Chips with Everything
Itâ€™s still only 2007. Apple has not yet shipped a single iPhone. We donâ€™t have Windows with Wheels and Eyeballs either. But self-powered green chips? The Germans, in the unlikely global stronghold of wind and solar, are very busy on ambient power: unlike Apple and Microsoft, nobodyâ€™s ever heard of EnOcean. Itâ€™s a start-up specializing in wireless doodads that can harvest and store the tiniest traces of environmental energy: a flux in daylight, a change of air pressure. Green-powered Âmicronetworksâ€”no more batteries.
Fast, cheap, wireless, inky, self-powered, and out of control: at a price point like that, every product is an Internet site. Even a stick of gum isnâ€™t safe.