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HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE first to market with embedded micro sensor

HP ENVY17 Leap Motion SE first to market with embedded micro sensor

This week the folks at Leap Motion have made clear their intention to dive ever-deeper into the world of high-powered electronics, hitting a real-deal HP notebook here for starters. This is the first of what may be a series of HP/Leap Motion connections, given their announcement of co-development earlier this year. This is the HP ENVY17 Leap Motion Special Edition notebook, complete with Leap Motion's own 3D motion control technology embedded into the very hardware.

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Researchers create virtual therapist with webcam and game sensor

Researchers create virtual therapist with webcam and game sensor

Researchers with the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies are working on a virtual therapist that appears lifelike and is aimed to help those who need some type of counseling but aren't yet ready or able to see a live worker. In addition, the digital shrink, because of the way it is designed, can be used to monitor the minute details of a person's body language over time, helping a live counselor monitor progress.

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Sony Exmor RS smartphone sensors include HDR video

Sony Exmor RS smartphone sensors include HDR video

It looks like smartphone manufacturers have stopped racing ahead in the megapixel wars, instead focusing on improved sensors to deliver better images from mobile devices. Sony has been pressing ahead with such sensor developments, with its latest Exmor RS smartphone camera range further improving image quality. Sony will offer three versions of the sensor, with two eight megapixel models and a 13-megapixel variant.

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Knut can monitor just about anything

Knut can monitor just about anything

One of the things I like so much about Kickstarter is that you never know what kind of project will turn up. One of the most recent projects that caught my eye is the device called the Knut. This is a small battery-powered Wi-Fi enabled device that you can use for monitoring just about anything you can think of. It can be used to monitor environmental conditions in your home such as the temperature of various things and humidity.

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Sensor uses WiFi and Bluetooth to detect pedestrians

Sensor uses WiFi and Bluetooth to detect pedestrians

Trying to keep track of large numbers of people can be tricky, but new technology could leverage the smartphones that people carry with them. A new sensor designed by Libelium is able to detect WiFi and Bluetooth wireless signals, which are then picked up by a multiprotocol router in order to calculate the number of bodies in an area. It does rely on on people carrying mobile devices with the radios, but it’s an intriguing (and possibly worrying) use of technology.

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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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