sensors

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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NFL Scouting combine uses Under Armor shirts with sensors

NFL Scouting combine uses Under Armor shirts with sensors

I was sitting in the lobby at the local barber shop this weekend and happened to catch a bit of the NFL Scouting Combine where some of the players were wearing this cool shirt from Under Armor called the E39 that had sensors embedded. The shirt has a little green light that flashes on front to give a visual indicator that it is working.

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Prometheus Device Lets You Become the X-Men Character Pyro [Video]

Prometheus Device Lets You Become the X-Men Character Pyro [Video]

All over the world, kids want to be like their favorite superheroes. With all of their cool powers, and nifty outfits, it's hard to understand why they wouldn't want to be. But when you grow up, and you realize that some of those superpowers may not necessarily be all that possible, the dream kind of dies. But, thanks to do-it-yourself creative types, it may certainly be possible to recreate those powers, but without the radioactive materials. Everett Bradford has created the Prometheus Device, which is meant to replicate the powers of one X-Men character, Pyro.

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Focus Design Self-Balancing Unicycle Version 2 Gets Shown Off in Video

Focus Design Self-Balancing Unicycle Version 2 Gets Shown Off in Video

Even if the first version of the Self-Balancing Unicycle from Focus Design was pretty impressive in of itself, there's always room for a second, better version. Focus Design has pulled the curtain off the second version of their SBU, and this time around the design is far more sleeker, has more power, and it's supposedly safer to ride, which is always a good thing. The designers at Focus Design have also made it easier for riders to learn how to use.

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Panasonic Hair Washing Robot Gets Showcased on Video

Panasonic Hair Washing Robot Gets Showcased on Video

Late last week, we told you about a couple of automatic machines that were created to make the lives of medical employees and caregivers easier. In the case of the hair washing robot, idea was great: free some time for employees who would normally be washing a patient's hair, by allowing the robot to do all the work for them. The robot was designed to scan and memorize each patient's skull before starting the wash, and then 16 fingers would begin washing. If you were wondering how that might look, then take a look at the videos after the cut.

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EPFL’s Swarming Micro Air Vehicles Run Linux [Video]

EPFL’s Swarming Micro Air Vehicles Run Linux [Video]

Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have managed to create a platform for swarming micro air vehicles. The researchers say that it's the largest network of its kind, and the main idea behind the swarming units is to be sent out into disaster zones to be helpful in communication efforts. The little vehicles are capable of adjusting their own presence in the air, right on the fly, thanks to the sensors on each of the units.

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Panasonic Hair Washing Robot and Electric Care Assistance Bed Showcased in Japan

Panasonic Hair Washing Robot and Electric Care Assistance Bed Showcased in Japan

Taking care of those who can't necessarily take care of themselves is the job of many, but sometimes it's hard to get to all of the places that you're needed. That's why the robotics market makes so much sense for places like hospitals, so that the employees there can do a better job of finding time between patients. And, getting any help at all is something that no one should pass up. Panasonic has just introduced their brand new robotic hair washing unit, as well as the electric care assistance bed. Both pieces of tech should help those in the "helping industry" do their job easier.

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VIA Uses Video Motion Detection and GPS to Help Visually Impaired Get Around

VIA Uses Video Motion Detection and GPS to Help Visually Impaired Get Around

Design concepts with a focus on helping those with any kind of impairment are popping up all over the place, and none of them are pulling back on the reigns of feature-sets or functionality. This time around we've got a pair of devices that attach to the user's hands, almost looking like a piece of jewelery and not some advanced GPS unit. Utilizing a suite of features, from vibration to motion detection, these little units will help those with a visual impairment move around a little bit easier, so they can leave that walking stick at home.

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Ubuntu Prototype Showcases Face Recognition to Manipulate User Interface [Video]

Ubuntu Prototype Showcases Face Recognition to Manipulate User Interface [Video]

For now, our computers are still generally accessed by the soon-to-be-old-fashioned keyboard and mouse. Even as touchscreens grow in popularity, we're still not losing our main points of input quite yet. But, that doesn't mean the PC has to stay in the "now" forever. Thanks to Christian Giordano, it's been revealed at the Canonical design blog that Ubuntu is currently in the process of creating a prototype that uses facial recognition, plus other sensors, to allow users all new ways to interact with their PC.

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