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Firewinder Mini Original Windlight: Wind Turning to Light for a Magical Effect

Fireflies lighting a tree in your garden, stars twinkling in the sky on a moonlit night, the small specks of light from a distance—all these have a sense of mystery in them. No wonder they appeal to a lot of people. However, these are fleeting moments we seldom catch. Wouldn’t you love to experience the same mystery surrounding them every night in your own garden at home? The Firewinder Mini Original Windlight will make that possible.

This windlight is an outdoor light that’s designed sculpturally. It harnesses the wind and moves in its direction, transforming the wind into light in the process. This light is achieved with the help of seven ultra-bright LED lights, and the light changes according to the direction and strength of the movement of the wind. This effect is magical to see and is mesmerizing in nature, especially when it changes in intensity and form. The windlight can be attached anywhere outdoors—in a tree in your garden, in your outdoor deck, etc. It’s also visible from a distance of up to 820 feet, perfect for creating that mysterious effects when you’re having outdoor parties at night or if you simply want to unwind after a long day.

The Firewinder Mini Original Windlight is a green innovation. It’s wind-powered and is made from recyclable plastic materials. It’s also very lightweight, so you can be sure that it’ll move with the slightest of wind movement. It’s also weather-resistant, so it won’t easily get damaged even when mounted outdoors. For that perfect night ambiance, the Firewinder Mini Original Windlight is an ideal and unique innovation.

The “Smart Gun” – A Gun that won’t Fire unless used by its intended Owner!

"Smart Gun" Technology

The “Smart Gun” is a gun actually “smart” enough to recognize its handler, and prevent it from being discharged by unauthorized users. This technology would immensely decrease the violent crimes that are committed with stolen black market guns, and accidental gun deaths of children and others would become practically obsolete. Several private gun manufactures currently have different innovations in research and development., the government has allotted special funding to help aid the development of this technology for police officers and military personal.

The basic idea behind the “Smart Gun” is integrated electronics. Different sensors located in the grip and trigger of the firearm make this technology possible. This technology includes radio frequency coding, touch memory, fingerprint ID, and other possibilities. Each idea creating the assurance that only the intended user of the firearm would be able to use it.

The radio frequency controlled sensors are activated by a transponder worn by authorized users. This technology is being researched for police units that would allow department issued firearms to be used by any officer wearing a transponder. There is a blocking pin located in the trigger mechanism that is removed when the gun receives a coded signal sent out by the transponder. One of the issues with this technology is in the amount of distance between the firearm and transponder, most firearms taken from, and used against police officers are being used at very close range which would still allow for the gun to be used by an unauthorized user.

Fingerprint recognition utilizes common fingerprint recognition technology. The trigger is embedded with sensors that are pre-set to the fingerprint of its users trigger finger and will not discharge until that fingerprint is recognized. The issue with this technology is a common problem with fingerprint recognition, it can be compromised much too easily making the gun difficult to use even for the owner.

Somewhat like fingerprint recognition, touch memory is also an idea being researched by gun manufacturers. The touch memory system utilizes sensors located in the grip of the gun that is pre-programmed with specific hand grip pressure from the hand of the intended user. This also comes with the same issues of delayed recognition which is not ideal for immediate safety needs.

Safety, security, and reliability are the most important aspects of utilizing this “smart” technology. There is a fear of reduced gun safety by civilian gun owners due to a false sense of security and immediate reliability concerns with police and military use. This technology can save millions of lives and would change the world but there are still some bugs that need to be worked out.

OLED Ultra-Thin Televison & Monitor by Sony

We have all seen how thin LED, LCD, and plasma monitors and televisions have gotten, but wait till you see what Sony has introduced. The new OLED (organic light-emitting diode) ultra thin monitor, it has better contrast, picture quality, and is only 0.01 inches thick. It now holds the title “world’s thinnest television”.

The OLED panel has a resolution of 960 x 540; it is energy efficient and shows fast-moving images with crisp colorful quality. It is the new wave of thin monitors, in a plasma and LCD market that is valued over $82 billion dollars it has to be good to compete.

