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Sen.se GuardPeanut Review: A $29 movement sensor for the IoT

Sen.se GuardPeanut Review: A $29 movement sensor for the IoT

If you've ever spent time working at your local Starbucks, you'll probably be familiar with the Coffee Guilt Security Dilemma. It's the feeling that you should probably buy another drink, because you don't want to be labeled a freeloader, yet you're worried about leaving your laptop on the table while you queue. Do you pack everything up and risk someone stealing your spot by the outlet? French Internet of Things firm Sense wants to assuage your paranoid guilt, and it's doing that with the $29 GuardPeanut.

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Zepp Play Soccer uses a sensor and app to track player stats

Zepp Play Soccer uses a sensor and app to track player stats

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the entire world and Zepp has a new way to track player stats and bring more insight into the game. The new system is called Zepp Play Soccer and it uses a sensor that is worn in a calf sleeve by players and an app on the sidelines to track player stats and create real-time game reports using auto-clip tech. The company says that the system is perfect for all skill levels and the sensor tracks stat on sprints, kicks, and total active time.

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Velodyne LiDAR launches Puck Hi-Res 3D sensor for autonomous cars

Velodyne LiDAR launches Puck Hi-Res 3D sensor for autonomous cars

After receiving a $150 million investment from Ford and Baidu last month, Velodyne LiDAR has introduced the world to its latest LiDAR (Light, Detection, and Ranging) sensor. The next installment in its Puck line of sensors, the Puck Hi-Res looks to corner markets that require higher resolution images that standard 3D sensors can't offer, so it's no wonder that the world of autonomous cars is firmly in its sights.

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Qualcomm Clear Sight dual camera tech mimics human eyes

Qualcomm Clear Sight dual camera tech mimics human eyes

Cameras are the big focus of smartphones this year, and dual cameras are all the rage. Even Apple has joined the party with the iPhone 7 Plus. But camera sensors don’t do all the work by themselves and usually work in tandem with dedicated image processors. And when it comes to mobile processors, Qualcomm is pretty much the king of the hill. That is why it is now proudly announcing its new dual camera technology called Clear Sight, which works in perfect harmony with the its Spectra image signal processor (ISP) found in none other than its latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 821 mobile processors.

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Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se ThermoPeanut is a smart temp monitor for every nook and cranny

Sen.se has a small smart temperature monitor called ThermoPeanut (it does kind of resemble a peanut) that can be stuck just about anywhere to keep track of the area’s temperatures. Inside of the fridge is one example, if you’re particularly concerned about the temp getting too high; you could stick one in your bedroom or the basement, behind your electronics in the entertainment system, or even in the car. Temperature data both past and present can then be accessed from your mobile device.

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Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Wireless sensors the size of dust could allow monitoring of organs and nerves

Devices like the Fitbit are very popular today with their ability to monitor things about the wearer like their sleep habits, heart rate, and activity. In the future devices like the Fitbit might be able to do much more by using tiny wireless sensors that allow the monitoring of nerves and internal organs. These tiny wireless sensors are being developed by the University of California, Berkeley and are said to be the first dust-sized sensors that can be implanted into the body.

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MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

MIT researchers turn a phone into a cheap laser scanner

These days, almost every smart device has one or more sensors in addition to being connected to the Internet or to smartphones. Those sensors range from humble proximity sensors to more sophisticated, and more expensive, radars and "lidars". Mobile robots and self-driving contraptions are perhaps the biggest beneficiaries of such sensors, but those sensors do come cheaply. Well, they could, depending on how much you are willing to compromise. Researchers at MIT developed a laser distance sensor that, while crude, is quite decent for its price, which is only $49 plus a smartphone sacrificed to the cause.

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Nima can test food for gluten on the go in just 2 minutes

Nima can test food for gluten on the go in just 2 minutes

Most people probably take it for granted that a portion of the population can't enjoy all the food we usually eat, either because of allergies or other reasons. Gluten has become one of those most problematic of substances because it is found in a very wide range of ingredients and prepared meals. Making sure food is gluten-free has become an ordeal for those who have celiac disease or similar conditions. That no longer need to be true with Nima, an extremely portable device that can check food for gluten in just 2 minutes.

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Sensor laden pigeons test for air pollution in London

Sensor laden pigeons test for air pollution in London

A flock of ten pigeons has a big job in London. The pigeons will be flying around the city wearing tiny backpacks that are fitted with sensors designed to monitor air quality around the city. The pigeons will live free for three days before returning with their little backpacks. The project is called Pigeon Air Patrol and was one of the winners of a contest called #PoweredByTweets that Twitter held last year.

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OPPO SmartSensor: first sensor-based, smallest smartphone OIS

OPPO SmartSensor: first sensor-based, smallest smartphone OIS

Chinese OEM OPPO might not have a new smartphone to show off at MWC 2016 but it is definitely not lacking in things to boast about. For one, it just revealed its Super VOOC fast charging technology that, OPPO claims, can charge a smartphone in just 15 minutes. Now it is making a similarly huge claim but this time in the area of photography. Calling it the SmartSensor, it is claimed to be the world's first sensor-based stabilization technology for smartphones and also the smallest OIS for any device, smartphone or not.

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Sensor patch is powered by body heat

Sensor patch is powered by body heat

The biggest downside to the glut of wearable electronic devices on the market today is that they all need to be charged. Runtime varies greatly from device to device but in hours or days all have to be plugged in. At some point in the future wireless power might come along and make it so electronic devices can get the power they need from our bodies.

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It bed by Sleep Number has integrated sensors to improve sleep

It bed by Sleep Number has integrated sensors to improve sleep

Sleep Number has been around making beds that use air to let users choose how firm they want their beds to be on any given night. At CES 2016 Sleep Number has unveiled a new bed called the it bed by Sleep Number. The bed uses SleepIQ tech to track sleep, offer insights, and make suggestions to help you sleep better. It has touch-free biometric sensors inside that track the user's entire body hundreds of times per seconds.

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