A 3D printer can print a clock that turns into a vibrating motor and the result can help people with insomnia get a little bit more sleep.
Key points:The clock, created by a 3-D printer, converts the magnetic field generated by a human brain into a moving electrical signal to a 3d-printed motor The 3D printed motor is powered by an LED, which makes it more stableSource: News.au 3D printing could help people cope with insomnia, researchers sayThe latest research published in the journal Science shows the use of a 3DPrinting machine could help alleviate some of the symptoms of sleep apnea (sleep problems) associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Dr Paul W. Smith, an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Queensland, said the discovery could also be used to create devices that were easier to use and more affordable for individuals.
“It’s important that people get enough sleep, but we’re also seeing that the cost of a night’s sleep is very expensive,” Dr Smith said.
“If you can reduce that cost, that’s really good.”
Dr Smith and his team found that a 3DMatch3D printed clock was able to convert the magnetic fields generated by the brain into an electrical signal that was sent to the printed motor.
The motor was powered by a LED that made it more resilient than other motors, Dr Smith explained.
The researchers used a 3DS printer and a power source to produce the clock.
“We had to do a lot of hand-checking, testing and measuring before we could print the clock,” Dr W Smith said.
“We used a lot more precise machining techniques than we normally would, which we’re doing in a lot fewer parts.”
You can see that it’s not a 3 dimensional object but it’s 3D, and that’s what it is.
“What we’re trying to do is create a small machine that will produce the signal from the brain and then we’ll be able to control it to make it vibrate, and then make it more controllable.”
He said the 3D design process allowed the clock to function much like a human’s brain.
“This is an example of a small system that we’re working on and it’s also something that you could use for a human with CFS,” he said.
The device is already being used by people with CFM, a condition caused by repetitive, repetitive motion of the brain.
The technology could also help patients with sleep apneas.
Dr Smith said the process of printing a clock might not be as easy as it might seem.
“I think the best way to think about it is that you have a large object and you want to use that object to control a large amount of things in your life,” he explained.
“So what you’re going to need is the brain to generate the signal, the brain will generate the signals, and the brain itself will control the things that it can control.”
“So you’ve got the machine, the brains, the computers, the hardware, the software, the whole system that’s the machine.”
He warned that there were still some issues that needed to be worked out before the technology was ready for use.
“There are certain limits to the range of the machine that you can print.
And the size of the object, the size that it has to be, that you need to be able.”
That’s a big unknown, and it might take a few years to figure out the right size for a machine that can be printed,” he concluded.
The study is described in the Journal of Computational Neuroscience.