World's Tiniest Computer Is Smaller Than A Penny!

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If you think the Macbook Air is small, try this one for size - Measuring just one cubic millimeter, this unnamed computer created by scientists from the University of Michigan, is smaller than the 'n' on the penny and, tiny enough to fit inside a human eye.

What's amazing, is this small machine encompasses an ultra-low power processer, a pressure sensor, a thin-film battery, a solar cell and even a wireless radio with an antenna that can transmit the data to an external reader device.

Photo Credit: Michigan EECS/Flickr

The brainchild of Professors Dennis Sylvester, David Wentzloff, and David Blaauw, the computer was created to measure the eye pressure for people suffering from glaucoma. Thanks to the state-of-art Phoenix processer, developed with a power gating technology, its power consumption is super-low. To further conserve energy, the computer stays in sleep mode and awakens every 15 minutes when it is time to take pressure measurements. It, therefore, uses an average of just 5.3 nanowatts of power, every 15 minutes. Recharging the solar computer takes only 1.5 hours if exposed to sunlight or about 10 hours if indoors.

While the device has been built for medical use, the professors believe that it can be utilized in a host of other applications like monitoring our environment and buildings. In fact, they think that this is the computer of the future!,

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  • infernodragon
    infernodragonFriday, December 22, 2017 at 6:57 am
    • cccTuesday, December 19, 2017 at 9:24 am
      • TOBY GARCIATuesday, October 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm
        • nameTuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:33 am
          cool i guess
          • lol guyTuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:04 am
            • rnjw
              rnjwFriday, September 15, 2017 at 11:56 pm
              Supper dupper cool
              • beachbreeze13
                beachbreeze13Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6:21 am
                • coco77
                  coco77Monday, June 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm
                  Wow omg 😲 this is frickin amazeballs
                  • catdabossfan
                    catdabossfanFriday, May 26, 2017 at 10:31 am
                    its not possible 4 a computer to be that small
                    • dogonewsfan 333Monday, May 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm
                      that is so cool it can help people with glaucoma!!!!!!!!!!

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