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8 May 2014

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by Michael Dunn:

Sometimes, we forget the implications of Moore’s Law, and just how amazing our IC technology is compared to yesteryear’s. Pack-rat that I am, it’s no trouble for me to peruse what used to pass for high-tech – and now, you can have a look at it too!

IC packages used to be prettier, I think. Lots more gold and white ceramic happening. Packages that look as though they could go to outer space without breaking a sweat.

Remembrance of chips past - [Link]

8 May 2014

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pcDuino3 is a high performance, cost effective single board computer. It runs operation systems such as Ubuntu Linux and Android. pcDuino3 has HDMI interface to output its graphic desktop screen. It could support multi-format 1080p 60fps video decoder and 1080p 30fps H.264 and MPEG4 video encoder with its built-in hardware video processing engine. It targets specially the fast growing demands from the open source community. pcDuino3 provides easy-to-use tool chains and is compatible with the popular Arduino ecosystem such as Arduino Shields.

pcDuino3 – High performance, cost effective single board computer - [Link]

18 Apr 2014
SMI RED-oem Remote Eye Tracking platform render.

SMI RED-oem Remote Eye Tracking platform render.

by Cabe Atwell:

Law enforcement and federal agencies have been using polygraph machines to detect lies since Cesare Lombroso introduced his blood pressure device back in 1895. Before that? Torture was used as the best method to detect fibs (still is to some extent). Just ask any witch that was present at the Salem Trials and they could probably tell it didn’t work that well. Some analysts will tell you that the eyes are the gateway in detecting if someone is telling the truth or not. They claim the rate a person blinks is a telltale sign of lying as well as not making eye contact or even looking up and to the left or right may be an indication of false pretenses. Some of the early pioneers of computerized polygraph have banded together to form a company, known as Converus, which is developing a new platform that tracks eye movement to detect deception.

Eye tracking system looks deep into your eyes – can tell if you’re lying - [Link]

16 Apr 2014

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by Hanne Degans:

Holst Centre and IMEC have unveiled a prototype flexible health patch weighing just 10g – half the weight of current products. The patch uses real-time electrocardiogram (ECG), tissue-contact impedance and accelerometer information to accurately monitor physical activity. Thanks to advanced system in package (SiP) technology from ShinkoElectric Industries, the electronics module measures less than two by two centimeters. The high accuracy algorithms, low power consumption, and small size and weight make it ideal for consumer applications.

Small, light health patch with enhanced accuracy - [Link]


11 Apr 2014

ELECTRONIC-TATTOO

Yonggang Huang who together with Professor John Rogers led the project explained “We designed this device to monitor human health 24/7, but without interfering with a person’s daily activity, what’s important about this device is it is wirelessly powered and can send high quality data about the human body to a computer, in real time”. In a side by side comparison with conventional EKG and EEG monitor skin probes they found the wireless patch performed equally well but was significantly more comfortable and less invasive for patients. In addition to monitoring health and fitness data the sensors could also prove useful in identifying body movements characteristic of the early stages of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s.

“The application of stretchable electronics to medicine has a lot of potential,” Huang said. “If we can continuously monitor our health with a comfortable, small device that attaches to our skin, it could be possible to catch health conditions before experiencing pain, discomfort and illness.”

Photo by John A. Rogers

Smart Band-Aid Wirelessly Monitors Health - [Link]

11 Apr 2014

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The electrolyte is also modified with bio-organic nanodots made from peptide molecules. The new battery technology came about as a result of crossover research into Alzheimer’s disease at Tel Aviv University. The work identified organic peptides (amino acids) which are now being used in StoreDot’s bio-organic battery. The nanodots are made from a range of naturally occurring environmentally-friendly bio-organic raw materials and employ a basic biological mechanism of self-assembly, making them cheap to manufacture.

A conventional micro USB connector would not be able to handle the 180 A necessary for a 30 second recharge of a typical cell phone battery. These sort of charge times would remove a significant hurdle in the development of electric vehicles if the technology is transferable. The design is still at its prototype phase; the developers anticipate the final design of the battery and its charger unit will see a significant reduction in size.

Bio-Battery Recharges in 30 Seconds - [Link]

21 Mar 2014

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Researchers at Caltech have developed a novel device which uses an integrated optical phased array (OPA) structure to project images electronically, using a single laser diode as the light source with no mechanical moving parts or lenses. From the description it seems to operate in much the same way that phased-array radars steer a radar beam by adjusting the signal phase to each antenna element in the array.

The Caltech device works at optical wavelengths, the lead researcher Ali Hajimiri and his colleagues found out they did not need traditional optics to bend light but could achieve the same result by altering the coherence of light. When two light waves are in phase in the direction of propagation they combine to give twice the amplitude and four times the energy. By changing the relative wave timing they were able to change the direction of the beam.

“Because the direction of the light beam is controlled electronically and not mechanically, it can create a sort of line very quickly,” said Hajimiri. “Since the light draws many times per second, the eye sees the process as a single image instead of a moving light beam.” Researchers said that “In the future, this can be incorporated into a cell phone. Since there is no need for a lens, you can have a phone that acts as a projector all by itself.”

New Solid-State Projector Device - [Link]

 

28 Feb 2014

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Startup company Aquion Energy gave MIT Technology Review a behind-the-scenes look at their battery manufacturing process. The company’s goal is to make non-toxic, cheap batteries for storing off-grid energy. The batteries will first be sold in regions that don’t have access to an electrical grid, such as rural areas and villages in poor countries.

How to Make a Cheap Battery for Storing Solar Power - [Link]

24 Jan 2014

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Google have unveiled an example of smart, wearable technology that could in future prove a life-saver for diabetes sufferers. They have succeeded in integrating a tiny glucose sensor and associated circuitry into a soft plastic contact lens.

With the incidents of diabetes growing in the population it is becoming a major problem for health authorities worldwide. To get a reliable blood-glucose reading today’s diabetics regularly suffer the inconvenience of testing a pin prick of blood in a hand-held glucose monitoring unit. The contact lens sensor in development by Google is powered in much the same way as an RFID tag which uses energy induced in a pickup coil from a close-proximity transmitter to send out its ID information. The Google lens sensor has hair-thin aerial elements around the circumference of the lens which pick up a signal produced, presumably from spectacle frames or Google Glass headwear. The signal is sent at one second intervals and is sufficient to power the glucose sensor and return its measurement taken from the tear solution which bathes the eye. [via]

A Contactless Contact Lens - [Link]

16 Jan 2014

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Texas Instruments is one of the most dominant technology companies ever. Behind Intel and Samsung, it is the world’s third largest producer of semiconductors. In addition, they are the largest manufacturer of digital signal processors and analog semiconductors. Young students may just know of TI as producers of their world famous graphing calculators. However, for the older, more experienced students, they quickly learn TI has technology that can be found everywhere. In fact, many of the ICs used for basic electronics are all created by TI.

There is also one additional area TI’s technology excels at. That would be in energy efficient electronics. One of the more popular devices is the MSP 430 microcontroller family. These MCUs allow developers to create embedded applications, which can manage power extremely efficient. The CPU can work with speeds up to 25 MHz or can be lowered to save power in applications. More importantly, the MCU has a low power idle mode. When working in this mode the CPU will draw as little as 1 micro-Amp of current. Along with the low power capabilities, this MCU can also work with all the usual embedded electronics communication protocols and peripherals.

Texas Instruments releases new battery saving technology – MaxLife - [Link]



 
 
 

 

 

 

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