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RoboBees Harvard Breakthrough Invention
Microrobots with Controlled Flight
Source: Harvard University
Search & Rescue Missions
Harvard's RoboBees are the first microbots powered by soft actuators to achieve controlled flight. They have soft artificial muscles that enable them to survive crashes and collisions making them perfect for search and rescue missions in dangerous, cluttered environments. The robobees are so sturdy, dexterous and resilient they can even crash into a wall or collide with another robobee without any damage.
The tiny robots are equipped with actuators made from dielectric elastomers that deform when hit with an electrical current. The actuators are soft and the Harvard team says they're easily assembled and scaled up. Unlike other drones made with soft actuators, the robobees have enough power density to hover in place.
Going for Commercialization
The Harvard team has created a number of models including one with 8 wings and 4 actuators that can do controlled hovering flight, which is a first. They feel the sky is the limit for the number of robots of this type that they can build. Harvard's Office of Technology Development has protected the intellectual property of this invention and is exploring commercialization. For a free Kindle borrow or sample listen to journalist Ed Kane's book "Important Innovations Collection - Robotics" (audiobook which I narrated), "List of Top New Robots" (e-book), go to amazon.com/author/ekane
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…