electrical engineering

  • IBM is working with the Air Force Research Lab on a TrueNorth 64-chip array

    IBM is working with the Air Force Research Lab on a TrueNorth 64-chip array

    IBM is working with the U.S. Air Force to improve its TrueNorth line of chips designed to optimize the performance of machine learning models at the hardware level. The new 64-chip array will consist of four boards, each with 16 chips. IBM’s chips are still too experimental to be used in mass production,  but they’ve shown promise in running a special type of neural network… Read More

  • Elmodis raises a $4.9M round to find the soul of a new machine

    Elmodis raises a $4.9M round to find the soul of a new machine

    Like the boy in Iron Giant, Elmodis watches massive machines to ensure they don’t break or, worse, hurt people. The company recently raised $4.9 million to manage this task in addition to their $250,000 in seed capital from Innovation Nest in Poland. The founders, Artur Hanc and Marcin Swiech, created a “novel way of monitoring machines,” said Swiech. “The technology… Read More

  • MIT creates an intelligent power supply that lets hardware sip energy

    MIT creates an intelligent power supply that lets hardware sip energy

    Researchers at MIT have created a power supply for small electronic devices that “sips” energy by turning devices on with packets of energy rather than a steady stream. Most power converters release a steady voltage. This means they’re generally inefficient for small devices like sensors and other devices that don’t need to be constantly on. The MIT’s… Read More

  • The Sentry tells you if someone is sneaking up on you while you’re, um, gaming

    The Sentry tells you if someone is sneaking up on you while you’re, um, gaming

    Say you’re, like, um, gaming on your computer with headphones on. And you’re like… um. Really into the game? And someone sneaks up on you from behind and you don’t have time to… pause… the game? The Sentry can help prevent the embarrassment of being seen while… playing games. This fun little device is basically an IR motion sensor that can see… Read More

  • Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers can turn headphones into microphones

    Security researchers at Israel’s Ben Gurion University have created a proof-of-concept exploit that lets them turn headphones into microphones to secretly record conversations. The PoC, called “Speake(a)r,” first turned headphones connected to a PC into microphones and then tested the quality of sound recorded by a microphone vs. headphones on a target PC. In short, the… Read More

  • BotFactory raises $1.3 million to help you build circuit boards on your desktop

    BotFactory raises $1.3 million to help you build circuit boards on your desktop

    Fabricating a circuit board isn’t tough but it takes a while. The back and forth, the bugs, and all of the shipping costs can turn a small project into a big problem. That’s why Botfactory raised $1.3 million to stick a PCB printer on your desk. Founded by NYU grad students Nicolas Vansnick and Carlos Ospina along with NYU professor Michael Knox, BotFactory came about when Vansnick… Read More

  • The JBL Reflect Aware is the first of a new crop of Lightning-only headphones

    The JBL Reflect Aware is the first of a new crop of Lightning-only headphones

    As we hurtle noiselessly into a dystopian future, headphone makers have already started offering Lightning-only earbuds, something that should give early adopters some solace but might be a hard sell for folks with a shoebox full of tangled traditional earbuds. But the future is here and JBL Reflect Aware is the first active-noise canceling soldier in the battle against the headphone… Read More

  • Facebook wants to use fluorescence to make its laser drones work better

    Facebook wants to use fluorescence to make its laser drones work better

    A team of physicists and electrical engineers at Facebook published a new idea for using luminescence to improve signal detection in free-space optical communication today. Facebook, in a partnership with Internet.org, has been developing drones to deliver basic internet access to remote locations around the globe. Last year, the company came out with a plan, codenamed Project Aquila, to… Read More