Café Scientifique: Neural Dust A Platform for Next Generation Neural Interfaces and Medical Diagnostics

Café Scientifique: Neural Dust A Platform for Next Generation Neural Interfaces and Medical Diagnostics

Café Scientifique - Michel Maharbiz

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The emerging field of bioelectronic medicine seeks methods for deciphering and modulating physiological activity in the body for both sensing and therapy. Current approaches to interfacing directly with organs and nerves rely heavily on wires, creating problems for chronic use, while emerging wireless approaches do not scale down into the sub-millimeter size range necessary to be truly "transparent" to the body.  Recently, we demonstrated neural dust, a wireless and scalable ultrasonic backscatter system for powering and communicating with implanted bioelectronics.  In this talk, I will present the technology and material challenges in the space and discuss the neural dust technology as a platform for vanishingly small implantables.


Michel M. Maharbiz is a Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include the extreme miniaturization of technology focused on building synthetic interfaces to cells and organisms. He is known as one of the co-inventors of "neural dust", an ultrasonic interface for vanishingly small implants in the body.


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Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café provides a forum for debating science issues outside a traditional academic context. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable - all spoken in plain English. There is no admission charge to attend our events.

Building on its great success outside the United States, Café Scientifique Silicon Valley is the first such Café on the West Coast. We meet monthly to discuss a variety of science topics.


HanaHaus Start Right Mornings

HanaHaus Start Right Mornings

Join us for a calming community breakfast to start your day with good energy in and around you. 

Mornings start early in the Bay Area, and many people skip a healthy breakfast. The idea behind this new series is to set aside some time for breakfast, and conversation with the dynamic HanaHaus community.

Each month, we will invite someone from the HanaHaus ecosystem to share what they are working on, and of course, we're also looking forward to learning more about what you are up to. 

This is a great chance to get to know the HanaHaus community better and to meet someone new before diving into the busy workday.

Enjoy a healthy breakfast. Have a conversation. Meet someone new.

For registration and more information, visit HanaHaus Start Right Mornings.

Monthly Design Bites Session: Exploring the rise of Design Systems

Monthly Design Bites Session: Exploring the rise of Design Systems

Exploring the rise of Design Systems

 Google's Material Design, Microsoft's Fluent, and AirBnb's Design Language System... are all examples of businesses seeking to empower their individual design teams to scale, and be able to quickly build well-designed products. How do they do it? In this session, we'll explore how to design products using a pattern-based approach, and how it is useful for designers, teams, and anyone seeking to quickly create, implement, and produce consistently good user experiences.

"It is easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting" - Jerry Sternin.

New: We have a Facebook page to stay in touch and keep the conversation going in between meetups. Join us now!

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If design-thinking is all the rage, why are your skills not getting any better? Has your ability to brainstorm improved? Are you now sketching your ideas, rather than writing them? We sum up the current situation as: too much process, too little craft.
 
Our stance is: design should be learned skills-first. As you get better at applying your skills and reflect on your experience, you will naturally develop a better understanding of the process as well. Think design-doing instead of design-thinking.
 
Now, we know just how overwhelming it can be to decide where to start. That's why we created Design Bites. Each session of d.bites take one skill and teaches it with rigor. See examples from real projects, try it out a minimum of three times and learn from others in a fun lighthearted way.
 
As you get better at one skill, you will find yourself getting better at other skills, too. Learning how to interview better will dramatically improve your understanding of your product, and your validation skills, too! Like any good gym instructor, we will push you to do more reps as we push the envelope on design-doing skills ourselves.
 
You do not need any previous knowledge of design-thinking to join this series. Just a healthy curiosity on design-thinking and a willingness to be nudged to action. We will not be covering the design process but will refer to it. If this is your first time, we suggest taking a look at a short video here to understand the design process.
 
Join us at 1:00 pm on FMM: First Monday of every Month as we take on one design skill each time with friendly titles like: How to Map An Experience, How to Pick Colors Well, How to Get People to Open Up, How to Open the Flow of Ideas and much more. Group size is limited to 20, so hurry!

Clive Thompson on the Future of Coding

Clive Thompson on the Future of Coding

Clive Thompson offers smart, funny, necessary reporting with Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World. This tech journalist uncovers lesser-known origin stories within the field and outlines its future directions, all while casting incisive light on ethical questions of coding.