Category: Hardware

CES Struck Me with Awe – the Quantum Computer

At CES 2018 I saw a computer that put me awe. Here is Intel’s 50 Qubit Quantum Computer:

Intel Quantum Computer CES 2018
Intel Quantum Computer CES 2018

In regular computers a chip (bit) is either on or off (1 or 0) giving us a way to produce computations. Quantum chips, called qubits, can be 0, 1 or both at the same time. This is because of a complicated sub-set of physics called quantum mechanics. Don’t worry if you don’t understand. Even Einstein declared quantum mechanics to be “spooky.”

So just realize that harnessing the power of qubits will allow us to solve computational problems that traditional computers cannot handle, like predicting the weather accurately. Quantum computing is the FUTURE.

Qubits are tremendously fragile. Any radio frequency noise or unintended observation of them can cause data loss. So these types of computers must operate at a temperature of approximately 20 millikelvin—or 250 times colder than deep space.

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The OnHub – Futuristic Wireless Router

Would you like a wireless router that covers your entire home and handles all your devices? How about one that is really easy to setup and keep going? Want one that is constantly improved and updated at no additional cost. Look no further than the Google OnHub.

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The Winbot Window Cleaning Robot

I am waiting for Rosie the robotic maid from the Jetsons to come in and clean my home. So far the only popular cleaning robots are the floor vacuum and cleaners. I was hoping that Ecovac’s Winbot 8 window cleaning robot, but I’m afraid that it is not quite ready for use in my home.

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Why Microsoft Needs Us to Update to Windows 10

Have you ever wondered why Microsoft is trying so hard to get users to move to Windows 10? Here’s part of the answer.

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Anker 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

Need more USB Ports? Can you believe it? Someone finally made a good-looking USB hub. And it’s inexpensive to boot. Check it out.

Anker 4-port Hub
Anker 4-port Hub

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New Kindle Reader – $290 Kindle Oasis

Amazon just announced their latest Kindle e-reader. It has a lot going for it.

  • Great easy-read-lighted screen like that is used in the Kindle Paperwhite
  • The new leather case looks luxurious
  • Slightly new design that mimics the spine of a book and makes turning pages easy
  • Lighter than ever and easier to hold
  • Extreme battery life provided by the cover — one charge can last for months

So what’s not to like? Just one thing. The PRICE.

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Multi-functional LED Light Bulbs

If you have recently shopped for a light bulb, you have probably been surprised by the number of choices. We will see many more new light bulbs in the future. Look for bulbs that change color and can be controlled by a smart phones like the Philips Hue line. But wait, there’s even more.

Would you like to have a light bulb that acts as a Wi-Fi repeater or one that plays music? Sengled even has a lightbulb that has an integrated camera, microphone, and speaker.  Two bulbs can produce stereo sound. Available now: $49.99 to $169.99 at the Sengled website.

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