sensors

  • Torrid Rate of Growth for Digital Health Funding

    Torrid Rate of Growth for Digital Health Funding

    After investments in digital health doubled from 2009 to 2011, the torrid pace of growth has continued in the first half of 2012. Rock Health’s founder Halle Tecco stated why they released a report at this time. “The impetus of this report was the notable growth in venture funding of digital health–so much so that we are seeing 65% more investments than the same time last year. Read More

  • Lost In The Supermarket? A New Sensor Will Navigate For You Indoors

    Lost In The Supermarket? A New Sensor Will Navigate For You Indoors

    Sure, GPS helps us get from Point A to Point B, but what if you’re just trying to find the Cinnabon? A new system from Fraunhofer allows for in-store (or in-mall) navigation and uses very simple sensors to asses where you are in the building at any time. The system works when you enter the edifice and scan a QR code. This identifies your current position. A built-in pedometer and… Read More

  • Touché Teaches Objects To Sense Your Touch

    Touché Teaches Objects To Sense Your Touch

    Researchers at Disney and Carnegie Mellon University have created an interesting new technology using Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing that allows nearly any object to sense multiple points of contact on its complex service. This would allow, for example, doorknobs to understand when to lock and unlock based on your finger position and environmental controls based on the user’s… Read More

  • Location, Location, Location: MIT Builds A Bracelet That Controls The Office Thermostat

    Location, Location, Location: MIT Builds A Bracelet That Controls The Office Thermostat

    The WristQue may look like one of those cloth bracelets worn by old soul Sophomores who spent a semester in Prague and came back with dredlocks and an absinthe fetish, but it’s not. It’s actually a personal climate control system. Let me explain. The bracelet identifies you to the building and allows it to follow you from room to room. Is the meeting room too cold? Press a button… Read More

  • Toshiba Develops Next-Gen CMOS Sensor For Smartphones

    Toshiba Develops Next-Gen CMOS Sensor For Smartphones


    Smartphone cameras have drastically improved in quality in recent years, but they’re still not good enough for you? Then Toshiba’s announcement [PDF] of a new CMOS image sensor, specifically designed for cell phones and other mobile devices, from today should be good news for you. Read More

  • Sony Develops Next-Generation CMOS Sensor

    Sony Develops Next-Generation CMOS Sensor

    Japan’s biggest business daily The Nikkei, usually a very reliable source, reported yesterday in its evening edition that Sony succeeded in developing what appears to be a pretty powerful CMOS sensor. According to the report, Sony’s device can “convert multiple pixels into signals simultaneously”, which results in a reduction of the conversion time by up to 75%… Read More

  • Japanese Cell Phone Owners Get Gardening Tips Via Mobile Emails

    Japanese Cell Phone Owners Get Gardening Tips Via Mobile Emails

    If you needed one more piece of evidence that Japan is crazy about everything mobile, here it is: the country’s leading mobile carrier today announced [JP] a system that provides user-specific instructions to home gardeners via cell phones and special “garden sensors”. NEC is a partner in the pilot project, which actually began last Saturday in 30 selected households in Japan. Read More

  • Scientists Are Preparing To Pull The Words Out Of Your Brain

    Scientists Are Preparing To Pull The Words Out Of Your Brain

    Get out the tinfoil hats boys, paranoia just got real. A recent article published in the “Journal Of Neural Engineering” revealed how scientists connected 16 microelectrodes to two different parts of a patients brain, allowing them to determine what word the person was thinking. The technology is being developed to help people that are paralyzed and unable to speak, and while… Read More

  • Canon's New CMOS Sensor Is 40 Times Bigger Than Others

    Canon's New CMOS Sensor Is 40 Times Bigger Than Others

    Exactly one week ago, Canon unveiled a pretty impressive 120 megapixel sensor, and today the company followed up with the announcement of “the world’s largest” CMOS sensor. Sized at 202 x 205 mm, the new sensor is 40 times bigger than the Canon CMOS sensors out there now. Read More

  • HP labs develops super sensitive accelerometer, shakes things up

    HP labs develops super sensitive accelerometer, shakes things up

    HP Labs just announced the development of a new accelerometer sensor that is 1,000 more sensitive then the current mass-produced technology. Read More