Bioscience district to create advisory committee

Bioscience District staff; Colin Dodson and Ryan Quinn, directors of SiMMo3D; and the Live Out Loud PR firm staff met to consider what the district could do for its tenants and how to keep the district competitive.

“The take-home message was the need to network,” Tami Annable, Temple Health and Bioscience District interim director, said. “They felt that it was important for a start-up company to have as many people as possible to network with.”

Annable shared this information with the district’s monthly board meeting.

Creating an advisory committee with physicians and local entrepreneurs was an idea that could help guide a start-up company on the feasibility of an idea and to share information on how to break into a market.

A lunch and learn quarterly event, a tenant handbook and organizing a competition for start-ups were discussed and a competition for start-ups.

“I think the advisory committee is a good idea,” board member Wendell Williams said. “It works from both ways.”

The entrepreneurs/tenants can learn from these people and can expose committee members to what is going on at the district, Williams said.

“I would encourage the creation of such a committee,” he said.

Thomas Baird, board president, liked the idea of a tenant handbook that provided a step-by-step guide to commercialization.

At the meeting Annable gave a tenant update.

Colin Dodson and Ryan Quinn of SiMMo3D presented at a seminar to the Texas A&M Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Class on 3D Printing and Device Prototyping and while there agreed to promote Temple Health and Bioscience within the department to generate awareness.

Dodson and Quinn have submitted an application to pitch SiMMo3D at an Emerging Venture Pipeline Luncheon and the Health Innovation Venture Investment Forum in order to find strategic partners and begin raising funds to reach their next milestone.

SiMMo3D is a 3D printing technology company that has developed simulated organ models for surgical planning, biomedical research, and medical training.

William Minnie has joined SiMMo3D and will be helping with the design and creation of organ models.

The district has received an application for a lab and office from Aarda Chandra Mouli, managing director of Aeka Biochemicals.

She is interested in contacts with USDA and AfgriLife, Annable said.

Trending technologies in 2017

Change is the only constant thing and technology is not left out. Technology is continuously developing and maturing.

People are constantly becoming increasingly connected to their devices, connecting to other people on a regular basis while also being connected to many other things.  Since the evolution of technologies, people are now able to connect with others everywhere and any time.

In recent times, devices are fast becoming SMART. Phones are now smart including other devices. To sustain this, there is every need for there to be platforms which support this development of advanced digital world. In place are newer technologies such as smart devices, IoT and software. 3D printings are also making waves.

We are going to be looking at the top 10 technology trends that will rule in 2017.

No. 1 TREND: THE DEVICE MESH.

The device mesh is a device which has been designed to move beyond the conventional desktop computer and other mobile devices (tablets and smartphones) to surround the complete range of digital points with which humans could interact. While the device mesh evolves, connection models are expected to expand and also the expectation of the emergence of cooperative interaction between devices.

The device mesh refers also to an expanding set of endpoints which enables people to have access to applications and information or interact with people, social communities, businesses and wearable. The Devise Mesh can be seen in mobile devices, consumer, and home electronic devices, environmental and automative devices. Though through various networks, devices are connected to back-end systems, they often operate differently from one another.

No. 2 TREND: AMBIENT USER EXPERIENCE.

The digital interactions can all be designed to operate at the same time and rate in a continuous and ambient digital experience said to preserve experiences traversing traditional boundaries of devices. The ambient user experience also preserves continuity. The experience brings into existence virtual, electronic and physical environments, while putting in application real-time clear information as the ambient environment changes or with the movement of the user from one place to another.

The device mesh creates an underlying basis for a new continuous and ambient user experience. The experience flows easily across a set of equipment` and interaction channels combining virtual, electronic and physical environment as the user moves from place to another.

No. 3 TREND MORE METHODS FOR DATA PROTECTION WILL EMERGE.

There is also a new wearable device which starts tracking more of the wearer’s movements every time there is a connection of new home appliance to the Internet. Gain each time we are prompted to put our feelings and pictures on the internet, more data is created. This is because the social network encourages us to do more of these things. This also means that similar security measures will be more in size and complexity. This depends largely on pointing out abnormalities in network behavior rather than identifying software with destructive codes.

No. 4 TREND. PROFESSIONAL VIDEO GAMER.

The newest trend of entertainment now is watching video-game stars play video games. You will be surprised at the mammoth crowd of fans present in arenas which are large enough to house   the largest sports teams or concerts. You will also find the crowd watching these games from a super-sized screens videogame. The winnings on this game for winners are huge! 

No. 5 TREND: TURBO-CHARGED VIDEO GAMING WITH CLOUD-BASED SERVICES.

The most powerful games of 2016 will be based on a blend of console and cloud-based power. Very powerful games will need the data center made available by a console, and this will remain constant in 2016. It is not advisable for the market to totally change over to games which are based solely in the cloud. Currently, one should have access to a data center very close. The hard core gamers have a different view on this. Most of the gaming industry is widely looking at the possibility of releasing Nintendo’s next generation gaming system, with a name reference code- “Nintendo NX.

No. 6 TREND -ALL SCREENS WILL COMMUNICATE TO EACH OTHER.

Companies are ever looking for ways to improve the way that devices communicate to each other. This trend in the technology world is known as “cross-platform integration.” This is what Microsoft’s newest update on its newest operating system does. With Windows 10, devices in the same network stream the same game across multiple devices. The notion therefore changes that each device has its own operating platform.

