Lots of magazines publish articles such as EE Times’ “Top 15 Hot Technologies for 2013” at the beginning of the year. Below, are a selection of what I found interesting or applicable to amateur radio.
- Soluble ICs. Eventually, you may be able to wear these ICs like temporary tattoos, and after doing whatever they do, they will dissolve into the skin. Researchers think that they may be able to use the devices as miniature heaters to keep bacteria off a wound or as bio-monitors for use in both sports and medicine.
- 3D printing. EE Times says, “The transition to digital manufacturing crossed a line in the sand in 2012, proponents said. Desktop manufacturing with 3-D printers is now becoming practical for a range of products.”
- Solid-state lighting. 2013 might be the year, LED lighting becomes practical for homes.
- Improved solar cells using black silicon. Researchers in Germany have improved the efficiency of solar cells using black silicon by irradiating them with a laser using a specific pulse shape. This technology still needs to be commercialized, however.
You can read the complete article here.