Ultrathin, affordable laptops: Think of these machines as the love children of netbooks, which are small and inexpensive yet slow, and full-power six-pound machines, which can run more-complex programs.
Netbooks, this year’s hit, show that skinny sells. So chip makers are releasing new varieties of the tiny, energy-efficient chips—usually found in sleek $2,000 laptops—that make faster thin machines possible.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.