A baby born 100 years ago had less than a 50% chance of reaching the age of 65. In contrast, about 80% of children today can expect to live that long. One-third of them will survive to age 85. And not only has life expectancy increased over time, older people are also living healthier, more active lives—thanks to the efforts of design engineers who are dedicating their talent and intellect to extending our years and improving our quality of life as we age.
In this special report on technology for an aging population, we explore the latest advancements in tools used to diagnose and treat two major debilitating and life-threatening diseases—heart disease and diabetes—which can impact people of all ages but are particularly prevalent among seniors. We also examine the latest developments in hearing aid technology, which shows promise in helping the elderly hear more clearly.
In particular, we'll examine the following technologies:
Non-invasive imaging techniques that produce quicker, clearer images of the heart for earlier detection and diagnosis of heart disease
A revolutionary new glucose monitor for diabetics that measures blood sugar levels through the skin for more comprehensive blood sugar reading
A first-of-its-kind implantable hearing aid that eliminates distortion by driving the middle ear directly
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.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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.