By Andrew RosenblumPosted 03.17.2009 at 10:16 am 2 Comments
In 2005, IBM's $2-million BlueGene supercomputer took 80 minutes to process the same data that eight million cerebral-cortex neurons—a fraction of the brain's total—handle in one second. Now bioengineer Kwabena Boahen of Stanford University has built a microchip that could help computers catch up.
We’re not sure which is scarier, getting lost in the woods or being rescued by a swarm of mini robotic grasshoppers. But it’s search-and-rescue situations that a Swiss robotics lab had in mind when they built the world’s smallest hopping robot.
Intel’s new microchip delivers high performance but saves on power
By Eric MikaPosted 08.18.2008 at 3:30 pm 3 Comments
Making processors for mobile gadgets is mostly an afterthought. Hone a chip from a desktop PC, tweak it to suck less power and vent less heat, and stick it in a laptop. Not so with Intel’s Atom. It’s Intel’s smallest-ever microprocessor, a 24-square-millimeter chip crammed with 47 million data-carrying transistors, and it’s paving the way for the next era of affordable, power-saving gadgets.
A 12,000-microlens camera could make 3-D photos a snap
By Eric MikaPosted 07.10.2008 at 11:59 am 0 Comments
Digital cameras keep packing in the pixels, but they can’t hide the truth: Photos are flat. Now, engineers at Stanford University have developed a way to bring 3-D clarity and depth to the world of 2-D photography.
Once upon a time, the mantra for scientific success was "Think big." Nowadays, it's all about the ongoing mission to make things really, really small. Here, a look at the latest in Lilliputian developments
By the Headlines StaffPosted 03.05.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments