sensors

Google Maps-driven Map Dive 3D-tracking hands-on

Google Maps-driven Map Dive 3D-tracking hands-on

This week the folks at the development studio known as Instrument have brought a virtual reality demonstration to Google I/O 2013, complete with a multi-display drop from the upper atmosphere down toward the earth in freefall. What this demonstration consisted of was seven 1080p displays, each of them run by their own Ubuntu PC working with a full-screen version of Chrome version 25. A motion tracker works to track the user, their arms, and the angle at which they're standing - or leaning and falling, as it were.

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GoalControl to provide goal-line tech during 2014 World Cup

GoalControl to provide goal-line tech during 2014 World Cup

The 2014 World Cup will take place in Brazil, and folks are already beginning to prepare for the tournament. As qualifying goes on as we speak, organizers are working on a new system that will electronically detect when a goal has been scored, and it was just announced today that GoalControl will be providing the technology necessary.

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Star Trek Into Darkness app Review: dive in with Gimbal!

Star Trek Into Darkness app Review: dive in with Gimbal!

This week the folks at Paramount Pictures have released a very special app for the next blockbuster science fiction film in the Starfleet universe: Star Trek Into Darkness! This app is not just your everyday average movie companion app, it's a straight up scavenger hunt that uses the camera on your smartphone as well as the sensors you've got under the hood of your device to sent you out into the wild to collect a series of media bits as well as real physical location markers. This technology is made real with Qualcomm Labs' Gimbal technology and Qualcomm Vuforia augmented reality platform.

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Apple patent shows shoe sensor for information on sole death

Apple patent shows shoe sensor for information on sole death

If you've got a pair of shoes that are so old that your feet touch the ground, you're going to need a new pair - this will no longer have to be a scenario where you have to make that judgement if Apple's newest patent application is realized. In the application revealed this week, Apple has shown an outline for how they might place sensors in shoes that track the wear and tear on the soles of the footwear in a variety of ways. The end result will be a pair of shoes that informs the wearer if they get worn out while walking then warns every subsequent wearer (if there are any) that they are not fit to use.

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Onset HOBO Wireless Temp/RH Monitoring Kit costs $899

Onset HOBO Wireless Temp/RH Monitoring Kit costs $899

There are a number of reasons why it might be nice to know the temperature of in a location without having to walk there and check. Wireless temperature monitoring is particularly important for geeks who are in charge of a server room where excessive heat can cause serious damage. Onset has announced a wireless temperature and humidity monitoring kit that keeps watch on critical infrastructure.

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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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TI’s world’s smallest IR temp sensor hands-on

TI’s world’s smallest IR temp sensor hands-on

This week we got the chance to speak with Daniel Mar from Texas Instruments Product Marketing who showed off what TI notes is the TMP006, the world's smallest digital infrared temperature sensor. This little component is a 1.6 x 1.6 mm fully-integrated temperature sensor and was shown off working inside a Dell laptop as well as in a modified smartphone which shows the temperature of any item with an outward-facing sensor at its back. Behold the power of tiny, tiny sensors.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 sensor support

Microsoft details Windows 8 sensor support

Microsoft posted new details on its Building Windows 8 blog today, this time revealing the next-gen operating system's improved sensor support. The company is introducing new hardware sensors, which include ambient light sensor, accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope. It also explains how developers can integrate the hardware sensors with apps developed for the Metro interface.

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