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HP shows off tiny wireless memory chip

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A chip the size of a grain of rice that can store 100 pages of text and swaps data via wireless has been developed by Hewlett-Packard. The chip could be used to ensure drugs have not been counterfeited, on patient wristbands in hospitals or to add sounds or video to postcards, said HP. The chip, developed by the Memory Spot research team at HP, is 2-4mm square and current versions can hold up to 512 kilobytes of data. Do not hold your breath for it, as it is still around 2 years away from being a finished product.


Source: BBC News
 
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By wireless chip, do they mean it's powerful enough to connect to general wireless networks or is it very short range? Either way, it could be the start of something good for PDAs and laptops.
 
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Jimmy 2004 said:
By wireless chip, do they mean it's powerful enough to connect to general wireless networks or is it very short range? Either way, it could be the start of something good for PDAs and laptops.
Good question - my suspicion is a non-standard protocol (which would suck), and doubful much of a range because of power limitations.

Slightly OT - The problem with the Pet ID radio frequency tags is that different companies use different read protocols, so the vets are in a lurch as which manufacturers to support, as they can't afford to buy each type!

I guess the big news is the bi-directional capability, wireless and relatively large data capacity for the size.
 

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They're very short range, and rely on recieving the radio signal of the other peice of equipment as it's power source.

Sounds mildly interesting. I don't want one in my wrist when i go to hospital tho >.<
 

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Big brother is watching... just wait till they start implanting these in babies.
 

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Big brother is watching... just wait till they start implanting these in babies.
If you were born in A hospital you all ready have a chip implanted dont you ever read the "Sun" when your in line at super markit?
 

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It was for chips in your WRISTBAND, not your WRIST.:banghead:

infrared said:
They're very short range, and rely on recieving the radio signal of the other peice of equipment as it's power source.

Sounds mildly interesting. I don't want one in my wrist when i go to hospital tho >.<
 

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It was for chips in your WRISTBAND, not your WRIST.:banghead:
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