Scots Scientists Unveil 'Spray-On' Computer RRS feed

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  • The "speckled" computing technology developed at several Scottish universities shows the ability to improve medical exams and imbed technology in everyday objects. Speckled computing is based upon computers the size of the head of a matchstick, thousands of which can be sprayed onto a surface to create a network that can be programmed like a traditional computer. Doctors could spray them on a patient to monitor multiple functions, providing them with a comprehensive picture of the patient's health. "This is the new class of computing: devices which can sense and process the data they receive," said leading speckled computing professor Damal Arvind. "They also have a radio so they can network and there's a battery in there as well, so they are entirely self-powered." Arvind will present larger prototypes of the computers, and their ability to work through a video link-up, at the upcoming Edinburgh International Science Festival. The focus of his talk will be to show that ordinary objects could be "speckled." "This talk will stop people from thinking about computers simply in terms of laptops and desktops in the home,"
    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 7:43 AM


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