As you know nanotechnology is still on my brain. I had two major run ins with nano tech in the last week which I think are both note-worthy. So here they are, and maybe you agree that both are interesting:
a) Nanotech takes off – YouTube video on Nano-Technology Read more... (205 words, 1 image, estimated 49 secs reading time)
When things get so small that we can’t see it anymore, it somehow challenges the believe system. Think of a machine that can float in your blood and repair stuff as it goes along…sounds scary, great, unbelievable – all those things and more. (Turns out that you need to drill through blood since at the nano level it gets similar to rock, so the best way though it seems to be a tiny drill bit, that is rotated using magnets :O) – Anyway, the point is I have to admit I am hooked.
At the chemistry level we seem to discover more and more ways to cheat normal physics, in medicine terms we can reasonably hope fro great changes in the way medicine works, and in terms of physics the whole thing has gone very weired. All of which are great reasons to be interested in the stuff. So over the next year I will start reading up on the matter, not from a technology point of view (since that is a closed book) but more from an impact on IT and Business point of view.
Nanotechnology has changed some businesses already, significantly (medical, manufacturing, automotive,…) but non of it seems to explicitly hit us (exclude the self-wiping glass for now) – or has it. It turns out that that stuff is pretty much in all areas of innovation (one of my physics friend called it “Nano” is the new “Big”.
So time to catch up. I recon it would be good to find a classification first that is relevant to my investigation. As a definition I might not include micro machines, but restrict the source to the core definition of Nano patents:
1) whose subject matter is in the scale of approximately 1-100 nanometers in at least one dimension; and
2) that involve materials, structures, devices or systems that have novel properties and functions because of their nano-scale size.
So far I have found 56 distinct areas of nano research – well here is hoping there will be some structure emrging soon.
Have fun! Read more... (655 words, 1 image, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)