New integrated circuits use photons to build fast and extremely power-efficient supercomputers
By Valerie RossPosted 03.24.2011 at 11:00 am 12 Comments
The speed of light is as fast as it gets, and IBM researchers are exploiting that fact to give supercomputers a boost. They've made the smallest-yet silicon chips that use light to transmit information.
About 20 years ago, the static split-and-tilt ergonomic keyboard became the wrist-friendly standard. Today, Smartfish Technologies, a company founded by a former chiropractor, has a better approach: the Engage, a keyboard that periodically shifts its position. The goal is to constantly change your typing angle, thereby reducing the chance of repetitive-stress injuries. A motor inside the keyboard tweaks the separation (up to 1.4 inches) and tilt (up to 6 degrees) of each side in small increments every 2,500 keystrokes. You can also alter the frequency of changes.
Last year we told you how hackers could someday infiltrate your car’s control systems and install malware to take things over, as long as they had some computer skills and a laptop. Now car-hacking researchers have done it remotely, using innocent tech like Bluetooth devices and even a CD.
Apple announced the latest iPad today, and while it may not have the ultra-HD screen or SD card slot we'd been hoping for, it's still an improvement over the first iteration of the tablet, both in hardware and software. Chief among those: the new Apple A5 chip, a dual-core processor like the Motorola Xoom's and BlackBerry PlayBook's, and both a front-facing camera for FaceTime chat and a rear-facing camera.
Lenovo and Swedish eye-control company Tobii have teamed up for a laptop prototype that uses eye-tracking tech to trigger certain actions on the computer. We've seen this idea before with smartphones, but the laptop's bigger size and increased power makes it much more suitable--even useful, if Engadget's hands-on is any indication.
Your computer can do your taxes, your appointment scheduling, and your grocery shopping, and now it can do your makeup as well. On display at CeBIT is a new technology that uses a computer’s Webcam to snap a 3-D image of your face, measuring shadows, lines, and complexion to automatically design a professional, custom-tailored makeup regimen.
Tiny-fingered researchers at the University of Michigan have created this computer, the world's first complete millimeter-scale computing system. It is a prototype designed to be implanted in a human eye, to monitor internal pressure there for signs of glaucoma.
Talk about cloud computing. Google wants to install "InterPlanetary internet protocols" (IP IP?) on spacecraft, using them as an interwoven network of new space-based communication nodes.
That's according Google's Chief Internet Evangelist, Vint Cerf, in an interview with Network World. And this is not some pie-in-the-sky idea — they're already doing it.
If you could put all the data in the world onto CDs and stack them up, the pile would stretch from the Earth to beyond the moon, according to a new study. The world’s technological infrastructure has a staggering capacity to store and process information, reaching 295 exabytes in 2007, a reflection of the world’s almost complete transition into the digital realm. That's a number with 20 zeroes behind it, in case you're wondering.