sensors

Apple PrimeSense purchase to leverage 3D mapping, not motion tracking

Apple PrimeSense purchase to leverage 3D mapping, not motion tracking

Apple's purchase of PrimeSense last week had all the tech industries howling. The Israel-based company's motion tracking technology had largely informed early versions of Kinect, Microsoft's motion-tracking and voice command interface for the Xbox 360 gaming console. Was Apple planning to use PrimeSense's expertise in motion tracking to propel its gadgets into a new era of universal motion tracking capability? Maybe not, says former Washington Post tech journalist Jessica Lessin. It's all about PrimeSense's other, lesser-known, claim to fame: 3D indoor mapping.

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Enevo One Collect smart sensor aims to make trash collection green

Enevo One Collect smart sensor aims to make trash collection green

Every week, the garbage truck will show up at your home or apartment complex and empty the cans or dumpsters, repeating its process on the same schedule week after week. This is an efficient process in terms of collection, since it allows entire blocks to be emptied of their trash in one swoop, but it is decidedly unscientific and isn't necessarily the best collection method for the environment. This is what the Enevo One Collect smart sensor aims to change.

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Flexible plastic image sensor shown in world’s first “Mona Lisa” demonstration

Flexible plastic image sensor shown in world’s first “Mona Lisa” demonstration

This week the folks at ISORG and Plastic Logic are ramping up for their first full showing of their flexible plastic image sensor with a demonstration video that scans an image of the Mona Lisa. This demonstration comes after the technology was first introduced back in June with a description and first push for manufacturing. Here near the end of 2013, ISORG and Plastic Logic prepare to show the technology off at Printed Electronics USA 2013 in Santa Clara.

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Synaptics acquires Validity to enter fingerprint ID market

Synaptics acquires Validity to enter fingerprint ID market

Biometric Fingerprint Authentication solutions group Validity have been announced this afternoon to have been acquired by human interface solutions group Synaptics. This acquisition will have the two growing companies aim for a new more solid goal in creating a full, top-to-bottom experience for tablets, smartphones, and notebook PCs. Technology developed by Validity will soon be integrated in with Synaptics own, "underscoring the company's commitment to making smart devices easier to use."

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iPhone 5s motion sensor reading problems surface

iPhone 5s motion sensor reading problems surface

There have been grumbles in the Applesphere since the iPhone 5s launch from some owners who have experienced problems with the handset's onboard motion sensors, including the gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass. To test the nature of the complaints, the folks over at Gizmodo broke out a leveling tool and compass, among other things, revealing that something is indeed off with some of Apple's phones.

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Researchers score patent for wearable body-stats sensors

Researchers score patent for wearable body-stats sensors

In typical cases, monitoring a patient's vital signs involves hooking them up to a variety of sensors, all of which end up inhibiting the patient's mobility and causing a tangle of wires. Such isn't the case with wearable sensors developed by researchers at the Liverpool John Moores University, however, who have received a patent for wireless sensors that can be woven into clothing.

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Nymi smart wristband gets your heart’s electrical activity, replaces your keys

Nymi smart wristband gets your heart’s electrical activity, replaces your keys

Wouldn't it be convenient to be free of keys, cards, remote controls, and such and simply open doors or appliances with a wave of a hand? Wouldn't it be great if you could do that without the need to leave your fingerprint everywhere? That may soon be a reality with this new wristband from Bionym that will let you unlock doors or devices but without the potential security risk of a fingerprint-based system.

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