Solar or Light Powered Computer Chip


This is a mind bender, every time I look at this my imagination runs wild. Computer chips have kept up with Moore’s Law and performance has improved year over year for decades, but so has the energy consumption, which has dropped significantly over the years. Would be cool if compute devices could be powered by light, friction from your pocket or finger tapping.

Futuristic research chip from Intel allows computer to power up on postage stamp sized solar cell #IDF2011

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Fireballs from @IntelLabs – tossing sensors into the blaze to gather intelligence #IDF2011

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User Experience Takes Center Stage at TechFest

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PORTLAND, Ore.—There were more 1,000 of them from all over the world; Intel researchers and scientists chatting and sharing knowledge and information about transistors, systems, software, validation, voltage, augmented reality, power—and perhaps…
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Consumers Accelerate Demand for Connected Cars

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Automatic transmission, one-button door lock and alarm set, built-in GPS navigation, cameras and sensors for maneuvering in tight spots – soon these may seem like standard conveniences compared to new technologies moving into the mainstream this year, according to some auto industry In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) experts.
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Winemakers and Tech Researchers

This is an excerpt from a video I directed, and shot by one of my all-time favorite news video journalists, Rick Greenwell, back in the summer of 2003.  We we’re looking for interesting uses of Wi-Fi, the wireless Internet technology at the time known also as 802.11b.  Some pals inside Intel Labs tipped us to the wireless sensor technology research they were doing at Cameron Winery, where Wi-Fi radio chips were built into sensors monitoring temperature, moisture and other things.  Part of the vineyard was turned into a wireless hotspot so these sensors could regularly transmit live data from the vineyard to an Internet site where the vineyard owner and researchers could check into conditions and spot any areas that needed care.

This video snippet was featured in a news report about One Unwired Day, a day celebrated across the U.S. in late 2003, when Wi-Fi hotspots were popping up in all kinds of interesting public and private places.

Fast forward to this audio Podcast Future Lab: Measuring Vineyard Yields.  I was interested in the back story of this Podcast, where winemakers from Wente Vineyards were using technology but seemed to be somewhat scepticle about using “advanced technologies.”

This Podcast brought to mind my experience years ago with the Intel Lab researchers, and talking with the chief winemaker of Cameron Vineyards.  This was the inspiration that led me to explore the role of innovation in vineyards, for grape growers and winemakers.  Old wine regions are facing big competition from new wine regions and new winemakers from around the world.  Some follow rules, regulations and traditions while others seem more willing to embrace technology as a possible booster to runnign a more efficient vineyard to exploring new winemaking techniques.

Here is an expert from a story I wrote for Intel Free Press, titled Wineries Uncork Advanced Technology.

While many winemakers around the world have been experimenting with new approaches such as chemistry to fine-tune the taste of wine, computer technologies like wireless sensors are being used to control irrigation of some vineyards. Recently, researchers have been putting computer vision technologies to work in vineyards, believing that one day winemakers might even be able to use their mobile phones to actually see and help manage their crops.

Predicting a crop’s yield has long been a common practice among grape growers, but a few, like Wente Vineyards in California, consider it an exact science.

Rocketboom Tech Success Story

Four, three, two, one…Rocketboom went live on YouTube this week, one of only a handful of pioneering online video shows picked by Google to help preview the new YouTube Live service.  

Rocketbom did a fun promo featuring bloopers:

Success doesn’t happen over night but it can happen pretty quickly when you have great talent, inspiring teammates and the wonder-pace of the Internet.  Rocketboom was created by the talented producer Andrew Baron in 2004.  I true pioneer in online episodic video production, Baron has evolved things beyond a daily Internet culture newscast Rocketboom to include Know Your Meme, Rocketboom Tech and Rocketboom NYC.  And he continues to explore and develop new technologies — like his innovative video aggregator Magma (more on Magma here) and new business models that bring together the best of video storytelling and the Internet.

I got to meet Andrew in 2008 thanks to an introduction by Pop17‘s Sarah Austin, at the time an Intel Insider social media advisor. After hiring him to create a few technology-related segments for Intel, together we worked up an plan for a regular show which became Rocketboom Tech, launched in early 2008.  Hosted by Ellie Rountree, Rocketboom Tech gets the inside scoop on innovations and innovators bringing exciting technologies to our daily lives. 

Ellie has met up with amazing people from NASA, Second Life, Intel Labs, the Consumer Electronics Show and even futurists and pyschologists exploring how technology can help relieve stress from our daily lives.

During that time, my team inside Intel and I have had the chance to work behind the scenes on story development and to learn production and editing tricks that have become Rocketboom signatures.  We even got to visit their snazzy new studios in New York.

Kenyatta Cheese, Ellie Rountree and Ken E Kaplan at the Rocketboom Studios in New York, NY

In September, I traveled to New York to host the Intel Insiders Summit gathering of social media advisors.  I was able to take some time to talk with Ellie Rountree on camera, as I wanted to capture the glee of excitement she was feeling about some of the new changes inside Rocketboom.  And how she’s been able to develop a show launched with sponsorship support from my team at Intel.

Ellie’s a great producer and talent.  It’s not hard to image that someday soon, she’ll be a star not only on Rocketboom but in other consumer technology shows playing in our future Smart TVs!

@IntelLabs Social Scientist Genevieve Bell and Intel CTO getting it right with Context Aware Computing, Elevating Smart to Smarter Devices #IDF10

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Context Aware Devices Are the Future, Fodor’s travel tips demos mobile app #IDF10

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