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The Researchers Developed A 3D Printing Auxiliary Technology, Wireless Tracking And Storage
Oct 11, 2018

Researchers at the University of Washington (University of Washington) developed a 3D printing object assistive technology, people can track and store without using battery or electronic equipment under the condition of how to use them.

Although custom 3D printing equipment, such as artificial limbs or "smart" medicine bottles, can help patients to remember their daily drug, the plastic parts are not electronic devices, cannot be used to monitor patients how to use them.

"We are interested in barrier-free assistive technology is made by 3D printing, but we have no easy way to understand how people use it," co-author Jennifer Mankoff, he is a UW Paul g. Allen, professor of the college computer."Can we put forward a solution, no circuit can be printed on the consumer ready-made printer, and allow the device itself to collect information?This is what we have shown in this article."

3D printing wireless analysis project team.The back (from left to right) : Vikram Iyer, Jennifer                                    Mankoff, Ian Culhane;In the front row: Shyam Gollakota, Justin Chan.

Previously, the researchers developed the first 3D printing plastic objects and sensors, can collect useful data, and completely independently, communicate with other wireless devices.However, their device can track motion in a direction, such as monitoring the concentration of detergent or measure wind speed and water speed.But now they need to make to monitor two-way movement of objects, such as opening and closing the bottle.

"Last time, we have a gear to one direction.When liquid flows through the gears, it will push down an antenna with the switch contact."This time we have two antennas, one at the top, one at the bottom, be able to connect a gear switch to connect to.So open the medicine bottle cap, the gear moving in one direction, the direction switch to contact one of the two antennas.Then close the medicine bottle caps, steering gear to the opposite direction, switch hit another antenna.