Friday, April 3, 2009

Nano Nano Layla

It is nice to know that the billions of dollars spent by the U.S. research facilities are finally producing some really useful products. Introducing, the single nanotube radio that can actually detect and play songs. Yes, folks, you guessed it. An invisible radio. The Physics Department at the University of California, Berkeley has recorded Eric Clapton singing "Layla" for your benefit. You can easily compare how far the technology has come by listening to the earliest known voice recording in 1860, from Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, a Parisian typesetter and tinkerer who went to his grave convinced that credit for his breakthroughs had been improperly bestowed on Edison.

If you would like to know a whole lot more about the nanotube radio, and maybe build one yourself, you can read about it on the Center of Integrated Nonomechanical Systems Website. They also have quite a selection of popular music recorded in this extremely low fidelity system such as Good Vibrations, Largo and Star Wars.

It is truly amazing how much progress can be made over almost 150 years of research. Just listen to that sound. That alone is amazing enough but look at the cat's whisker radio that it comes from. How amazing can you get. It is too bad that they didn't put something like a pin or whatever in the picture of the nanotube to show how really small it is. Oops, I forgot is is so small that it is invisible without a really strong microscope. Let's just hope that when they go into production we can find some way to turn them off, otherwise we will spend the rest of our lives listening to Star Wars and not knowing where the sound is coming from.

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