posted on Mar, 9 2005 @ 09:03 PM
Ah... the world of the micro and nano! When one thinks of these they probably have visions of microbes, and viruses, nanobots and tiny gears and
pumps, however many corporations are currently pursuing the developement of them with an almost demonic passion. There are currently hundreds of
companies whose technologies will undoubtably play a enormous way in which we live our daily lives. How so you asked? What will change? Well the
answers are not easily answered, and very well be impossible to determine for sure, however the singularity is coming, and possibly sooner than we
thought. This exponential growth in technology will provide the human race with wonders beyond belief, but possibly also terrors from the worst
nightmares... if humanity cannot grow up, in the proverbial sense.
Two of the greatest impacts to the singularity starting, in my opinion, will be the use of both nano, and its bigger cousin the
MEMS(Micro-electro-machines systems), since nano is all the rage right now I am going to delve into MEMS for a moment. MEMS are incredibly tiny
machines that can do many things that normal machines can do today, they can spin tiny gears, move liquids and adjust to varying changes around them.
But what can they... do? Well that is the question people have been asking for the last decade. Just recently MEMS have matured enough to start
providing benefits to mankind. Some of these benefits include miniture accelerometers(costing a fraction of current ones), miniture RF-antennaes et
al. and miniture labs a.k.a lab-on-a-chip, where complex reactions can be performed without the need for thousands of dollars worth of equipment.
There are many companies out there that are using MEMS to improve on many current devices from displays to cell-phones.
These are but a few of the companies working on getting MEMS to the market* Many others out there are busy working on mini-gyros. My personal favorite
in this list would have to be
, because of there unique HUD they are field testing now in my state and others.