Truly amazing programmable technology from 240 years ago.
Does anyone recognise what this is?
It’s a stylised setup for the first transistor, created by Bell Labs on the afternoon of 23 December 1947. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_transistor
I admit to not recognising it myself, even though I’ve worked in the industry for 18 years and take it’s invention for granted. Here is the current record I could find for a single chip – 7.1Bn transistors in a 678mm² form.
|IBM z13 Storage Controller||Transistor count 7,100,000,000||2015||IBM||22 nm||Area 678 mm²|
And for FPGAs, Virtex-Ultrascale XCVU440 20Bn+ transistors! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transistor_count
When it comes to RAM, this 128GB DRAM DIMM seems to take the overall record though. 128 Bn Transistors?
Was new news to me…very interesting.
Especially for Jupyter/IPython integration.
I’ve used Wise Controls hardware and software (www.wisecontrols.com) for many years now to control my lights around my house. I’m very sure the world has moved on from a technology view point and there are better solutions out there but it works for me. This is a picture of a 5M long multi-colour LED strip in my kitchen all controlled wirelessly.
I’ve been able to control my lights from my iPhone for a while using this interface. It is ok, but can’t do many things and the tooling is not updated by the firm.
So I could automatically schedule my lights and remotely trigger them I managed to reverse engineer the interface and it is very simple to trigger an already configured signal.
Turn on : http://192.168.1.50/GestisciBottone.txt?02P1
Turn off : http://192.168.1.50/GestisciBottone.txt?02P2
I started writing an Apple Watch interface to do the same but stumbled upon this great project instead that has a great iOS and WatchOS interface, and is easy configurable.
For a configuration standpoint it is very flexible and easy to insert the URLs as above. For example:
“headline1”: “Stair Lights”,
This is what it looks like in its simplest form on my watch.