About the size of a handheld stopwatch, the 37-cc Virtuoso typically is implanted in the area of the shoulder. Leads to the heart enable it to watch for a racing heartbeat.Wireless implantable defibrillators are now able to wake themselves and send RF-based data to a bedside monitor, across an analog phone line, and, finally, to an Internet server that can alert a physician. (Photo courtesy of Medtronic Inc.)Medtronic’s CareLink Monitor receives information from the defibrillator at prescheduled dates and times via a 402-MHz radio frequency link and then transmits that data without the patient needing to do anything.
The Beam Store from Suitable Technologies is managed by remote workers from places as diverse as New York and Sydney, Australia. Employees attend to store visitors through Beam Smart Presence Systems (SPSs) from the company. The systems combine mobility and video conferencing and allow people to communicate directly from a remote location via a screen as well as move around as if they are actually in the room.
An MIT research team has invented what they see as a solution to the need for biodegradable 3D-printable materials made from something besides petroleum-based sources: a water-based robotic additive extrusion method that makes objects from biodegradable hydrogel composites.
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