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  • Researchers debut one-cubic-millimeter computer, want to stick it in your eye

    This as-of-yet-unnamed mini computer was fashioned as an implantable eye pressure monitor for glaucoma patients, but its creators envision a future where we’re all crawling with the little buggers. Taking up just over one cubic millimeter of space, the thing stuffs a pressure sensor, memory, thin-film battery, solar cell, wireless radio, and low-power microprocessor all into one very small translucent container. The processor behind this little guy uses an “extreme” sleep mode to keep it napping at 15-minute intervals and sucking up 5.3 nanowatts while awake, and its battery runs off 10 hours of indoor light or one and a half hours of sun beams. Using the sensor to measure eye pressure and the radio to communicate with an external reader, the system will continuously track the progress of glaucoma, without those pesky contacts. Of course, the mad scientists behind it look forward to a day when the tiny device will do much more, with each of us toting hundreds of the computer implants all over our bodies — looks like a bright future for cyborgdom.

    Researchers debut one-cubic-millimeter computer, want to stick it in your eye originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 17:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

    Permalink CNET  |  sourceUniversity of Michigan  | Email this | Comments

  • ChaCha sues HTC for Facebook phone trademark infringement

    Facebook phone rumors were swirling for quite awhile, then HTC answered a question that seemingly nobody asked by delivering unto the world a phone with a dedicated Facebook button… the ChaCha. In what can only be considered a stroke of luck for all of humanity, the Taiwanese handset maker has been granted the opportunity to rectify its naming gaffe courtesy of a trademark infringement suit brought by ChaCha Inc. That company trademarked its name and logo in 2007 for its text and voice internet search engine services and is (rightfully) displeased with the HTC’s choice of names for its Facebook-focused handset. ChaCha doesn’t want mobile users thinking that it’s endorsed the phone, and given that the company’s bread and butter is providing mobile search, such confusion seems likely. ChaCha is asking for money damages and a permanent injunction to prevent the phone from going to market with its name. That’s just fine with us — if only the courts could grant an injunction to remove that Facebook button.

    ChaCha sues HTC for Facebook phone trademark infringement originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 15:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

    Permalink Phonescoop  |  sourceJustia  | Email this | Comments

  • Modder turns RROD-stricken Xbox 360 into PS3 arcade controller, awesomeness

    In the most recent of Xbox 360 hacks, a modder named Morris has crafted a PS3 controller out of none other than — as ironic as this may seem — a dead Xbox 360. That’s right, somewhere out there, a PlayStation 3 has slain its mortal enemy, mercilessly gutted the internals and now has a modded Xbox as its eternal slave. The case contains all of the buttons you need to partake in a classic beat-’em-up — a joystick, the four PlayStation buttons, R1 and R2. There’s plenty more to gander at in the source link and enough in the way of detail and instruction to get started on your own arcade stick too.

    Modder turns RROD-stricken Xbox 360 into PS3 arcade controller, awesomeness originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 26 Feb 2011 13:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

    Permalink Kotaku  |  sourceShoryuken  | Email this | Comments

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