Howdy readers, welcome to Yourtechdiet. Today I am going to write on something that has been making quite a fuss recently and Smart Dust is that something. I didn’t know about it properly until I came across an article few years ago which mentioned it. Well, that was enough to generate a curiosity for learning about the topic. I researched upon the topic and followed the articles and news around this topic. Now I felt I should write a blog explaining what smart dust is and what are some advantages of smart dust and do my bit in explaining this futuristic technology which has uses in multiple industries and could very well change the very architecture of an industry in some way or the other.
Every time I talk about this topic, a James Bond movie comes to my mind as this is a kind of tech that he’d have love to use. Smart dust is actually a tiny miniature sized micro-electromechanical wireless device like robot, sensor or any other similar device which is able to detect temperature, vibration, chemical, light and much more. No one could have imagined that a few millimeters of space can hold such power.
These micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) have an autonomous supply of power, possess communication capabilities, even cameras can be fitted into them and more. Because of the micro size, smart dust can be suspended in any environment to monitor or collect data without altering or disturbing the real process at all.
These can wirelessly transfer data to the reporting base. This is a result of 3D printing on a micro scale. Also, the lenses used in these little robots can capture images of finest quality.
Now you would probably be assuming what can be the use of smart dust. Remember how sting operations were done traditionally, going in to a person’s room, having a camera attached to your shirt pocket or maybe a bag.
Think of how smart dust can change these operations. Just induce this dust into the room which won’t be difficult considering no one can see it, unless someone uses a microscope glasses or lenses all the time. Who knows this could be another invention in the future. Wait, did I just gave them an idea? Nevertheless, no risk at all right?
- Wireless monitoring for security purposes.
- Maintenance purposes.
- Identifying weaknesses such as an in system failure.
- From diagnosis, surgery to monitoring devices, smart dust applications can prove to be prodigious in healthcare industry.
- Used in GPS for tracking movements with the help of smart dust nodes.
As I said earlier, smart dust has monumental uses in healthcare industry. It can help in diagnosis of diseases by going deep inside the body areas which wasn’t possible earlier. Also, it can even work on upper surfaces of the body. For example, stress points can be identified via tiny sensors, which can be distributed across the area where prosthesis is to be attached.
On the other hand, it can help in surgeries as these tiny particles can be embedded into the body to collect some information so as to know the correct timing and way of performing an operation.
Firstly, smart dust can be used to know if the soil is ready for growing plants or not. Also, it can be used to collect data like time to harvest crops. Also, in a controlled environment like greenhouse, smart dust can be used to control temperature, humidity and also to know if the soil needs any manure or to know the water content.
Other benefit of smart dust is that if mastered, it could eradicate the need to grow plants, fruits and vegetables via any artificially means. So improving the quality and purity of what we eat. Amazing right!
It can help in monitoring activities in areas which are dangerous or inaccessible. Some more advantages of smart dust include tracking enemies or detecting any radioactivity or poisonous substances in the air. Smart dust can also be used for security & surveillance purposes.
Numerous scientific projects can be triggered by the use of smart dirt such as sending smart dust into the spaces or on planets unknown to humans for gathering data from the cosmos.
Also it could be implied to get an early warning in case of any natural calamity such as earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes and volcanic eruptions.
Smart dust can be used to keep a check on the conditions of the goods transported. Smart dust can also be used to maintain the pre-defined and controlled conditions to keep the goods fresh in case of perishable items. Also it can send distress signals in case of any malfunctions, either in equipment or the pre-defined conditions.
There are many more advantages of smart dust. In future, who knows what smart dust would be capable of? Maybe it can be modified to enhanced capabilities.
But what we know is that it is internet of things (IoT) on a large scale. Like they say little things make big things happen. Will smart dust be calamitous or beneficial in the longer run, we’ll have to wait and watch.
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