Way to go, STMicro and Veredus Laboratories. Based on ST's In-Check technology, an application is underway to identify whether a patient has avian flu--in a single test within an hour. Currently, a series of tests is now required.
The processing and analysis of an extremely small sample is performed on a single disposable chip. Results are received by a portable reader using optical signals and processed by ST software.
The only downside is that it won't be in the hands of the medical community until fall. Kudos to both companies for teaming to take on the challenge--this is a great example of the best possible workings of the high-tech industry.
The wearables space is wide open and exploding with opportunity, but that comes with design and sourcing issues, which some believe could be alleviated in part by the strength of the maker community and an open-source approach to this segment.
An engineer who has experienced firsthand the changes that the engineering profession has undergone since the days of Bill Hewlett and David Packard argues that the loss of innovative capacity is the direct result of a vacuum in American business thought leadership.