We live in a time where technological innovations are all around us. Nothing really surprises us anymore. However, there are some new developments and possibilities, that can still blow our minds, like these 5 astounding technological innovations!
Some find it a scary idea and others want one right now; either way this technology will be inevitable in the future: robots. Robots can be useful in a lot of ways. And although there is a good chance they can take over some of our jobs, they can also be an improvement on some of our lives. Research for example has found that children with autism can benefit these smart, authorized machines.
Making eye-contact, reading body languages and recognising someone’s tone of voice, can be difficult tasks for a child with autism. Giving the child with autism an in-home robot for about 30 days could improve the difficulty the kids have on this area. The intent of this research is for the robot to be at help when the child finds difficulties in normal day tasks, such as making eye-contact and interact with others. The robot will be talking to the child and giving the child feedback. The results of the research were astounding. The children that got a robot friend, found it easier to notice social signs, make eye-contact and were faster to interact with others.
2. Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality is an environment generated with computers and is visible through special VR-glasses. These environments and images are more and more used in healthcare organizations, such as home cares. Virtual Reality for example can be an amazing aid for people that suffer from dementia, as in this moving video. The new environments in which the seniors are ‘located’ can help bringing some memories back, but also decrease other symptoms of dementia, such as stress and mood swings.
The VR-glasses can also be applied to help people that suffer from anorexia. When anorexia patients look in the mirror, they often see a distorted image of themselves. It won’t help to make these patients look in the mirror for an hour but making them look at their normal bodies through Virtual Reality does might have a positive outcome.
Psychologists have tested this theory and it has led to positive results. In the research, they showed the anorexia patients a true image of themselves through Virtual Reality glasses. The psychologists would touch their bodies with a feather, while the patients looked at their bodies. They were in fact confusing their patient’s brains. When they took their glasses of, they saw their body the way it really was. The research so booked a positive and long-lasting result.
If you thought Cyborgs only existed in Star Trek, you are wrong. The future will make it possible for human and robot to merge in one. As we can add technological applications to our body, it will also be possible to run, jump and work faster. Besides that, as a cyborg, you will be capable to make yourself smarter and ‘repair’ yourself from a medical perspective. The ethical and moral aspect of these development however is doubtful.
Although the medical field has been one of the early adaptors of 3-D printing, and it is now being used in many other markets, the technology is still developing. This improving and brilliant technology is an improvement and a solution for a lot of problems. Using a 3-D printer in health care can for example help to make prosthetics. The process of making prosthetics is a very labor-intensive process and takes a lot of time. There is hand casting involved and sometimes these devices are susceptible to human error. 3-D printing, simplifies and speeds up this process to only a few days. The future for 3-D printing within the medical field is the ability for mass customization, whether it is creating models of a person’s heart or other organs, so the surgeon can do a practice surgery. Next to that there is the possibility to customize everything far more specific, which can make products more comfortable for patients and often more effective.
Telemedicine is a specific application of the information – and communication technology in healthcare. This application makes it possible for people to receive the care they need from home. In this way, people don’t have to visit hospitals and doctor offices as often. This form of care however still requires a health care professional. With Telemedicine it is possible for the client and the professional to exchange pictures of wounds, give advice and explain their problems.