The Omnibot has been designed to
clean, sanitize, disinfect, coat and seal all types of Heating, Ventilation and
Air Conditioning (HVAC) ducts internally - from sizes of 15 x 12 inches to 48 x
48 in one single pass. Larger ducts can be handled by multiple passes and a
subset of the system may be used to clean, sanitize, disinfect, coat and seal
vertical shafts in multistory buildings and high rises. The system can handle
800 foot vertical ducts with access only to the bottom and top of the duct.
Most buildings - commercial, industrial and government - have substantial HVAC
duct leakage. To combat duct leakage, design engineers have an increased focus
on installation issues thus making it more challenging to design cost effective
and energy efficient HVAC systems. The company says the Omnibot provides a
powerful solution for nosocomial infection management in hospitals. It allows
for complete source removal with the ability to chemically treat the internal
duct surfaces for clean room or infection control purposes. These capabilities
let design engineers focus on optimal function and cost effective designs as
the number of constraints are drastically reduced. Although there are several HVAC robotic
manufacturers, the company says its designs are the only ones with fully
digital video, recording and controls. This allows system miniaturization and
one-hand operation so the operator may work efficient while staying OSHA
compliant. The patent pending even-application and self-centering capabilities
are other important differentiation factors that reduce chemical usage by 40 percent.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
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.
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