Results for "Fraunhofer"

3Gbit InfraRed: This isn’t your parents’ TV clicker

3Gbit InfraRed: This isn’t your parents’ TV clicker

InfraRed connections used to be commonplace on PDAs and other mobile devices, but fell from favor as WiFi and Bluetooth proliferated; now, researchers into high-speed optical data at Fraunhofer want to bring it back. Six times faster than USB 2.0, the "multi-gigabit communication module" requires line-of-sight but can offload HD video from a camcorder to a PC in seconds, the research team behind it claims.

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New INCA mini-camera gives metadata on your favorite athletes

New INCA mini-camera gives metadata on your favorite athletes

We see plenty of pictures of athletes pushing their physical boundaries every day, but it's difficult to know what they're really feeling from pictures alone. That's why researchers at Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS have created a super small, intelligent camera that can record other metadata aside from just HD images and video. They're calling it INCA, and it's an Android based camera that comes complete with "a diversity of sensors that provide data on GPS position, acceleration, temperature and air pressure."

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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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