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. Thatís 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.
Californiaís plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isnít the first such undertaking and certainly wonít be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.