I believe biology will be to the 21st century what electronics was to the twentieth. Namely, the single most important arena of human advances/invention/progress. It's interesting, and fascinating to see, a kind of Venn diagram period now as the center of innovation gravity, so to speak, shifts from electronics to medical, and we have advances in medical electronics. For the Design News community, the particularly stringent form factor, reliability, and power consumption requirements of highly miniaturized medical design will be a challenge and also an opportunity for engineers and designers to push the envelope while refining new techniques and processes.
It's interesting they've targeted a band-aid as the optimal size and form factor. You say they're making progress--any sense on when those size devices might actually hit the market? Also I would think with all the innovation around miniaturization going on in the medical and electronics field, an even smaller size form factor for these devices isn't that far away.
This is definitely open to interpretation, in my opinion. Band-aids come in all shapes and sizes. Who's to say the device makers aren't already targeting the miniature size, as opposed to the standard? I would think, once the technology hits the market, smaller devices will soon follow.
The most significant contribution this invention could make to healthcare, IMHO, is to eliminate waking up patients in the hospital a 4 o'clock in the morning to take vitals. There are already a panoply of halter monitors available for monitoring arrhythmias for ambulatory patients, and this is truly an incremental improvement for that application.
I did check out their website, and must agree it looks pretty slick. In the spirit of fairness, though, they should recognize prior and ongoing work in this area, such as the "Smart Watch" (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~asim/) and others.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
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