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Graphene concept art. Single layer... Graphene is back in the spotlight and its unusual properties are once again being harnessed, this time for use in sticky-type memory. Yang-Fang Chen and his fellow researchers from the University of Taipei designed the memory for use in flexible electronics. Flexible memory has been created before by researchers from the University of Cambridge using nano-wires grown on plastic substrates, however practical applications using the flexible memory are sti ...
Toyota’s Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle. I look forward to computer controlled autos. Mostly to avoid traffic jams (via Toyota) Anyone who’s watched I, Robot (Will Smith version) can recall the car chase scene with an Audi that’s capable of driving itself and avoiding collisions. While that fictitious car was featured in a science fiction film, there have been several successful autonomous vehicles that are capable of the same feat, although they are not mass-prod ...
Motorola’s Project Ara. Building your own smartphone seems like a dream. I hope this catches on. (via Motorola)   Every smartphone has features some users do not want or could do without. It is in that sense that Motorola has turned to designing a modular smartphone, which would allow its users to connect the hardware they prefer for the applications they use. Known as Project Ara, the idea is to design modular pieces that consist of certain hardware elements such as Wi-Fi, connecti ...
MaxLife concept diagram. Lifetime cycles are increased, but not a big improvement in energy density (via TI)   Texas Instruments is one of the most dominant technology companies ever. Behind Intel and Samsung, it is the world's third largest producer of semiconductors. In addition, they are the largest manufacturer of digital signal processors and analog semiconductors. Young students may just know of TI as producers of their world famous graphing calculators. However, for the older, more ...
Artist concept of the finished castAR glasses (via castAR kickstarter page)   Augmented and virtual reality headwear has risen in popularity ever since Google Glass and the Oculus Rift hit the market. Those glasses and head-mounted displays either overlay interactive applications on the direct or indirect environment being viewed or create a computer-generated environment putting its user in that simulated world. Those two perspectives are usually separate from each other and integrated int ...
I would have loved a tablet when I was his age... (via LAUSD)   Earlier this month (October 2013), the Los Angeles Unified School District unveiled their ambitious proposal to introduce a series of tools designed to raise academic standards needed for students to succeed in college or the skills needed for a career. The $1 billion dollar project aims at giving every student (more than 600,000) in the district an iPad tablet in an effort to build 21st century skills revolving around technol ...
First, I am going to suggest a soundtrack for reading this post… Please hit play below and move on:     Touchscreens are becoming the user interface of the future. It began with smart phones, then came the iPod Touch and then tablets. Now we can find touchscreens in many places. Some restaurants have small touchscreen computers which let diners flip through the menu and check the balance of their current bill. Newer apartment and building complexes are integrating touchscr ...
Arduinos are awesome for what they have introduced to the world. They have allowed young and old people to easily learn and adapt to working with microcontrollers. They have made computing and digital control available to everyone and have kept everything open sourced along the way. As a result, they now have one of the largest communities in the world of DIY. However, Arduinos have their limitations, and with the “internet of things” slowly working its way into our lives, Arduino do ...
  Nine Inch Nails (NIN) like to put on some visually stunning shows. For their next tour around the world, they will be using some new tech to improve their visual effects. One of those new technologies being employed is a Microsoft Kinect which will track the bands movements and project that video onto mobile screens on stage. In addition, standard video cameras and thermal video cameras will be used to capture additional footage. The mobile screens on stage will display all types of visu ...
Searching for parts: easily one of the most important tasks when creating a new design.  Get lazy here, and it will haunt designs later.  The importance is paired with the significant amount of time that it takes to get just the right parts selected. This is probably why engineers everywhere fight specification changes once the parts are defined. It's a fine balance for each part to work with one another in concert.   Given the importance of the part selection process, surely the ...
If you've been in electronics for any time at all, it is easy to see a pattern develop between hardware and firmware/software engineers.  As soon as a problem crops up, it is instantly clear to the hardware team that it is the code that needs fixing.  However when asking the software engineers, they confidently state that the hardware is at fault.   When pressed for details, both sides will end up saying something like, “Well, I don't know what is wrong, but I know it c ...

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