Thursday, December 5, 2019

Making photovoltaic storage systems more financially attractive to homeowners

photo of Fiodar Kazhamiak and Professor Catherine Rosenberg

Almost daily, scientists release another study documenting the growing influence of human-caused global warming. Driven by ever-increasing amounts of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, mostly from coal, oil and natural gas we burn for energy, the Earth’s average surface temperature has risen by almost 1ºC since the late 19thcentury, with much greater increases predicted ahead.

Friday, November 29, 2019

New device enables battery-free computer input at the tip of your finger

photo of Ju Wang, Omid Abari, Daniel Vogel and Keiko Katsuragawa

Researchers at the David R. Cheriton Cheriton School of Computer Science have created a device for wearable computer input suitable for many situations, just by touching your fingertips together in different ways.

Called Tip-Tap, the device is inexpensive and battery-free because it uses radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to sense when fingertips touch. The device could be added to disposable surgical gloves, allowing surgeons to access preoperative planning diagrams in an operating room. 

Friday, November 8, 2019

Johnny Wong and colleagues receive most influential paper award for work presented 10 years ago at CASCON 2009

photo of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Johnny Wong

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Johnny Wong, his former master’s student Ye Hu, and colleagues Marin Litoiu from York University and Gabriel Iszlai have received the most influential paper award for research they presented 10 years ago at CASCON 2009, the 19thannual IBM Centre for Advanced Studies Conference.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Designing IoT devices to benefit society

photo of David Radke, Amelia Holcomb, Omid Abari and Farzan Dehbashi

A device that detects if someone is drowning in a pool to help relieve a parent’s worry. A wireless gadget to more quickly identify fires, so everyone gets to safety. A system to track and assist people with Alzheimer’s to help calm a family’s fears when they’re not present. These are just a few examples of projects designed for social good by students in the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Mathematics graduate course, IoT and Intelligent Connectivity.

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