Using Silk For Biological Electronic Medical Implants

Using Silk For Biological Electronic Medical Implants

The problem with many of the current wave of electronic medical implants is that they are made out of synthetic materials that the body has to adapt to. The adaption can go awry sometimes and people find that their body actually rejects the implant and this can lead to a massive array of health issues. The other problem is that the implant will need to be fished out once it has outlived its use. This may require the specific skills of a surgeon (expensive and time consuming). Silk is an excellent and natural material to form the basis of an electronic medical implant because it breaks down over time and does not need to be removed manually – just like stitching that is made out of cat gut that dissolves over time (generally used for internal stitches).

Because silk is a natural material it can sit above biological tissue and will not irritate the person wearing the implant. It also has less likelihood of being rejected by the host body because it is a natural substance. It is also soft. The original research that this is based on was originally aimed at using silk as a substance to help rebuild muscle tissue that had degraded past the point of regular treatment. Silk was to form the basis of the support network that new flesh or muscle could grow on.

Silk can be combined with a variety of other materials such as silicone electronics, LEDs and various enzymes for slow release into the host’s body. Eventually as the silk breaks down (the rate of which it dissolves can be altered) all that is left is the other implanted material – by this stage the body would have gradually become acclimatised to the material and it lessens the likelihood of the host …

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The Television As a Social Media Centre

The Television As a Social Media Centre

For many of us who use both the computer and television as a means to unwind after a busy day, sometimes it is hard decide whether or not to surf the web and chat with friends or just sit in front of the television for some personal time. The advent of social television is offering to bring these together – making our televisions another tool with which to remain connected to our social networks that reside online.

This development comes into play because television as a form of entertainment is rapidly becoming a secondary device to computers and the internet. Live television (such as sport) still commands a great viewership; however, many people are watching these events while using their phone or laptop to communicate with friends as the action unfolds in their living room.

Television is set to star in a revival of sorts; this is directly attributed to the notion of social television. Social television is essentially a combination of television and social network – you will no longer need to sit in front of the television with a laptop to chat with friends while you watch television. You might even call social television a version of television with the internet embedded as a secondary means of entertainment.

While there is not a great amount of information available as to how many of the cable or internet providers aim to do this – we can assume that it will utilise an internet or cable connection and possibly a different set top box than we currently use for these services. You are likely to have a wireless keyboard or a device that is similar to a smart phone that communicates with the set top box. Through these devices you can chat with friends, activate a web browser and check …

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