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  • New Stretchy Electronics Will Help Us Stay Healthy And Safe

    New Stretchy Electronics Will Help Us Stay Healthy And Safe

    Researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are working on a new form of electronics encased in a stretchy, bendable casing that allows you to wrap leads around body parts and even sense strain and stress in buildings, airplanes, and other vehicles. The product of the Department of Defense’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation… Read More

  • New System Lets Designers And Researchers “Draw” In 3D Space

    New System Lets Designers And Researchers “Draw” In 3D Space

    A new 3D interactive system created by researchers at the University of Montreal allows designers and builders to “draw” in scenes in real time. By projecting images on a thin material, the system, called Hyve-3D, allows you to swipe through scenes and make colors and shapes appear on walls and floors. It also allows for multi-user interaction – one designer can sketch… Read More

  • Scientists Turn To Seahorses For Nearly Unbreakable Limbs

    Scientists Turn To Seahorses For Nearly Unbreakable Limbs

    Researchers at Clemson University have created a new sort of robotic design based on the long, curled tail of the seahorse. The seahorse is unique because it consists of “square prisms surrounded by bony plates that are connected by joints.” Other animal tails are cylindrical and therefore easily crushed. The researchers write: Researchers found that the square prototype was… Read More

  • Researchers Use Femtosecond Lasers To Display Touchable Images In The Air

    Researchers Use Femtosecond Lasers To Display Touchable Images In The Air

    A Japanese company called Aerial Burton has been using lasers to ionize air molecules in midair for a few years now, thereby creating bright pixels that float in space. Using the original system, however, you were essentially creating floating plasma which could burn you if you touched it. Now, however, the researchers at the University of Tsukuba, Utsunomiya University, Nagoya Institute… Read More

  • New Process Can Print Stretchy Electronics Onto Your Clothes

    New Process Can Print Stretchy Electronics Onto Your Clothes

    Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a single-step process to print conductive material on cloth, allowing manufacturers to build stretchable wearables that can test vital signs like heart rate and muscle contraction. From the release: Now, Professor Takao Someya’s research group at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering has developed an… Read More

  • 6.1B Smartphone Users Globally By 2020, Overtaking Basic Fixed Phone Subscriptions

    6.1B Smartphone Users Globally By 2020, Overtaking Basic Fixed Phone Subscriptions

    Today there are 2.6 billion smartphone subscriptions globally, and while growth has been levelling off in developed markets like the U.S. and Europe, it’s not stalling altogether by a long shot. By 2020, globally there will be 6.1 smartphone users led by huge growth in less mature markets. And with 6.1 billion smartphones in circulation, we will see a tipping point of sorts… Read More

  • Tracxn, Which Aspires To Be The “Gartner Of Startup Data,” Grabs $3.5M Series A

    Tracxn, Which Aspires To Be The “Gartner Of Startup Data,” Grabs $3.5M Series A

    Tracxn, an analytics firm co-founded by Sequoia and Accel alumni to track data from startups, has raised a $3.5 million series A round from SAIF Ventures. The company, which describes itself as “Gartner for startups information,” was launched in 2013 by Neha Singh, who was previously an investment analyst for Sequoia Capital, and Abhishek Goyal, a former associate at Accel Partners. Read More

  • This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    This Tiny Sensor Turns Your Thumbnail Into A Trackpad

    Like the football phone or the Dick Tracy two-way wrist radio, humankind has always dreamt of melding two technologies together to create a synergistic improvement on our meager, exhausting existence. Today we have NailIO, a solution that adds a ray of light to our user interface needs by melding touchpads and thumbs. What is NailIO? It’s a wearable sensor that sits on your thumbnail. Read More

  • You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

    You Can Now Use Your Cellphone As A 3D Modeling Tool

    Researchers have created a new technology that uses the camera and accelerometers in an average cellphone to measure real objects in 3D space. Created at Carnegie Mellon University, you can use the system to build “3D models of the world” just by waving your phone around an object or scene. The accelerometers, called inertial measurement units, roughly tell the phone’s… Read More

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