This week on WDD’s HotSpot:
Tiny Trees Produce Electricity
A research team at the Ohio State University has created electromechanical devices that look like tiny leafless trees and can generate electricity when they are moved by activity, like the slight swaying movements of a tall building, or the vibrations from traffic on a bridge.
Monkeys Wirelessly Control a Robotic Wheelchair Using Their Thoughts
A wireless brain interface has enabled two rhesus monkeys to control a robotic wheelchair with their thoughts. This suggests that similar technology could be utilized to help paralyzed individuals navigate robotic devices via their minds.
Solar Panels Tested For The Moon
Airbus will be subjecting a model of solar arrays to a series of qualification exercises with the goal of making the Orion ESM capable of executing a Trans Lunar Injection boost to send it to the Moon and beyond.
A Business Card That Doubles as an ECG
Made by MobilECG, this business card uses your thumbs to give you a readout of your pulse and beats per minute on a tiny screen built into the card.
Filed Under: M2M (machine to machine)