Ultrathin Computer Memory Fabricated

A biotech-based process has produced ultrathin computer memory. Nara Institute of Science and Technology researchers claim that the process could lead to much smaller and thinner computers in the future.

Using ferritin, a globular protein complex found in mammals that stores iron inside its structure, researchers found a way to deposit metal memory cells on substrates without heat.

Once the ferritin has formed an ordered arrangement, UV light destroys the protein, leaving the metal behind. This should allow the use of much thinner substrates.

The researchers claim to be directly inspired by the science-fictional detective Manga Detective Conan; the young hero of the series uses a variety of special devices to help him. In particular, he uses computerized eyeglasses.

Research team leader and electronics engineering professor Yukiharu Uraoka says, “We are well on the way to developing computers built on thin films that can be integrated into eyeglass lenses or into clothing. Conan’s eyeglasses are no longer a dream.”


(Ferritin proteins and Detective Conan's computerized glasses)

His glasses are cool (see another picture of his tracing glasses); also check out his voice-changing bowtie which allows him to easily imitate anyone's voice.

Conan’s creator, Gosho Aoyama, says, “It is a great thrill to see an idea on the pages of a manga become a reality. Next, if possible, I’d like someone to develop power-boost sneakers.”

Did somebody say power-boost sneakers? (See the Russian Power Boots.)

Via Ferritin proteins yield ultrathin computer memory. Thanks to CyberStrike for pointing out this story.

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