How current robotics advancements can have real-world applications The field of robotics is heating up with ever-growing innovations for healthcare. Forecasts from the UK's Visiongain suggest the overall world market for robotics in healthcare will surpass $3 billion this year and continue expanding to 2025. "Surgical robots are currently the most dynamic submarket within the overall robotics in healthcare market," the company states. "Medical robots that exhibit both clinical and economical benefits over existing healthcare solutions are in great demand." In the United States, Johnson & Johnson and Google have announced a strategic collaboration specifically to advance surgical robotics through new technologies designed to improve accuracy, cost efficiency and outcomes. The deal involves Ethicon, a medical device company under Johnson & Johnson, and Google's Life Sciences team. Real-world applications of robotics for providers Lab director Laurel D. "Our research has implications for all healthcare stakeholders," she says.
La voiture autonome Headlines Open Radio: First-of-its-kind biomimicry radio show debuts in Turkey Zeynep Arhon is no stranger to finding success working in the world of biomimicry. She graduated with the first Biomimicry 3.8 Certified Biomimicry Professional program cohort in 2010. But Zeynep hit a major personal milestone in her biomimicry journey in October, when she launched "Biyomimikri: Doğadan Gelen İnovasyon" or "Biomimicry: Innovation from Nature"–the first radio show to focus exclusively on biomimicry. "It welcomes different perspectives and has a reputation for diverse, high-quality programming," she said of Açık Radyo. Zeynep first heard the term sustainability while listening to Açık Radyo in 2001. "The more I learned about sustainability, the more I questioned the impact of consumption and marketing in the world, and my role as a marketing professional," she said. Zeynep answered more questions about the new show, and about what kind of impact she hopes it makes: Describe the show in 2 sentences.
14 Smart Inventions Inspired by Nature: Biomimicry: Nature as R&D Lab Companies seeking breakthrough products tend to ignore the greatest invention machine in the universe: life’s more than three-billion-year history of evolution by natural selection. What’s missing is a systematic way of capturing nature’s creativity, says Janine Benyus, a biologist, "innovation consultant" and author. Engineering practices are fractured, Benyus says. Experts in biomimetics study materials; bionics engineers work on prostheses and mechanics. "There was no umbrella term that encompassed everything from agriculture to business," she says. So she launched what she calls a new discipline, biomimicry, the title of her 1997 book. Click ahead for some striking examples of biomimicry. With assistance from Tom Randall.
Latest News | Biomimicry-UK Festival of the Future City As part of the Festival of the Future City, we are hosting a panel session on the topic of ‘Biomimicry and Future Cities’. The debate with Professor Sue Thomas (Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace) Professor Peter Head (Founder and CEO, The Ecological... Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Schools Conference 2015 On the 1st July 2015, we were lucky enough to be invited to give a presentation to the Making a Difference with Modern Materials schools conference run by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The programme focused on presentations in the emerging areas of... SuperYacht Design Week Alongside Dr Kim Wong from University of Manchester, Dr Cait Cairns from AkzoNobel Coatings, Richard James MacCowan ran on a technical workshop at Super Yacht Design Week held at Chelsea Design Centre, London on the 26th June. First steps in the creation of a Naturally-Inspired Manufacturing Centre Biomimicry Days at the Dundee Science Festival (Review)
Recent News in Biomimicry | California Academy of Sciences As much as we focus on the natural world, at Science Today we also love biomimicry and bio-inspired technology! Here is a roundup of the latest. Biomimicry is the study of living organisms in order to better inform efficient design principles in engineering, medical devices, architecture, and other fields of human innovation. Life on Earth as we know it has evolved over an estimated 3.8 billion years, and many researchers consider this cumulative “information base” of form, function, and process to complement and even exceed many of our current best practices. Biomimicry may be a newer word, but the concept itself is an old one. Recent discoveries in biomimetics have yielded valuable insights into solar power, water management, and other key topics of sustainability. Biomimetic principles have also made great advances this year in materials science and nanotechnology—where seemingly simple changes of surface and pattern translate to big gains when implemented on a small scale.
