Developer: Nintendo Entertainment
Analysis and Development Platform: Nintendo Wii
Year of Release: 2006
Copies Sold: 41.65 million
Developer: Nintendo Entertainment
Analysis and Development Platform: Nintendo Entertainment System
Year of Release: 1985
Copies Sold: 40.24 million
Developer: Game Freak
Platform: Game Boy
Year of Release: 1996
Copies Sold: 31.38 million
A team of researchers has created a form of electronics that can be implanted in a patient’s body then forgotten about — because the implants will dissolve within a week or two. Such safe and hassle-free electronic monitoring could revolutionize medical care. Implanting devices in the body is nothing new, but usually the risk is only worth it for life-threatening problems: a pacemaker, for instance, or an insulin pump. But there are lots of situations where constantly monitoring some vital statistic would be useful.
A thermometer or blood sugar monitor could help make sure a post-operative patient is safe during the critical first week — but the stress and cost of the implantation and removal operations can’t be justified.
But what if the implant was inexpensive and made of nontoxic materials that would break apart and be resorbed into the body after a set period of time? That’s just what researchers, led by Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto at Tufts and John A. Rogers at the University of Illinois, have accomplished. The tiny devices, which they call “transient electronics,” are made from silicon and silk. Silicon is, of course, a normal material for electronics, but it is also a common organic element found in our own bodies, and small amounts of silicon are easily dissolved in water or bodily fluids.
Modern manufacturing techniques allowed the team to make silicon circuits only tens of nanometers thick, meaning they are well within healthy quantities to be ingested. Circuits are usually mounted on plastic or some other non-soluble material. But on transient electronics, the circuit board is made of silk protein extracted from silkworm cocoons, a material that is strong but also very biodegradable.
Omenetto and his team managed to adjust its properties so they can control how long it takes for the silk to degrade — meaning they can create devices that melt down after a day, a week, or more.
Theoretically, it could last for years, but the design the team has been working on was made for the two-week post-operative period.
According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, is produced each year in the U.S. Derek Markham, a contributing writer for Treehugger.com, discusses the global impacts, and why you should think twice before discarding your old cell phone. http://www.npr.org/2013/01/11/169144849/how-e-waste-is-becoming-a-big-global-problem
A group of some of the top companies in the IT industry have come together with the “W3C Organization” to build a new community and website that, the group says, will become the authorities’ source for documents for web developers. The initial group of companies — Adobe, Facebook, Google, HP, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia and Opera, along with a number of other unnamed companies — have joined together to launch “Web Platform Docs” to provide developers with all the documentation they might need to build websites and platforms.
Standardizing Documentation Explaining the purpose of the site in a statement, W3C says that when developers are starting to use new technologies or introduce them into an enterprise, they often have to go searching on the web to find documentation that describes how those technologies can be deployed and used.
Take HTML 5, or CSS for example. In the past, developers had to trawl through dozens of websites to understand the technologies and to make them accessible in as many browsers, operating systems and devices as possible.
Apart from the fact that this adds to already substantial web development costs, there are also questions about what sites (and information) could be trusted. Anyone who has ever done research on the web knows that there is a lot of information out there that ranges from highly thought-out and informed, to information that is just plain wrong. W3C’s Web Platform Docs aims to deal with this problem by creating a set of open standards. Anyone can contribute to it, but not everyone gets through. If that sounds intriguing, then wait until you have to deal with the stewards. W3C’s Site, Community Any developer can contribute, but the contributions will be vetted by a representative of the member companies — collectively known as the stewards. They will decide whether the contribution will be included or not.
The result is a single site for current, cross-browser and cross-device coding best practices, including: Open Web Platform syntax and examples Interoperability between technologies and platforms Standardization status of the included technologies Stability and implementation status of existing features As the Open Web Platform evolves, the entire community, including the original stewards and new stewards, will help maintain and improve the content. The site is already up and running and accessible to all. It will not be static and will change as technologies change.
Dennis Siegel, a student at the University of the Arts in Bremen,
Germany has built what he calls an electromagnetic harvester—it converts electromagnetic fields in the immediate environment into electricity to recharge a common AA battery.
He’s won a 2nd place award in the HfK Bremen Hochschulpreis 2013 competition for Digitale Medien, for his efforts. Read more at:
The idea of a solar charger is not a new one.
There are a whole host of them for the mobile device, but a lot of them are too expensive to be purchased by the average consumer.
Other charge devices too slowly.Only time will tell which solar charger becomes the pragmatic option. Read more at: