Ionic skin could improve prosthetic devices

July 1st, 2022

Yuta Dobashi, a graduate of UBC’s master in biomedical engineering program, and faculty advisor Dr. John Madden, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the faculty of applied science at UBC. Photo: Kai Jacobson/UBC Faculty of Applied Science Researchers have worked to build a smart skin that can mimic the sensing capabilities of natural skin, […]

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Washable, weavable sensors

September 1st, 2019

UBC doctoral student Hossein Montazerian takes a look at a tiny sensor embedded into a fiber. The stretchable sensor—woven into fabric—can detect human movement and has the potential to alert individuals about their health, including when to hydrate or when to rest. Photo: UBC. Smart textiles continue to advance into more sophisticated and wearable options. […]

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Seismic-reinforced concrete

January 1st, 2018

What material could help buildings stand up to earthquakes? Fiber, of course. Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed concrete reinforced with fiber that can withstand earthquake simulation tests. The material, called eco-friendly ductile cementitious composite (EDCC), is engineered at the molecular level to be strong yet malleable. When applied as a thin […]

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