The Michigan Micro Mote (M^3) is touted as the world’s smallest autonomous computer, opening up new avenues in the world of Internet of Things (IoT). No larger than a grain of rice, it’s built in stacked layers that interact with each other through a special universal interface protocol, called MBus. This computer features a solar cell for charging, an optical communication photo cell, harvester control electronics layer, radio layer, processor, memory, power regulation layer, a battery layer, sensor interface layer (temp and capacitive interface), capacitor layer for stabilizing power supply and an optional layer for pressure sensor. Continue reading for a video and more information.
“The tiny computer – currently being referred to as the world’s smallest – can take pictures, read temperatures, and record pressure. Among other potential uses, the M^3’s creators see the tiny computer as a potential method for making sure people never lose track of valuable items,” reports Laughing Squid.