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Texas Innovator Summer 2008
A WORLD OF INNOVATION

Sweden

More than 250,000 train commuters pass through Stockholm’s main railway station each day. Karl Sundholm and his team at Kungsbrohuset have designed a system that will capture commuters’ body heat and use it to heat a nearby 430,000 square-foot, 13-story office building.

In the plan, which is still in the drawing phase, this captured energy will heat water, which will be sent through pipes to the building and could provide as much as 15 percent of its heating needs.

For more information, contact Karl Sundholm, karl.sundholm@jernhusen.se, or visit www.kungsbrohuset.se.

New Zealand

New Zealand-based Orico Limited has discovered that a muscle-building test in livestock may actually work well in humans afflicted with muscular dystrophy, a group of more than 30 genetic diseases.

Lab tests on mice studied Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a debilitating muscle disease affecting about 3,500 male children in New Zealand. The muscle-building test results showed a strength increase in mice of up to 15 percent. Human trials could begin in about two years. As many as 600 boys are born annually with DMD in the United States.

For more information, visit www.orico.co.nz or contact Monica Singh at m.singh@orico.co.nz.

Japan

A Japanese company has developed a humanoid robot that can help train future dentists by mumbling “ouch” when the drill hits a nerve.

Robot-maker Kokoro Company’s medical simulation robot, Simroid, resembles a five-foot-three-inch young woman with long black hair. Simroid is designed for use in clinical training at dental schools.

The robot can also say “it hurts” and frown when it feels discomfort from the dental drill.

For more information, visit www.kokoro-dreams.co.jp/english.

United States

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