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Monday, October 31, 2011

Designing Drugs with Augmented Reality

From Fastcodesign: How 3-D Printing And Augmented Reality Can Help Design Better Drugs.   Clever idea,  The idea of using the third dimension to augment design has been common for many years.  Leveraging it well for very complex designs can be difficult.   " ...  The reason this approach is worth exploring is that designing drugs comes down to piecing together the molecular structure of their chemical parts in the best possible way, so that they literally latch onto the surface of their targets like a magnetic Tetris piece. Tactile feedback is a very powerful tool for this kind of puzzle-solving, which is where Olson's 3-D-printed models come in--think of it like playing with a Rubik's cube, except the solution may help cure HIV ... "

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