The medical advances being made today with sensors reminds me of when, as a kid, I watched with rapt attention the movie Fantastic Voyage.
Sensors can monitor implants as they heal or detect early signs of organ rejection after a transplant. A sensor in the human brain could even help people control a prosthesis or use assistive technologies such as wheelchairs.
The advantage of being able to constantly collect data about someone’s health would keep hospital costs down by catching diseases early and helping the ill or elderly manage their own health between doctors’ visits.
Who knows? In a decade, we may all be wearing microchips. After all, this microchip technology already exists in many of our pets.
Sri Lanka – formerly Ceylon. Geographically and historically significant for a period spanning over 3000 years. Not often on the front pages of the US or even the European newspapers recently. Diverse culturally, linguistically and religiously. Deep traditions and tales of both prosperity & poverty. Ever evolving with the rest of our spinning planet…
(take note of the many joint agencies in the city of Columbo and beyond mentioned in the article – all united in a vision of cleaner, greener planning and viability)
Check out this post by Lawrence Bonk. I confess to having more than my fair share of footwear in my closet – like many women, I guess. Self-Lacing Sneakers …not likely to be a purchase I’d make for myself, but fun to contemplate! Wearable tech is a big rage – are you wearing any? Or better yet, designing any? Maybe clothing/accessories will be the career path for you at Nike
Take a look at some of Lawrence’s other posts on new stuff that’s hitting the market: http://www.crunchwear.com/author/lawrence
The textile industry is getting VERY creative by re-purposing some interesting materials into fabric. theguardian reports that crab shells, plants, trees, bamboo, coffee grinds, and plastic bottles are some of the components used to produce fabric that have some great characteristics:
- moisture wicking
- UV protection
- dries quickly
This is so revolutionary that a Pittsburgh-based Corporation, Thread, is taking fabric sourced from plastic bottles to the next level by creating a new natural resource for Haiti. Today Thread has bottle collection centers in nearly a dozen Haitian cities. Haitian plastics are taken to the US to create 100% post-consumer recycled fabric. Thread estimates that it has removed over 200m bottles from the streets of Haiti.
And if you think using these unconventional items to make fabric are far-fetched, take a look at how Ford and H.J. Heinz Company explore the use of tomato fiber to develop a more sustainable bio-plastic material for vehicles !
While I applaud the concern for animals that is touted by the investors and manufacturer as being among their concerns, my skeptical side doubts that is a main factor in their motivation for pursuing this seemingly counter-intuitive & somewhat revolutionary idea. Aside from my questions on caloric variances, taste/texture, and nutritional content in these ‘generated’ products, I’d like to see some data on what impact the manufacturing and distribution of 3D groceries will have upon the already beleaguered ranching and farming sector in a host of countries (e.g., the small independent growers/ranchers).
Check out the Modern Meadow website to learn more about the company’s beginnings, strategies and plans for the future
Read about the $$$ behind the research: Li Ka-shing invests in US 3D printed meat firm
Get another viewpoint on the concept and an interview with the lead scientist: Xconomy