Functional materials, implants, wearables and the connected society
Diamond, Dermot (2014) Functional materials, implants, wearables and the connected society. In: Boston Scientific Euro Global Technology Expo, 9-10 Oct 2014, Galway, Ireland.
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We are currently witnessing an unprecedented move by the ICT Multinational Giants like Microsoft, INTEL, Google and Apple to develop new applications based on health related services. These applications will draw on new types of functional materials, combined with emerging technologies enabling unprecedented control over 3-d spatial distribution of these materials in devices, and linked with ubiquitous availability of wireless communications to facilitate remote access, sharing, visualisation and analysis of data.
In this paper, I will present activities to illustrate these trends, and speculate on the reasons why this is happening now. I will also attempt to predict how the inter-play between new functional materials and technologies for materials handing will impact on health services, ranging from remote monitoring of heath status of individuals, to improved strategies of implant surgery.
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