Category Archives: Innovation

Recreating Email

In my previous post, I wrote a little bit about how technology encodes values. So now I want to rant about the values encoded in email. Email values the always available. It values immediacy of online-ness. It values bulk addressing … Continue reading

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How Technology Encodes Values

As previously mentioned, email makes me insane. It’s gives so many people a double workday, and it makes it waaayyyy too easy to push your work onto other people, and it’s distracting from the loveliness of the present. As my … Continue reading

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Harnessing Excess Energy

The Stirling engine continues to fascinate me. Mostly I’m taken with the puzzle of how to make use of all the excess energy that we generate on a daily basis. My work primarily focuses on designs for low resource environments. … Continue reading

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Stirling Engines

I am getting a little obsessed with Stirling engines. This all started when R and I were playing around with generating power from temperature differentials using Peltiers. (Peltiers are solid state devices that can either create temperature differences from electrical … Continue reading

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Innovation and DIY

For the past couple years I’ve been fixated on how to bring the DIY/Maker ethos into academia. I don’t especially want to *study* this idea. I just want to do it. A terrific group of students signed up to explore … Continue reading

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Mobile Midwives’ Ultrasound

The ultrasound project received a Grand Challenges Exploration grant from the Gates Foundation. It was ridiculously competitive, and the students are really excited. It gives us the opportunity to refine the design, build the help system, and field test with … Continue reading

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Low cost ultrasound technology

About a year ago I got an email from a colleague in radiology about a project he was beginning that was designed to trained midwives in Uganda to use ultrasound to try to reduce maternal mortality. The premise of his … Continue reading

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