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This AI-powered ‘smart bin’ sorts recycling by itself
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2022-09-13
This AI-powered ‘smart bin’ sorts recycling by itself
This AI-powered ‘smart bin’ sorts recycling by itself By Euronews  with AP  •  Updated: 13/09/2022 - 17:59 Despite the best intentions, the sad reality is that only a fraction of the plastics we dutifully separate from the rest of our waste is ever truly recycled. And one of the biggest contributing factors to this state of affairs is that plastic recycling isn’t properly sorted. Take Australia, for example. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), almost half of the overall waste generated annually in the country is recycled. But in New South Wales alone, only 10 per cent of the state’s 800,000 tonnes of plastics are recycled because they are not sorted properly, according to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). "The recycling process is quite complicated. If you go to the supermarket or for the daily recycling you need to know how to properly place all the recyclable (items), like bottles or others, into the right bins. You need to know the labels, know the icons," says Dr Xu Wang, from the School of Electrical and Data Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney. With this in mind, Wang and a team of researchers from the university’s Global Big Data Technologies Centre (GBDTC) have designed a hi-tech “smart bin” that can do this sorting automatically. The device is equipped with an arsenal of advanced technology, combining artificial intelligence, robotics and machine vision. Suffice to say, this is no average wheelie bin. "This machine can classify different (types) of waste including glasses, metal cans and plastics,” says Wang. More importantly, Wang says, the bin can recognise different types of plastics including PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high-density polyethylene). "We combine the latest technologies including IoT (Internet of Things). We use different sensors to sense the weight, the matter, the materials. And also, we use the latest AI (artificial intelligence) technology,” says Wang. “So, you can see, we have a camera and we're running an AI algorithm to classify different types of plastics and then we use IoT and other robotics technology to sort the waste into the bins," he adds. According to a ”circular economy roadmap” the CSIRO published last year, innovations like this one could triple the number of jobs created in the waste recovery industry by encouraging the production of high-quality recycled material and the development of new markets. For now, the bin is a prototype and still needs a bit of fine-tuning, but its inventors are already thinking of its commercialisation. Ultimately, their dream is to see smart bins in shopping centres, schools, cinemas, businesses and airports. "The customers can just drop the waste and go. Easy," says Wang. New Source: https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/09/13/this-ai-powered-smart-bin-sorts-recycling-by-itself
FDA approves Orthofix's ultrasonic bone fracture healing system
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2022-05-06
FDA approves Orthofix's ultrasonic bone fracture healing system
FDA approves Orthofix's ultrasonic bone fracture healing system Sporting autographed casts for months may one day become a thing of the past. The FDA has approved a noninvasive bone healing device designed to be worn after a fracture that uses ultrasound waves to help push the body to mend itself faster. Developed by Orthofix Medical, the AccelStim system is a nonsurgical treatment designed to be worn for 20 minutes per day to repair fresh bone breaks and fractures that have not healed on their own. According to the company, its low-intensity pulsed ultrasound treatment, or LIPUS, delivers waves of pressure to the tissue to help speed up bone formation; in studies, fresh fractures healed 38% faster, and the device demonstrated an 86% overall success rate for previous fractures that had not fully healed. The ultrasound-based device joins Orthofix’s long-running portfolio of healing devices that rely on pulsed electromagnetic fields, or PEMFs, which generate weak electric currents through the bones to help stimulate cellular formation. Employing technology first approved by the FDA in 1986, the company’s wearable CervicalStim and SpinalStim systems are used following spine fusion surgeries, while its PhysioStim device is designed for bone breaks that have been slow to heal. According to Orthofix, more than 1 million people have been treated with its PEMF devices. “With the addition of the AccelStim device, Orthofix is now the first and only company to offer both PEMF and LIPUS bone growth stimulation devices,” the company’s global spine president, Kevin Kenny, said in a statement. “We believe that expanding access to patients should help grow the existing $100 million market for fresh-fracture LIPUS solutions.” Orthofix said it plans to make its AccelStim device commercially available by the end of June through a targeted and phased launch plan. News source: https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/fda-approves-orthofixs-ultrasonic-bone-fracture-healing-system