Scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California have used a `smart ink’ made from soybean oil, polymers and carbon nanofibers, which could be “programmed” into a temporary shape at an engineered temperature, determined by the chemical composition. With this, the researchers demonstrated that 3D print objects can change shape when heated using an electrical current or with ambient air temperature. They can even be folded and unfolded. This process of 3D objects being capable of changing shape is actually known as 4D printing in the additive manufacturing industry. This technology finds extensive use in healthcare industry, in aerospace for solar arrays or antennae that can unfold and also for flexible circuits and robotic devices.
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Apple is increasingly believing that personal computing devices can assist more in the health and medical field. With the aim of becoming a big player in this field and broadening its spectrum, Apple acquired Gliimpse earlier this year. Gliimpse is a personal data healthcare start up founded by Anil Sethi, an ex-Apple engineer, in 2013. It helps in recording the medical reports and other health-related information like a secure, life-long story of a person’s health. Some of the information is collected from existing medical records and the rest are added by the users. This information can be shared with doctors and medical researchers when required.
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Since crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter, Pebble Technology launched two new smart watches that took its technology ahead, namely Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2. Its latest product is Pebble Core, which is a standalone 3G-connected wearable device integrated with Amazon’s much acclaimed voice-driven services, Alexa. This ultraportable and cellular-connected wearable gadget is expected to become commercial in early 2017 with the crowd funders getting the opportunity to experience the device first-hand.
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