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
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.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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.