Video: The Latest Engineering Innovations From January 2017

New products are being created every day, so what’s new in the marketplace? Our friends at Industrial Equipment News created a roundup of their favorite product developments so far in 2017.

Here are some of the products that topped the list: 

Japanese Bidets Are No Longer Lost in Translation

A 2014 survey from Gizmodo revealed that more than 25 percent of tourists in Japan didn’t know how to use the country’s complex bidets. To make Japan more accommodating for tourists before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association created simplistic, universal design icons to help tourists understand the complex bathroom item.

A Sleeve To Prevent Heart Failure 

While 2,100 patients are lucky enough to receive a heart transplant every year in the U.S., there are another 5.7 million who suffer from heart failure. To combat this issue, researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and Harvard University developed a soft robotic sleeve that can slip around a heart and mimic its twists and compressions to keep patients alive. The sleeve is an alternative to a pump known as the ventricular assist device, which has been known to cause problems such as strokes and infections.

The U.S. Army Will Test Hoverbike Models On The Battlegrounds:

The Army Research Lab and its industry leaders revealed the JTARV hoverbike, which will make its way to the battlegrounds. The Army plans to have these JTARV bikes flying at 60 mph or more on resupply missions. Ideally, the Army would use these hoverbikes to help soldiers get the supplies they need in 30 minutes or less, no matter where they are positioned.

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