This week in engineering and design delivered wearable tech for your dog, a camera rig for 3D scanning live animals, and a custom 3D printed anatomical model helping a child with scoliosis.
This week wearable tech has officially gone to the dogs. Designed like a harass, Inupathy is worn around your dogs body like a harass, allowing you to see what your dogs mood is. The heart rate sensor mounted on the belt is hooked up to full color LEDs on the back which will show the dogs emotional state, estimated from the heart rate pattern analysis. Other than figuring out if your pooch is happy or tired, the heart rate tracking allows owners to track their HRV (Heart Rate Variability) analysis for their overall health.
Also this week, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst designed a camera rig to 3D scan live animals for fast, full-color 3D models to share with educators. BEASTCAM consists of ten fixed arms, each of which can mount up to three G-16 Canon cameras for a 30-camera array. The scans captured by the BEASTCAM are pretty spectacular.
3D PRINTING NEWS
This week also delivered a case study on a young ten year old girl suffering from severe scoliosis. She was treated at a hospital in Mumbai with screw implants and wires that go into the spine to help straighten and hold it in place. This young patient had already undergone scoliosis surgery so this particular procedure consisted of removing previous implants and inserting new ones, making it an even riskier procedure. Just days before the surgery the CT scans of the patient’s back was used to create guides for a 3D printed model. The 3D printed model helped the doctors to closely examine the patient’s since, allowing them to see exactly where previous implants had to be removed and at what angle new screws would need to be placed. The surgery was a success and the patient3der is covering well, all thanks to custom 3D printing anatomical models.
3D printing is also helping out in the kitchen this week. For those of us that have battled cleaning off a whisk to get the most of your mixture to stay in the bowl, you can now say goodbye to pesky whisk cleaning with the new 3D printed Whisk Wiper, now available on Kickstarter. To use the kitchen tool, you simply have to slide the plastic wiper onto you whisk before using it, and when you’re done, simply slide it off, watching all the left over mixture come clean off the wires and accumulate on the edge of the tool. To make the most of your ingredients, you can then easily wipe the extra batter back into the bowl, or enjoy a easy taste test. This might sound like a simple concept but there were over 20 3D printed prototypes.
Meeting celebrities can be pretty exciting. Meeting voice actors can be just as exciting, at least for this girl. While in an Uber car she learned her driver was the voice for AOL’s welcome and email notification. Listening to him say those magic words brings us back to the good old days of dial up and chatrooms.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
With the holidays approaching we’re finding some really unique gift ideas to help you with your lists. This week we found the QUADSAW: The Square Hole Cutter. For electricians and contractors that struggle with rulers, pencils and handsaws to cut holes in walls for electrical sockets and other boxes. This method lacks accuracy, creates mess, and can take over five minutes to cut a single hole. The QUADSAW solves these woes with its unique four-blade system. Watch the demo to see if this could help some of the handy-folk on your gift list.