Researchers at The University of British Columbia are using quantum computing simulations to accurately predict the color of light emitted from molecules that produce the ones we see in the latest smartphones, tablets, and TV screens. Unfortunately, designing complex molecules for electronics and pharmaceuticals is beyond the capabilities of current quantum computers, but they could be used in the near future. Read more for a video and additional information.
Not just a tiny computer, but one that is modular and can easily be upgraded. Meet the Pockit. This innovative computer is built atop a powerful, versatile core, in which modular blocks can be attached and interacted with. It features a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 at the core of everything, Bluetooth 5.0 support, WiFi connectivity, a rechargeable Li-ion battery, and over 80 blocks that can be swapped in seconds. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Following the M1 Ultra announcement earlier today, Apple revealed the all-new Mac Studio desktop computer. It can be configured with either the M1 Max or M1 Ultra chips, making it the company’s most powerful personal computer to date. This means it can easily render massive 3D environments or play back 18 streams of ProRes video. When paired with the new Studio Display, you can view everything on its stunning 27-inch 5K Retina panel, complete with its high-fidelity six-speaker sound system with spatial audio. Read more for the announcement video and additional information.
Sure, most laptops can easily fit in a backpack, but what if you wanted the desktop experience while on-the-go? Meet the Pantera Pico PC. This tiny device is quite possibly the world’s smallest 4K desktop PC, created by startup XDO. It features an Intel Celeron J4125 Quad Core 2.7Ghz CPU, up to 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 1TB M.2 SSD, microSD expansion, a large heatsink, dual band 2.4GHz Wifi, and a 12V USB-C power port. Let’s just say that it’s powerful enough to run Minecraft without any issues. Read more to see it in-action and for additional information.
Sure, we have smartphones and tablets nowadays, but back in 1995, if you wanted to game or work on-the-go, IBM’s Palm Top PC 110 was the way to go. Co-developed with Ricoh, this handheld personal computer is powered by the Intel 80486SX processor and features a 4.7-inch dual-scan LCD capable of display 256 colors, 4MB of RAM, 260MB hard drive, and even a Compact Flash card slot for external storage. Read more for two hands-on videos and additional information.
Synthetic biologists from Northwestern University have developed a low-cost, easy-to-use DNA computer of sorts. This hand-held device lets users know if their water is safe to drink in minutes by using powerful and programmable genetic networks, which mimic electronic circuits, to perform a range of logic functions. Among its DNA-based circuits, the researchers managed to engineer cell-free molecules into an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), a universal circuit type found in almost all electronic devices. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Always wanted to build your own portable handheld computer? Then Penkēsu is just the project to spend a weekend on. This retro-inspired portable handheld device is basically powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W computer and boasts a a 7.9-inch (400 x 1280 resolution) widescreen display, complete with a 48-keys ortholinear mechanical keyboard. The case is 3D printed and built specially to fit the display as well as the keyboard. Read more for additional pictures and the parts list.
Logitech’s MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse works on just about any surface, including glass, and you can get one for $49.99 shipped, today only, originally $99.99. You’ll be able to seamlessly move content between three computers using Logitech Flow or scroll through documents or web pages faster than ever with the hyerspeed adaptive scroll wheel. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
Intel’s canceled Larrabee Knights Ferry (KNF) was supposed to be the company’s dedicated GPGPU chip separate from its current line of integrated graphics accelerators. There is currently only one known functioning prototype in the wild, and it just sold for a whopping $5,258 USD. One caveat: since it’s an engineering sample there are no drivers included, which means you won’t be able to game with this graphics card. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The AMD Ryzen 5 5600X Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler is powerful enough to handle even the highest-end of games, and you can get both for $259.99 shipped, today only, originally $309. Typically very hard to find due to the chip shortage, this CPU is capable of delivering 100+ FPS performance in some of the most popular games, complete with the AMD Wraith Stealth cooler. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review of both and additional information.