After some years of relative silence, IBM's Millipede project is back in the news.
While analysts are questioning the real feasibility of launching Millipede into commercial products in the near future, we here at TNT hear rumours from circles close to the project that Big Blue may be just as interested in selling the technology off as getting it into commercial products, thus the most recent hullabaloo.
IBM 's acquisition of PriceWaterhouseCooper's consulting arm back in 2002 may be guiding its future business plans so that it leverages its remarkable research labs for promoting its consulting business rather than for developing new technologies.
As anyone in the field of nanotechnology knows, it's an expensive business creating new technologies without much in the way of guaranteed returns.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. In the meantime, we thought you may want to consider that IBM may not be talking right now about a technology that may take 10 years to find its way into any commercial devices, but simply checking to see if there any interested buyers. After all, wasn't it supposed to be on the market by 2004?