Microwave Technology in Diagnostic Imaging?

Microwave Technology in Diagnostic Imaging?

As you probably already know by now, microwave technology has a lot more applications than just heating up food. Here is another one already in development…

Researchers are studying and testing new ways to get good images of human tissue. These images can be used to detect anomalies such as cancer.

One area they are currently exploring is microwave technology. The same basic technology used in microwave ovens can be used to create an image of breast tissue. By sending very low levels of microwave energy through tissue, researchers can form a three-dimensional image.These images capture the dielectric properties of the tissue, which translates into detecting tumors or other aberrations.

If you’re interested, you can watch this short movie where Keith Paulson gives us more information about cancer imaging. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmm2JPbOG8I

This is still a pilot study, but it helps researchers to get a better understanding of the amazing possibilities of microwave technology.

New treatments in cancer research are scarce, a potential new detection system for cancer cells is a very good development for the sector!


Baxter: The Future of Factory Automation

Our previous post discussed what future jobs could look like. Today we take a look at one example that’s ready to take over the jobs that are easily automated.

In this video we’re introduced to Baxter, a robot that can redefine manufacturing environments. It performs a variety of repetitive production tasks while safely and intelligently working alongside people.

Baxter exhibits behavior-based ‘common sense,’ capable of sensing and adapting to its task and its environment. It doesn’t require complex programming or costly integration. And with its relatively low price point, Baxter provides a compelling alternative for manufacturers.

People will lose their jobs. But it’s a process that has happened throughout human history. Just think about blacksmiths, street lamp lighters, telegraph operators, milkmen, telephone operators, typist, elevator operators, … These are all jobs that became obsolete at some point in history. Everyone that lost their job retrained for some other occupation or just switched.
So NO, the majority won’t go hungry!

Inventions like these will become cheaper and smarter in the next few years and will drastically change the whole manufacturing industry!

TED talk: What will future jobs look like?

A few weeks ago I was explaining to my grandfather what we’re working on for our thesis. His first reaction was: “Because of such automations people lose their job, …”. I had a hard time convincing him this is actually a good thing… he is looking at it a little too short-sighted.

No one can predict what the impact of automation is going to be in the future, but with technology just starting to show it’s potential I think we are awaiting a fascinating future…

In this TED talk Andrew brings us his vision of the future labor-market. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

Do you think the job you are studying for/performing at the moment will still exist in 2050?

Microwaving your clothes

In the never-ending quest to cut the time spent on domestic chores, researchers are trying to bring the benefits of microwave energy to the laundry room. In a home with a relatively new refrigerator, the clothes dryer usually uses more energy than any other home appliance. An electric clothes dryer draws between 4,000 and 6,000 watts (60 eurocent/ hour). A microwave-only cycle was found to increase efficiency while decreasing cycle time and temperature for small loads and delicate fabrics.

There are still some problems with metal objects such as coins… Ongoing work to further reduce the likelihood of damage to clothing has identified methods of controlling and/or preventing the conditions that result in fabric damage.

Some experts in the microwave heating community have doubts about the long term viability of microwave clothes drying, while others express optimism by comparing the challenges to those overcome by the microwave oven in its early days. Noting how consumers have accepted and adapted to the microwave oven, the most likely scenario will be an evolution in consumer laundry habits and the birth of an entirely new industry of clothing and laundry products developed expressly for the microwave clothes dryer.


How long do you think it will take before we see this technology in our own homes?

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