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IoT Interfaces May Come From Biology

One of the big challenges for the Internet of Things (IoT) is how to collect and share data from the physical world when sensors use proprietary interfaces. Unlike the world of the Internet, which has grown explosively through well-defined interfaces, much of sensor data remains locked in proprietary embedded sensor systems. It turns out the Internet of Things may evolve to incorporate elements of the natural world it senses.

The Center for Biomedical Innovation at MIT hosted a recent conference on the role of standards in biologics, since that industry faces similar challenges measuring and exchanging data about biological processes. Natural interfaces already exist between biological system components; the challenge has been to replicate that functionality using manufactured systems.

However, biological systems such as diseases can be extraordinarily complex and respond to treatment differently according to complex network effects, Veronique Klemer, an executive editor for Nature Publishing Group, said at the event. Thus replicating an experiment that has been published in a top journal may only be possible 30 percent of the time.

The ISO's Good Manufacturing Process standards that have been adapted for biomanufacturing and laboratory research environments may be useful in addressing the reproducibility issue. Further translational research in this area may be useful.

The desire to replace human and animal testing of new drugs with synthetic-biology substitutes is driving interest in this area. Ron Weiss, director of the Synthetic Biology Center at MIT, noted the similarity between the equations of chemistry and the equations of subthreshold analog electronics.

The formulation of an organ-to-organ protocol is one example of research in analog synthetic biology. Other examples are in lab-on-a-chip specifications that promise to revolutionize both research and medicine through lower costs, better sensitivity, portability, and higher throughput.

The MIT biomedical center and similar groups can help bring together stakeholders from academic research, industry, and the regulatory community. Together they can define interfaces among complex biological systems, components, and processes to facilitate the translation of science into new products in biology — and the IoT.

This blog originally appeared on EETimes.

32 comments on “IoT Interfaces May Come From Biology

  1. Nemos
    October 28, 2013

    The most successful technology achievements we have until now are all the devices that follow in one way or copy the physics' laws of the nature. Therefore if we like to have a more clever machines we must take some advices from the mother nature (Biology)

  2. Anand
    October 28, 2013

    Recently it has been said that IOT will reach new heights through their highly scalable interfaces. A brain implant can signal the doctor when the patient goes into a vegetative state and when the patient might need a surgery. Such devices can only be designed after knowing the biological characteristics of the human body.

  3. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    October 28, 2013

    The use of sensors and nanotechnology in medicine have the potential to do amazing things for human health. This is really an exciting evolution–and i'm hopeful that we'll see tons of stories that are revolutionary to medicine in this area.

  4. Hailey Lynne McKeefry
    October 28, 2013

    @anandvy, i just saw a story about these sensors being implanted in teh brain of a quadrapaletics to allow them to use thier brain to control a robot (this is the culumination of a lot of hot areas, including robotics, IofT, sensors, medical technology and more)  With the new technology she could feed herself and do other things wihtout help. I'm sure there will be hiccups as we learn more but this technology exists and is being used today.

  5. kasstri
    February 19, 2017

    The use of sensors and nanotechnology in medicine have the potential to do amazing things for human health. This is really an exciting evolution–and i'm hopeful that we'll see tons of stories that are revolutionary to medicine in this area.

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    March 4, 2017

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    March 22, 2017

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    April 23, 2017

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  23. juniaz
    April 25, 2017

    I was at the conference back in 2013, and the MIT Members was very informative guys like always.

  24. juniaz
    April 25, 2017

    “The Center for Biomedical Innovation at MIT hosted a recent conference on the role of standards in biologics, since that industry faces similar challenges measuring and exchanging data about biological processes”

     

    I was here and i must admit that it was pretty cool.

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    April 30, 2017

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    August 1, 2017

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    August 1, 2017

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