You walk into a plant and immediately your cell phone begins to buzz. But you don’t have a call. Instead, your phone just alerted you that the air is bad for your asthma or allergy. You reach for your inhaler or meds and the problem’s solved.
Gentag Inc. of Washington, D.C. has developed technology that can perform diagnostic functions from your cell phone anywhere, even if you don’t have phone service in the immediate area. The company recently received a patent for its product called the Method and Apparatus for Wide Area Surveillance of a Terrorist or Personal Threat. Handset makers who use this technology can program their devices to detect most chemicals, from pollen and carbon monoxide to the noxious gases dispersed by criminals or terrorists.
Gentag’s patent covers the use of this technology for personal wireless devices such as cell phones, PDAs, pagers or watches. The aim is to allow people with multiple chemical sensitivities to customize their personal device to recognize specific chemicals that cause allergies or are dangerous.
This cell phone can perform diagnostic functions and detect most chemicals from pollen and carbon monoxide to noxious gases.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.