In the near future, it will become standard to use tiny electronic devices for both diagnosis and treatment of certain ailments, but it has to be safe. You can’t just go and swallow some standard hunk of parts from Radio Shack without suffering consequences. But these future diagnostic electronics could be made from electronics that will dissolve inside your body harmlessly when they’re no longer useful.
Above is a rendering of what could be the future of electronics— a sheet of atoms, only one atom thick, performing functions that it would otherwise take an entire circuit board to do.
Right now, even if your phone is protected from knicks and scratches if you drop it, the insides of all electronics are still rigid and fragile. However, in the future, with stretchy electronic components, your phone or whatever could circuits and circuit boards that don’t mind getting twisted, stretched and pulled.
Electronics have remained pretty much unchanged for over a century— current flows through conductive wires from point A to point B, but new experiments could lead to a revolution in electronics called “valleytronics”, in which a charge travels not through a conductor, but a channel in between atoms, which brings electronics with zero resistance from the conductive material.
So brilliant, it’s hard to believe no one’s done it: A wire stripper that tells you you’ve cut deep enough
Stripping wire isn’t a difficult task, but if you’re in a hurry, it’s possible to easily cut the wire you’re supposed to be stripping. But one guy came up with the foolproof wire stripping solution that is so simple, it’s brilliant— a wire stripper with an LED that lets you know you’re hitting wire when you touch wire and the circuit is completed.
The housing for this thing is made with a 3D printer, but it should be easy enough to make something similar on your own minus a 3D printer.
Moore’s Law describes a long-term trend in the history of computing hardware: the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. A threat to this rule is that as wires shrink, resistance grows exponentially, creating a bottleneck. But scientists have found that by creating wires that are single-atom strings of silicon atoms, they can overcome this problem.
Electronics have brought us so many wonderful things, but the components are very sensitive, and even very very slight damage to the right piece of a chip or a board and the whole thing can get wonky. But in the future, electronics could be self-healing to correct any problems before they become a problem.
All the good little Jewish boys and girls probably have a menorah in their home already, but if you’re looking for a fun and simple electronics project to carry your Festival of Lights pride around with you, why not make a mini LED menorah? Your mother would be so proud.
Those cheap little hand buzzer toys have been around for decades, but most of them don’t have any buzz at all, but a startling noise that sounds like you’re getting shocked. If you want to really startle your friends, you could always create these electro-shock gloves and be a real asshole.
If you’ve seen any of the videos that we’ve featured from YouTuber photonicinduction, you may have wondered where he gets his wonderful high powered toys that cause brownouts in his neighborhood on a regular basis. The answer is Information Unlimited, a supplier of all sorts of no-nonsense high powered electrical equipment.