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3D printing medical implants

Medical procedures often make use of plastic implants, like catheters and valves. These are mass market produced,in a few sizes to accommodate different patients, but still they are not customised to a specific patient. The production uses molding processes, these are very efficient in volume production but would be extremely …

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Looking inside a neurone

Progress in science occurs through analyses of data. The more data you have the more you can test hypotheses and ideas. It does not matter if you are looking at black holes in distant galaxies or into a cell. This is why getting data is so important. And technology progress …

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Smart contact lenses are getting closer

Advances in smart materials, that is materials that can sense a variety of parameters and react on those, continues at a fast pace. The idea of embedding sensors in a contact lens is not new, Google announced back in January 2014 a project for a contact lens that would be …

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It looks alike …

One of the things that distinguishes human beings from computers is the capability of the former (us) to detect similarities. On the contrary, computers are extremely good at telling differences. I remember as a boy playing a game on a magazine that was about finding 20 tiny differences in two …

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8k knocking at the door in 2020

OK, we are just now getting used to 4K, 4k televisions are becoming more and more affordable, Netflix and YouTube are starting to have some good content choices and a few people are starting to talk about 8k! In an interview with DPReview Yosuke Yamane, Division President of Panasonic Imagine …

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Wireless charging for robots

Autonomous systems can be autonomous as long as they have a source of energy available. On board batteries are good but they can last only for so long and then they need recharge. Indeed, recharging is one of the most limiting issue in the operation of these systems. We have …

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A hand that can see

Creating a prosthetic hand that can move like a “hand” and operate like a “hand” is much more difficult that it would seem. It is not just about being able to move and create a shape that fits the purpose, as an example keeps the fingers sufficiently open to go …

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That’s quite a talker!

I was fortunate to witness the evolution of computer “voice”.  Back in the 80ies I sat close to researchers at CSELT, the research centre, now disappeared,  of the Telecommunications Company in Italy, working on making a computer talk. I remember it was a metallic voice, quite far from a human …

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