Machine number 27 will break down in the next 30 days!

by Schuyler Erle

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A fascinating Wired piece on Intel's research into smart motes - tiny devices outfitted with a microprocessor, some sensors, and a wireless link to its peers - which could be "the size of a grain of rice and selling for around $5 by 2011," if Intel's plans bear fruit. (Thanks go out to Adam Flaherty for the link.)