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WISP computer has no battery, gets power wirelessly from radio waves

WISP computer has no battery, gets power wirelessly from radio waves The WISP (or Wireless Identification and Sensing Platform) sidesteps all the issues with finding wired power and adding bulky batteries to smart objects by harvesting power from radio waves.The WISP can pull enough power out of thin air to power a modest processor, but it’s not going to compete with your computer or even your smartphone.

SpectroDrone system uses lasers to detect explosives from afar

SpectroDrone system uses lasers to detect explosives from afar They can aid in construction, explore nuclear disaster sites, and even detect explosives and other dangerous materials.Now, a company called Laser Detect Systems is taking that mission to the air.

They ain’t pretty, but these sensors helped me feel safe in my smart apartment

They ain’t pretty, but these sensors helped me feel safe in my smart apartment There is one exception for window/door sensors, Strips from Sensitive, which are thin enough to hide pretty easily.There is a $49 kit that comes with two door/window sensors and a motion detector, but for me it makes way more sense to go with the $99 kit, which includes an extra door/window sensor and a siren.

Apple could be working on ‘exceedingly flexible’ phone screen, patent suggests

Apple could be working on ‘exceedingly flexible’ phone screen, patent suggests Why it matters to you Rumors of foldable phones and wearables have been all the rage as of late, and Apple's patent for a bendable screen could indicate it wants to be part of this new trend.The future looks flexible from Apple’s perspective.

Google might be working on a security system that knows when you’re not home

Google might be working on a security system that knows when you’re not home These are continuations of previously filed patents, and they outline plans for a highly advanced security system.We have to manually set the security system – like by pressing a keypad on our way out the door — to activate these various modes.

Fujifilm just developed the fastest organic sensor yet while cutting costs

Fujifilm just developed the fastest organic sensor yet while cutting costs An organic CMOS sensor uses a layer of organic photoconductive film and a separate layer of circuits to do the job of a silicon photodiode inside a traditional sensor.By separating these tasks into two different layers instead of the single silicon photodiode, organic sensors are said to reproduce more accurate colors and to have better low-light performance.

The workplace of the future tracks your every move, whether you like it or not

The workplace of the future tracks your every move, whether you like it or not ” At the heart of Enlightened’s monitoring system are its smart sensors which collect a vast amount of information about the environment and issues reports in real-time.Meanwhile, 54 percent of employees tracked with GPS at work held a positive opinion, while only 5 percent had a negative opinion.

Oculus Rift still facing issues with room-scale tracking, but a fix is on the way

Oculus Rift still facing issues with room-scale tracking, but a fix is on the way More: The Rift now supports four sensors for improved room-scale VR The Oculus Rift was already at a disadvantage to its main competitor, the HTC Vive, since the latter has supported room-scale tracking out of the box with a pair of sensors, and arguably provides a stronger room-scale experience.Now, users are complaining of ongoing issues with room-scale tracking with the Oculus 1.

Sony’s global-shutter industrial sensors get an accuracy boost with new line

Sony’s global-shutter industrial sensors get an accuracy boost with new line While the lineup isn’t Sony’s first set of industrial sensors to use a global shutter, the latest set of options has higher frame rates, better low-light performance, and a more compact design.In industrial and sensing applications, the global sensor lends more accuracy.

This awesome ping-pong robot has just earned a Guinness World Record

This awesome ping-pong robot has just earned a Guinness World Record Once unable to “even return a ping-pong ball” but now officially recognized by Guinness World Records for being the “first robot table tennis tutor,” Omron’s imposing bat-holding contraption has evidently come a long way over the last few years.Project lead Taku Oya explains that the robot functions using two vision sensors and one motion sensor.

Synaptics’ new fingerprint sensors come in all shapes and sizes

Synaptics’ new fingerprint sensors come in all shapes and sizes The firm is responsible for some of the more novel touch-sensitive technologies around, including a capacitive spacebar with pinch-to-zoom and a fingerprint sensor that works with wet fingers.The FS4600 is a versatile lineup of fingerprint sensors.

Report suggests Sony is developing a 150-megapixel backlit sensor

Report suggests Sony is developing a 150-megapixel backlit sensor A report recently released by the company’s imaging sensor division, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation, includes a roadmap that has the company releasing 150-megapixel backlit sensors in 2018.More: This 2-millimeter sensor could bring cameras to the smallest smartwatches The sensor roadmap already includes a frontlit 100-megapixel sensor called the IMX211 already inside the Phase One XF.

Fujifilm expanding production of chemicals used to make film, digital sensors

Fujifilm expanding production of chemicals used to make film, digital sensors Today, April 4, Fujifilm announced the launch of its Fine Chemical Business Division after acquiring a Japan-based chemical company.While chemicals are more traditionally associated with developing film, they’re also required to manufacture the photoresists in digital camera sensors as well as LCD screens.

Scientists just proved your phone’s PIN can be cracked using its gyroscope data

Scientists just proved your phone’s PIN can be cracked using its gyroscope data It’s no secret that smartphone PIN codes are not perfect, but new research suggests they might be next to worthless.was able to guess a user’s phone PIN code with nothing more than data from the device’s sensors.

This smart house could keep track of your health like a live-in nurse

This smart house could keep track of your health like a live-in nurse However, wouldn’t it be better to keep track of your health on a daily basis?That can take a lot of work, though, and so what if our homes could keep track of it for us?

Watch Stanford's Freaky New Soft Robot Grow Itself

Watch Stanford's Freaky New Soft Robot Grow Itself One memorable toy from the collective childhood of my generation is the water wiggler — otherwise known as the water tube toy, water snake, or those weird squidgy jelly tube things.Applied robotics researchers at Stanford have developed a soft-bodied robot that can turn itself inside out, and they hope to use it for disaster relief.