Fourier Analysis is a mathematical tool which can do a number of things: separate out signals from noise; help identify patterns or trends in data; filter out all unwanted data and focus on a single signal; use approximations to make generalizations; make approximations of real world signals (think electronic music); combine harmonics to get a stronger signal. That's what I'll be trying to do here!! Won't you join me with your comments?
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I tell you about it here blogfriends because I predict in a few years time it will be something as ubiquitous as the current IPod/MP-3 rage. To elaborate, the development allows for electronics to be embedded into a flexible, enclosed medium (not such a new thing), but then takes it one step further with flexible connections that can stretch to twice their length.
Imagine wearing your IPod as a headband! Or your mobile phone as a belt! Those are the easy inventions to think up. Sci-fi tells us about flexible electronic books that you can read, then close or roll up. Ever see the electronic piano that Jean-Luc Picard's girlfriend (Star-Trek) played? As the electronics are not only flexible, but the sensitive parts are encapsulated in the flexible medium, they are washable. So devices can be built into clothing and later put into the washer without any damage.
The revolutionary inventions that will result from this development are ones that are yet to come. Inventors in medical technology have been waiting for this development and this will be one of the first areas to take advantage. I can't wait to see what the auto industry does with this. And of course entertainment and information distribution will continue to be on the cutting edge with their new gadgets. Advertisements will invade all sorts of spaces that they couldn't go before. I expect fashion designers will soon get into the act and we may finally see the kinds of "future clothing" portrayed in so many of the sci-fi films and TV programs.
And imagine the toys that will result from this...!