When acquiring tissue samples for medical diagnosis, doctors have been confined to bulky and invasive instruments. Unlike the scientists in the 1966 sci-film film Fantastic Voyage, we haven’t been able to shrink a submarine and its human crew in order to let them perform some delicate surgery inside the patient body.
But with recent successful experiments, we may see doctors switching from the single forceps to hordes of so-called microgrippers.
As proved by Imogen Heap’s music gloves that turn gestures into music, gloves are a very convenient choice clothing for wearable technology. If you are interested in this technology, Francesca Barchiesi‘s concept, Hand-Tech, might pique your curiosity. Armed with nano-sized devices woven in its fabric, this glove allows the user to translate hand gestures into images, audio or other forms of information.
Medical practices of the future could become much more efficient with the help of nanotechnology. During a recent experiment, an international team of scientists used nano-sized needles in order to promote production of new blood cells. If successful, this technology could be applied to the human body to repair damaged organs and nerves.
No gluten, no peanuts, no soy, no milk, no eggs. An increasing number of people suffer from various food allergies, which force them to constantly scan food packages for allergen information that is often unclear, lacking or even false. But now there is Catad’Or, the allergy sensitive cutlery. When your fork, knife or spoon touches a food containing an allergen it reacts like the human skin.
The cutlery incorporates gold nanoparticles able to detect the proteins in the food that cause the allergic reaction. So instead of you getting an allergic reaction, your cutlery will get it for you!
From the NANO Supermarket new collection. Designer: Dorothé Smit
Although smart medicines are able to execute various tasks in your body, they often still require human guidance. The Healing Game allows patients to steer their medication by playing a videogame. The game starts with the intake of an intelligent pill full of nano capsules and a substance that makes cancer cells glow.
Control the capsule and go on a “seek and destroy” mission inside your own body. You can even invite your friends and family to help. While gaming is often considered unhealthy, the Healing Game keeps you healthy!
From the NANO Supermarket new collection. Designer: Martijn van den Broeck.
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Nowadays computer chips are made of silicon, a great conductive material. Its suitable properties have been extensively employed to design fast processors.
Researchers at MTL (Microsystem Technology Laboratories) developed the smallest transistor ever built from a material other than silicon. They used indium gallium arsenide.