As our technology improves, there is a trend towards minutiae – electronic gadgets, surgical equipment, food and clothing and even our personal accessories are becoming smaller and smaller. Back when the technology was still not sophisticated enough for small-scale production, bigger was better. It allowed more room to experiment with quality. Today, the opposite is true.
Let’s take medicine first. Twenty years ago, astigmatism had to be corrected through open surgery where the orb was cut open and recovery took weeks of care as well as hospital stay. Today laser surgery for eyes has reduced recovery time to mere hours and there is no sign of a wound because the laser beam is too small to leave a large trace. Soon, injections will be administered through a high pressure nano pump, with several small pipes injecting vaccines into the pores on our skin at high pressure, thus removing the pain factor. Surgery in many parts of the body is now conducted with the aid of small telephoto lenses that allow doctors to see the interior of the body without cutting everything open. Thus, heart surgery can be done and completed with just a small scar on the abdomen, smaller than a finger length.
This is the most exciting innovation of all. When radios first came out, it was the height of ‘cool’ to have a boom box on your shoulder as you walked through your hometown. Today, the iPods are so small that we are in danger of losing them in our pockets, yet it can hold close to a thousand songs. Everything from the glasses that an optometrist assigns us to the phones we carry are becoming smaller and smaller. Improvements in electronic circuits, in online memory space and other technological advancements have helped us become more and more nano. Visit NewVision Clinics if you are looking for eye specialist.
Fast paced, emotionally draining yet physically non-taxing lifestyles have led us to miniaturize our food as well. Gone are the days when hearty helpings of stew were met with raucous approval. Today, most people eat like birds, pecking at small meals designed to help them control a metabolism that is at odds with our diet of fast and junk food. Eating smaller portions more often helps us maintain high energy throughout the day and still control weight gain. This is important because we often tend to work till late evening and require that energy. Thus the world is moving towards a nano culture, where nano technology rules the day. Scientists and inventors looks to the minutiae of nature to inspire some of their craziest and coolest designs and in turn, gift us with amazing inventions to make our life easier.