Other Technological advances

Miniaturized data storage Jan 2012


A new way of storing data that might revolutionise computer chips.



The findings, being reported Thursday in the journal Science, could help lead to a new class of nanomaterials for a generation of memory chips and disk drives that will not only have greater capabilities than the current silicon-based computers but will consume significantly less power. And they may offer a new direction for research in quantum computing.


Electric hybrid air car



…..a number of real world scenarios for its use have been suggested – from being useful for emergency services such as search and rescue, police patrol and medical support, to providing vital lifelines for those areas of the world where established transportation systems are lacking……

With the Australian Hoverbike heading for test flights in the next few months, the recently-announced EU myCopter project securing funding and Terrafugia aiming for 2012 delivery of its Transition flying car, those first Air Car flyers could well have quite a bit of company in the air immediately above and around us.



Flexible computer screens (2011)

These examples were used for Lock’s flexible computer in the Starbirth Assignment books.


Arizona State University’s Flexible Display Center and HP recently announced a prototype of a flexible lightweight computer screen that stands to revolutionize computers and electronic devices. Created in a similar roll-to-roll manufacturing process as thin-film pv, these new computer screens are printed onto plastic sheets that are virtually indestructible, use less energy and are less costly to produce than conventional screens. These new displays could potentially use up to 90% less materials by volume to produce as well.





According to published reports, Samsung plans to have a device that features a flexible screen ready by 2012, most likely a mobile phone or other handheld device.
Both companies have produced impressive prototypes.
As one might expect, limitations still are evident in the prototypes; it’s difficult to make “bendable” electronics, and anyone who has taken a modern smartphone apart knows that components are jammed into the case more tightly than sardines in a can. Samsung and Nokia seem to have gotten around this by housing the circuitry in a solid block and making the display itself flexible.




Check out the first interactive paper computer. It might look like a laminated conference badge, but creator Roel Vertegaal has high ambitions for the device. “This is the future,” he declares. “Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years.

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