The Nanopump, an insulin-delivery pump, uses MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) technology to allow a tiny pump to be mounted on a disposable skin patch. Insulin pump therapy, officially called Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion, provides continuous insulin infusion. That’s considered an attractive alternative to individual insulin injections that must be administered several times a day. The MEMS device from Debiotech S.A. of Lausanne, Switzerland, which can be worn as a patch on the skin, uses chips produced by STMicroelectronics. The pump, which will ship next year, is about one quarter the size of pager-sized currently available insulin pumps.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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