Over the past decade, the rapid change in technology advancement has rapidly increased. With the latest multi-touch tablets to water proof, bendable smartphone phones, new health and wellness technologies are also improving to make ours much easier.
While these technological trends are only the beginning, we expect to see more advanced in the near future. Here are seven upcoming health technologies that will amaze you.
1. 4D Printing for Organ
Researchers at Harvard University have opened doors to bringing 4D printing closer for use in medical devices as well as organ replacements. Inspired by the ways plants change their shape, researchers have devised a mathematical model that determines how 4D objects can be printed to achieve irregular shapes.
With the use of hydrogel composite ink that contained cellulose fibrils, the applied mathematical model to print the fibrils in patterns that will curve when immersed in water. The method has the potential to be used for medical device applications, smart textiles, tissue engineering and flexible electronics.
2. DARPA Movable Prosthetics
Recently, the Department of Defense program will dish out nearly $60 million to fund technologies that are designed to measure and record the neurons of the body. Researchers tell us that the prosthetics (Think Luke Skywalker) will be available within a span of ten years.
The DARPA project will create brain-computer developed interfaces that will stimulate 100,000 neurons in the brain. The technology could improve the development of removable prosthetics as well as a better understanding of how the brain calculates.
Several researchers at various universities have managed to use silicon needles to record as much as 300 neurons at the same time inside the human brain. These studies have resulted in the understanding of how people can think of simple arm motions that enable them to use those signals to move a robotic arm just as they would with their flesh.
3. Google-Smart Surgical Robots
While Robots have been used in surgeries for a while now, the development of Intuitive Surgical da Vinci robot is undergoing development of becoming better at operating than humans. Backed by Google and partner’s Johnson & Johnson, robot surgeons are becoming more accurate and less expensive.
4. Cryopreserving Organs
The human heart is only able to survive between four to six hours from a donor’s death and the transplant. Livers last up to twelve hours with thirty-six hours for kidneys. This has given researchers hope to find a way to preserve organs that could be frozen and thawed out for a later date with minimal damage. This will allow every organ that is harvested to make its way to a person who needs it. Research shows that sugar trehalose has proven positive results when it comes to minimizing the damage from frozen tissue. Other imaging technologies have helped researchers to understand the ice formation process better by developing a device that enables full thermal imaging.
5. Real-Time Diagnostics
The artificial intelligent surgical knife, otherwise known as the iKnife was drawn up with old technology where electrical current heart tissue can make incisions with little to no blood loss. The iKnife is analyzed by a mass spectrometer to detect chemicals in a biological sample. This will allow you to identify whether the tissue is malignant and help surgeons reduce the length of operations.
As an organic technique, optogenetics involves the use of light in control cells located in living tissue. This is usually the neurons that have been genetically modified to light-sensitive ion channels. A study published in Science claimed that scientists were able to develop false memories in the hippocampus of mice. This lead to the first time the memory of fear was artificially generated.
Imagine the outcomes we will be able to reach when false memories can be generated in humans just by the use of drugs. The idea is still in the future method basics and close to becoming available.
Since the success of the Human Genome Project, the project created the pathways to complete mapping and understanding the genes of human beings. With hundreds of evidence-based applications from personal genomics, we will gain more opportunities with the use of DNA analysis straight from the patients before prescribing the necessary medication.
With so many new technologies, it’s interesting to see what the future will hold. Are you excited for the next upcoming technology in health? Comment below and tell us what you think!