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Can a wristband prevent sexual assault? UW concept brings sensors to the party

You’re at a club, dancing to a great DJ, and suddenly your wristband vibrates, signaling that one of your friends hasn’t responded to her wristband’s attempt to make sure she’s still conscious and in control. So you search the club and find your friend, extracting her from a potentially dangerous situation. That’s one of the core features of Vive,… Read More

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Amazon hires Google Glass founder to ‘work on a few other things’

Updated at 3:30 p.m. with Google’s statement below. Babak Parviz, who founded and led the Google Glass project, has left the search company’s Google X advanced research division for a new role at Amazon, he announced on his Google+ page this weekend — declaring himself “super excited” without revealing what he’ll be doing. He writes on his Google+ about… Read More

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New record: University of Washington spun out 18 startups last year

Startups are sprouting out of the University of Washington at record pace. The school announced today that it helped launch 18 startups in fiscal 2013, breaking last year’s record of 17. A majority of the companies, which received support from the UW Center for Commercialization (C4C) and have signed patent-licensing agreements with the university, are health-care… Read More

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Electric smart cars with Wi-Fi, tablets coming to University of Washington campus

Computers with wheels are coming to the University of Washington. The UW is one of four universities around the nation that will receive four small Innova Dash solar-powered electric cars for on-campus research projects. Illinois-based Innova UEV has built the “new urban electric vehicles” to include tablets that connect to the campus WiFi and can track data related to… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer committed to living in Washington ‘for the rest of my life’

With Steve Ballmer on the verge of owning a professional basketball franchise in Southern California, many have wondered if the former Microsoft CEO and longtime Washington resident will leave the Pacific Northwest for good. It’s a concern that my colleague John Cook shared last month, noting how many thought Ballmer would stick around town to invest in the… Read More

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University of Washington awarded $31M to help commercialize research in big data, clean energy

A local investment group would like to see the hometown research university commercialize its inventions, and now the Washington Research Foundation is handing over some funding to help make that happen. The WRF today officially announced a $31.2 million contribution to the University of Washington — its largest gift ever — that is specifically directed at researchers working in clean energy,… Read More

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New UW football coach lifts Twitter ban for players, brings in social media advisor

During his previous coaching stint with Boise State University, Chris Petersen made sure to keep his players off Twitter. But now, it appears that the new University of Washington head coach is loosening his social media grip. Petersen, who became one of the first college coaches to ban his players from using Twitter while at Boise State, won’t implement a similar rule on… Read More

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Husky Pride: Check out these 5 startups founded by University of Washington grads, professors

The talent and tenacity of graduates and professors from the University of Washington was on full display Tuesday evening inside the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. The Seattle Tech Meetup held its second annual special free event at the UW campus and featured five startup founders who have connections to the… Read More

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Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to speak at University of Washington graduation

Graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates. OK — maybe that’s not exactly what former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is going to say at Husky Stadium on June 14, paying homage to his epic “developers” chant on stage at a conference in 2000. But University of Washington graduates can certainly expect high energy and some sound advice from Ballmer,… Read More

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Q&A: Margaret O’Mara on the history of innovation and what makes a tech hub tick

Margaret O’Mara, an associate professor of history at the University of Washington, spends her days analyzing the ingredients that make up technology hubs like Seattle and San Francisco. The author of Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley sat down with Todd Bishop and John Cook for the latest… Read More

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UW spin-out Oricula Therapeutics raises cash to sell medicine that prevents hearing loss

Oricula Therapeutics, a startup spun out of the University of Washington, has raised $122,000 to commercialize medicine that can help prevent hearing loss. Founded in 2013, Seattle-based Oricula grew out of research done at the UW that uncovered ways to help patients maintain good hearing after taking antibiotics for serious infections. The startup has licensed… Read More

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Washington Research Foundation to invest in UW researchers, help commercialize innovations

More innovations coming out of the University of Washington could reach commercialization thanks to a new grant from Washington Research Foundation (WRF). Xconomy reports today that the WRF plans to assign a $30 million, five-year grant that will help attract researchers to several programs at the UW — ranging from the Clean Energy Institute to… Read More

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Virtual reality game for stroke patients wins UW competition

Four University of Washington students who developed a virtual reality game that provides real-time feedback for patients undergoing stroke therapy came away victorious at a neural engineering competition on Friday. Five teams made up of UW undergrad and grad students spent the last ten weeks preparing educational demos of concepts in sensorimotor neural engineering. A panel made… Read More

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University of Washington grads sell content creation platform CloudPress to News Corp.

CloudPress, a content creation platform co-founded in Egypt by three University of Washington computer science graduates, today announced that it has been acquired by News Corp. Allen Chen, Mohamed El-Zohairy and Bobby Mathews all met at the UW in the early 2000s and went to work for companies like Amazon and Adobe. They reunited a few years… Read More

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Why these UW researchers had their own booth at CES

The giant Consumer Electronics Show is known for glitzy, multi-story booths, showing off the next big products from some of the world’s largest technology companies. But GeekWire’s adventures at the show in Las Vegas last week included a visit to a much more modest booth — staffed by researchers whose work could have much more… Read More

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When technology – and time – overtake research

For the past three decades, I have been a psychological test subject. Not in a creepy NSA-and-tin-foil-hat kind of way, but as part of a long-term study designed to understand how mental abilities change as people age. Yet as time affects cognition, technology is encroaching on the study itself. The Seattle Longitudinal Study is something… Read More