3D printer and 3D printing news, trends and resources. HiddenWires | The home automation trade magazine Humanoid Robot Starts Work at Japanese Department Store Dressed in a kimono and smiling, Aiko Chihira greets shoppers at the entrance of Tokyo's Mitsukoshi department store. But Chihira is no regular employee -- she is a humanoid robot. Developed by Toshiba last year, the robot made its debut at the store on Monday in a new role interacting with customers. "It would be good if we can have her provide guidance, or recommend various things in Chinese," said Hitoshi Tokuda, Toshiba's new business development division group manager. "... Toshiba has said Chihira has 43 motors which allow it to move. --- Reuters
3D Printing You are in: Future Technologies : 3D Printing 3D Printing Imagine a future in which a device connected to a computer can print a solid object. A future in which we can have tangible goods as well as intangible services delivered to our desktops or highstreet shops over the Internet. And a future in which the everyday "atomization" of virtual objects into hard reality has turned the mass pre-production and stock-holding of a wide range of goods and spare parts into no more than an historical legacy. Such a future may sound like it is being plucked from the worlds of Star Trek. The following provides an overview of 3D printing technologies and their present and likely future application. Current Technologies 3D printing is an additive technology in which objects are built up in a great many very thin layers. Another 3D printing technology based on the selective solidification of a tank of liquid -- or 'vat polymerization' -- is DLP projection. Commercial 3D Printers and Online Services
Robotics - Gizmag In both an impressive display of innovative technology and a glimpse of a future in which humans could be redundant, Volvo has shown off its Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling (ROAR) project. The system uses drones to locate refuse bins and robots to collect and empty them. Read More Two marine scientists have shown that autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) can be programmed to make independent decisions and trigger new missions in real time based on data coming from multiple sensors. They believe this could reveal much about the life of squid and other marine creatures. Read More Boston Dynamics has showcased its evolving robot family in a new video of the Atlas humanoid robot. Read More Farms tend to conjure up images of flat prairies crammed with corn, but a surprising amount of farmland is situated on hillsides that are difficult to get to or maintain. Read More If you try talking to young children about the joys of programming, you may witness eyes glazing over faster than ever.
Your next nurse could be a robot: Robots can successfully imitate human motions in the operating room -- ScienceDaily The nursing assistant for your next trip to the hospital might be a robot. This is the implication of research recently published by Dr. Elena De Momi and colleagues in the open access journal Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Artificial Intelligence). Dr. Over time this should lead to improvements in safety during surgeries because unlike their human counterparts robots do not tire and can complete an endless series of precise movements. "As a roboticist, I am convinced that robotic (co)workers and collaborators will definitely change the work market, but they won't steal job opportunities. To conduct their experiment De Momi's team photographed a human being conducting numerous reaching motions, in a way similar to handing instruments to a surgeon. Finally, several humans observed as the robotic arm made numerous motions. These results are promising, although further research is necessary to validate or refine De Momi's conclusions. This future may not be as far away as we think.
Future - Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’ In 1972 Max More saw a children’s science fiction television show called Time Slip that featured characters being frozen in ice. He didn’t think much about it until years later, when he started hanging out with friends who held meetings about futurism. “They were getting Cryonics magazine,” he says, “and they asked me about it to see how futuristic I was. It just made sense to me right away.” More is now the President and Chief Executive officer of Alcor, one of the world’s largest cryonics companies. Cryopreservation is a darling of the futurist community. Of course, the premise of cryonics also makes it essentially untestable. Death plan Alcor’s members come from all over the world. Once the person in question is declared legally dead, the process of preserving them can begin, and it’s an intense one. This is the ideal scenario. If this all sounds like a lot of risk for a slim reward, it might be. As of today, 984 people are signed up with Alcor to be preserved when they die.