Tokyo University Builds A Model House As If It Were A Balloon In Space

A model residence where people can live inflating like a balloon in space, the Space Colonies Research Center of the Tokyo University of Sciences and the main general contractor Shimizu Construction, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXAJaxa) made a prototype and they launched it on the 30th at the Onoda Campus (Noda City, Chiba Prefecture).

The model housing is made of polyester fiber fabric and folds up to 1 meter long and 50 centimeters thick so that it can be easily launched with a rocket before use. When it is inflated with air, it becomes a habitable space shaped like a kamaboko that is approximately 8 meters long, 5 meters wide and 2.5 meters high.

The interior is now empty, but in the future, experiments such as vegetable cultivation and water purification will be carried out. In the future, participants from other universities and private companies will be invited to establish new technologies such as energy supply and food production.

Chiaki Mukai, director of the research center and astronaut, said: “It is difficult to compete with Russia, the United States and China with rockets and satellites, but I think Japan can win in the field of clothing, food and housing.” Was.

University Researchers Create A Zoom Lens That Activates On Blinking

Having a superhuman vision will be possible in two years, according to researchers from the University of San Diego (California). This team has created robotic lenses controlled by small muscle movements to zoom in and out (with zoom effect) and in the blink of an eye, that is, with a single blink. Smart contact lenses are made of polymers (chemicals) that expand when an electric current is applied and are controlled by five electrodes that surround the eyes. When the polymer becomes more convex, the lens focuses effectively. “The man-machine interface has developed between the human eye and a biometric lens that is made of electroactive polymer films,” says the report.

Do not press any button like on the cameras. In this case, the lens detects electrooculographic signals (the intensity of the movement of the eyes and eyelids that allow to measure the state of the muscles). There is an electric field in the tissues surrounding the human eye and a measurable potential difference between the front and the back of the eye, so when electrodes are placed on the skin around the eye, that difference can be measured when the eye does it move. “The world of contactology is changing a lot. For example, we have contact lenses with sensors that can measure both intraocular pressure and sugar levels, ”says Dr. Jesús Merayo, director of the University Institute of the Fernández-Vega Ophthalmological Foundation.

But this system, which is still in preliminary phase, is controlled by manual or pre-designed programs. Normally, the eye receives ambient light stimuli. The light passes through the transparent media and the lens of the eye forms an inverted image in the retina. That is where specialized cells transform the image into nerve impulses. With this invention, electrooculography signals generated by eye movements (up, down or from right to left, and vice versa) are used, which help control movement and focal length. “Smart lenses can be the future for visual prostheses, adjustable glasses and remote robotics,” says the report.