On the second day of Technoport 2016, the exhibition area opened for people to discover promising prototypes and products from Trondheim and beyond.
Since most of the exhibitors brought stuff to play with or to touch, you could get an immediate impression of their product instead of having to believe their brochures and hype.
The technology trends represented the most were GreenTech, HealthTech and Robotics. Out of the many interesting stands there were three in particular that caught my eye.
Traditionally MRI images that are widely used in diagnostic medicine, come in layers. The brain, or any other organ is being scanned, so that information is extracted that cannot be given through X-rays or CT.
CustusX is a software that helps to assemble the layer information into a 3D model and navigate precisely in that information. Using a stick and positioning technology the treating surgeon can vary the angles and directions of view just by maneuvering his "stick" on the body surface. It’s like the organ became transparent.
This will enable surgeons to remove as much as possible from a tumor without doing any damage to the surrounding tissue.
Additionally, ultrasound is used to keep track of what has been removed.
The project requires collaboration between various disciplines (engineers, doctors) and organizations (local hospital, NTNU and SINTEF), which makes it even more challenging and interesting.
EMIP is developing an inspection robot to include into windmill housings (nacelles).
Since all the modern offshore windmills are hard and expensive to reach, maintenance is to be minimized. While things need to be repaired, the windmill won’t produce electricity. So avoiding damages is a huge topic.
The inspection robot is mounted on a rail that can be customized to match different nacelles. It is remote controlled and equipped with LED’s, microphones, infrared and normal cameras.
All the sensors are installed twice, so that if one breaks, the other one will still be there. That assures redundancy. You don’t want your fail surveillance to fail.
Even though the market might not be easy to set foot on, this maintenance robot will definitely be of interest!
The CO2 issue has been all over the news for decades. So how can it be extracted from a gas mix, from an exhaust for example?
According to new research, this can be achieved using a very thin membrane and a little bit of pressure on the gas. As the gas is entering under pressure, the CO2 will pass the membrane and find one exit only, whereas the other gases will follow another path. This process is continous and permits separate Co2 from the other gases.
The membrane works basically for any type of gas mix.
But what to do later? There are plans in in progress on how to store CO2 (in earth or sea) or use some of it for industrial processes. Nevertheless it’s a topic that will keep scientists busy for a while longer.
We'd love to hear your feedback on the Expo, in particular what you enjoyed and what you'd like to see next time.