Flexible Transistors Printed on Rolls

Rolltronics Corporation and its partner, Iowa Thin Film Technologies, envision building integrated circuits in a process as simple as printing a newspaper.

The two companies recently demonstrated the world’s first working silicon transistors made using a radical new “roll-to-roll” manufacturing technique. In this process, a continuous sheet of flexible polymer is unrolled from one spool, covered with circuit-board-like patterns of silicon, and collected on another spool.
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Methanol-Powered Micro Fuel Cells

Tiny little power plants, micro fuel cells, will soon be powering everything from cell phones to laptop computers to a host of other handheld devices. Even the best lithium-ion cell-phone batteries provide only about four hours of talk time while these micro fuel cells could provide up to 20 hours. No recharging batteries here, you just swap out methanol cartridges.
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Maptech’s GPS Handheld Mapping System

Maptech has developed a very creative full-functioning chartplotter program for your Pocket PC. This innovative new Pocket Navigator is a wireless GPS system for the Pocket PC that produces high resolution Aero, Marine, and Land maps for the entire world. So the next time you’re lost in the middle of North Dakota ….well, you’d just better ask for directions. Even true genius can’t explain North Dakota. More Here

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The Norwegian Leonardo Project

In 1502 Leonardo da Vinci did a simple drawing of a graceful bridge with a huge span of 240 meters. It was a design commissioned by Sultan Bajazet II to span the Golden Horn, an inlet at the mouth of the Bosporus River in what is the modern nation of Turkey. It was never built. When Vebjørn Sand saw the design in an exhibition on da Vinci’s engineering genius in 1996, he was overwhelmed by the beauty of the design. His great gift to the people of Norway was his ability to communicate this vision to the public sector.
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