Technology Highlights

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AirSignature: Security For The Future

Imagine smart devices that authenticate users based on their unique mannerisms. AirSignature has the potential to safeguard the plethora of devices now used in everyday life through motion sensing.

HotBug Detector: A Sleuth Against Smartphone Bugs

With the HotBug Detector - an invention that systematically looks for and detects energy inefficiencies in smartphone apps - unnecessary battery drain may be a thing of the past.

GeoVid: Capturing More Information In A Video

We now can now easily capture and share videos using our smartphones and videos, but systematically cataloguing, managing and searching these videos can be difficult. GeoVid uses the other sensors in our devices to store metadata for better indexing and handling video collections.

STEVE Tool: Keeping It Cool

Good urban planning can help cool the air within a city by between 2°C to 8°C. NUS has developed the STEVE tool to enable city planners to design the urban environment in a way that reduces heat.

Therapeutic Social Robot: Providing Autism Therapy Through A Teddy Bear Robot

Early behavioural therapy helps to improve learning, communication and social skills for young children with autism. This occurs best when the affected child receives a certain amount of therapeutic activities from a trained therapist, with progress being regularly recorded and evaluated. Unfortunately, some therapy sessions may not proceed smoothly, for example when the autistic child is not comfortable in therapist’s presence or when interaction time is limited. A team from the NUS Interactive & Digital Media Institute has developed a teddy bear robot, to help therapists interact better with autistic children, without physically being present in the same room.

Wireless Healthcare Monitoring System: Monitoring Patients’ Health Around The Clock

Keeping an eye on a patient’s vital signs – whether in a home or hospital setting, leads to better quality healthcare for the patient. A team from NUS Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering has developed an integrated, wireless, medical-grade health monitoring system. This is able to continuously monitor four vital signs simultaneously – the patient’s ECG (heart activity), peripheral oxygen saturation level (estimates amount of oxygenated haemoglobin in the blood), respiratory rate, and body temperature. The information is monitored and seamlessly sent to a cloud platform, so that healthcare professionals can access it anytime, anywhere.

Nasogastric Tube: Being At The Right Place At The Right Time

Nasogastric tubes are used to deliver nutrients and medications directly into the gastrointestinal tract. When it comes to the placement of the tube, ensuring the tube is in the right place is literally a matter of life or death. Currently, the procedure is performed without any real time confirmation and the feedback comes later with an X-ray, which can be easily misinterpreted and exposes patients to harmful radiation. A team from the NUS Department of Surgery has partnered with the Singapore University of Technology and Design to develop a device that provides real-time localisation feedback on the placement of a nasogastric tube.

Spectroscopic Measurement System: Unlocking The Potential Of Spectroscopic Techniques

Many industrial processes - from pharmaceutical manufacturing to wastewater processing - involve the frequent and regular monitoring of chemical compound concentrations. A team from the NUS Department of Chemistry has developed a spectroscopic measurement system that provides a variable optical path length, and specially tailored for industrial process monitoring.

A Novel Anti-Coagulant From The Saliva Of A Tick!

Cardiovascular diseases are a leading cause of death globally, and most of them involve blood clots that block the flow of blood within vessels. Researchers from NUS have identified a powerful and naturally occurring anti-coagulant that can prevent such occurrences more effectively.

Biomarkers For Diagnosing Dengue Severity

The early recognition and supportive treatment of life threatening conditions related to dengue fever is key in current efforts in combating the disease. NUS has identified biomarkers that are able to differentiate between patients suffering from regular dengue fever and those likely to develop serious complications, and hence help better manage treatment.

A Cheaper, Better Way To Make Enantiomerically Pure Compounds

Enantiomerically pure compounds - often used in the pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries - are currently expensive and time-consuming to produce. A team from the NUS Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering has developed an alternative approach to producing enantiomerically pure compounds from low cost and readily-available raw materials.

Microfluidic Flexible Sensor: Flex It, Wear It, Sense It!

When it comes to developing sensors, most technologies are bulky, rigid and expensive to manufacture. A team from NUS Department of Biomedical Engineering aim to solve this problem, through its new liquid-based, microfluidic tactile sensor. Like other tactile sensors, this sensor is able to detect and measure a range of properties and translate the information to be analysed by a connected intelligent system. However, what makes it so unique is its advantages of being small, thin, highly-flexible and durable. The device is also simple and cost-effective to produce.

Digital Braille Clock: A Clock For The Visually Impaired

Visually-impaired individuals face numerous challenges, one of them being a way to accurately yet discretely tell the time. While digital braille clocks do exist, they are expensive to manufacture, as they utilise a piezoelectric mechanism for the braille display.A student from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering, as part of his final year project, has developed a digital braille clock with a rotating disk technology, which is more cost-effective for manufacturing.

Titanium Dioxide Photocatalyst: Cleaning Wastewater, Protecting The Environment

Wastewater recovery typically uses reverse osmosis membrane technology, which results in 75-85% clean water. The remaining 15-25% is a brackish concentrate that is harmful to the environment and has to be disposed due to the high levels of organic compound. A team from the NUS Department of Chemistry has developed an improved method of removing total organic carbon from wastewater.

Hybrid Drones with Dual Flight Modes

Hybrid UAVs with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) abilities and fixed-wing cruise operating modes have potential applications in military and civilian operations, especially where there are severe constraints in their operating environment. The NUS UAV Research Group has recently developed an innovative and fully autonomous hybrid UAV platform with both VTOL and cruise operating functions.

Fuelling Up Vehicles With Bio-Butanol

There is an urgent need for a reliable, affordable and sustainable supply of fuel. One option is producing butanol, which is a type of alcohol that can be used as a transport fuel. NUS has developed two technological processes to produce bio-butanol more effectively.


The NUS Division of Industrial Design has designed the Pack-a-Poncho. This is a novel poncho that quickly and easily folds into a compact package, through a drawstring and spring steel mechanism. The folded poncho can then be stored into a sling bag that is part of the one-piece design, to prevent loss of any accessories.

Cleaning Up Pollutants Through Carbon Aerogel Foam

NUS has developed a more effcient and cost effective method of removing organic pollutants from the environment, suitable for air and water purification.

Waste Not, Want Not: More Effective Wastewater Treatment

NUS has developed a more effective wastewater treatment process, which could result in significant savings in energy consumption, operations and maintenance costs, while requiring less capital expenditure and taking up a smaller footprint.

COWS: Turning Garbage Into Gas

The world is now facing an issue of waste generation outstripping capacity for waste treatment. The Contained Organic Waste System (COWS) seeks to alleviate the problem by converting household waste into household energy, in the form of a compact anaerobic digester.

Graphene Scaffolds: Making Specialised Cells More Special

NUS has developed biocompatible Graphene Scaffolds that can be used for seeding and accelerating stem cell differentiation. The key benefit of these Graphene Scaffolds is that they do not require the addition of any growth factors.