[WORLDKINGS] Daily Highlighhs - December 30, 2017 - New Replacement Heart Valve Grows as Child Gets Older.
(Worldkings.org) Children born with congenital heart valve defects number in the thousands each year, yet there are simply no artificial cardiac valves available that were designed specifically for babies. Multiple heart surgeries have to be performed as the child outgrows successive implants. In addition, since the devices were never intended for children, they often have to be modified in the OR and sometimes they fail, leading to additional surgeries
[WORLDKINGS] Daily Highlighhs - December 30, 2017 - Trocadero’s unfixed fixie: The bicycle with the twisting frame.
(Worldkings.org) There's absolutely no practical thinking behind this wacky bicycle, and … that's kind of okay with us. The Trocadero Fixie looks like a regular pushbike until you pull a pin that unlocks the main frame downtube, allowing the bike to twist in the middle and put the wheels wildly out of alignment with one another. Why? Because it looks absolutely bizarre.
[WORLDKINGS] Daily Highlighs - December 29, 2017 - Keep your voice in a pot, pour it out when you're done
(Worldkings.org) There are some big booths on display on the floor of the trade show at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, but in a quiet (relatively speaking, of course) corner of the show two graduate students from the University of Tokyo and Hosei Univeristy are showing off a sweet little piece of technology. Called Otopot, the device lets you store and then pour away your voice like water.
(Worldkings.org) Look around any hospital, and you'll see plenty of hand-sanitizer dispensers. Unfortunately, not everyone uses them, and their germs can spread rapidly on commonly-touched surfaces such as door handles. With that in mind, a University of Leeds spinoff company has created bacteria-killing door pads.
[WORLDKINGS] Daily Highlighs - December 28, 2017 - New 3D printer will combine all your medications in one personalized pill.
(Worldkings.org) We increasingly live in an age of personalized health care, where treatment can be tailored to suit individuals on a person-by-person basis. A new 3D printer aims to add another piece to this puzzle, by giving pharmacies the ability to quickly and easily produce custom doses of drugs for patients, based on their specific needs. That means that instead of patients on lots of medication having to remember to take three of one pill, two of another and so on, they could instead receive their required doses in vastly simplified form.
(Worldkings.org) People with limited mobility often require care workers to help them in and out of the shower, which is certainly not ideal for their self-esteem. That's why Swedish company Robotics Care developed the Poseidon robotic shower. It allows users to shower on their own, depending on the nature of their physical challenge.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlighs - December 27, 2017 - Origami lattice paves the way for new noise-dampening barriers on the road.
(Worldkings.org) A new origami lattice technique for manipulating noise-reducing devices allows researchers to selectively diffuse traffic noise at different frequencies.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlighs - December 27, 2017 - Finger Pow uses small magnetic pods to charge your phone.
(Worldkings.org) Over at Kickstarter, a new system that will quickly charge up the batteries on your smartphone using magnets, has raised more than five times the target amount of funding that the product developer was seeking.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlighs - December 26, 2017 - Scientists create an AI robot CAT that helps keep the elderly company and reminds them to take their medication
(Worldkings.org) An artificially intelligent 'robo-cat' that keeps elderly people company is being developed by scientists.The cat can remind an ageing owner to take their medication or help find their spectacles, and may one day feature prominently in care homes, experts claim.It purrs and asks for belly rubs like a real cat, and is designed to help the elderly stem feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety.
(Worldkings.org) If you've ever been hooked up to an intravenous drip, then you'll know what a hassle it can be, wheeling that pole around with you everywhere you go. Dutch designer Alissa Rees decided to do something about it, and created the wearable IV-Walk.