Examples of edge devices are microcomputer Raspberry Pi B+, nanocomputer
Black Swift and many others, based on ARM, MIPS and x86 processor technologies.
"This new nanoprocessor represents a major milestone toward realizing the vision of a nanocomputer
that was first articulated more than 50 years ago by physicist Richard Feynman," says James Ellenbogen, a chief scientist at MITRE.
These devices have sensors on the surface which can detect changes in the environment and the onboard nanocomputer
will regulate the intake and output of the oxygen and carbon dioxide molecules.
Eric Drexler described the mechanics of a nanocomputer
. More than a billion times more powerful than a Pentium and the size of a standard six-sided die, this nanocomputer
would run on only 100 watts.
technology, a hospital or medical centre could monitor every movement in the heart or other organs and report any problems or strange readings to doctors.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has seeded HP and the University of California to develop a 16 Kb nanocomputer
by next year.
In this biological nanocomputer
, strands of DNA serve as software that control the activity of enzymes.
Futurist Glen Hiemstra (www.futurist.com) believes one of the most anticipated uses of nanotechnology will be the creation of nanobots, made up of a few molecules and controlled by a nanocomputer
. These nanobots, with fingers built from nanotubes but in proportions 50,000 times as thin as human hair, can be effectively used in environmental dean-up.
In addition to its recognized scientific, medical and bioengineering value, the microscopic nanocomputer
recently entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the "smallest biological computing device." A brief of the Weizmann team's research has also been published on the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
This biological nanocomputer
is so small that a trillion could co-exist and compute in parallel, in a drop of watery solution of only 1/10 of a millilitre.
The replicating assemblers literally constructed the unibody structure molecule-by-molecule, beginning at the center of the base plate forming it around a single "seed." The seed contained a nanocomputer
with the part design, and on its surface were patches to which the assemblers stuck.