Simply plugging this MP3 player into a car’s cigar lighter socket and tuning to an unused FM radio channel, allows access to all the music stored on a separate USB drive. The use of external memory keeps cost down and provides flexibility. Minimal memory functions within the unit include last station recall and last song played. In addition to converting the vehicle’s 12V to all the voltages required within the player, the visual feedback portion of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) for selecting one of the 15 pre-set FM stations comes from four 8-segment red LEDs.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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