New Restaurant Announced for Toy Story Land – Roundup Rodeo BBQ

first_imgShare This!It’s gonna be a rootin’, tootin’ good time at the all new table service restaurant that was announced today for Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This much needed table service location is themed around a brand new play area that Andy has set up in his backyard.According to Disney, themed after a rodeo, Andy has used three cardboard boxes cut and taped together to create a new rodeo arena using some of his favorite toys, games, and play sets. While the new area will have a western theme, of course this is Andy’s world, so there will be an assortment of toys that have been brought together to create a colorful mashup-atmosphere that only a child could create.Once inside the Roundup Rodeo BBQ restaurant, you’ll be surrounded by all of the rodeo festivities in-action. You’ll see a western town and train station play sets. Be on the lookout for some of your favorite characters….like the toy Jessie, riding a pull string Trixie, game board piece Prospector, and Bo Peep with her sheep, performing what look like rodeo tricks. Oh and you know Woody is there and he’s captured the Evil Emperor Zurg!This immersive restaurant will provide yet a unique, fun, family-friendly dining experience. No word on when the Roundup Rodeo BBQ restaurant will debut.last_img read more

Is smart dust the IoT vector of the future?

first_imgRelated Posts Can IoT Bridge The Gaps In Modern Mental Health… Cate Lawrence The notion of smart dust sounds like a work of science fiction but scientists at University of California Berkeley have developed a “neural dust” that can be implanted into the body, to monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time.The sensors are about the size of a large grain of sand contain a piezoelectric crystal that converts ultrasound vibrations from outside the body into electricity to power a tiny, on-board transistor that is in contact with a nerve or muscle fiber. A voltage spike in the fiber alters the circuit and the vibration of the crystal, which changes the echo detected by the ultrasound receiver, typically the same device that generates the vibrations. The slight change, called backscatter, allows them to determine the voltage.See also: For new e-skin products, plastics are the futureThe research could one day lead to brain machine interfaces for controlling prosthetics and robotics as well as faciliate a new biohealth industry of “electroceuticals.”“The original goal of the neural dust project was to imagine the next generation of brain-machine interfaces, and to make it a viable clinical technology,” said neuroscience graduate student Ryan Neely. “If a paraplegic wants to control a computer or a robotic arm, you would just implant this electrode in the brain and it would last essentially a lifetime.”Contemporary implantable electrodes degrade within 1 to 2 years, and all connect to wires that pass through holes in the skull. Wireless sensors could be sealed in stopping  unwanted movement of the electrodes and prevention of infection.Is smart dust the pinnacle of IoT creativity?Research by Gartner into ‘hype cycles’ within emerging technology predicts that Smart Dust will become trend within 5 to 10 years. It’s a field that has been developing within research laboratories since the late 1990’s, with funding by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create applications of military relevance, their work involving “evolutionary and revolutionary advances in miniaturization, integration, and energy management.”As early as 2003, researchers were working on applications for smart dust, which they characterised “tiny wireless microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) that can detect everything from light to vibrations”. Commercial applications considered included serving as traffic sensors in congested urban areas and monitoring the power consumption of household appliances to determine whether they’re operating at peak efficiency. However, scientific advances have moved the smart dust motes from everyday sensor technology applications to implanted wearable devices.According to neuroscientist Jose Carmena:“The beauty is that now, the sensors are small enough to have a good application in the peripheral nervous system, for bladder control or appetite suppression, for example. The technology is not really there yet to get to the 50-micron target size, which we would need for the brain and central nervous system. Once it’s clinically proven, however, neural dust will just replace wire electrodes. This time, once you close up the brain, you’re done.“The team at work to miniaturize the device further, find more biocompatible materials and improve the surface transceiver that sends and receives the ultrasounds, ideally using beam-steering technology to focus the sounds waves on individual motes. They are now building little backpacks for rats to hold the ultrasound transceiver that will record data from implanted motes.“Dust” could also detect chemical levelsThey’re also working to expand the motes’ ability to detect non-electrical signals, such as oxygen or hormone levels..“The vision is to implant these neural dust motes anywhere in the body, and have a patch over the implanted site send ultrasonic waves to wake up and receive necessary information from the motes for the desired therapy you want,” said Dongjin Seo, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer sciences. “Eventually you would use multiple implants and one patch that would ping each implant individually, or all simultaneously.”The biggest barrier to the mainstreaming of smart dust is perhaps the reality that at present, it requires surgical implanting. Will it be possible in the future to swallow or inhale the dust? Our digestive system makes it highly questionable, but it’s an interesting idea. At any rate, as the dust gets smaller, it’s entry into the central nervous system and brain could lead to life changing interventions for people with particular health conditions and disabilities. It’ll be a way off, but if the research so far is anything to go by, it’s inevitable. Tags:#biotech#brain machine interface#Cal Berkeley#DARPA#hype cycles#implanted wearables#neural dust#smart dust#subcutaneous wearables center_img 8 Unusual Ideas for a Dentistry Business How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua… FDA Extends Collaboration on Living Heart Proje…last_img read more