Monday Marvels: June 15th – 22nd, 2013
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0078LXM40″ locale=”us” height=”120″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ZkTOME3kL._SL160_.jpg” width=”56″]1. HTC One Mini Smartphone (Coming soon)
With a 960-by-540 screen, 8GB of storage and a standard 8-megapixel camera, the Mini is said to be coming to the US mid-September. Currently there is no announcement on release date on carrier or price in the US, but it is set for world-wide release in September. Some critics say the HTC Mini is comparable to the Apple IPhone 4s , yet with a more convenient size. Specs are said to even exceed that of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini.
2. SynGenX-1000: Advanced Stem Cell Harvesting
This cord blood processing unit has just received FDA clearance and offers an improved harvesting system for stem cells from an umbilical cord. The SynGen DataTrak software allows for more clinical grade samples to be received for transplantation which will only further aid in the treatment of countless diseases.
3. Retinal Densitometer: Early Disease Detection
Inspired from a tool used to study galaxies, the engineers at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre have created the Retinal Densitometer designed to “detect the earliest stages of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)”. This disease is one of the most common causes of degenerative vision loss in adults. Earlier detection could mean a possible prevention in the near future.
4. The First Robotic Body Double
Robots now have the potential to be indistinguishable from humans thanks to Japanese roboticist [easyazon-link asin=”1466506970″ locale=”us”]Hiroshi Ishiguro[/easyazon-link], director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University in Japan. The Robotic body double debuted at Global 2045 international convention in New York just last month and may forever change the way we view robots in the future. Read more about it here:
More info: http://www.livescience.com/37474-lifelike-android-debut-at-tech-conference.html
5. DARPA’s Robotic Challenge Continues
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has created a challenge for the development of a progressive robot with the technology to aid in worldwide disasters where contenders compete for the grand prize of $2,000,000 US dollars. The winners for the June 2013 Virtual Robotics Challenge have been announced and the remaining competitors will be submitting their custom robots for the physical trials in December 2013. Once the challenge is completed, disaster relief robots may potentially be ready for employment in only a few short years.
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