The Pulse: Sperm-Inspired Microbots and Seinfeld’s ‘Bro’

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:21pm
Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist

This week on the Pulse, we’re checking out Apple’s Health, developing sperm-inspired microrobots, wearing the Bro (Manssiere), and growing cartilage from fat tissue.

Apple’s Health: Apple’s Health app provides an easy-to-read dashboard of a user’s health and fitness data collected from other health and fitness apps. HealthKit offers developers the opportunity to make their apps even more useful by allowing them to access a user’s health data.

Brobots: A team of researchers has developed sperm-inspired microrobots, which can be controlled by oscillating weak magnetic fields, for biomedical applications, such as targeted drug delivery, in vitro fertilization, cell sorting, and the cleaning of clogged arteries.

The Sports Bro: The Bro is a highly technical device used by elite athletes to measure the demands on players’ bodies during games. A miniature unit at the back of the vest captures data including total distance run, number of sprints, heart rate and collisions.

Growing Cartilage: Researchers at Columbia Engineering have successfully grown fully functional human cartilage in vitro from human stem cells derived from fat tissue.

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