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Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awardees Announced

Artificial retina technology, seismic fuses and cell phone microscopes among the winners

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Image of a mixed-signal system-on-a-chip developed as a platform for implantable prosthetics.

A novel, mixed-signal system-on-a-chip was developed as a platform for implantable prosthetic devices. Researchers at the University of Southern California's Center for Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems (BMES)--a NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC)--are developing entire platforms for a range of implantable devices that could one day restore vision to the blind, reanimate paralyzed limbs, and overcome certain cognitive impairments.


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Popular Mechanics senior science editor Jennifer Bogo hosts a discussion with the developers of the Argus II artificial retina and Barbara Campbell, the 25th recipient of the device.

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Popular Mechanics automotive editor Larry Webster hosts Joseph Phillippi of the firm Auto Trends Consulting; Tony Posawatz, Vehicle Line Director for the Chevrolet Volt; and Larry Domnique, Nissan's Vice President of Product Planning for North America in a discussion on the future of automobiles.

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Popular Mechanics contributing editor Logan Ward hosts a panel of entrepreneurs as they discuss how they developed their award winning technologies, from electricity generating soccer balls to cell-phone microscopes, using off-the-shelf parts.

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