With technology evolving every year, tech giant IBM has provided a glimpse into the not so distant future by recently unveiling the world’s smallest computer, reports Mashable. The company first debuted the world’s first personal computer back in 1981.

Making its debut at the company’s flagship IBM Think 2018 conference this Monday, the tiny computer measures just 1mm by 1mm, but has the same processing power as the chips that ran early ’90s IBM desktop computers. In addition, the unit’s architecture is smaller than a grain of salt, packing several hundred thousand transistors into a footprint barely visible to the human eye.

The device also cost less than 10 cents to manufacture and can monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data. In addition, the device is designed to be embedded within price tags and product packaging, tracking and logging the movement of goods during shipping to enhance supply chain security.

According to IBM, this is a sign of bigger things to come. “Within the next five years, cryptographic anchors — such as ink dots or tiny computers smaller than a grain of salt — will be embedded in everyday objects and devices,” says IBM head of research Arvind Krishna.

To see the computer in detail, view the video below.

For additional details, be sure to read the full story on Mashable.

In other tech news, Apple is reportedly revealing the iPhone X Plus in September.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

scribbling by day, architect by night