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Showing posts from November, 2011

Intel adds computational intelligence to its vision of the future

Less than a month ago we discussed Intel's acquisition of InVision Biometrics, a company that developed 3D sensor technology for recognizing motion and gestures.  At the time we noted that the InVision Biometrics solution was a MEMS-based hardware solution, a good match for integration into Intel chips. We also noted that both Intel and Qualcomm are entering gesture recognition and other areas that until now have been software dominated, most likely intending to incorporate these areas into next-generation CPUs.

Today the news broke that Intel is opening a new research center in the area of computational intelligence.  They're funding this research center to the tune of $3 million per year for the next five years.

The news article includes the following statements from Intel that shed light on their plans:

The new institute will focus on technologies that serve as an infrastructure for intelligent thinking such as processing architectures and techniques for computerized systems…

Nokia Kinetic "Bendy" phone prototype - NanoTechnology getting closer to market

At Nokia World last week Nokia showed and wrote about a hands-on prototype of their new Nokia Kinetic "bendy" phone, a phone that users control by bending it. It's incredible that they talked so much about controling the phone by bending it that it's easy to overlook how amazing it is that a phone could simply bend without breaking!

Nokia didn't talk much about the technology underlying the Kinetic, but one Nokia article made it clear that the Kinetic is an outgrowth of Nokia's Morph vision and NanoTechnology research.  Nokia has researched heavily the use of porous graphene, silicon rubber and evaporated gold for flexible devices, ZNO nanowires, Silicon Carbide nanoflowers,, and more.

Grizzly Analytics has an 83-page report available that gives details of Nokia's NanoTechnology research, including research in bendable electronics, interfacing with a device by bending or reshaping it, sensing device bending and deforming, flexible touchscreens, flexible b…