Posted By RichC on February 24, 2011
Hulk? Well it all depend on what we’re comparing … but the latest in micro computers has made my notebook and the Apple Mini computers look like antiques. One wonders if before long computers will not just be embedded in devices like watches or jewelry as I once imagined, but be embedded under the skin sending the video image to a contact lens while running off energy created by the biology of our own bodies!
Researchers recently unveiled the first complete millimeter-scale computing system that is about the size of the letter “N” on the back of a penny (or about the same size as the letter in this sentence).
This tiniest computer to date is a prototype of an implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients. Key to this unit linking up with other computers to form wireless sensor networks is a compact radio that needs no tuning to find the right frequency.
One day, these Lilliputian computers could track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make virtually any object smart and traceable.