Ramtron International Corporation revealed that the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Institute of Embedded Systems (ZHAW InES) recently presented a paper summarizing research conducted with Ramtron F-RAM designed into a battery-free wireless sensor node. The research, presented this summer at the European ZigBee® Developers Conference in Munich, Germany, demonstrated that the use of F-RAM nonvolatile memory in energy harvesting applications can reduce energy consumption of the wireless sensor node by over 40 percent while reducing the total wireless sensor system cost, as compared to systems built with standard nonvolatile memory components.
As I neared the gate, I simply pulled out my just-updated iPhone and a bar code appeared that was scanned in, taking the place of a physical ticket. Major League Baseball is among the first entities to try out Passbook, the iOS 6 feature that allows tickets, gift cards and boarding passes to be stored in a single spot on the iPhone.
Nestle's "We Will Find You" promotion in the UK involves hiding GPS chips in chocolate wrappers so that the company can track the winners down. "We will look for you, we will find you and we will give you a cheque for £10,000." That's not the official motto of Nestlé's latest prize campaign in the UK, but it reminds us of nothing so much as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Taken .
In addition to unveiling all those laptops , HP just announced a boatload of peripherals. Of the bunch, the most compelling might be the NFC-enabled Touch to Pair Mouse, which, as the name suggests, can be paired with another device simply through tapping. (Good thing lots of computers currently have NFC, right?) If, by chance, you don't have NFC on your laptop -- and you probably don't -- the mouse will function just fine as a regular old Bluetooth device.
Forget your wallet at home? That’s no longer an earth-shattering problem — you can pay via Google Wallet , LevelUp or PayPal , or you can have a friend spot you and transfer them money through Venmo. The free, friend-to-friend mobile payment platform launched in 2009, and is now available on iPhone , Android , BlackBerry and web , with integration via Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare.
Piezoelectric micro motor and miniaturized drive circuit enable tiny motion systems that operate directly from 3V battery power New Scale Technologies has received a U.S. patent for its reduced-voltage miniature piezoelectric motor and drive system, capable of operating directly from battery voltage as low as 2.
That’s about to change. JetBlue is expected to announce a new high speed, in-flight Wi-Fi option later this week at the World Low Cost Airline Conference, according to a company email obtained by The Verge . The best part? It will be free of charge. (Free for the meantime, while they activate the service on 30 planes.
Is there anything a smartphone app can’t do? Researchers at the University of Washington, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s hospital have figured out how to let people measure their own lung health by breathing in the direction of the standard microphone on a smartphone, without any specialized attachments.
The LifeProof nüüd for iPad is made for being in the pool, fresh water and ocean, so it doesn’t matter what kind of water sports you’re into. The new waterproof case from LifeProof makes your iPad virtually invincible and aptly prepared for submersion in 6.6 feet of water. The buff case provides protection for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad from water, shock, dust, grime and snow.
Apple’s iOS 6 is right around the corner, which means we’ll soon get to take the new Passbook service for a spin. Partners for the new application have been signing up steadily, and ticketing startup Eventbrite is the latest to jump on board. Eventbrite, which earlier this year hit $1 billion in ticket sales , announced on Tuesday that it is planning support for all event tickets for iOS 6.
Rakuten is following in the footsteps of Amazon, chief-rival to its Kobo e-reader, after it partnered with Internet provider eAccess to introduce a data-only LTE mobile service that will go live in Japan from October 1. Amazon leapt into the space in May when it unveiled plans for data-only SIM cards in partnership with local MVNO Japan Communications.
Take note, because there's a new standard in realm of wireless video streaming and it's known as Miracast. Since the initial announcement , some very respectable manufacturers have chosen to support the specification , which includes Broadcom, NVIDIA and Texas Instruments. Now the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the first round of products to be certified for Miracast, and as an extremely welcome bit of news, all Intel WiDi devices are supported by the latest standard.
Foxconn is famed for producing high-tech goods, including the Apple iPhone and iPad, from its factories in China but the Taiwanese company is poised to expand in Brazil, where it is ready to close a $500 million deal to grow its manufacturing capabilities. Parent company Hon Hai told Brazil-based news agency Estadao [ translation ] that an agreement to open a new industrial park will be announced tomorrow.
There is no scientific evidence that low-level electromagnetic field exposure from mobile phones and other transmitting devices causes adverse health effects, according to a report presented by a Norwegian Expert Committee. In addition, the Committee provides advice to authorities about risk management and regulatory practice.
To sum up a new survey, many iPad owners would sooner let go of logic or hygiene than give up their their tablet. Roughly a quarter of those queried said it would be easier to shut off their water for a day than to shut off their iPad. Nearly as many — 22 percent –s aid they would go without electricity for a day.