Dr. Roberto Cingolani, Scientific Director at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa, Italy and his team have developed a new nanotech process. What they have discovered is a way to make paper waterproof, magnetic, and antibacterial. Despite these additional qualities, the paper still retains its flexibility and weight that we have become accustomed too. You are still able to write on it, erase on it, or turn it into an orginial work of origami art.
A prototype nanobots is currently being developed that could one day detect disease in humans. These tiny robots are being developed to mimick living creatures. According to the article, the minute devices are called “Cyberplasm” and will be able to join together advanced microelectronics with cutting edge biomimicry (technology inspired by nature) research.
Researchers at Wake Forest University have created something which could change the way that smartphones and tablet devices are charged. Called Power Felt, this newly invented fabric is composed of tiny carbon nanotubes locked into flexible plastic fibers. These fibers are able to use temperature differences to create a large enough charge to power up a smartphone.
Recently, a Stanford engineer, Ada Poon, lead a project which has created tiny robotic medical devices that are powered by wireless technology. According to Stanford University, the implantable machines are small enough to easily move through veins. These injectable nanobots can carry out medical tasks, gather diagnostics and even deliver drugs into the bloodstream.
Academic researchers with a £5.7 million grant are developing self-test devices (eSTI) that can plug directly into mobile phones and computers, immediately identifying infections.