New Year; new predictions. Each January, EE Times editors go through the list of electronics technologies overhyped as well as underexposed, to come up with what we believe will be the hot areas during the next 12 months. Here are our picks; please give us a reality check by adding your comments to the discussion.
3D Brain Tissue
Based on fabrication techniques used in the semiconductor industry, a team of engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School developed a simple and inexpensive way to create three-dimensional brain tissues in a lab dish.
The technique yields tissue constructs that closely mimic the cellular composition of those in the living brain, allowing scientists to study how neurons form connections and to anticipate how cells from individual patients might respond to different drugs.
In the long term, researchers said they expect to better understand how to design tissue implants that could be used to replace damaged tissue in patients.
MIT researchers stacked neurons to form 3-D brain tissue.
Nice list. Still, in my obviously biased view (as an engineer and ST flack), you're giving short-shrift to FD-SOI, which is faster, simpler and cooler--and BTW a finalist for top Energy Technology in the ACE Awards.
FD-SOI's only disadvantage as a sub-30nm process technology is that it isn't being pushed by the industry's 600-lb gorilla.
And what about us software guys? ;-) My personal hot technology are user interfaces with gesture control, especially in the industrial context. I believe, we will see soon very innovative control systems for robots, for example. But my own 3D printer would be nice, too.
The 100% in my question above was assumed to be visible but I'm not sure if 'illumination' would right word. By definition, 100% efficiency would reflect NO light.
You might say 'black' would be its color but 'invisible' might be closer to a correct answer, sort of a 'black hole' of sorts.