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Medical robots performing tasks on a molecular levelNanomachines refer to robots that can perform tasks on a molecular level. The prefix “nano” describes the nanometer dimensions of these machines. They have just been introduced recently although they have been a subject of science fiction for a long time. Nanomachines are now quickly being integrated into products and industries and are projected to possibly decipher the human genome, create stronger and lighter body armor than Kevlar and many other applications in the future. With their limitless use, nanomachines are said to be the most profitable technology of this century and beyond.

The human body is filled with nanomachines, arguably making up most of its mass. A cell might be considered a nanomachine because it consists of nanoscale components. An even more obvious nanomachine would be ribosomes, molecular factories that synthesize proteins. Ribosomes are about 20 nanometers in diameter. Other biological nanomachines would be bacteria and viruses.


Nanomachines can easily fit inside human cells as they are 2.5 times smaller than DNA. This means they can perform tasks such as repairing damaged tissues, destroying cancer cells or making nanoscale incisions. A nanomachine bandage that soaks into human skin and repair tissue damages brought by infection, wounds or abrasions is already available. Nanomachines have also made delivering important DNA elements to damaged cells possible and has resulted in great leaps in disease control, chronic disorder prevention, as well as reversal of various mental and physical disorders.

Besides the help it gives in bringing good health to people, nanomachines are also poised to provide biological enhancements like additional muscle tissue, stronger bones, and better senses, as well as to alter the physical makeup of human cells. What this means is that scientists could change a person’s eye color, skin color, hair color, height and weight at will. Even gender can be changed if scientists perfected the map of the human genome with the help of nanomachines. Likewise, nanomachines will soon allow cloning to be more practical and efficient and may provide a solution to the problems that cryogenics faces.

Unknown to many, nanomachines have also made their mark in the food industry. These super tiny machines have the ability to alter the characteristics of food just like they can change the characteristics of human cells. Nanomachines can change the taste, texture, appearance, and most importantly, the nutrition that can be acquired from any food.

Nanomachines have helped law enforcement in Britain and other places around the world catch shoplifters by tracking nanosized RFID chips or bar codes that can only be deactivated upon purchase. Retail outlets in Europe, and now some in the United States, have recently been including these items in their products because shoplifters cannot see or deactivate them.

Nanomachines allow sports equipment manufacturers to create products that are much more flexible, durable, shock-resistant, and stronger than similar products. Athletes will soon have a much more diverse assortment of gear as nanomachines will allow many new technologies to arise, thereby allowing the development of new sports altogether.

Nanomachines are also found in common appliances like refrigerators and washing machines. Billions of nanosized particles of colloidal silver (an antibacterial and antimicrobial solution) are continuously released inside the mentioned appliances for sterilizing their contents. The colloidal silver prevents germs and bacteria from building up on food or clothes. In fact, the washing machines that use silver nanoparticles are capable of keeping clothes sterile for up to one month after each wash. In addition to appliances, several cleansers that use colloidal silver have been introduced to the market.

Amidst these applications, nanomachines are still in the research stage. If nanomachines could be improved to become self-replicating, or could be built in large quantities using self-assembly, or programmed into cooperating to create objects, they could be formed into a custom manufacturing system with far more capabilities than anything in existence today.

LX is an award-winning electronics design company based in Sydney, Australia. LX services include full turnkey design, electronics, hardware, software and firmware design. LX specialises in embedded systems and wireless technologies design.

Published by LX Pty Ltd for itself and the LX Group of companies, including LX Design House, LX Solutions and LX Consulting, LX Innovations.

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Automation and Robots
robotsAutomation and robotics has been a great help in any type of industry that requires efficiency at its finest. They have altered how factories work across the globe by single-handedly transforming how products are made. These robots have become more user-friendly, affordable and intelligent as time goes by.

Robots are now crossing another territory. These intelligent factory works are ready to be useful inside our homes. The field of consumer electronics which was once ruled by cellular phones and computers is now filled with home-based robotic systems.

With each passing year, more and more robots are presented to the electronics consuming public.  Let us look at the robot innovations presented in this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which might have given us a preview of what our lives may look like in the near future.

Mobile Robot Control
Mobile control robot controlling devices remotely is becoming more popular. An example of smart phone remote control is a ball which is actually a robot that can be controlled by your mobile device. Inside the ball is a gyroscope sensor and two micro-wheels that make the ball roll on every command. Communication between the phone and the device is done through Bluetooth. Moving the virtual joystick on your mobile will move the ball. You can also draw a predefined pattern for the ball to follow. Finally, you can also change the color of the glow of the ball, making it usable even in the dark.

Dancing Robot Music
A robot music device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas is an example of successfully combining two electronic devices  that capture the interest of most of us: robots and music. The robot can transform from a simple mp3 player with speaker to a humanoid once the music starts. It can also dance to the beat by programming it through the included remote control. This device can store 2 GB of music or approximately 500 songs.

Balancing Robot Toys
Teaching a man to balance in a bike is hard, but teaching a robot to balance in a bike is even harder. Not with this a recent robot development. By swinging the stick of the controller to the right direction (much like the Wii controller), you can make the robot move back and forth. It can even move its head following the movement of the controller.

Balancing is done through the help of a gyroscope attached to the robot’s chest. Inside the controller is another gyroscope with an accelerometer for detecting the movements. The robot is a toy for now, but it is a breakthrough in balancing an object without human intervention.

Singing Robot Vacuums
Robot vacuum cleaners are slowly replacing traditional vacuum cleaners.  They help you save time and effort as they can look for dust and dirt themselves. You can now control these intelligent cleaners using your smart phone or smart tablet. Then there’s Deebot, the first vacuum robot that can also work as your personal entertainer, as it can sing tunes and dance to the music.

Walk-about Work Stations
Although technically not a robot, work stations certainly behave like them. Work stations are being developed to be used either at home or at the office. The high-tech chair usually features three 19-inch LCD monitors, a 7” LCD touch screen control panel, a webcam, wireless headset with noise-cancelling, and perimeter and working headlights plus full spectrum lighting for avoiding jaundice. The seat is made up of top-line leather with climate package and head and tilt adjustment. An air purification system is also present.

Consumer Electronics
These products are only a few examples of robots that are invading consumer electronics. These were once only subjects of sci-fi novels, but now we are witnessing them for real. As electronic components and electronics designs become cheaper, we can expect more of these robots become   affordable. This is the dawn of consumer robotics.

LX is an award-winning electronics design company based in Sydney, Australia. LX services include full turnkey design, electronics, hardware, software and firmware design. They specialise in embedded systems and wireless technologies

Published by LX Pty Ltd for itself and the LX Group of companies, including LX Design House, LX Solutions and LX Consulting, LX Innovations.

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