Reblogs for 20100819

  • An Implantable Antenna

    Researchers at Tufts University have designed a small antenna from liquid silk and micropatterned gold, designed to spot specific proteins and chemicals in the body, and alert doctors wirelessly to signs of disease.

    (Hu "Tiger" Tao)

    According to Fiorenzo Omenetto, professor of biomedical engineering at Tufts University, implanted in the body, silk can conform to any tissue surface, and, unlike conventional polymer-based implants, it could stay in place over a long period of time without adverse effects.

    Scientists say the implant could someday help patients with diabetes track their glucose levels without having to test themselves daily.

    Omenetto and his colleague Richard Averitt, associate professor of physics at Boston University, used similar principles to create a metamaterial that’s responsive not to visible light, but rather to frequencies further down the electromagnetic spectrum, within the terahertz range. Proteins, enzymes, and chemicals in the body are naturally resonant at terahertz frequencies, and, according to Averitt, each biological agent has its own terahertz “signature.”

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  • Sensory hijack: rewiring brains to see with sound

    A new device, vOICe, that translates visual images into “soundscapes” to restore a form of sight to the blind, is turning our understanding of the senses upside down. Some long-term users of the device eventually report complete images somewhat akin to normal sight, thanks to a long-term rewiring of their brains.

  • The Future of Interfaces is Mobile, Screen-less and Invisible

    Reto Meier, an “Android Developer Advocate for Google,” recently laid out a forecast of where computer (or at least mobile) interfaces are headed:

    Five years from now: first widely available flexible displays and built in HD projectors

    10 years from now: transparent LCD patches that can be applied to regular glasses, and full virtual keyboards and voice input eliminate physical keyboards entirely.

    20 years from now: contact lenses that project a visual feed directly onto your retina, and we’ll interface with computers through mind control.

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