Debuting at IBM Think 2018, the company’s biggest conference, is the world’s smallest computer, clocking at one square millimeter!
Otherwise, you’ll miss the two of the world’s smallest computers that are mounted in 64 tiny motherboards, or the entire device sitting on top of a pile of actual salt.
Now let’s see how this computer works and how blockchain fits into IBM’s plans to fight knockoffs.
Mashable highlighted that each tiny computer has the computing power of an x86 chip from 1990, housing several thousand transistors.
While it’s not a computing powerhouse in itself, it will power IBM’s blockchain project design to fight all kinds of counterfeit goods.
As the company itself emphasized in the video above, it could be embedded in any object you can think of, serving as a crypto-anchor to offer transparency into supply chains. Each one costs IBM just 10 cents to manufacture, so we’ll probably see them in a lot of places!
“These technologies pave the way for new solutions that tackle food safety, authenticity of manufactured components, genetically modified products, identification of counterfeit objects and provenance of luxury goods,” said IBM.