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An aquatic vacuum cleaner

The WasteShark is a 1.5 metre long drone that works like an aquatic vacuum cleaner. It’s modelled on the whale shark, which is a filter feeder that sucks prey like plankton into its mouth. As it ‘swims’ through water, the WasteShark sucks in plastics and other rubbish, eating up to 200 litres of waste in a single trip. The drone is capable of swimming for up to 16 hours and can be controlled manually or set to patrol a defined area. https://watersource.awa.asn.au/technology/innovation/this-waste-eating-shark-drone-is-cleaning-up-waterways/

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Pain assessment through facial recognition technology

Imagine you are in excruciating pain, but you can’t tell anyone. This is the reality for millions of non-communicative people world-wide, such as those with moderate to severe dementia. PainChek’s point of care apps utilise facial recognition technology to detect facial micro-expressions which are indicative of pain, to provide these people with a voice. PainChek, previously called EPat, has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate2/ePAT

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Growing global fruit and vegetables worry free

Globally US$30b worth of fruit and vegetable production is lost due to fruit fly, and US$18b in global trade is threatened by the pest. RapidAIM provides a service of real-time alerts for the presence and location of fruit fly using wireless trapping technology. This immediate data-driven decision service allows biosecurity agencies, growers and agronomists to respond rapidly to fruit fly detection to control the pest. RapidAim has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate2/RapidAIM

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Technology that can safely inspect assets

Every year, Australia loses billions of dollars due to infrastructure failures, spends billions of dollars on inspecting its aging assets and loses some of its bravest men and women who take the risk to do this dangerous job. Hovermap is an intelligent Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with advanced collision avoidance, non-GPS flight and accurate 3D mapping capabilities – all tailored to suit industrial inspection requirements. It is an inspection tool of the future that can be used to safely and efficiently inspect hard-to-reach assets and collect extremely high fidelity data in previously unreachable places. Hovermap has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate2/Hovermap

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A real time solution for detecting gold

The gold content of mineral samples cannot be detected in the field, costing explorers time, money and productivity. DetectORE technology delivers a simple, cost-effective real time solution for detecting gold in remote locations, transforming the current workflow. Geologists will now be able to sample, analyse and generate ‘real time’ results, giving them the ability to modify work plans ‘on the fly’ and in the process efficiently manage people, equipment, time and costs. DetectORE has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO.http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate3/DetectORE

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Leaf Oil from any plant used as a renewable resource

Consumers are increasingly demanding our fuels and industrial materials are produced from more sustainable and renewable resources. Plant oils are the most technically suitable, low-cost alternative, but current production systems struggle to keep pace with the projected 50% increase in demand needed just for food use. Folear enables the production of oil in leaves of potentially any plant, rather than just the seeds and fruits of our currently limited array of oil crops. This renewable oil production is needed to meet both this food security challenge and the renewable fuel opportunity. Folear (previously called LeafOil) has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate3/LeafOil

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A probe that can stop an asteroid colliding with Earth

If a killer asteroid were on course to collide with the Earth, it could be a planet-scale disaster. Just look at what happened to the dinosaurs. To determine whether Earth’s space agencies would have any chance of deterring that sort of catastrophe, an upcoming NASA mission will smash a probe into a distant asteroid at an astonishing 13,500 mph (21,000 kilometers per hour). https://futurism.com/planetary-defense-nasa-asteroid

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A more effective way of producing vaccines

Over half a million people die every year because of seasonal influenza. The solution is vaccination. Vaximiser is a premium high-yield egg that increases vaccine growth tenfold. It helps improve production of vaccines, which means individuals have access to more vaccines in less time. Vaximiser will enhance the capacity to respond to disease outbreaks and help to protect the world from the next pandemic. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate1/Vaximiser

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Reducing the risk in dangerous work environments

Wireless Ad hoc System for Positioning (WASP) has the potential to reduce dangers in dangerous work environments such as oil and gas, drilling and processing. WASP provides high risk work environments with the ability to track movement of people or vehicles, predict collisions, pinpoint dangers like gas leaks and direct people in emergencies. It also allows people to verify what happens in an incident. WASP has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate1/WASP

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Meals to suit every individual

Ready-to-eat convenience doesn’t have to result in dissatisfaction and guilt. Meals by Design develops premium and customisable meal solutions that cater to nutritional and functional needs, offering healthy convenience without compromise. They produce this by using the latest innovations in food manufacturing, including High Pressure Thermal processing, and an understanding of the nutritional needs of a diverse population. Meals by Design has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate2/Meals-By-Design

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Saving lives using our smartphones

Each year around 54,000 Australians experience a heart attack. About 60 per cent survive and are recommended to complete cardiac rehabilitation (CR) to reduce the risk of a second heart attack. Cardihab provides convenient CR from wherever you are, using an evidence based, clinically validated smartphone app that shares patient information with a secure clinician web portal. Cardihab has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate1/Cardihab

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More sustainable packaging

Biora plans to revolutionise packaging of FMCG (fast-moving consumer goods) companies. They are using a breakthrough natural polymer coating, designed to replace potentially harmful chemical-based coatings, like BPA (Biosphenol A). The team is currently developing BPA-free cans for use in the food and beverage industry. Biora has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate1/Biora

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