HotSpot Episode 38: Sensors Smell Meth Labs, Bombs

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 9:16am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk:

  • The European Union is funding a research program called Emphasis, which is a sewer system full of chemical sensors that sniff out the labs of bomb makers and meth brewers.
  • The HUDWAY app intends to increase driver safety in low visibility situations by keeping drivers’ focus on the road, their hands on the wheel, and their mind on driving. It provides an augmented reality on the windshield, presenting information on speed and distances to intended turns. It doesn’t require projectors or constant Internet connection to operate successfully. The app is already available for iOS on the App Store, and will be available for Android by February 2014.
  • Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (or NJIT) are getting flexible with their new batteries made from carbon nanotubes and micro-particles. These flexible batteries have the potential to power electronic devices with flexible displays. According NJIT, the battery can be made as small as a pinhead or as large as a carpet in your living room, and it has the potential to be fabricated at home by consumers.
  • Texas Instruments’ Bluetooth Smart SensorTag has turned one, and to help celebrate, we’re going to show you how easy it is to develop your very own Bluetooth Smart applications with the CC2541 SensorTag Development Kit. Designed to shorten the design time for Bluetooth app development from months to hours, the SensorTag kit removes the barriers to entry for smartphone app developers who want to take advantage of the growing number of Bluetooth low energy-enabled smartphones and tablets. It allows developers to quickly and easily write smartphone apps without any embedded hardware or software development.

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