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Objects that know when they are touched

May 4, 2012 6:10 am | News | Comments

Touché, a new sensing technique developed by a team at Disney Research, Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University, is a form of capacitive touch sensing, similar to what’s used in smartphone touchscreens. But its ability to monitor capacitive signals across a broad range of frequencies allows it to perform functions based on complex movements: doorknobs that know when to lock based on the type touch, for example.

Textile sensors monitor cardiac signs, communicate with smart phones

May 4, 2012 5:00 am | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of engineers at the University of Arkansas has developed a wireless health-monitoring system that gathers critical patient information, regardless of the patient's location, and communicates that information in real time to a physician, hospital, or the patient herself.

Vertical takeoff and landing UAV enters new development phase

May 1, 2012 6:20 pm | News | Comments

Part helicopter, part airplane, the Office of Naval Research-sponsored Flexrotor vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial vehicle has an oversized propeller with helicopter-like controls for vertical takeoff and landing and the wings of a conventional aircraft. If successful, the craft will extend UAV surveillance capabilities to smaller platforms like ships.


X-rays reveal molecular arrangements for better printable electronics

April 25, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

By employing powerful X-rays that can see down to the molecular level of organic materials used in printable electronics, researchers are now able to determine why some materials perform better than others. Their findings could lead to cheaper, more efficient printable electronic devices.

Students automate process of lengthening children’s limbs

April 24, 2012 6:04 am | by Mike Williams | News | Comments

A team of Rice University students has invented a machine designed to improve the process of correcting bone deformities in children. Typically, bone correction devices are manually operated, which children must remember to use and which introduces the possibility of damaging fragile tissues and nerves. The new automated linear lengthener avoids these risks.

Miniature sensor measures magnetic activity in human brain

April 19, 2012 12:28 pm | News | Comments

A miniature atom-based magnetic sensor developed by NIST has passed an important research milestone by successfully measuring human brain activity. Experiments reported this week verify the sensor's potential for biomedical applications such as studying mental processes and advancing the understanding of neurological diseases.

Human Machine Interface Systems for Specialized Machinery

April 12, 2012 8:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

EAO, a maker of human machine interfaces, is now offering custom-built human machine interface (HMI) systems and a full range of components ideal for use in special purpose machinery. EAO can design and manufacture all types of control panels or input devices.

Researcher finds faster, cheaper way to cool electronic devices

April 9, 2012 5:32 am | News | Comments

A North Carolina State University researcher has developed a more efficient, less expensive way of cooling electronic devices. The technique uses a heat spreader made of a copper-graphene composite, which is attached to the electronic device using an indium-graphene interface film.


Plastic electronics: A neat solution

April 9, 2012 5:21 am | News | Comments

A breakthrough in the development of a new generation of plastic electronic circuits by researchers at the University of Cambridge's Cavendish Laboratory brings flexible and transparent intelligent materials—such as artificial skin and interactive playing cards—a step closer.

Discovery may lead to more efficient method of data storage

April 9, 2012 4:02 am | by Jean Jones, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | News | Comments

A team led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicist Alexei Gruverman in collaboration with researchers in Spain and at the University of Wisconsin has discovered a significantly more efficient method of data storage that offers great promise for the future of technology.

Mobile technology helps explore nicotine addiction

April 4, 2012 9:42 am | by Victoria M Indivero, Penn State University | News | Comments

Some people quit smoking on the first try while others have to try to quit repeatedly. Using such mobile technology as handheld computers and smartphones, a team of researchers from Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh is trying to find out why.

Kyocera acquires Optrex

April 2, 2012 11:51 am | News | Comments

Kyocera Corporation, Kyoto, Japan, has acquired LCD manufacturer Optrex Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, to form Kyocera Display Corporation. The acquisition will enable Kyocera to complement its range of resistive and capacitive type touchscreen panels with Optrex's touchscreen bonding capabilities.

Microprocessors from pencil lead

March 30, 2012 5:53 am | by Daniel Stolte, University of Arizona | News | Comments

Graphite, more commonly known as pencil lead, could become the next big thing in the quest for smaller, less power-hungry electronics. University of Arizona physicists are making discoveries that may advance electronic circuit technology.


