It measures just 0.3 millimeters from side to side, has RAM, processors, transmitters and wireless receivers.
A grain of rice seems giant next to it, but the appearances of this tiny machine cheat. The smallest computer in the world, created by engineers from the University of Michigan, can help a lot in the field of biomedical engineering.
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Due to its size it can not have conventional antennas so it receives and transmits data with visible light. The energy that keeps it going comes from an external base, which is also the one that receives the signals. The bad thing is that once it is turned off, the stored information is lost while it is operational.
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The creation of this computer is part of the particular career that the engineers of the center of Michigan and the developers of IBM have been maintaining for some years.
The past month of March the company ousted the university students presenting a model of just 1 millimeter long by 1 wide.
Practical applications of this "mini PC"
The device is designed as a precision sensor that converts temperatures into time intervals thanks to electronic pulses. The margin of error is only 0.1 degrees Celsius.
Its size can help in the field of oncology, allowing you to measure the temperature of cells since some studies suggest that tumors increase the temperature of the cell tissue.
Gary Luker, a professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at the American university, also noted that it can help evaluate treatments for cancer patients.
Although oncology is the priority of the developers for now, they also believe that it can have very varied practical applications such as detecting the pressure within the eye for the diagnosis of glaucoma, monitor oil deposits, monitor chemical processes that occur within the body, for video and audio surveillance even for the study of snails.
Taken from BBC World