electronics

Samsung’s Odyssey monitor leads pack of absolutely futuristic new screens

Samsung’s Odyssey monitor leads pack of absolutely futuristic new screens

Samsung has launched three new 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) VA monitor lines as part of its pre-CES 2022 announcements. Heading the pack is the 32-inch curved Odyssey Neo G8, Samsung's latest high-end gaming monitor. The display packs a punch with featuring both the vaunted new mini-LED backlighting technology that deliver better contrast as well as Quantum Dot tech for more vibrant colors. This monitor is certified to deliver HDR 2000 for extra-wide dynamic range and is also the first 4K monitor to offer a 240Hz refresh rate, for ultra-sharp gaming. 

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Researcher develops new nanowire architecture improving miniaturization

Researcher develops new nanowire architecture improving miniaturization

EPFL researcher Valerio Piazza works in the Laboratory of Semiconductor Materials and focuses his research on semiconductors at a nanoscale. He specifically focuses on nanowires and nanostructures built using semiconducting materials. The goal of the research is to improve transistors beyond the current saturation point.

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Flying microchip is no larger than a grain of sand

Flying microchip is no larger than a grain of sand

Humanity has developed many mind-blowing inventions throughout the course of history, but many of those owe their inspiration to Mother Nature. Some are even literally copying nature, learning from the invisible genius behind the evolution of plants and animals. That's true not just for structures like buildings or robot fish, but now even for tiny microchips. Engineers at Northwestern University have, in fact, made the world's smallest flying man-made structures that almost literally copy certain airborne seeds.

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Peloton Bike price cut again, with discount for recent buyers

Peloton Bike price cut again, with discount for recent buyers

If you purchased the original Peloton Bike when it was released, you likely dropped $2,245 USD. If you waited until Peloton released the Bike+ in September of 2020, you could've had the original Peloton Bike for a price of $1,895. Now, after Peloton revealed some relatively poor earnings results (F4Q21) here at the tail end of August, 2021, the price of the original Peloton Bike has been cut again - by a significant margin.

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Stanford University makes a flexible electronics breakthrough

Stanford University makes a flexible electronics breakthrough

Scientists around the world have been conducting research into flexible electronics for many years. The goal of flexible electronics is to create devices that move and bend without breaking and could prove particularly useful for wearable electronics. Researchers at Stanford University have now developed a manufacturing technique able to produce flexible, atomically thin transistors less than 100 nanometers in length.

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Geek hacks an old-school HP calculator for wireless charging

Geek hacks an old-school HP calculator for wireless charging

We take wireless charging for granted with many of the gadgets we use today, such as smartphones, among others. Four decades ago, electronics like calculators were relatively new inventions, and most people were just surprised to have them and never even considered the ability to charge the devices wirelessly. When new, old electronics typically relied on old-school batteries for power.

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Engineers devise a method of powering small electronics using Wi-Fi signals

Engineers devise a method of powering small electronics using Wi-Fi signals

Over the last handful of years, the number of electronic signals floating through the air has vastly increased worldwide. One of the extremely common signals emitted by electronic devices today is Wi-Fi, typically used to send data without wires between computers and other devices. With an abundance of Wi-Fi signals using a 2.4 gigahertz radio frequency, researchers have been looking into ways to tap into those signals for other purposes.

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A New 2D transistor breakthrough could make thinner processors

A New 2D transistor breakthrough could make thinner processors

Electronic devices like computers and smartphones are continually getting thinner and smaller. One of the challenges to thinner and smaller devices in the future is reducing the size of the internal components and hardware, and MIT has announced a new advance that might enable 2D transistors for smaller microchip components. Researchers on the project believe this breakthrough could help continue the progress in the microchip market, allowing Moore's Law to continue.

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This printable transistor is completely recyclable

This printable transistor is completely recyclable

One of the challenges with recycling electronics is that there are components inside that will never break down if tossed into a landfill. Even among electronics that are recycled, it's very challenging to separate and recover valuable materials from discarded electronic devices. To help make recycling electronics easier, researchers from Duke University have developed what they call the world's first fully recyclable printed electronics.

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Rolled 2D heterostructures could lead to miniaturized electronics in the future

Rolled 2D heterostructures could lead to miniaturized electronics in the future

Researchers at Penn State have created a type of heterostructure by layering two-dimensional materials atom thick. Researchers on the project believe the recent synthesis of the one-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures could lead to new miniaturized electronics not currently possible. The Penn State researchers were assisted on the project by a group of researchers from the University of Tokyo.

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