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VITAL feel-good glass replaces pain with happy pane

VITAL feel-good glass replaces pain with happy pane

Windows that make you feel happier and healthier? Working in an office might just become a more pleasurable experience if the research geeks at the German Fraunhofer institute have their way, cooking up panes with a special coating that specifically allows through wavelengths known to have a positive impact on the body's hormonal balance. The end result, it's claimed, is a sheet that "makes you feel as if the window is permanently open" researcher Walther Glaubitt says.

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Sensor enables 3D imaging for drones

Sensor enables 3D imaging for drones

We’ve seen some interesting uses for drones before, but there are potential problems if you’re using large groups in close proximity. Collisions can potentially occurs, especially in areas with interference. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Duisburg have developed a CMOS sensor designed to combat collisions by measuring three dimensional spaces. Each pixel is not only given a grey value, but also a distance value.

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LTE DASH standard promises perfect mobile streaming video soon

LTE DASH standard promises perfect mobile streaming video soon

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut HHI in Berlin are working on optimizing data managers with DASH, this soon allowing LTE to bring citizens across the earth perfect streaming video. Streaming video will no longer judder or stop entirely, but will instead rise or lower in picture quality as the device's signal gains or loses strength. Until now, RRMs or Radio Resource Managers worked well to provide the amount of data a user needed at any single moment, but because videos are "beyond the grasp" of the current standard, there's no telling how high quality a stream might be.

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Faunhofer shows off farmer-friendly sensors for field regulation galore

Faunhofer shows off farmer-friendly sensors for field regulation galore

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications HHI in Berlin have presented a working model set of soil sensors that will in the near future be able to feed a farmer results on moisture content, humidity, temperature, and leakage. These sensors have been shown at the Embedded World trade fair in Nuremberg Germany and showcased as a futuristic wireless solution for farmers to keep their crops healthy and safe through the growing months of summer and fall. Though these sensors are currently wired to one another physically, they'll soon be able to work entirely independent of one another, transmitting signals back to a base station which then communicates with the farmer's mobile phone.

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Vuzix secures Nokia technology license for see-through optics technology

Vuzix secures Nokia technology license for see-through optics technology

It appears that the folks at Vuzix have come one step closer to creating a perfect pair of displays in eyeglasses as they today collaborate with Nokia to enter into a technology license agreement to both develop and create see-through waveguide optics for near-eye display systems. This agreement is for head mounted displays as well as video eyewear, all of this based on Nokia's see-through EPE (Exit Pupil Expanding) optics technology. Will this bring your glasses into the display-toting future for a much easier way to tap into the science fiction of tomorrow? Let's see!

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Bi-directional OLEDs track distance, could spawn 3D touchscreens

Bi-directional OLEDs track distance, could spawn 3D touchscreens

Bi-directional OLEDs capable not only of displaying graphics but of working as a camera have been upgraded to support measuring distance and inclination, and could well pave the way for a new type of touchscreen technology recognizing hovering fingertips and 3D gestures. The handiwork of the Fraunhofer IPMS, the new panels build on previous iterations tipped for use in head-up displays, and support up to VGA resolution in their latest form.

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IFA 2011 Wrap-Up

IFA 2011 Wrap-Up

IFA 2011 has come and gone, and there's been no shortage of shiny new tech to play with. With the iPad still dominating consumer and industry mindshare, tablets unsurprisingly were a focus points for many, but there were big screens to marvel at in other segments, too. We won't see many of the new toys hit store shelves for months, but that's not going to stop us from lusting in advance. Head on past the cut for all the best devices from the show!

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Light Field photo tech promises true HD upscaling

Light Field photo tech promises true HD upscaling

One of the things that delays photos that you take with a point and shoot camera between when you press the shutter button and the image is actually recorded is the time needed to focus. We have already talked about a camera before called the Lytro light field camera that could shoot a photo and then focus later that would eliminate that delay. Fraunhofer is now presenting a similar solution at IBC 2011 convention in Amsterdam that will allow photographers to use a special lens and software after the photo is snapped to change focus, angle, and depth of field.

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VLC D-Light LED networking takes on WiFi and GPS [Video]

VLC D-Light LED networking takes on WiFi and GPS [Video]

Another optical WLAN project has demonstrated the potential for using LED lighting as a method of data transmission, with University of Edinburgh professor Harald Haas showing the 10 MBit/sec in action. Presenting a prototype anglepoise lamp at TED this month - you can watch the video after the cut - Haas illustrated how rapidly flickering the LED - faster than the human eye can discern - can allow it to embed the data for streaming video playback. Meanwhile, the technology - which Haas has dubbed D-Light, and hopes to commercialize under the new VLC (Visible Light Communications) brand - could also have applications in mobile location and positioning services.

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Optical WLAN uses LED light for up to 800 Mbit/s networking

Optical WLAN uses LED light for up to 800 Mbit/s networking

Networking researchers have used LED lighting to distribute Full HD movies to notebooks, smartphones and other devices, in a system that could join WiFi and PowerLine networks in shuttling high-speed data around the home and office. The optical WLAN co-opts white LEDs used for regular illumination to transmit data at up to 100 Mbit/s, by flickering it more rapidly than the human eye can see.

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Fujitsu 22-inch Wireless Displays cut all the cords

Fujitsu 22-inch Wireless Displays cut all the cords

Fujitsu has unveiled what the company is calling the "world's first truly wireless display," using a combination of cable-cutting wireless data and an inductive power system. Set to go on show at CeBIT 2011 this week, and expected to spawn commercial displays "within the next year," the Wireless 22-inch Fujitsu screens use SUPA (Smart Universal Power Access) hotspots built into desks, countertops and office panels.

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