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December 7, 2011 at 3:20 PMComments: 1 Faves: 0

Going Beyond the Game

By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the The Cold Boot Blog Series

Welcome back to the Boot! Let's dig right in...

I'd like to talk about a little competition known as the Siemens competition in Math, Science and Technology. This competition is the premier competition for high school science research in the nation. Now, most of you are thinking back to the days of erupting volcanoes and eccentric collections of insects. Let me tell you now, times sure have changed.

The Individual

In the individual category, Angela Zhang won the $100,000 grand prize for developing a nanotechnology to eradicate cancer stem cells. This nanotechnology allows for noninvasive imaging of tumors and also delivers drugs to attack the cancer cells right at the site. She used precious metals to clearly identify the tumor cells in the body and then developed a release system for the drugs. These technologies have been researched for years now and a high school student reached what some have seen as the brass ring in this field, truly remarkable.

The Team

In the team category, Ziyuan Liu and Cassee Cain hacked the Microsoft Kinect to closely track human movement as it pertains to those who are currently immobile or have a prosthetic limb. The purpose of this tracking is to better evaluate human movements at the base level of healthcare, instead of only at the specialist level. Also, with the Kinect being a retail product, the hack could be instituted in homes and be remotely monitored by specialists, so a patient could be at home doing their exercises and tracking movement while their healthcare provider is at the office monitoring their progress. Also, the Kinect has video and voice chat so the interacting would be seemless while allowing for the comforts of home to help the patient along.

Beyond the amazing scientific implications of both of these inventions, the hope that all should feel at our younger generations achieving this level of success is beyond calculable. Too often we look down at our younger generations because of their reliance on technologies for communication and everyday life, we consistently label them as having learning disabilities when it may just actually be that they are bored with the system set in place by our ancestors. I say we embrace this wave and let the ingenuity that each of these kids has roam free, obviously good things can happen.

Shut it down fellow tech heads...I'll see you at start-up next week.

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  • These are amazing advancements being made. Especially the Kinect hack. I'm hearing lots about those sorts of applications springing up lately, not just in health. One company in South American used Kinect to make a sort of real-life analytical software for store owners, allowing things like heat-maps for grocery-store shelves. Technology-wise, it's an awesome time to live in.

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