Monday Marvels : August 12th – 19th
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1613744307″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xsdw3gf0L._SL160_.jpg” width=”108″]1.) The Jet Pack has Finally Arrived
The long awaited Martin Jet Pack has now officially been granted permission to begin test flights by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. The inventor Glen Martin is confident that a military prototype will be available for use by next year. A successful launch with a dummy has already been employed in 2011 and now manned test flights have finally been approved. Perhaps “Jet Packing” will soon become the new sky-diving…will you take the ride?
2.) Manufactured Human Heart Beating on its Own
Scientists from University of Pittsburg used induced pluripotent stem cells (IPS cells) to grow a fully functional organ in a petri dish. These IP cells were taken from human skin cells and essentially induced to become heart cells. Liver function and muscle growth have also been among the successful trials performed with stem cells and seemingly organs available for transplant are but a few years away.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1619491311″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51c%2B3yr6yBL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]3.) Make Your Dreams a Reality with New “Sculpt” Software
Can’t find the shoes you are looking for at Target? Want to re-create that model airplane you once loved? 3D Systems has created “Cubify Sculpt” which allows you to make your 3D rendering a reality. No knowledge of CAD is required and you can add and move material around at will. Afterwards, save the file to your computer and print from home or send it off to be printed from one of 3D Systems industrial devices. Cubify Sculpt is available now for $129.99… What will you print?
4.) Check your Vitals from your IPhone
The iSpO2 device connects to most apple devices and has a sensor you can slip on your finger for “immediate oxygen, pulse rate, and perfusion index readings.” Retailing for $249 on Amazon, the pulse reader is specifically designed for extreme athletes, aviators, and other fitness type fanatics to avoid consulting a doctor every time they want a read on their vitals. However, the potential for something like this to become a common household item seems more likely than not.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B007VG6ZC8″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41qjBBi-0NL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]5.) Samsung to Release Android “Smartwatch”
Samsung Galaxy Gear will possibly be the first to release their smartwatch but will face a handful of competitors following close behind. Rumors of smartwatches from Apple and Sony are already flying, in addition to several start-up companies as well. Will these watches soon replace our smartphones or will they simply be a short-lived fashion craze?
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