Wireless Stickers to Detect Food Quality and Safety
MIT researchers have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based wireless system that can detect the quality and safety of food items. The system uses Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tags or stickers with tiny, ultra-high frequency antennas on many food products to sense potential food contamination. The researchers feel that this is a democratic way to bring about food safety and quality in the hands of the consumers. When an RFID powers up and transmit its signal, it interacts with the material in its near vicinity (i.e., inside a container) even if it is not in direct contact with that container. This interaction is called “near-field coupling,” and it impacts the wireless signal transmitted by an RFID. The system, RFIQ extracts features from this signal and feeds it to a machine learning model that can classify and detect different types of adulterants in the container. An initial prototype of the system has been made and tested in two applications. The results have demonstrated the ability to identify fake alcohol with an accuracy higher than 97% and identify tainted infant formula with an accuracy higher than 96%.
Simba Hybrid Pillow
Simba hybrid pillow is a perfect combination of technology and material. It contributes not only to the best night’s sleep but also increases the benefits of sleep for the body and mind. The uniqueness of this pillow lies in the choice of the material with which it is made. The material or filling used is Outlast based on Nanotube technology and is made of memory foam tubes designed to adapt to each sleeper. Each pillow comes with hundreds of nanotubes that can be added or removed to alter the height and firmness of the pillow. This small laser-cut, cylindrical tubes are made from super-soft memory foam which molds to the shape of your head giving one utmost comfort. The pillow can be customized to be made soft, medium firm or firm by the addition or deletion of nanotubes. Each nanotube adapts to your sleeping position, supporting the complex structures of the head, neck, and spine. To keep the body temperature regulated outlast draws the heat away, trapping it within its fibers and as one cools down it releases the warmth back out. On the reverse side of the pillow is a combination of smart microfiber and premium 300 thread count jacquard cotton. This side is extremely soft, lightweight, breathable and highly durable. Thus, this pillow has the advantages of thermal regulation and height alteration which no other pillow has offered till date. This seems to be the future of comfortable sleeping.
First Ever FDA Approved Augmented Reality Presurgical Imaging Tool
Novarad HoloLens have collaborated to launch an OpenSight AR system which is the first ever FDA approved Augmented Reality pre-surgical imaging tool. The OpenSight runs on AR technology to give 2D, 3D and 4D patient images which can help doctors plan the surgery ahead more thoroughly as it gives dual side by side image, both of the patient as it is and their internals. Doctors can now use Microsoft HoloLens for specific, pre-operative purposes. The technology is going to be transformative as it will allow the doctors to have a full brief of the patients’ internals before they make the first incision. Novarad has also released the teaching version of OpenSight AR system to ease the medical students into the future. Students or other surgery attendees can witness the AR preparation first-hand since the HoloLens experience can be shared among multiple headsets. No doubt FDA recognized Novarad’s efforts by clearing the OpenSight system for use. It is a complete medical package, designed to improve the precision and utility of medical practice.