Emerging technologies within the field of robotics are already being implemented in different sectors of our daily life. The general requirement is not that these robots perform perfectly, but just better than humans. Whether the discussion is about the much anticipated driverless car or about fully automated industrial production, the underlying fact is that this technology has the enormous potential to improve our future endeavors. Our medical system is no exception.
In this robotic century what we should ask ourselves: What happens to robots that are no longer needed? A group of researchers from the IIT (Italian Institute of Technology) is thinking about this issue and is researching different options. They are developing materials based on nanotechnology to allow these machines to decompose at the end of their life.
Once again technology and medicine come together to make our future smooth and simple. Researchers at MIT have designed what they call the “band aid of the future”. This potentially revolutionary device includes LED lights and temperature sensors to provide medication directly to the wounded section of the skin.
Amanda Ghassaei, currently a student at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT Media Lab, is a former employee at the do-it-yourself website Instructables.com. Back then she developed ways to 3D print and laser cut vinyl records.
“In order to explore the current limits of 3D printing, I’ve created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable, 33rpm records that play on ordinary turntables. Though the audio quality is low, the audio output is still easily recognizable – the records have a sampling rate of 11kHz and 5-6 bit resolution”.
There basically is no better moment to get your software adjusted to unpredictable child behavior. This year’s Halloween, Google decided to ask children from the neighborhood to come by in their spooky outfits and play around the self-driving cars in their parking lot. According to Google, the odd costumes gave their sensors extra practice in child recognition, for children in all shapes and sizes.
Our constant need of new, cleaner energy led a Michigan State University research group to conceive a fully transparent solar panel that could replace ordinary windows, or even cover entire buildings. They designed perfectly clean solar cells, essentially equal to a regular glass window.
We have a wide range of yogurts available in the supermarket: flavored, light, biologic, probiotic, drinkable, the choice is vast. But the yogurt developed by MIT researcher Sangeeta Bhatia has something more. For years she has been studying and researching to simplify the diagnosis of cancer. The result is an extraordinary yogurt that could soon implement accurate, young disease diagnosis.