New imaging sensors may transform fMRI

March 16, 2012 12:12 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Alan Jasanoff, who recently earned tenure in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Biological Engineering, is designing imaging sensors that could help reveal the brain’s inner workings. He has developed sensors that can be used with fMRI to image brain activity more directly, by measuring levels of neurotransmitters (the chemicals that carry messages between neurons) and calcium, which enters neurons when they fire.

Graphene supercapacitor holds promise for portable electronics

March 15, 2012 11:28 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles have used a standard LightScribe DVD optical drive to produce electrodes composed of an expanded network of graphene that shows excellent mechanical and electrical properties as well as exceptionally high surface area. These LSG supercapacitors demonstrate high-performance graphene-based electrochemical capacitors that maintain excellent electrochemical attributes under high mechanical stress.

Holey Optochip first to transfer one terabit of information per second

March 8, 2012 3:56 am | News | Comments

IBM scientists report on a prototype optical chipset, dubbed Holey Optochip, that is the first parallel optical transceiver to transfer one trillion bits, or one terabit, of information per second, the equivalent of downloading 500 high-definition movies. With the ability to move information at high speeds, the breakthrough could transform how data is accessed, shared, and used for a new era of communications and computing technologies.

Imec releases industry's first 14 nm process development kit

March 7, 2012 7:30 am | News | Comments

Imec announced that it has released an early-version process development kit (PDK) for 14 nm logic chips. This PDK is the first to address the 14 nm technology node and targets the introduction of key technologies, such as FinFET technology and EUV lithography.

Research explores applications for new field of electronics

March 7, 2012 4:37 am | News | Comments

By looking at the way electrons are excited, researchers can gain a better understanding of the new field of transparent electronics. A Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher has developed a new approach to investigate the interplay of excitonic effects and electron doping.

Robotic cheetah sets speed record

March 6, 2012 8:39 am | News | Comments

It won’t keep up with the real thing, but a robotic cat build for DARPA has just set a speed record for legged robots by cruising at 18 miles per hour. Boston Dynamics, known for its Big Dog and Petman projects, built the robot and intends to demonstrate a free-running prototype later this year.

A new direction for game controllers

March 5, 2012 7:11 am | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers designed a new kind of video game controller that not only vibrates like existing devices, but pulls and stretches the thumb tips in different directions to simulate the tug of a fishing line, the recoil of a gun, or the feeling of ocean waves.

Pasta-shaped radio waves beamed across Venice

March 2, 2012 7:13 am | News | Comments

A group of Italian and Swedish researchers appears to have solved the problem of radio congestion by cleverly twisting radio waves into the shape of fusilli pasta, allowing a potentially infinite number of channels to be broadcast and received. To demonstrate, they did this in real-life conditions by beaming two corkscrewed radio waves across the waters of Venice, Italy.

Radio conference approves bandwidth for ocean current tracking

February 27, 2012 3:10 am | News | Comments

The International Telecommunication Union, which coordinates global radio spectrum use, recently came to an agreement that provides specific radio frequency bands for ocean radars, which until now operated only on an informal basis and were subject to immediate shut-down if they caused interference with other radio systems. The new technology may eventually make real-time detection of tsunamis and oil spills possible.

EBSD Detector Offers Resolution of 2 MP

February 24, 2012 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a resolution of 1,600 by 1,200 pixels coupled with high-grade optics, Bruker’s e-FlashHR electron backscatter detection (EBSD) system is able to display fine pattern details, making it useful for the analysis of fine-grained and/or nonconductive materials, nanomaterials, and for use at low beam current and accelerating voltages.

Researchers build first physical 'metatronic' circuit

February 23, 2012 8:17 am | News | Comments

The technological world of the 21st century owes a tremendous amount to advances in electrical engineering, specifically, the ability to finely control the flow of electrical charges using increasingly small and complicated circuits. And while those electrical advances continue to race ahead, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are pushing circuitry forward in a different way, by replacing electricity with light.

NIST reveals switching mechanism in promising computer memory device

February 22, 2012 5:18 am | News | Comments

Sometimes knowing that a new technology works is not enough. You also must know why it works to get marketplace acceptance. New information from NIST about how layered switching devices for novel computer memory systems work, for example, may now allow these structures to come to market sooner, helping bring about faster, lower-powered computers.

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