Scientists at Princeton University and Hewlett-Packard are working on a new type of memory that is small, dense and cheap. It is based on polyethylenedioxythiophene, or Pedot for short. By placing a layer of the organic compound Pedot over a thin film inorganic silicon, it can hold about a million bits of information in a Read More
Intel has achieved what few thought was possible, as it has produced a chip with an average feature size of 65 nanometres, about half the size of today’s chips. This new process, which they hope to be in production by 2005, will ensure that Moore’s Law continues for the coming years.
Shell Renewables is organizing a light show in London, England designed to imitate the Northern Lights on the south shore of the Thames. A stretch of 40 trees will be used to mount lighting, sound and atmospheric equipment, and the entire thing will be powered by a 43-metre Vestas wind turbine. The light show will Read More
The Pop!Tech conference in Maine last month brought in a new way to help visitors meet and greet each other. Each of the conferences 500 attendees were given an nTag to wear around their neck. About the size and weight of a PDA, this device was supplied with information about the wearer, including their work Read More
In a move to curb information overload, MSN Newsbot is set to use implicit customization to help users find news important to them. The idea is similar to Google News, which scans over 4000 news sources, and clusters similar articles together by topic. Newsbot goes one step further, and considers which stories the user has Read More
Microsoft Research is putting the final touches on what I would call a “search-engine for your brain”. The concept is simple. If Google can index and make every web page in the world searchable, surely your mulit-gigahertz machine on your desk can make your memory searchable. Their forthcoming program, called “Stuff I’ve Seen” or SIS, Read More
Remember the days of vinyl? There was nothing quite like buying a brand new record, bringing it home and playing it for the first time. The sound on that first playing was so crisp and clear you felt like you were actually in the room. I used to DJ in my high-school days. The very Read More
You know when you are in 2003 when… .. at the Japanese MTV Music Video awards, fans stick up their camera-phones to capture a shot of their idols.
RFID chips will soon be in everything you own. It is the new standard to replace the large and unwieldy UPC bar codes on products. For example, a box of cereal will have this tiny chip embedded in its packaging. When you pass through the checkout, the reader at the checkout will power the chip, Read More