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Tech Trends for 2008 - From Popular Mechanics

High tech trends for 2008

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Humor in the workplace Yesterday I explored lifestyle trends for next year. Today I found the heavy industrial view of what's changing. You might find the trends as fascinating as I do...

Bendable Concrete

Engineered Cementitious Composites (ECC) make bendable concrete with coated microscopic polymer fibers that slide past each other instead of snapping under stress, so ECC bends without breaking. The material has been used to create stretchable expansion joints in bridges, etc.

PRAM (Phase-Change Random Access Memory)

Flash memory, with no moving parts to break or wear down, is the data storage technology of choice for devices such as iPods and digital cameras. But phase-change RAM is set to overtake flash entirely—it uses a chemical found in rewritable discs, which is alternately heated and cooled to store data. The result is memory that's 30 times faster than flash, with more than 10 times the life span. Watch Samsung.

Printed Solar Panels

California-based (and Google-funded) Nanosolar is building a solar plant that will use a nanostructured "ink" to form semiconductors, which would be printed on flexible sheets. Nanosolar is building a plant that will print 430 megawatts' worth of solar cells annually—more than triple the current solar output of the entire country.

Passport Hacking

Starting 2007, all new U.S. passports include a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip that stores a digital photo of the owner, as well as biographic data (name, date of birth and so on). The goal is to prevent passport counterfeiting, but hackers already have flexed their devious deeds...

Vehicle Infrastructure Integration

Your car may have GPS navigation and radar blind-spot monitoring, but it still doesn’t stand a chance against traffic. DOT’s Vehicle Infrastructure Integration program, involves installing a 5.9-GHz short-range wireless link in your car that can talk with other cars, as well as with control units at intersections and along the side of the road. You get a map of traffic and weather conditions, so that drivers can be directed away from trouble spots.

Body Area Network

he cellphone in your pocket sends a tiny electrical current—a fraction of an amp—along your skin, so your car door springs open at your touch and your PC logs in when you grab the mouse. That’s what German startup ImCoSys says its new smartphone will be capable of, thanks to body area network (BAN) technology.

Read the rest of the story...with predictions about how likely these innovations are to hit the market at www.popularmechanics.com



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