Electronic circuits are typically integrated in rigid silicon wafers, but flexibility opens up a wide range of applications. In a world where electronics are becoming more pervasive, flexibility is a highly desirable trait, but finding materials with the right mix of performance and manufacturing cost remains a challenge.
Every new parent has, at one point, stood over a sleeping baby and asked the same question; how do I make sure my baby is still breathing, even when I’m not with her? We have high tech monitors that let you see your baby’s room in night vision, we can hear the sounds our babies are making five rooms away, be alerted to a cry in the night, but how do we know if they’re breathing normally? It took a parent to finally figure it out, and yes, there’s an app for it.
Retina implants are already being used to restore partial vision to patients who have lost their sight through outer retinal degeneration. While those implants do restore some sight, patients often still have difficulty reading text. Now researchers have developed a way to allow traditional text to be viewed instead as Braille letters with an implant.
If you’re feeling nostalgic for tactile keys, a conceptual iPhone case transforms your touchscreen into an old-school keypad. Designer Moon Myounghak has created a case that features a physical set of keys, alongside a touchscreen that spans five icons across, according to website Yanko Design .
Ericsson, the world's largest maker of mobile network infrastructure, filed suit against Samsung Electronics Co. Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for allegedly infringing its mobile-technology patents after the two companies failed to agree on licensing terms. Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson's chief intellectual property officer, said Samsung has refused to renew a licensing deal covering "hundreds" of Ericsson's patented innovations within several wireless technologies, such as fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution, and Wi-Fi technology.
On Monday, a press statement released on PRWeb.com announced that Google was purchasing ICOA Inc ., a broadband wireless Internet network provider. According to PRWeb.com, Google paid $400 million to buy out ICOA, further diversifying their “already impressive portfolio of companies.” Shortly after this announcement, many news sources began to speculate what such a move could mean for Google.
As mass transit fleets strive to be greener, electric and hybrid bus offerings are becoming increasingly common. Charging the electric ones though limits how much time they can be used though, but this may be changing as innovation at Utah State University recently culminated in what’s said to be a first of its kind electric bus that can be charged wirelessly in a way which allows for battery top offs during its daily operations when the bus stops to load and off-load passengers.
As smartphone use becomes more common, people are increasingly using their phones to take pictures, check their email or do online banking. That’s what a new study reveals, hinting once again that phones have become so much more than just calling and texting devices. “Cell users now treat their gadget as a body appendage,” Lee Rainie, the Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, told Mashable .
A hybrid 3D-printer can create cartilage implants that may eventually help injured patients re-grow cartilage, according to a new study. Combining a traditional ink-jet printer and an “electrospinning machine,” scientists can build implants made from synthetic and natural materials, science journal Biofabrication reported.
U.S. and European officials seized 132 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit products online to unsuspecting customers at the height of holiday-shopping season. In an operation called “Project Cyber Monday 3,” the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations seized 101 websites, and produced one arrest.
Nintendo’s pushing the new $299 Wii U console hard (and has already sold 400K units in the process), but in at least one region, the gaming company has a new back-up plan: The $99 Nintendo Wii Mini. The new smaller, black box with red trim is a simpler game console. It offers no Internet access and cannot play older GameCube console games.
Legend has it that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once dreamt of an iCar . That dream will be one step closer to reality in early 2013 when General Motors introduces Apple’s chatty voice assistant Siri into several of its car models. The feature will be available to iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 owners, and Siri will be working through these cars’ standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system.
The craziness of Black Friday has passed and it’s time for Cyber Monday to begin with several awesome offers from Best Buy. Many stores kicked off their online deals a day early this year following record-high Black Friday sales with many shoppers sticking to online retail to avoid customer stampedes at megastores .
University of Granada researchers have developed a revolutionary data storage device in collaboration with the CEA-LETI lab at Grenoble (France), an institution of the Campus of International Excellence CEI BioTic . The researchers have designed one of the most advanced data storage devices in the world.
Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a system to quickly detect trace amounts of chemicals like pollutants, explosives or illegal drugs. The team of scientists, all from the Department of Chemistry at Imperial, say this technology opens the way to develop devices that are compact, reusable and easy to assemble, and could have a range of uses including detecting illegal drugs, explosives, pollutants in rivers or nerve gases released into the air.