Perhaps you have a "Big Mouth Billy Bass," given to you circa 2001. If so, its limited repertoire has probably grown stale. As a Gadget Freak reader it probably crossed your mind to teach your "fish" to sing new songs, such as Monty Python's "Lumberjack Song." Well, you can give Big Mouth Billy Bass an ARM-powered brain transplant so it will play .wav files from an attached micro-SD card, and you can choreograph its movements to match.
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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