This Solar-Powered Dehydrator Could Help Small Farmers Reduce Food Waste | Innovation

Walking through Hong Kong’s historic Sheung Wan district, you’ll still see flat bamboo baskets laid on the curb amidst the taxis and exhaust-belching delivery motorcycles. Inside lie rows of drying seafood or plants—scallops, sea cucumbers, orange peel, all turning brown and gnarled in the sun. Roadside food drying is still practiced in much of the world. Farmers and food vendors use the heat and flatness of the street to dry everything from grain crops like corn and wheat to seafood to fruit. But this method leaves food vulnerable to contamination from mold, air pollutants, insects and more. Globally, more than a third of food is lost to post-harvest contamination. An agricultural scientist at Purdue University aims to change that. Klein Ileleji has developed two technologies for drying food quickly and hygienically. The first is the Dehytray, a food dehydration tray with a protective cover that concentrates solar energy for faster drying times. The second is the Dehymeleon, a solar dryer that can hold 10 Dehytrays, and that can store extra solar energy for use as a power generator at night. “We were doing a survey on farmers’ challenges, and one of the biggest challenges was a...

Dallas Invents: 129 Patents Granted for Week of July 9 » Dallas Innovates

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 15 for patent activity out of 250 metros. Patents granted include: • FutureWei Technologies’ predictive routing for mobility • Paragon Furniture’s modular desk systems • Phazr’s multifaceted radio base station • Red River Tea Co.’s still beverage brewing • John Almeida’s unassigned virus-immune computer system • Wynright’s robotic manipulation for an automated truck unloader • ZixCorp Systems’ secure electronic mail system • Toyota’s autonomous vehicle routing based on chaos assessment Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC).  Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 17 Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 4 Futurewei...