A number of technologies have exploded throughout 2008, improving and influencing our daily life. Here is a quick look at some of the technology events that happened during 2008.

Big Bang Experiment: The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, intended to collide opposing beams of protons or lead ions, each moving at approximately 99.999999% of the speed of light. On 10 September 2008, the proton beams were successfully circulated in the main ring of the LHC for the first time. On 19 September 2008, the operations were halted due to a serious fault between two superconducting bending magnets.Due to the resulting damage, the LHC will not be operational again until summer 2009.

Supercomputer Performs Laser Cancer Surgery : Lonestar, a supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) performed a laser cancer surgery on a dog without the intervention of a surgeon.

Bionic Eye : Engineers at the University of Washington have for the first time used manufacturing techniques at microscopic scales to combine a flexible, biologically safe contact lens with an imprinted electronic circuit and lights.

WiMAX Patent Pool : Six WiMAX firms have teamed together to create the Open Patent Alliance(OPA), to accelerate the widespread adoption and deployment of WiMAX technology and products. The companies involved in the formation of the OPA include Cisco Systems, Intel Corp., Alcatel-Lucent, Clearwire, Sprint and Samsung.

NVIDIA Unveils World’s First Personal Supercomputer : The world’s first personal supercomputer, which is 250 times faster than the average PC, has been unveiled. The NVIDIA Tesla Personal Supercomputer is based on the revolutionary NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture and powered by up to 960 parallel processing cores.

Scientists Extract Images Directly From Brain : Researchers at Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories have developed a system that can “reconstruct the images inside a person’s mind and display them on a computer monitor.”

Mobiles: New exciting mobile phone models released by Apple, Blackberry, Nokia etc and Android, Mobile Social Networking Boom, Nokia Ovi Mail, Increasing Usage of Linux OS in Mobiles, Nokia Acquiring Symbian etc.

Internet : There are many developments in the internet space like: Google Browser, Firefox 3, Firefox for Windows  Mobile etc.

lets hope 2009 brings much more advanced technologies into our life and sets path for new technology trends for future.


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