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This Brilliant ‘Skin Closure Device’ Could Replace Sutures And Staples For Millions Of Medical Patients

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Seattle startup KitoTech Medical has developed a “skin closure device” that it believes combines the efficacy of traditional wound closure techniques with the simplicity of the humble Band-Aid.

Initially targeted at procedures like excisions, skin biopsies, and other non-traumatic applicationsmicroMend is an adhesive strip with “microstaples” that seal wounds closed. The easy-to-use product is reportedly more effective than labor-intensive sutures and staples at minimizing both infection and scarring.

The microMend strip is intuitive to use: First, press the microstaples on one end of the strip into the skin on one side of the wound. It’s then a simple matter of ensuring the skin is pulled taut and inserting the microstaples on the other end of the strip into the other side of the wound.

Image via Kito Tech Medical.

Image via Kito Tech Medical.

The microstaples are small enough that patients describe them as painless. In human trials, microMend was preferred over staples and sutures in 90% of instances, by both patients and health care workers. 

Image via Kito Tech Medical.

While the initial results are promising, microMend isn’t expected to render current techniques obsolete. The strip’s design is less useful for wounds on hairy skin or areas subject to repetitive motion. Further, its application has proven less effective on jagged or non-linear lacerations. 

Clinical testing of microMend is currently underway, but the response to the product has been overwhelmingly positive. The next time you go under the knife for a minor medical procedure, you just might avoid sutures or the dreaded staple gun.

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Growing danger

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Technology image of the week: The shard rising from this alien-like terrain presents a clear and present danger to space missions
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Trick Placemat

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The grid pattern on this placemat creates the optical illusion that the placemat has sunk under the weight of your tableware. Love it.

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Goodbye Uncanny Valley on Vimeo

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This is the first time I comment on a video at Vimeo. I must say thank you Mister for your informative & whimsical work. Very interesting observations about the CGI World. Your work "Soft Cash" reminds me a bit of Matthew Barney and his Cremaster Cycle (I guess it is the masonary-stuff ;-)). How I wish that I stumbled about your conclusions some time earlier...

My own forays into the digital domain were more from the standpoint of illustration. But I am getting more and more interested in this idea of "wilderness" and "speculative" part of CGI, which you formulate. My questions these days are more regarding how to adapt ideas & aestetics of CGI and transform or move them into the physical world. As I studied illustration at my university here in Leipzig, Germany there was a stark emphasizes on physical aspects of creating (drawing, working with your hands, long tradition...). So there is still this curiosity in me how to find meaningful expressions in the way of drawing with your hands and pencils but as well taking the approach of construction of wirklichkeit (reality & realness) in CGI to drawing and painting.

Are you also considering or occupying yourself with the areas of CGI-aspects of games?

Now I am getting interested in CGI again... ;-)

If you keen, have a look at my stuff ...

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Control System Fundamentals by Video

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If you’ve had the classic engineering education, you probably have a hazy recollection of someone talking about control theory. If you haven’t, you’ve probably at least heard of PID controllers and open loop vs closed loop control. If you don’t know about control theory or even if you just want a refresher, [Brian Douglas] has an excellent set of nearly 50 video lectures that will give you a great introduction to the topic. You can watch the first lecture, below.

You might think that control systems are only useful in electronics when you are trying to control a process like a chemical plant or a temperature. However, control theory shows up in a surprising number of places from filters to oscillators, to the automatic gain control in a receiver. You’ll find the background behind many familiar results inside control theory. Sort of like when you take calculus and you discover how they came up with all the formulas you memorized in geometry.

The presentation style of these videos is good. The first sets of topics are necessarily abstract, but later videos in the series show a robotic vehicle using tracks and an Arduino, a MEMS gyro, and how to land on a planet. If you don’t think control systems are everywhere, consider an example we use when talking to school kids: a toilet. A very simple and very common closed loop control system. Even [Bill Gates] and Caltech agree. Although, honestly, we don’t know what constitutes an “aspirational toileting experience.”

We’ve done our own series on this topic, but not using video. We’ve covered PID-controlled projects ranging from drones to soldering irons.


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Hidden Structures of the Mandelbrot and Julia Sets

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