Technology, entertainment, and design leaders have affirmed that technology's next big wave would be its intersection with medicine. At the recent Tedmed conference (www.tedmed.com), America Online Founder Stephen M. Case told the New York Times that he senses something is bubbling—the same feelings he had when he got involved with the Internet 25 years ago. The newspaper reports that Americans spend $1.4 trillion annually on health care and health care products. No wonder some of the hot items unveiled at Tedmed included a key chain that stores a person's health records and an armband that measures how many calories its wearer has burned.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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