posted on Sep, 11 2012 @ 12:57 PM
As someone who has had to contend with any number of electrical devices to stay dry less one wants their iPad, or computer to fizzle out on them, then
this revolutionary idea might be right up our alley. Imagine water droplets that can act as digital bits in memory devices or logic operations at the
most basic level of computing!
Today's computers can short out if liquid enters their innards, but water droplets could form the basis for tomorrow's electricity-free
The idea of turning water droplets into digital bits — the basic unit of data transfer — came from experiments at Aalto University in Finland.
When researchers observed water droplets bouncing off one another like billiard balls on a water-repellent surface, they realized they could guide the
water droplets along water-repellent tracks.
According to the article, "researchers demonstrated a 'flip-flop memory' setup with a single water-repellent track forking into two tracks. A series
of water droplets rolling down the single track would collide with second droplet sitting at the fork, and alternatively knock the second droplet
toward one fork branch or the other — a process repeated 100 times without error".
I have to admit I never thought something like this would be possible, but the theory would open a large 'Corn-o-copia' of new technology that
wouldn't just be another water-downed hype, but a realistic way of contending with the real world. It's not often that I get excited, but this new
idea has my mouth watering for more information, (puns intended).
Water Droplet Computing Needs No Electricity
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