Auckland Bioengineering Institute


Media coverage

  • Taniwha featured on Our Changing World
    07 July 2016
    Our team behind the human-powered submarine Taniwha talks to RNZ's Our Changing World while preparing for the Submarine Race next week. They explain how Taniwha works and the inspiration they drew from how fish swim.
  • 'Smart rubber could power devices'
    15 June 2016
    BBC talks to ABI's Biomimetics Lab about their research and development of smart rubber, and its many exciting potential applications in measurement, user interface, powering devices and other uses.
  • How smoking hits babies
    25 May 2016
    Dr Harvey Ho and his team presents their preliminary design of an educational tool for pregnant smokers which visualises the effects of smoking on their babies, using scan imagery of their own babies.
  • Kiwis kit makes walking electric
    10 May 2016
    NZ Herald looks at a new wearable power harvesting kit, developed at ABI's Biomimetics Lab and commercialised by spin-out company StretchSense. It enables wearers to generate electricity just by walking, which can then be used to power activity trackers, GPS transmitters, and maybe large devices like smartphones in the future.
  • Step change in reducing knee joint injury and pain
    18 April 2016
    ABI’s Thor Besier, Daniel Chen and Markus Haller spoke to Radio NZ about their research in knee joint injury and pain, a common problem for middle-aged people. They created wearable devices that help patients alter the way they walk, which reduces injury, pain and delays the need for surgery.
  • Stretch the new flex for programmable rubber keyboard
    24 November 2015
    A story on the EurekAlert! website featuring PhD student Daniel Xu, about the Biomimetics Lab's development of a soft, flexible, stretchable keyboard using a type of rubber known as a dielectric elastomer.
  • IN PICTURES: MedTech Centre of Research Excellence launches
    04 November 2015
    Computerworld slideshow of photos taken at last Friday's launch of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) at the University of Auckland, hosted by the Auckland Bioengineering Institute.
  • MedTech CoRE launches
    30 October 2015
    A story on the Scoop Independent News website about the formal launch of Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) by the Minister for Science & Innovation Steven Joyce.
  • Vision Testing - Jason Turuwhenua
    29 October 2015
    A Radio New Zealand story by Jesse Mulligan on Jason Turuwhenua's development of a device for testing the vision of young children.
  • Eye-catching technology
    26 October 2015
    A One News at 6pm segment by James Ramsley on Jason Turuwhenua's eye-catching technology designed to detect lazy-eye in very young children. Segment commences 18 minutes into video. Note, viewing requires subscription to TVNZ online.
  • Young Kiwi inventors to launch mobile app that measures UV rays this summer
    15 September 2015
    A National Business Review article by Fiona Rotherham featuring an invention of Auckland Bioengineering Institute students Ming Cheuk and Daniel Xu.
  • $1m grant for child-friendly eye test tool
    14 September 2015
    A New Zealand Herald article by Jamie Morton on a project led by Dr Jason Turuwhenua.
  • Human-powered submarine has world record in sight
    06 August 2015
    A New Zealand Science Teacher article in their Science Curriculum/Scientific Literacy section.
  • StretchSense unveils energy harvesting wearable sensor
    10 July 2015
    An I4U News article featuring Auckland Bioengineering Institute spin-out company StretchSense and their new wearable sensor that powers itself through movement. By Luigi Lugmayr.
  • Kiwi submarine closes in on world speed record
    02 July 2015
    A New Zealand Herald article about the Taniwha, our human-propelled submarine.
  • Auckland Face Simulator
    27 May 2015
    fxguide article on the Laboratory for Animate Technologies' work on real-time digital human face generation, by Mike Seymour.
  • Taniwha Will Race Again!
    23 April 2015
    We are preparing New Zealand’s racing submarine “Taniwha” for its next challenge: the 13th International Submarine Race to be held at Carderock Maryland June 22-26
  • Taniwha Will Race Again!
    23 April 2015
    We are preparing New Zealand’s racing submarine “Taniwha” for its next challenge: the 13th International Submarine Race to be held at Carderock Maryland June 22-26
  • Study aims to cut shock pain
    13 April 2015
    A New Zealand Herald article about research by Drs Mark Trew and Bryan Caldwell, which has shown that lower level shocks in implantable defibrillators may be just as effective as higher voltage shocks. By NZ Herald science reporter Jamie Morton.
  • Your Business: Wearable tech - Ben O'Brien, StretchSense
    09 March 2015
    A New Zealand Herald article featuring ABI spin-out companies StretchSense and IMeasureU, and the ABI postgraduates at their helms. By Caitlin Sykes.