Here Comes Spimeworld

July 18th, 2006 | researchmaterial

HP today announced that its researchers have developed a miniature wireless data chip that could provide broad access to digital content in the physical world.

With no equal in terms of its combination of size, memory capacity and data access speed, the tiny chip could be stuck on or embedded in almost any object and make available information and content now found mostly on electronic devices or the Internet.

Some of the potential applications include storing medical records on a hospital patient’s wristband; providing audio-visual supplements to postcards and photos; helping fight counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry; adding security to identity cards and passports; and supplying additional information for printed documents.

The experimental chip, developed by the “Memory Spot” research team at HP Labs, is a memory device based on CMOS (a widely used, low-power integrated circuit design) and about the size of a grain of rice or smaller (2 mm to 4 mm square), with a built-in antenna. The chips could be embedded in a sheet of paper or stuck to any surface, and could eventually be available in a booklet as self-adhesive dots.

“The Memory Spot chip frees digital content from the electronic world of the PC and the Internet and arranges it all around us in our physical world,” said Ed McDonnell, Memory Spot project manager, HP Labs.

The chip has a 10 megabits-per-second data transfer rate – 10 times faster than Bluetooth wireless technology and comparable to Wi-Fi speeds – effectively giving users instant retrieval of information in audio, video, photo or document form. With a storage capacity ranging from 256 kilobits to 4 megabits in working prototypes, it could store a very short video clip, several images or dozens of pages of text. Future versions could have larger capacities…


14 Responses to “Here Comes Spimeworld”

  1. da-yumn.

    what will we crank out next? i keep thinking this is all shit you made up in one of your wacky
    sci-fi universes. crazy old coot.

    but no, we are creating all of these amazing things at such great speed! i can barely believe it.

  2. time to smoke a fatty and grok the implications…

  3. Hello big brother identity chips, goodbye freedom:(

  4. This technology really is doubling every sixteen months or so ( isn’t it? ), just trying to imagine what it’ll be like twenty years from now is…daunting.

    I think some of us will get permanently lost inside the Machine.

  5. I bet there will be select areas off the grid, but still monitored no less.

  6. “-Hey Grampa Optical, when you were a kid and your clothes and your toys and your desk and your car and the cans at the supermarket weren’t intelligent, did you ever feel alone..?

    -Shut the fuck up snotball.”

  7. And yet AOL members will still be too stupid to figure out where the start button is…

  8. I hope we don’t have to wear it implanted bellow the skin.

  9. The real changes to the world happen before we notice them. Imagine going back 10 years and living with cellphones and wireless. Ten years from now we’ll wonder how we ever lived without these things.

  10. The obvious thing I see for this technology is SmartPants. With a holographic interface and the ability to make yourself look like you’re wearing clothes when, in fact, you’re only wearing panties. Or boxer shorts.

    Hot!

  11. ‘Some of the potential applications include storing medical records on a hospital patient’s wristband; providing audio-visual supplements to postcards and photos; helping fight counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry; adding security to identity cards and passports; and supplying additional information for printed documents.’
    —–
    Or, as hinted at above, implanting in the ass of every newborn to come…spimeworld, my ass.

    Try: Brave New World

    Try: collective trumps the individual

    Try: world slavery (though it will never be called that) in one hundred years or less

    Once again: a triumph of the New over the Old…too bad…we’d barely begun to understand yesterday when tomorrow cut its throat

  12. Fuck yesterday if it can’t hold its own in a fight. Tomorrow will get its arse kicked soon enough anyway.

    Embrace the new technology.

    And long live the new flesh.

  13. ‘Embrace the new technology.’ ‘And long live the new flesh.’
    —–
    No thanks…the old tech serves ‘me’ just fine (as opposed to my serving it)…the new flesh? Refined, purified, circuitzed? Again: no thanks…my plodding, baseline model suits me well as is.

  14. […] Warren calls it the beginning of the Spime World. Whilst Bruce just logs it as part of his Arphid Watch. […]