The key to facial recognition

Whether it’s strung on a keychain, tied to a hair band, or tucked away in a wallet, students across Duke’s West Campus typically access their dorm room via key. Sophomores, Benjamin Lawrence and Samuel Appiah-Kubi, however…..don’t! They use facial recognition!


3D Printing at the Ruby!

The Rubenstein Arts Center, or “Ruby”, houses the newest work studio operated by Duke’s Innovation Co-Lab. The “Makerspace” located at the Badger-Mars Visual Arts Wing features 15 Ultimaker 3 3D printers, a Trotec Speedy 400 laser cutter, a panel saw and a tool chest. Duke students, faculty and staff can access the makerspace anytime, and the studio with be staffed 2-8pm Sundays through Fridays.


CONDUIT Sports – The World’s First In/Off-Ear Headphones

Say, you’re on a jog with a friend you haven’t seen in a while. You refuse to run without music but you also want to catch up on gossip! You try to half earbud it but the wires start to wrap together, the earbud falls out every 2 seconds and you’re in this limbo state of hearing only half of your surroundings.


A 3D model of blood vessel flow

The Randles Lab in Duke’s Biomedical Engineering department focuses on developing a computational tool to guide cardiovascular surgeries in order to improve patient care. Their current project uses 2D medical imaging data to create a 3D computational model of a patient’s vascular topology. From there, factors of clinical importance may be derived from the 3D simulation of a patient’s blood flow.


A peek into the POD

50 aspiring first year engineers, 10 distinctive design projects, 3 brand new Ultimakers and a Blue Express-turned-creativity-warehouse are what comprise the pilot semester of the Freshman Design POD experience. Co-instructed by Ann Saterbak and Sophia Santillan, the course features semester long design projects meant to promote the process of rapid prototyping and design, individual and group based problem solving and the “engineering without a book” mentality.


Last but not yeast, a fixture designed to help study cryptococcal disease

At the Magwene Lab in Duke University’s Genetics and Genomics Department, PhD candidate Cullen Roth is studying Cryptococcus neoformans, a pathogenic fungus estimated to effect almost a quarter of a million people, leading to approximately 180,000 mortalities to cryptococcal disease annually. One of C. neoformans’ key traits is its ability to grow and spread at high temperatures, such as human body temperatures, so with that in purpose, the Magwene lab aims to study why some strains of the pathogenic fungi grow well in high temperature and thus are infectious, while others don’t. (More…)

An ultrasonic upgrade

Ultrasound imaging is arguably the safest, easiest and most inexpensive way to diagnose causes of pain and infection, guide biopsies, assess damage after a heart attack and of course, to examine babies in pregnant woman! Traditionally with 2D ultrasound, slices of the body can be seen at high resolution, but without any context, sonographers can make mistakes. That’s where 3D ultrasound systems come in, however, at the cost of a completely new ultrasonic machine worth $250,000 along with a lower resolution image.


New Co-Lab Studio East in Lilly Library

Walk into Lilly Library, take a right into Room 115 and you’re looking at the new Co-Lab Studio on East Campus! Previously occupied as a Multimedia Project Studio lab, the space now encapsulates 15 Ultimaker 2’s, 5 MPS hybrid machines, 2 work benches and a stocked tool chest – the essentials for any 3-D printing enthusiast, both novice and advanced.


Solar panel solutions

In 2016 there were 31,000 solar panels installed every hour across the globe. Solar panels, also called photovoltaic cells, convert sunlight directly into electricity and are a critical piece of a sustainable future.

However, when dust and atmospheric particulate matter deposit on the surface of the solar panels, there can be up to 30% energy loss in a matter of weeks. Currently, methods to measure the rates of deposition, sources, meteorological impacts and modeling parameters are large and expensive and the influence of dust deposition over global regions is not well understood.