Can the "imPhone" Be Far Behind?

1 cubic millimeter computer from University of Michigan
University of Michigan
This (1) cubic millimeter Game Changer could be the forerunner for my next cell phone. (Okay, maybe the one after that.)

The next computing paradigm... "implant phones"!

Because this little guy is real. It's not just a chip!

This is a complete computer sporting two (2) processors, memory, battery, solar cell, temperature sensor, radio with antennas and low-res camera imager.

Think of it... No more uncomfortable earpieces. No more distraction while driving. No more memorable but embarrassing ringtones in the middle of class, meetings, rehearsals, or a performance.

A simple tap behind the ear to activate and voice commands will do the rest.

Forget where I left a pad or tablet? I just ask the implant for all nearby devices and pick the one I want.

Want to see an image or data? Tell it to send the info to my glasses or smartphone (how quaint), pad, tablet, "digital window," main viewer (formerly known as a television) or any other device with a display.

Speaking before an audience? Tell it to log in to the room sound system. No microphones, mic-packs or bullhorns required. Performing? No longer does the audience have work to ignore that funny little wire wrapping around one side of my face.

And this little prototype is just the beginning...

Lisa M. Rudgers, VP for Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Michigan reports that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has given U-M researchers a 5-year grant to "create 100 of the world's smallest computers."

It turns out that David [Wentzloff] and his research team—U-M professors Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw and Prabal Dutta, along with former U-M postdoc Thomas Schmid of Utah—have a $2.5 million, 5-year NSF grant to create 100 of the world’s smallest computers. It’s never been done at this scale before. They’ll give the tiny devices away, along with a software development suite, to researchers and others who are interested in how miniature wireless computing might change their scientific work—and our lives.
This is the kind of government spending that creates new opportunities, new industries and new jobs.

This is the kind of government spending that advances technology to reduce costs, save energy, and replace high-polluting transportation with low-polluting communications.

This is the kind of government spending that honest, thoughtful, intelligent people want more of.

And this is the kind of government spending that Republicans are slashing.

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