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.
We’re sending students from Smith College to Belize this winter! Using low altitude aerial photography they will collect and analyze data to help conserve and protect the mangrove swamp and reefs in the area. The team will build and modify the unmanned vehicles and then fly them to get the data. We hope to leave behind an accurate and affordable means to help the citizens manage their precious natural resources. Look for updates leading up to the trip in January.