Tag: Nanotechnology

Bionics

Converting Gestures into Concrete Action

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.

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Augmented-Bodies

Organs Could Self-Heal with Nanoneedles

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.

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Nano Supermarket

Nano Product: Catad’Or

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

www.nanosupermarket.org

More products from the new line: CloudCrayonsThe Healing GameCoating Cola, Google NoseHost

Nano Supermarket

Nano Product: The Healing Game

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.

Visit the NANO Supermarket and discover the new line of products:
NANO Supermarket @ Dutch Design Week
Location: 18 Septemberplein in Eindhoven
Dates: 18 – 26 October 2014 – 10:00-18:00

www.nanosupermarket.org

Related post: Nano Product: CloudCrayons

Biomimicry

Bionic Plants

A group of chemical engineers and biochemists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology released a new study presenting a way to improve the efficiency of plants light harvesting during the photosynthesis.

Embedding carbon nanotubes – microscopic tubes thinner than a human hair able to absorb sunlight and convert it to electron flow – inside the leaves, they were able to augment the amount of light energy captured by the plant.

“Plants have, for a long time, provided us with valuable products like food, biofuels, construction materials and the oxygen we breathe”, explains plant biologist and chemical engineer Juan Pablo Giraldo. “We envisioned them as new hybrid biomaterials for solar energy harnessing, self-repairing materials and chemical detectors of pollutants, pesticides, and fungal and bacterial infections.”
Rebuilding plants into bionic superpowered energy photosynthesizers.

Read more on: Scientific American