Chapter 21. Alternative and Future Technologies

A Smorgasbord of Technologies

Electronics is one of the most exciting and innovative disciplines around, with evolutionary and revolutionary ideas appearing on almost a daily basis. Some of these ideas skulk around at the edges of the party, but never really look you in the eye or take the trouble to formally introduce themselves; some surface for a short time and then disappear forever into the twilight zone from whence they came; some tenaciously manifest themselves in mutated forms on a seasonal basis; and some leap out as if from nowhere with a fanfare of trumpets, and join the mainstream so quickly that before you know it, they seem like old friends.

In this chapter, we introduce a smorgasbord ...

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