X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Somniloquy: the Future Will be Filled With Environment-Friendly Pirates

by Lambert Varias
Advertisement

People leave their computers on for a long time for various valid reasons: when backing up, scanning malware, reformatting and restoring because the malware couldn’t be removed, installing SP3 for the third time, downloading a large file via torrent, and being infected again. And that’s the digital circle of life.

Seriously though, computers waste a lot of energy while performing such tedious tasks. But fear not, Mother Earth, a bunch of geeks are working on an energy saving device that will maintain a computer’s essential functions while consuming as low as 10% of the power normally used by a regular PC.

somniloquy

Computer scientists at the University of California in San Diego and  *gasp* Microsoft Research have come up with the Somniloquy, a USB dongle that is basically a barebones PC, complete with an OS, flash memory, and network connectivity. The idea behind Somniloquy is simple: if your computer has to perform nothing but a single time-consuming task – downloading all episodes of Top Gear for example – Somniloquy will take over while your computer goes to sleep: “Somniloquy essentially takes over as the computer’s presence on the network while the actual PC is asleep by operating at the computers’ network interface. In effect, it impersonates the sleeping PC to other hosts on the network.”

What’s more, Somniloquy can wake up the “main” computer if needed. For example, if its flash memory gets filled up, it can wake up the main computer and transfer its files, and then tell the big guy to go to sleep again. The people behind the device hope to shrink it further so that it can be installed into a network card, and hopefully into all computers.

[via apc via GetUSB]

Deals in The Technabob Shop



More from Awesomer Media...

Sigma sd Quattro H Camera

Sigma sd Quattro H Camera

Nikelab Aqua Sock 360 QS

Nikelab Aqua Sock 360 QS

2018 Subaru Forester Black Edition

2018 Subaru Forester Black Edition

Ford GT and GT40 Review: A LEGO Kit Exclusive

Ford GT and GT40 Review: A LEGO Kit Exclusive

Fools Paradise Bane & the Joker Batman 1/6 Scale Figures

Fools Paradise Bane & the Joker Batman 1/6 Scale Figures

Figma Deadpool Action Figure

Figma Deadpool Action Figure

Advertisement