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MEMS research moving away from silicon

The Solid State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop has, since 1984, been a showcase for the best new MEMS technologies being developed. The conference is one of the most competitive in the field, with only about 10% of abstract submissions gaining the privilege of an oral presentation.

The Workshop provides a window into future commercial products. For example, earlier conferences featured many papers on MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes and those ...

My mobile was eaten by a horse …

UK households have, apparently, spent more than £3billion fixing or replacing broken gadgets in the last five years, according to a recent survey. And it’s more likely that a significant chunk of that £3bn was spent of replacing, rather than fixing.

Pressing the button

With less than two weeks to go before the EU referendum, the debate remains finely balanced, with a growing number of opinion polls pointing to a very close result.

The Internet of Java Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) has become a hot topic over the last few years. Organisations like Gartner predict that there will be nearly 26billion connected devices by 2020. Moore’s law of increasing transistor density has an inverse, which is that the same complexity chip also becomes exponentially cheaper. The result of this is that the cost of providing computing power and network connectivity in pretty much any device has now fallen to the point that it is not an issue when considering the bill of materials. To demonstrate this, consider the recently announced Raspberry Pi Zero, which has a CPU clocked at 1GHz and 512Mbyte RAM and can drive a quite usable desktop computing environment. All for only $5.

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On, off, then deal done

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Wood you believe it?

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The 'can do' approach

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