The Gita Robot — gita meaning “short trip” in Italian — promotes sustainable, active transportation while also refashioning everyday errands as opportunities to engage and connect. A simple push of a button allows the self-rolling robot to sense its environment and pair with its leader to instantly roll behind them, in sync with their pace. The unit was designed to move like humans move; with smooth, natural motion, it continuously follows without interruption, at up to 6 mph while toting up to 40 lbs. “From students to working professionals, new parents to grandparents, Gita empowers people of all ages to more actively enjoy their surroundings, and to interact with their communities in a more meaningful way,” says Greg Lynn, CEO and Co-Founder of Piaggio Fast Forward, creators of Gita. Available in three colors — Signal Red, Thunder Gray or Twilight Blue — it stylishly complements daily life; PiaggioFastForward.com.
Some of the most unforgettable experiences for Rodrigo Vianna, MD, PhD, are when he comes across a patient who is now an adult and he performed a transplant on them as a baby. Seeing them older, living healthy lives, doing the things they love, is an ongoing inspiration.
The Chihuahua breed’s origins are steeped in mystery. It’s widely believed that they are direct descendants of the Techichi — a small dog of Chinese ancestry that dates back to Mayan times. It’s possible that explorers bred the Techichi with a small hairless dog, and the Chihuahua was the result.