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An Eye for Engineering

Ruth Tie was born and raised in Southeast Asia, where professionals such as doctors and engineers are in high demand. Here’s why she decided to study electrical engineering at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

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Talk to the Hand

voice synthesizerWhat’s in a voice? A new gesture-to-speech synthesizer developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia adds emotion to words that text-to-speech technologies now voice only in a monotone. It also translates gestures into music.

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Britain’s Bionic Athlete Claire Lomas

Attention Iron Man fans. Powered suits of armor like the one designed by fictional industrialist/engineer Tony Stark may soon save or improve the lives of real people. In 2011, a motorized exoskeleton created by engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley allowed classmate Austin Whitney to walk across the stage to receive his diploma. Now, English athlete Claire Lomas is making medical history as the first paraplegic to use an exoskeleton to get around home and town.

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Bye, Bye Blues?

Millions of people get the blues during winter. It’s called seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, and current treatment requires shining a light in the sufferer’s face for up to two hours a day. But Finnish start-up Valkee has a better idea: directing light into sufferers’ ears.

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And Now: An LED-Encrusted Snowboarding Suit

Eye-popping spectacles often require a lot of engineering to produce, as is evident in this latest viral video, entitled L.E.D. Surfer (watch above).

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