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Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Devices like the Fitbit are very popular today with their ability to monitor things about the wearer like their sleep habits, heart rate, and activity. In the future devices like the Fitbit might be able to do much more by using tiny wireless sensors that allow the monitoring of nerves and internal organs. These tiny wireless sensors are being developed by the University of California, Berkeley and are said to be the first dust-sized sensors that can be implanted into the body.

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MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

These days, almost every smart device has one or more sensors in addition to being connected to the Internet or to smartphones. Those sensors range from humble proximity sensors to more sophisticated, and more expensive, radars and "lidars". Mobile robots and self-driving contraptions are perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of such sensors, but those sensors do come cheaply. Well, they could, depending on how much you are willing to compromise. Researchers at MIT developed a laser distance sensor that, while crude, is quite decent for its price, which is only $49 plus a smartphone sacrificed to the cause.

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Nima can test food for gluten on the go in just 2 minutes

Nima can test food for gluten on the go in just 2 minutes

Most people probably take it for granted that a portion of the population can't enjoy all the food we usually eat, either because of allergies or other reasons. Gluten has become one of those most problematic of substances because it is found in a very wide range of ingredients and prepared meals. Making sure food is gluten-free has become an ordeal for those who have celiac disease or similar conditions. That no longer need to be true with Nima, an extremely portable device that can check food for gluten in just 2 minutes.

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Sensor laden pigeons test for air pollution in London

Sensor laden pigeons test for air pollution in London

A flock of ten pigeons has a big job in London. The pigeons will be flying around the city wearing tiny backpacks that are fitted with sensors designed to monitor air quality around the city. The pigeons will live free for three days before returning with their little backpacks. The project is called Pigeon Air Patrol and was one of the winners of a contest called #PoweredByTweets that Twitter held last year.

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OPPO SmartSensor: first sensor-based, smallest smartphone OIS

OPPO SmartSensor: first sensor-based, smallest smartphone OIS

Chinese OEM OPPO might not have a new smartphone to show off at MWC 2016 but it is definitely not lacking in things to boast about. For one, it just revealed its Super VOOC fast charging technology that, OPPO claims, can charge a smartphone in just 15 minutes. Now it is making a similarly huge claim but this time in the area of photography. Calling it the SmartSensor, it is claimed to be the world's first sensor-based stabilization technology for smartphones and also the smallest OIS for any device, smartphone or not.

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Sensor patch is powered by body heat

Sensor patch is powered by body heat

The biggest downside to the glut of wearable electronic devices on the market today is that they all need to be charged. Runtime varies greatly from device to device but in hours or days all have to be plugged in. At some point in the future wireless power might come along and make it so electronic devices can get the power they need from our bodies.

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It bed by Sleep Number has integrated sensors to improve sleep

It bed by Sleep Number has integrated sensors to improve sleep

Sleep Number has been around making beds that use air to let users choose how firm they want their beds to be on any given night. At CES 2016 Sleep Number has unveiled a new bed called the it bed by Sleep Number. The bed uses SleepIQ tech to track sleep, offer insights, and make suggestions to help you sleep better. It has touch-free biometric sensors inside that track the user's entire body hundreds of times per seconds.

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Tiny temperature sensor needs no battery

Tiny temperature sensor needs no battery

One of the things that researchers and designers hope to achieve are sensors that can gather power from their environment rather than needing a battery. Batteries eventually run down requiring replacement and limiting usefulness over time. A group of Dutch researchers have created an interesting sensor solution that needs no battery for power.

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Samsung upcoming Britecell camera module and Bio Processor detailed

Samsung upcoming Britecell camera module and Bio Processor detailed

Samsung has offered up some details on a couple bits of new technology that will make their way into future devices. One of them is a new Bio processor that will be able to improve health related features that wearables offer in the future. The Bio Processor is expected to hit market next year.

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Forget smartwatches, Lumo smart shorts track the way you run

Forget smartwatches, Lumo smart shorts track the way you run

Fitness bands and smartwatches that can be used for tracking movement are placed on our wrists because, well, that's the most convenient, inconspicuous, and comfortable location for a more or less general purpose wearable. That doesn't mean, however, that it's the most effective spot. Or at least that's the idea that Lumo is trying to sell with its Rum smart shorts. Yes, shorts that have sensors much closer to where the action is, that is, your core, hips, and legs, to give you a more accurate readout of your running performance.

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Bosch sensor points drivers to empty parking spots

Bosch sensor points drivers to empty parking spots

Trying to find a free parking spot can be difficult, especially for those who live in large cities. Some solutions that have tried to solve this have surfaced over the years, but Bosch has a new method that seems the most practical -- it involves sensors placed in parking spots. When the spot is empty, the sensor flags the parking space as free in related software that drivers can use.

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Atmotube makes you smarter about the air you breathe

Atmotube makes you smarter about the air you breathe

These days, we have started making our houses smarter when it comes to our entertainment, security, or even power consumption, but we don't always make them smarter about our health. Sure, we now have wearables that track our hear rate and activities, but that represents only one part of our health. An equally important, and sometimes more critical, part of that is the air around us. Atmotube is an upcoming portable device that tries to make users aware of just how safe or not the air we breathe really is.

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