Surveillance State: Tiny Robots “Watching” You
Surveillance State: Tiny Robots “Watching” You by Louis Basenese – Daily Reckoning
The push to miniaturize electronics will drastically shake up the world in the near future.
And “smart dust” will be at the very epicenter of this trend.
In short, smart dust is a system of tiny sensors, robots or other devices that are as small as a grain of sand.
Another term for smart dust is MEMS (or microelectromechanical systems).
They’re made up of tiny processors running a skeleton operating system. The sensors can detect everything around them — light, temperature, vibrations, pressure, magnetism, chemical composition, humidity, location and acceleration. The list goes on.
And they’re connected to a wireless network to report information about their surroundings.
This might sound like science fiction. But many of these dust-sized sensors have already been deployed.
One company, for example, has already received FDA approval for an ingestible sensor that delivers real-time data about a patient’s health to a physician.
And current estimates expect to see a call for over 1 trillion sensors to be active by 2025.
But with smart dust currently in the embryonic stage of deployment, we’re focusing on companies with critical patents for commercial applications.
So let’s quickly review where we stand…
The Perfect Smart Dust Plays
One company is leading the way in the practical commercialization of spintronics — a nanotechnology that relies on electron spin rather than an electron charge to acquire, store and transmit information.
Without getting overly complicated, the advantage of spintronics is that it can boost data processing speed with less energy consumption. It has the ability to store data and instructions without power — with increased storage density of up to 100 times.
In other words, it’s ideal for tiny sensors that need to collect data constantly.