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More suggestions

The Fun theory

Making a staircase into a piano gets people to choose it rather than the escalator. Can you make a game of something to solve a problem?

Lenticular printing

Prints that project 3d images and animations

Send to this or other commercial print house

Light field cameras

Capture the angles and positions of photons, ,,,

Photographic processes

Explore albumen, autochrome, calotype, carbon, collotype, cyanotype, daguerreotype, platiumum

Acoustics: Follicle mites and small scales

I wonder what follicle mites sound like...

Acoustic ecology,

MOMA : Acoustics: Subtleties of the sonic :

Acoustics: Sound engineering

Bottling up sound waves: Acoustic bottle beams hold promise for imaging, cloaking, levitation and more,

Generation of acoustic self-bending and bottle beams by phase engineering,

A Macroscopic Tractor Beam with Acoustic Waves

Sources for inspiration


Reverse engineering (KahnAcademy)



Google Glass specs:

Biomedical engineering undergraduate projects archives:

Ingestible sensors:,

Kickstarter projects:,,,,

The walls have ears

Design awards


Links/ideas (many more on the Diigo page!)


Use photogrammetry on video Muon detector could help UK reduce carbon emissions -- ScienceDaily

Buy lunch, pay with your hand: Vein scanning technique -- ScienceDaily

Octocopter named “HorseFly” takes flight

DARPA’s newest toy lets human scale vertical glass wall, just like Spider-Man

Nestlé claims credit for ‘major advance’ in beverage powder solubility

Drones give farmers eyes in the sky to check on crop progress

Millennial Trains Project Clever Domino's Applies Physics Principles to Pizza Delivery

Reinventing the Physicist: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education for the 21st Century

Partners in the Sky: Aviation and Aerospace Industry Leaders Join the Smithsonian in Worldwide Conservation Efforts | Newsdesk

1-gram tracking devices just got a push! Extraordinary absorption of sound in porous lamella-crystals : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group .

Extraordinary absorption of sound in porous lamella-crystals J. Christensen, V. Romero-García, R. Picó, A. Cebrecos, F. J. García de Abajo, N. A. Mortensen, M. Willatzen & V. J. Sánchez-Morcillo Affiliations Contributions Corresponding author Scientific Reports 4, Article number: 4674 doi:10.1038/srep04674 Received 19 March 2014 Accepted 26 March 2014 Published 14 April 2014

Guide to Silicon Valley Startup scene.

The Public Forum Institute | Internships

Brigham Young Researchers Develop Google Glass System To Assist Deaf Students -- Campus Technology

GEM Global Entrepreneurship Monitor

Microbubble Compositions, Properties and Biomedical Applications Medical things one can do with bubbles. Can you think of other applications?

LIX - The Smallest 3D Printing Pen in the World by LIX — Kickstarter Maker Faire | Find a Faire Near You

Robots transform into furniture at EPFL Interesting concept. Make smaller differently? Make something that climbs a wall and then hauls itself up?

A Woman Has Been Given A New 3D Printed Skull 3D Printed Cast Speeds Bone Recovery Using Ultrasound

Winning Ag Prize teams address global food system challenges, from food spoilage to hunger | Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

Maker Commons – A Community of Makers | Commons In A Box Replacement for wiki?

World’s smallest magazine cover

Nanoscale drawing on plastic Blender whips up graphene | Science News

Auditory brainstem response to complex sounds: a tutorial

Flute Finger Hole Locations Flutomat Javascript Flute Designer

3d cad and print? Advanced Tactics, Inc. | Home of the AT Black Knight TRANSFORMER

Internships in California for quadcopter VTOL Patent Lens Home

California VC Greg Robinson to Lead Wisconsin’s 4490 Ventures | Xconomy

Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here -

National Robots Week Open House | Wisconsin Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory

Crowdfunding Site Raising Capital for ASU Student Projects -- Campus Technology

Hmm. UW should have this! CollabFinder - Find A Cofounder

Headset & Accessories

WID Frontier Fellows take on exonerations, archaeological sites and science images with data | Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Wind Industry’s New Technologies Are Helping It Compete on Price - ,

Firestarters: Emotional Arcade | IDFA DocLab

XYZprinting Inc. – da Vinci 3D Printer $499 at Amazon

Soccer displays fractal dynamics

Pretty naive video analysis on a system that could be interesting. Shapeways | About - How it works [1402.7101]

New type of microengine using internal combustion of hydrogen and oxygen Agisoft PhotoScan Standard |

Roomy Cages Built From DNA : Wyss Institute at Harvard

Innovative solar-powered toilet developed by CU-Boulder ready for India unveiling | University of Colorado Boulder

State of Inqenuity SOI SourceLink

WI Drone 2013 Senate Bill 196

GenoCAD: CAD Software for Synthetic Biology

Posters in the Rotunda 2013

Epicenter: Creating a Nation of Entrepreneurial Engineers

Campuses | Dream. Design. Deliver.

Someone interested in putting WI on this map. Dell Social Innovation Challenge

The Awesome Foundation

Physics - Droplets Caught at High Speed 34 microsecs to form a drop

Battery-free tech brings gesture recognition to all devices

Grants | NCIIA National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

Start it up :Mission & History | NFTE Org devoted to promoting entrepreneurship

We The Geeks | The White House

Laser-Sintering 3d printing

Global Space Balloon Challenge

Microscopy: A new phase for X-ray imaging : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

A battery small enough to be injected, energetic enough to track salmon Students | AAAS 2014 Annual Meeting Just down in Chicago, an earful for $70. Session: Nurturing Scientific Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the University Ecosystem (2014 AAAS Annual Meeting (13-17 February 2014)) RSA US Student Design Awards — An RSA Catalyst Project Stratasys introduces world’s first color multi-material 3-D printer

Associated Students of Madison approves 2015 Green Fund | Office of Sustainability

Amazon proposes cargo drone

Open-Source Lab, 1st Edition | Joshua Pearce | ISBN 9780124104624

Michigan Tech Open sustainability technology, Joshua Pearce