The challenge with the OLED is the size; the larger panels have proven to be more difficult to create. In today’s society we have plasma TVs as large as 103 square inches, and LCD TVs 40-50 inches. Size matters in our community and all though the OLED is better it currently isn’t bigger. Sony is confident that they will be able to make them larger in the future that the OLED will take over as the leading monitor for just about everything.

Currently the cost is around $1600 to $2000 for an 11 inch panel. It has the life span of about 30,000 hours, which is only about half of an LCD TV, but is enough for about 8 hours a day for ten years. Sonny predicts 2,000 unit sales per month, which is nothing compared to their 10 million unit production of LCD TVs.

The possibilities that an ultra thin monitor like the OLED has are not being overlooked. The medical field, the military and even large businesses have found very practical and necessary uses for this innovation. It can create space like the other thin monitors but is easier to conceal. OLED may replace plasma and LCD in the future, with its eco-friendlyness if Sony can overcome the challenges.

A Recellularized Heart – A New Heart with Old Cells

Heart failure is a disease that is currently affecting over 22 million people worldwide and that number is expected to rise as the “BabyBoomers” become senior citizens. There are a number of breakthrough medications, repair procedures, and even complete heart transplants that can extend the patients life, but most diagnosed die within five years despite our current defenses. Doris Taylor a Biologist at the University of Minnesota has created a new innovation to the fight against heart disease.

The Recellularized Heart is a donor heart that has had the donor cells removed and replaced with the patients cells. The process entails flushing the cells out with a type of detergent that leaves on the skeletal looking extracellular matrix. Then the progenitor cells from the recipient are injected into the matrix thus reducing the risk of incompatibility. Amazingly the cells begin to divide and form tissues thus creating a new heart that is better than before and 100% compatible with the recipient

Human trials are currently underway and the pre-results are showing to be positive. If all goes as planned this technology could be put to use in transplants within a decade. This is by far the largest stride in producing a viable transplant that is a universal solution to transplant rejection. The recellularization of a heart gives hope to other types of organ transplantation as well. Right now Taylor is dedicated to recellularizing a heart, her goal is to see this process being used to save millions of lives and give heart disease patients meaningful recoveries.

The BEAR – Vecna’s Lifesaving Humanoid Robot

The BEAR or Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot is a search and rescue marvel. This humanoid style robot can rescue people in dangerous situations while avoiding the possibility of losing more human life. It was initially created for battlefield extraction but has been recognized for its other possibilities. Being the same size as an average man it can travel places that are not safe for humans but with the ease of a human. It can enter unsafe buildings and structures as well as biologically or chemically contaminated areas and search for survivors. It has the capability of lifting up to 500 lbs, making it possible to remove debris and carry most any human to safety.

The BEAR is created using three elements, an extremely powerful hydraulic upper-body, high mobility tracked legs, and dynamic balancing behavior (DBB) that allow it to balance upright on its ankles, knees, or hips. The hydraulic upper-body is similar to common “earth moving” equipment only in a smaller scale. The dynamic balancing behavior makes it possible for the BEAR to maneuver over any terrain, combined with the independent tracked legs it can travel on its knees or with its legs flat on the ground across treacherous areas while carrying a human body.

Applications:

  • Casualty Extraction
  • Building evacuation
  • Long-distance transport
  • Search & rescue
  • Hospital patient transfers
  • Eldercare mobility aid
  • Hazardous materials handling
  • Mine rescue
  • Logistics & heavy lifting
  • Zero-infrastructure warehouse automation

Vecna originally received funding from TATRC, the Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center. Originally the BEAR was considered to be limited to battlefield extraction. Once the BEAR prototype was tested, the possibilities for this innovation started to surface. Vecna now promotes the BEAR to be useful in healthcare as a “Transfer Bot”. They would work with patients who suffer from mobility impairment in hospitals and nursing homes, assisting in lifting and moving the patients thus providing a better standard of care. Currently the BEAR is completely controlled by a human with remote access but plans for the BEAR include creating semi-autonomous actions which would allow for the BEAR to complete a task without the need of human guidance.

You can read more about the BEAR at Vena’s website http://www.vecnarobotics.com, Vecna has many great innovations and ideas that can change the world and attempt to make it a safer and better through the use of robotics.

The BEAR is shown here carrying a soldier from danger.

The BEAR is shown here carrying a soldier from danger.