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The new word in electronics is ‘plastics’

July 4, 2013


Imperial College London scientists say improving “crystallization,” an industrial process for making plastics, could revolutionize the way we produce electronic products,  reducing the cost and improving the design of solar cells and other electronic devices.

The process of making many well-known products from plastics involves controlling the way that microscopic crystals are formed within the material.

That allows engineers to determine the exact properties they want,… read more

The New World of Tailored Treatments

November 11, 2003

Pharmacogenomics, or “personalized medicine,” which involves using genomic knowledge to tailor treatments that best suit the individual patient’s needs, could significantly improve treatments for cancer and other major killers.

The news on Intel’s Nehalem; chips with integrated GPUs up next

August 21, 2008

Intel Corp. is accelerating efforts to boost computing performance without increasing power consumption, in a new generation of microprocessors code-named Nehalem.

A new “turbo” feature powers down unused processor cores to hold down the total power consumed by a chip.

An initial model for desktop computers, Core i7, will offer four processors, going into production in fourth quarter 2008. The Nehalem-EP is targeted at low-end server systems. An… read more

The Newspaper Industry Is Saved! (Or Not)

December 9, 2008
(Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University)

Hewlett-Packard and Arizona State University have announced a prototype computer display made of plastic, but is paper-like, allowing images to appear on the displays without distortion despite rolling and bending.

It may allow electronic displays to become easily portable and more energy-efficient.

The Next 25 Years in Tech

February 1, 2008

PC World predicts that in the next 25 years, technology will become firmly embedded in advanced devices that deliver information and entertainment to our homes and our hip pockets, in sensors that monitor our environment from within the walls and floors of our homes, and in chips that deliver medicine and augment reality inside our bodies.

Technologies and the dates they are forecast to become mainstream:

  • Biometric
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    The Next 5 in 5 — innovations that will change our lives in the next five years

    December 20, 2011

    Information analytics

    In the latest Next 5 in 5 multi-year forecast, IBM examines market and societal trends expected to transform our lives in the next five years and emerging technologies from IBM’s global labs:

    Energy: People power will come to life

    Imagine being able to use every motion around you — your movements, the water rushing through the plumbing — to harness energy to power anything from your… read more

    The Next Best Thing to You

    May 18, 2009

    Project LifeLike aims to to create avatars that are as realistic as possible, including 3-D measurements of a person’s form and of movements, natural language, and automated knowledge update and refinement.

    The project is a collaboration between the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at the University of Central Florida and the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    The next big bang: Man meets machine

    May 30, 2006

    Research on multiple fronts in digital technology, biotechnology and nanotechnology may, over the next half century, alter the way we think about computers and information, and our relationship to them. With these changes, bionic body parts won’t seem so far-fetched as we increasingly develop ways to integrate high-tech materials into our mortal flesh.

    And the reverse is true as well. Researchers are now looking to biological materials such as… read more

    The next big thing (is practically invisible)

    March 28, 2003

    Nanoparticles now turn up in everyday products from tennis balls to sunscreen but some activists are calling for regulation and even a moratorium on some types of nanoscale research.

    The Next Big Thing For Wireless

    January 18, 2004

    WiMax is seven times faster than Wi-Fi and has a range up to as 30 miles vs. about 100 feet, so it could be used as an alternative to copper wire and coaxial cable for connecting homes and businesses to the Internet. Intel also plans to embed it in a chip so it can be built directly into PCs and laptops.

    The next big thing is actually ultrawide

    July 2, 2004

    The Freescale Semiconductor division of Motorola has developed ultrawideband (UWB) technology for sending data wirelessly at 110Mbps and plans for 1Gbps transmission in 2005.

    UWB technology is currently hobbled by regulatory challenges and a long-running clash between two incompatible systems.

    Ultrawideband works by broadcasting over a much larger chunk of the radio spectrum, so even a low-powered ultrawideband radio signal can carry huge amounts of data.

    The… read more

    The next computer interface: your finger

    August 1, 2006

    The “Fingertip Digitizer,” which users wear on the tip of the index finger, can transfer to the virtual world the meaning and intent of common hand gestures, such as pointing, wagging the finger, tapping in the air or other movements that can be used to direct the actions of an electronic device, much like a mouse directs the actions of a personal computer, but with greater precision.

    What’s more,… read more

    The Next Generation in Human Computer Interfaces — Awesome Videos

    March 9, 2009

    A new generation of exciting new interfaces with the digital world is in the pipeline, including Siftables (computerized blocks you can stack and shuffle in your hands), Reactables (new way of creating and interacting with music), and mixed-reality interfaces.

    The next generation of E-ink may be on cloth

    May 6, 2011

    E Ink is developing a displays that can be printed on materials other than paper, including cloth.

    Envelopes made for e-ink could be made to be reusable, eliminating waste, by allowing for quick and easy address changes, without the need for multiple packing slips and a new envelop every time.

    The next generation of threats

    February 27, 2007

    Advances in genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics threaten destruction even more horrific than that of atomic devices or climate change, say commentators, citing warnings by Ray Kurzweil and Bill Joy that the government’s release of the reconstructed genome of the 1918 pandemic flu virus was “extremely foolish.”

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