulosic biomass using a moderate temperature molten-salt based process to unlock hydrocarbon content having the potential to substantially supplement demand for petroleum based fuels and chemicals. Bio-oil is a precursor to production of other chemicals and hydrocarbons, and can be refined as an effective... Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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