milestones and established sub-goals for milestones, Mr. Kozak says. “If testing
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cycles are long, the project needs a special accelerated testing approach to keep
the evaluation loops tighter,” he says. “It might take up to a year or more to
customize and validate the test.”
Mr. Dalvit typically divides a nanotech project into phases separated by gates,
with clearly defined goals for each. For instance, at a previous organization, he
conducted a project for an Italian manufacturer that developed prototypes for
fingerprint-resistant appliances and kitchen cabinets. During the test phase, the
team discovered the nano-coatings worked well on steel but created an uneven
surface and unnatural appearance on wood. Additional work fixed the problem
Google has patented a smart
contact lens that uses nanotech.
The solar-powered lens will communicate with computers and
collect biological data about the
wearer, such as glucose levels
from tears for those who have
diabetes. Google spent 18 months
developing a testable prototype;
the product is scheduled to hit
the market by 2019.
Nanotech project teams are reinventing the familiar
to build a more high-tech future.
A NOSE FOR DANGER
Nanotech startup Tracense
has invested more than
US$10 million in a device
that can help sniff out
explosives, drugs and even
large amounts of money.
The “nano-nose” relies
on nanosensors to detect
threats and will be marketed commercially, the Israeli
company says, though the
project has exceeded its
original 2015 deadline.
NO NEED FOR THE GRID
Japan’s Shimizu Corp. invested
US$25 million to create a zero-energy nanotech building that
opened in October 2015 in Albany, New York, USA. The joint
venture with SUN Y Polytechnic
Institute uses nano-based solar
panels and fuel cells to produce
as much energy as the US$191
million building consumes each
year. Shimizu hopes to apply the
same technology toward floating cities someday.