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5 Ws: Materials
A new enzyme-activated compostable material could diminish microplastics pollution.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A research team programmed two robots — a humanoid figure and a robotic arm — to measure human physiological signals.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A medical patch can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
With a smartphone camera, a new diagnostic test provides a positive or negative COVID-19 result in 15 to 30 minutes.
5 Ws: Robotics, Automation & Control
The battery can be used in flexible, stretchable electronics for wearables as well as soft robotics.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The smartwatch app identifies sounds that a user is interested in and sends a friendly buzz and information about the sound.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
A low-cost sensor enables at-home diagnosis of a COVID infection.
5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Users can take paper sheets from a notebook and turn them into a music player interface or make food packaging interactive.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would you take a walk in biodegradable flip-flops?
5 Ws: Wearables
People who use sign language could communicate directly with non-signers, without needing someone else to translate for them.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
5 Ws: Lighting
In the operating room, you can produce bioresorbable metal implants, such as screws for bone fractures.
5 Ws: Wearables
Bacterial pathogens can live on surfaces for days. What if frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, could instantly kill them off?
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A smart jumpsuit accurately measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The handheld 3D skin printer can deposit sheets of skin to cover large burn wounds
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Learn about the Pedestrian Audio Wearable System (PAWS), a low-cost, headset-based, wearable platform.
5 Ws: Materials
With the new microlattice pads, players will have greater protection from both single hits and a series of impacts.
5 Ws: Software
A touch-based display mimics the geometry of 3D objects designed on a computer.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The biometric tool uses modified wireless earbuds to authenticate smartphone users
5 Ws: Energy
A new wearable could make heart health monitoring easier and more accurate than existing electrocardiograph machines.
5 Ws: Energy
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Anyone using standard, coated paper in conventional printers.

5 Ws: Wearables
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Ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their children to a pediatrician, according to the National Institutes of Health.

5 Ws: Wearables
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The patch — which serves as a personal thermostat — provides personalized cooling and heating at home, work, or on the go by cooling or warming the user's skin to a comfortable...

5 Ws: Green Design & Manufacturing
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Anyone who uses products made of plastic. The new recyclable plastic could be a good alternative to many nonrecyclable plastics in use today.

5 Ws: Materials
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Millions of people worldwide with type 1 diabetes.

5 Ws: Test & Measurement
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Manufacturers across medical, space, aviation, military, and automotive industries could use the technology to build complex machines that integrate with surfaces to be very compact, but can deploy...

5 Ws: Energy
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Millions of people who rely on pacemakers, defibrillators, and other livesaving implantable devices powered by batteries that need to be replaced every five to 10 years.

5 Ws: Data Acquisition
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Piezoelectric materials are used in everything from cellphones and wearables, to robotics, energy harvesting, and tactile sensors.

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