A computer the size of an SD card


Now this has the potential to be the start of something truly incredible. Imagine being able to incorporate a Pentium-class computer in almost anything.  Intel has created a computer so small it can be incorporated into almost anything.  They were able to link it with a Mimo onesie and display your baby's vitals (temperature, etc) as a representation on another connected device (e.g. a coffee mug). Now that they can do this, it should only be a relatively small step to get it to do other things for you, too.

  • Notify emergency contacts when vitals reach thresholds
  • Record vitals and activity
  • Start warming bottles

But baby technology is only the beginning.

  • Personal monitor for your elderly friends and family.
  • Hats/glasses with a built-in lens couple send all images through to your smart phone.
  • Expanding your own personal-area-network (PAN)
    • Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting for your home, car, office
    • Medical information
    • Preferences for any adequately enabled technology

There are so many options this opens up, it's mind boggling.

That said, there are just as many concerns about it, too.

  • How much information is too much information?
  • Where is this information stored?
  • Who can access your information?
  • How available is your information?
  • Can you control the amount of information stored?

It'll be interesting to see exactly where this kind of technology leads to, but it's going to be a rocky path before we reach a common group between availability, security and social acceptance.

Paul Macdonnell

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