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.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
When you think of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, you may imagine complex humanoid contraptions made of metal and wires that move like a Terminator Series T-90. But what actually happened at the much-vaunted event was something just a bit different.
Traditional dev kits are based on a manufacturer’s microcontroller, radio module, or sensor device. The idea is to aid the design engineer in developing his or her own IoT prototype as quickly as possible. A not-so-traditional IoT development kit released by Bosch aims to simplify IoT prototyping even further.
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