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Feeling the need to roll up your screen?

There have been over the last ten years several technological advances in electronics and part of these have been in finding ways to make transistors using different materials or different manufacturing processes resulting in circuits that can stand higher temperatures, or be manufactured at lower temperatures and hence use substrates …

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Looking inside out

Endoscopy has transformed medicine in the last fifty years and has progressed in getting smaller and in being able to act. Many surgeries that used to be "heavy" on the patient with lengthy hospitalisation have now become "light" on the patient and are performed as day hospital. It looks like …

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New technology to rejuvenate the old transistor …

The transistor is now 67 years old and the ones we have today have very little resemblance to that germanium based transistor invented in 1947 at Bell Labs. Progress have taken many routes, first changing the germanium with the silicon, then creating a process for mass production and for integration (wafer), …

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Power lines morphing into packet networks?

Telecommunications networks started their evolution towards "packetization"  back in the middle of the last century (actually multiplexing goes back to the middle of the previous century being used in telegraphy) by the adoption of the PCM, Pulse Code Modulation. However, the packet network as we know it today is associated to …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – V

5. Open Hardware I have been talking about the evolution of hardware and software relation, and we have been used to talk about Open (Source) Software for over fifteen years (the Open Software Initiative came to life in 1998. The advantage of Open Software is that anybody can reuse the existing software …

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The opposite thumb steps up to a new level

It is often said that the opposite thumb was one of Nature’s smart invention. It allows us to grab easily and do a variety of things. Now, an Indian entrepreneur is set to enhance the thumb capability through electronics and software. Welcome FIN, a success in pre-orders as reported by GizBot. …

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Smart patches are getting smarter

In the last two years I have posted a few news on smart patches, bandages with embedded electronics that can sense the presence of bacteria infecting a skin lesion, like the ones left by surgery. Now these patches have evolved further, can sense a wider range of conditions and can …

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Networks without network!

It is now a while that I am seeing signs of evolution/revolution at the network edges. Already at the turn of the century it was becoming clear that radio communications would be possible among devices in such a way to create real networked devices. With iOS 4.3 we started to …

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Aesthetics … computerised

The amount of data flooding our perception is overwhelming. No wonder that researchers are looking at ways to represent them in ways that can be immediately perceived. It is clear that a graphic showing the trend of a series is better understood than a series of numbers in an Excel …

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