Intro to Literary Study (2005)

1 May 2005
Skin computation process

While the real technology of transferring data through skin contact isn't nearly as dramatic as that depicted in Stephenson's The Diamond Age, I thought a link to this story would interst some of you.

Adventures in the Skin Trade

The small transceiver fits comfortably in a shirt pocket and unlike previous systems does not require a direct connection to the skin. The prototype can communicate at 10Mbps with other transceivers on the body, for example, mediating transmission between an MP3 player and a headset, and Sakamoto says it will soon shrink to the size where it can be built-into cell phones and other devices. When connecting beyond the body, the electric field can travel through conductors and dialectrics at a distance ranging from centimeters to meters, depending on the level of conductivity.

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