Engineering Newswire 49: Embedded Teeth Circuits Monitor 'Unhealthy Acts'

Thu, 08/01/2013 - 12:35pm
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're embedding sensors in your teeth, using the patch to help quit mosquitoes, designing temporary tattoo bio-sensors, and building the world's largest functioning brain ... model. This episode features:

  • Neuroscientists and engineers at the University of Waterloo's Computational Neuroscience Research Group have built the world's largest functional model of the human brain. Named Spaun or the Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network, the simulated brain has a 784-pixel digital eye for visual input, and a robotic arm that scribes tangible output.
  • Researchers at National Taiwan University have developed an embedded sensor for your teeth. The sensor works as a whistleblower when you are committing an unhealthy act. Basically, giving your doctor all the info they need to shame you at your next appointment.
  • Initial human tests were conducted for a new biosensor that alerts marathoners, competitive bikers, and other extreme athletes when they are going to hit the wall. The new sensor, which is applied to the human skin like a temporary tattoo so it can flex with body movements, monitors lactate, a form of lactic acid that gets released in sweat.
  • The Kite platform is the result of over three years of work at Olfactor Laboratories and over three years of research at the University of California Riverside, using breakthrough, non-toxic compounds that act as non-topical, spatial repellents that disrupt the mosquito's carbon dioxide neurons, which are mosquitos' primary method of tracking human blood meals.

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