Mobile devices are not only for updating your Facebook status anymore; now tablets and smart phones are revolutionizing the medical industry. The company MobiSante has created an ultrasound device that is operated by a smart phone and many more devices are being created. Developers of these devices are crossing the capability of these electronic items and are facilitating healthier living for millions of patients. Shiv Gaglani, editor for MedGadget, joins us to take a firsthand look and what these mobile devices can do for patients' health.
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The Smart Trash Can which moves autonomously to catch your trash picked up an Excellence Award at this years Japan Media Arts Festival.
Ink that conducts electricity; a window that turns from clear to opaque at the flip of a switch; a jelly that makes music. All this stuff exists, and Catarina Mota says: It's time to play with it. Mota leads us on a tour of surprising and cool new materials, and suggests that the way we'll figure out what they're good for is to experiment, tinker and have fun.
Aboard the orbiting International Space Station, an experiment known as Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions-3, or InSPACE-3, is providing researchers with new insights into smart fluids whose properties change when influenced by a magnetic field.
The principal investigator for InSPACE-3, Dr. Eric Furst of the University of Delaware, recently joined NASA Public Affairs Officer Kelly Humphries in the Mission Control Center in Houston via telephone to discuss the science behind this experiment and its potential benefits.
InSpace-3 takes a look at a magnetorheological fluid, which consists of microscopic particles suspended in water that quickly transitions to solid when a magnetic field is applied. Furst and his team are investigating the underlying phenomena of how these particles come together and assemble into structures and how to control the process.
Performing this experiment in the station's microgravity environment prevents the particles from falling out of suspension. By eliminating that effect, the results from InSPACE-3 become easier to generalize and apply to particles of all different sizes. "What we're especially interested in are particles that are really small," noted Furst, "nanoparticles that we can't necessarily do experiments easily like this with anywhere."
Furst foresees the knowledge gleaned from this investigation contributing to new technologies and new manufacturing processes based on the idea of having these nanoparticles act as self-assembling building blocks for larger structures.
A collaboration between Spanish engineers, cupboard makers, and electronics manufacturers is offering homeowners a future without manual electric switches. Participants in the Wood Touch project have created various items of wooden furniture which can switch on lighting systems with a single swipe of the hand. Jim Drury has more.