No. 7 TREND- FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WILL DEMAND BITCOM TECHNOLOGY MORE.

The digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin has had its share of challenges in the consumer market, yet financial institutions are still investing in the technology behind it and are looking to have it applied in different transactions.

Called blockchain technology, The Bitcom Technology as an innovation is a digital way of recording events. The immediate and clear nature of blockchain technology makes it most suitable for transfer of money across borders and this is what has given rise in the interest of financial institutions. The next year will witness significant speed in this space.

NO. 8 TREND -ADVANCES IN 3D.

This has made it possible for a wide range of materials to be used in 3D printing. This includes advanced nickel alloys, glass, electronics, carbon fiber, conductive ink, biological and pharmaceutical materials. These innovations are pushing up demand, as there is expansion to more sectors in practical applications. This includes the area of medical, automotive, aerospace, military and energy. The developing range of 3D-printable materials will lead to a compound annual growth rate of 64.1 percent with regards to enterprise 3D-printer shipments through 2019.

People love 3D printing which will drive new innovations in 3D printing technology, and its wide scale application in new industries.

NO.9 TREND -AUTONOMOUS AGENTS AND THINGS.

The learning of Machines will surely encourage a wide range of smart machine implementations. This includes robots, virtual personal assistants (VPAs), autonomous vehicles and smart advisors which act in an autonomous (semiautonomous) manner. The development and improvement in physical smart machines such as robots garners a whole lot of attention; there is more near- term impact with the software-based smart machines. Virtual Personal Assistants such as Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple’s Siri and Google Now are becoming smarter and are forerunners to autonomous agents. Rather than interacting with buttons, forms, menus and on a smartphone, there is an app which is an intelligent agent which the user speaks to.

No. 10 TREND -INTERNET OF THINGS PLATFORMS (IOTs)

Internet of Things platforms are complementary of the mesh app and service architecture. The security, integration, management, and other technologies and standards of the IoT platform are essential for managing, building, and securing elements in the IoT. The IoT forms part of the digital mesh and ambient user experience. This is only made possible by the developing and ever changing world of IoT platforms.

Change is the only constant thing and technology is not left out. Technology is continuously developing and maturing.

People are constantly becoming increasingly connected to their devices, connecting to other people on a regular basis while also being connected to many other things.  Since the evolution of technologies, people are now able to connect with others everywhere and any time.

In recent times, devices are fast becoming SMART. Phones are now smart including other devices. To sustain this, there is every need for there to be platforms which support this development of advanced digital world. In place are newer technologies such as smart devices, IoT and software. 3D printings are also making waves.

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3D Printed Pavilion Contains 2000 Unique Bricks

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Bricks, typically, are pretty uniform. Some of them may be a bit smaller or larger, but overall they tend to be the same rectangular shape. That’s not the case with the bricks in a recently built pavilion in Hong Kong. This pavilion, named the Ceramic Constellation Pavilion, is made up of about 2,000 bricks, each one a different shape and size. The effect is quite marvelous – a twisting, rippling tower with areas that vary in their solidity.

The pavilion was built by the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and funded by Sino Group, one of Hong Kong’s leading property companies. It was engineered by Goman Ho and Alfred Fong of Ove Arup and Partners Hong Kong Ltd. The Ceramic Constellation Pavilion was built in the first workshop of what’s being called the Sino Group Robotic Architecture Series, and it brings together new technology with an old material, clay, which has a long tradition of use in Hong Kong.

Each of the bricks was 3D printed from terracotta clay in a process that took about three weeks; each individual brick took only two to three minutes to print. They were then fired at a temperature of 1025ºC. The pavilion structure, which has a wooden base, was then assembled by architecture students in a 10-day workshop. The 3.8-meter-tall pavilion is load-bearing as well as being decorative, and each one of its faces shows different levels of opacity and transparency.

About 700 kg of clay was used to fabricate the structure, and the 3D printing was carried out in the new Robotics Lab at the HKU Faculty of Architecture.

“In a context that has been largely shaped by standardization and mass production, the project seeks to overcome the constraints of today’s architectural production through the introduction of a structure made entirely of non-standard components,” state the architects in the project description.

The project is only the first in the collaboration between the HKU Faculty of Architecture and Sino Group; the partnership will be an ongoing one aimed at examining new technology in architecture.

“The research initiative that supports arts, cultures, and technology is intended to foster cultural awareness of new technologies for the built environment,” the architects explain.

The Ceramic Constellation Pavilion is one more example of how 3D printing can create unique architectural structures. Several other pavilions have been created using 3D printing, each drastically different from anything else. A lightweight 3D printed biopolymer pavilion arched over Milan earlier this year, and a massive 3D printed bamboo pavilion was featured at last year’s Design Miami/ event. Beijing unveiled a beautiful, record-setting 3D printed pavilion inspired by silkworms, and a year later a Guinness World Record was snatched by the geometric 3D printed Rise Pavilion.

The HKU architects describe the Ceramic Constellation Pavilion as “one of the first of its kind in the world that incorporates this specific material system,” and that’s the beauty of these examples of architectural 3D printing. Each of these pavilions produced with 3D printing is unlike anything that has ever been built before, and demonstrates how 3D printing is capable of taking architecture from uniformity to uniqueness.

The Ceramic Constellation Pavilion was on exhibit for part of the summer and will soon be moved to the campus of HKU.

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[Source/Images: University of Hong Kong]