Log on to your computer today? Most of us couldn't do business without interactive computer capability. But without a modem for efficient data transfer, that PC or Mac on your desk would essentially be a word-processing paperweight. A noted mentor, John Bingham literally wrote the book on modems--his Theory and Practice of Modem Design is considered the major reference work by those in the industry, where he is regarded as "Mr. Modem." He invented the full-duplex modem with coherent detection in 1973 and has been at the forefront of high-speed developments ever since--culminating in the latest V.90 standard. Holder of 13 patents, Bingham has worked directly for eight companies in the Bay Area, founding two of them. Most recently with Amati Communications, now part of Texas Instruments, Bingham now consults with developers and is finishing his latest book on xDSL (expanded Digital Subscriber Line) technology that is allowing copper lines to challenge fiber optics for individual-subscriber, high-speed data transfer.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
Robots in films during the 2000s hit the big time; no longer are they the sidekicks of nerdy character actors. Robots we see on the big screen in recent years include Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eddie Murphy. Top star of the era, Will Smith, takes a spin as a robot investigator in I, Robot. Robots (or androids or cyborgs) are fully mainstream in the 2000s.
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