News archive - July 2019

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

How much is too much? Researchers balance information needs of parents with privacy of young children

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a blueprint for designing effective information systems that will help parents receive efficient updates about their school-aged children.

The system comes out of a study that examined the use of technologies such as GPS, fitness trackers and surveillance applications and the best ways these can be used to inform parents while respecting privacy.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

State-shifter: 'Smart' material can switch from soft to hard and back again

A new material created at the University of Waterloo can switch back and forth between a hard solid or a soft gel at the same temperature, a breakthrough that offers an innovative solution to a long-standing challenge with synthetic materials by giving it both strength and shape adaptability.

The two overlapping states of sal-gel, as researchers call it, pave the way for its use as a smart material in a range of technologies including soft robotics, adhesion and adhesives, and aeronautics.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Health tech companies woo judges at Waterloo pitch competition

Health tech companies captured the most interest and money at Waterloo’s largest startup pitch competition.

Among the 10 companies vying for the top prize, four companies persuaded the judges that their ideas had the best chance at commercial success. Winners included:

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Powerful new robotics technology can improve bridge inspections

Powerful robotics technology developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo makes critical bridge inspections cheaper and more reliable by automating the process.

The new system combines autonomous robots, cameras and lidar – a remote sensing method using lasers — to systematically collect data for defect detection and analysis. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

How does playing with other children affect toddlers’ language learning?

Toddlers are surprisingly good at processing the speech of other young children, according to a new study. And toddlers who have more exposure to other children, such as those in daycare, may be particularly good at certain word learning skills.

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