When the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is doing the judging, even the compact cameras in cell phones are too large. DARPA wants to combine biosensors with integrated printed optoelectronics in what it calls Printed Diagnostic Arrays.
Next-generation portable diagnostic systems need to efficiently perform multi-parameter measurements of tiny amounts of fluid samples. However, the commercialization of such mobile applications has been hampered by the expensive and bulky CCD cameras, and other optical readout equipment now make that impossible. Bioident Technologies Inc. is working with the U.S. Naval Research Lab. to develop organic photodiodes that can replace the CCD camera and lens system.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.