The EE Times Community Ponders the Inevitability and Usability of the IoT on a Fingertip

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Nov 26, 2013, 12:00 ET from EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A Berkeley professor who helped pioneer the Internet of Things is now trying to pack a node on a chip -- and a fingertip. According to EE Times' Rick Merritt in "IoT on a Fingertip Is Researcher's Goal," Professor Kris Pister told an audience at the IDTech he dreams of a true system on a chip that includes not just the microcontroller and radio, but also the sensors, the antenna, the crystals, and even a solar power source. Pister admitted the technology is still three to five years away but states "we are very close."

Merritt carried the discussion via commentary on the reality and functionality of a virtual keyboard.

Re: Virtual keyboard
Sheetal.Pandey   11/22/2013 10:08:25 PM
"@daleste, exactly the same thoughts were running through my mind. If devices can directly take inputs from brains that will be the next revolution. It would be interesting to explore how would the device know whose brain to be sensed and prioritized, if there are many humans in the vicinity. Ensuring safety and security will also be a interesting.Re: Virtual keyboard"

Re: Virtual keyboard
daleste   11/22/2013 8:57:00 PM
"The ultimate is that someday our devices will get our input directly from our brains.  No more typing.  We already have software that will take verbal input and even eye movements for the impaired.  Someday we will just think of what we want to input and it will happen."

Re: Virtual keyboard
Caleb Kraft   11/21/2013 11:40:21 AM
"Foldable and rollable displays didn't excite me at all initially, but some of the latest prototypes seem like they would genuinely improve my experience. I'd love to be able to fold down a 10 inch screen to a tablet for walking around, then unfold and dock for full laptop experience."

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