HotSpot Episode 66: Quantum Teleportation

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 9:54am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on WDD’s HotSpot:

Researchers at TU Delft’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience have succeeded in deterministically transferring the information contained in a quantum bit – the quantum analog of a classical bit – to a different quantum bit 3 meters away, without the information having traveled through the intervening space: teleportation. According to the New York Times, Quantum teleportation is not the “Star Trek”-style movement of people or things; rather, it involves transferring so-called quantum information — in this case what is known as the spin state of an electron — from one place to another without moving the physical matter to which the information is attached. The researchers are closer to definitively proving Einstein wrong in his early disbelief in the notion of entanglement, in which particles separated by light-years can still appear to remain connected, with the state of one particle instantaneously affecting the state of another. They are also seeking to repeat their experiment over the distance of more than a kilometer. If they are able to repeatedly show that entanglement works at this distance, it will be a definitive demonstration of the entanglement phenomenon and quantum mechanical theory.

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a new system that can remotely sense objects across distances as long as 30 feet, 10 times farther than what could be done with comparable current low-power laser systems. The technology could be used to make smaller, cheaper 3D imaging systems that offer exceptional range for potential use in self-driving cars,  smartphones and interactive video games like Microsoft’s Kinect, all without the need for big, bulky boxes of electronics or optics.

A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical gadgets such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators or new sensors and devices yet to be developed. The technology could provide a path toward a new type of medicine that allows physicians to treat diseases with electronics rather than drugs.

Last week WDD attended the IMS2014 event in Tampa, FL. We filmed a connected cars panel, filmed a lot of product demos, and interviewed the General Chair, Dr. Larry Dunleavy. We saw a lot of new and exclusive products, and were able to reconnect with various companies, as well as build new relationships. We are excited to showcase everything we captured, so stay tuned because we have a ton of excitement coming your way!

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