Flow battery on a chip

There are many types of batteries available and progress continues in refining the various technologies. This is both accelerating the shift towards electrical power and is the result of the ongoing shift. One is providing steam to the other. The increase power production through renewables, California is already exceeding the 50% goal of renewable energy… Read more

Moving to the edges

Our smartphones are becoming more and more powerful in terms of processing capability and storage capacity. This makes it possible to move to the smartphone many activities that today are executed in the network or in the Cloud.The problem is that this increased performances come with a price: increased power consumption. Power is a scarce… Read more

Read my lips

At the recent EIT Digital Partner Event in Brussels quite a number of our partners came up with ideas on security aspects, and there was considerable interest in that area. Security is a never ending story, there is no silver bullet but a continuous building of higher fences and better tools to detect intrusion. This… Read more

They were sort of April’s Fool

It is April 1st, fools day, so I decided that whatever new advances I can talk about (and there are quite a few) it would run the risk of being considered an April’s fool. Better then to stick with the past and with things that actually were sort of April’s fool.  I found it very… Read more

215,000,000,000,000,000 bits in one gram

Bits are really "light"! They are not weightless, as you might think. Depending on the type of media you use to store them each bit has a specific "weight", as an example storing a bit in a flash memory involves some 10,000 electrons and although an electron is really lightweight (9.10938215 ×10−31kg) it still weights… Read more

Printing my new home

3D printing is becoming more flexible in terms of materials used to print and size. At the same time its cost keeps going down and these factors fuel applications. 3D printing a house is nothing particularly new. First experiments occurred in the last decade (starting with the printing of foundations, then moving on to the… Read more

Nanoengineering the eye

Technology has made amazing progress towards the creation of the artificial eye. In 2013 ARGUS II, the first  "artificial eye" (a retinal implant converting light into electrical pulses to stimulate retinal neurones disabled by retinitis pigmentosa to send signals to the brain) was approved by FDA as a humanitarian device. Although it has been shown… Read more