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What is E-Ball Technology?
  • Last Updated : 26 Aug, 2020

E-ball technology is a tiny computer in the shape of a sphere. It is one of the smallest designs that have been made for laptops and desktops. These are futuristic designs. This design for E-ball Technology was proposed by Apostol Tnokovski (Macedonia based Product Designer). It is the smallest PC design that has ever been made. It has a sphere-shaped design, as it is one of the most attractive designs according to Apostal Tnokovski . 

History 

  1. Pre-20th century- The earliest form of computational devices were our fingers. These were used to record the calculations. The most famous calculating instrument used in the pre-20th century is the abacus. It was built in Babylonia in the 2400 B.C. 
    The first computing device- Charles Babbage, the father of computers is known to develop the first programmable computer in the year 1833. The input was given using the punch cards. It was the first Turing complete design known. The successful demonstration was made in the year 1906.
  2. Analog computers- Analog Computers used a mechanical and electrical equivalent of the problems to be computed. They were non-programmable and lacked versatility. These were used widely in the first half of the 20th century and were quite famous until the 1950s.
  3. Digital computers- Digital computers were electro-mechanical versions of the analog computer. in 1914 the programmable version of the computer was developed which was electromechanical. It was called digital computers. It used binary numbers for computation work. The input was given using a keyboard.
  4. Modern computers- The concept of Modern computers was established by a person called Alan Turing. He mentioned this on a paper in the year 1936. He proposed a “Universal Computing Machine” in his paper. The concept used instructions that were originally stored in computer memory. They could work as efficiently as the Universal Turing Machine.
  5. Mobile computers- Mobile computers earlier used were heavy and needed to be plugged in the mains of the power supply. The size reduced in the years, and we can have computers of the size of a palm nowadays (smartphones and tablets). These are powered by chips that have computing mechanism. These are very small chips that are called the System on a chip.
  6. E-ball computers-The computer design has ever since been changing and becoming smaller and more compatible. The rectangle-shaped computer monitor and keyboard have forever been the standard. The designer of E-ball made a wonderful exception to the rule by inventing the E-ball technology. He firmly believes that the sphere is nature’s most attractive shape. This is the prime thought behind building such a compact computer in the shape of a sphere with all the features of a traditionally shaped computer.

Features Of E-ball Technology

  1. The virtual laser keyboard with Infrared Sensors: This is used for taking input. The infrared sensor makes it possible to know which key is accessed.
  2. Dual-core processor: The dual-core processor is used so that parallel programming can be done. This would in turn increase the speed of the programs that are computed.
  3. 2GB RAM: The storage of the E-ball is 2GB. This states that it has a 2 GB memory that can be used in a non-sequential manner. The RAM has 2 types of DRAM and SRAM.
  4. 350-500GB hard drive: The hard disk of the E-ball is used repeatedly in case of the reading and writing operations that are performed. The specification of this is 350-500GB.
  5. Integrated graphics and sound cards: The graphics and sound cards are used for visuals and audio. These are integrated into the E-ball system so that the audio and video functionality is added to it.
  6. 50 W speakers, two: The speakers are used for output in the form of sound. This is a wonderful tool that is used in the e-ball technology for people who love music. This is also necessary for system sounds and other audio output.
  7. The holographic display created using a projector with automatically adjustable intensity: The display of the system is actually a holographic display instead of a physical monitor. This is created by using a projector on a flat surface.
  8. LAN, WLAN cards: These are cards that help the E-ball system in attaching itself to a network. These are very helpful for users who usually use the network for their work.
  9. Webcam: The webcam has the functionality of recording images and video. These can also be used to stream data. It is used extensively in video conferencing.

Elements Of E-ball Technology 

  1. The body of the eyeball has aluminum as well as plastic parts. It is the smallest among all the designs developed so far, having 120×120 millimeters of the motherboard that is 6 inches in diameter.
  2. The E-ball has all the features of standard personal computers like a mouse, keyboard, display, etc. First, to operate the E-ball, we need to press a button so that stand is opened on which the sphere E-ball will rest.
  3. It does not have a physical monitor, rather it has a projected projector that can be used as a screen if used against a wall. In case there is an absence of a wall, a sheet of paper can be used instead. On pressing another button, a paper holder comes out, on which a sheet of paper can be used and the E ball can also be used in outdoor conditions.
  4. It has a virtual laser keyboard. It is projected on a flat surface. It understands the fingers with the help of infrared sensors.
  5. E-ball Technology supports the Windows operating system.
  6. The keyboard and mouse can be used to give input to the E-ball, whereas the holographic display and speakers would give output. The storage is settled as the hard disk is present and the network cards are present for any networking needs.

Working of E-ball Technology 

The body of the eyeball has aluminum as well as plastic parts. It is the smallest among all the designs developed so far, having 120×120 millimeters of the motherboard that is 6 inches in diameter. The E-ball has all the features of standard personal computers like a mouse, keyboard, display, etc. First, to operate the E-ball, we need to press a button so that stand is opened on which the sphere E-ball will rest. 
It does not have a physical monitor, rather it has a projected projector that can be used as a screen if used against a wall. In case there is an absence of a wall, a sheet of paper can be used instead. On pressing another button, a paper holder comes out, on which a sheet of paper can be used and the E ball can also be used in outdoor conditions. 
It has a virtual laser keyboard. It is projected on a flat surface. It understands the fingers with the help of infrared sensors. E-ball Technology supports the Windows operating system. The keyboard and mouse can be used to give input to the E-ball, whereas the holographic display and speakers would give output. The storage is settled as the hard disk is present and the network cards are present for any networking needs. 

Applications

  1. Office work: The E-ball can be used to make presentations, word, and other office-related documents.
  2. Watching movies: The E-ball has a holographic display that can be used for watching movies at the comfort of homes or any place that has a flat surface for the creation of the monitor screen.
  3. Video conferencing: The webcam is a perfect use for office meetings and conferences.
  4. Listening to songs: The speakers are bliss for listening to songs.
  5. Presentations: can also be given using the display system.

Advantages

1. Portable due to its small size. 
2. Large memory, hence, can store a lot of data. 
3. It is fast due to the dual-core processor. 
4. It reduces e-waste by using a virtual keyboard and monitor. 
5. Requires less space. 
6. It is lightweight. 
7. Organizations would need a lot less security to protect against theft as all of these can be stacked in one small, secured place.

Disadvantages

1. It works only with the Windows Operating system and no other OS. 
2. It has a very high cost because it uses high-end technology. 
3. Any hardware problem is difficult to handle and recover from. 
4. It would need new skilled people for its repair which would also be expensive. 

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