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Cornell stretchable sensor could redefine soft robotics and virtual reality

Cornell stretchable sensor could redefine soft robotics and virtual reality

Cornell researchers have created a fiber-optic sensor utilizing inexpensive LEDs and dyes that resulted in a stretchable skin-like material able to detect deformations, including pressure, bending, and straining. The sensor could have soft robotic systems applications and could be a game-changer for augmented reality technology. A soft wearable sensor could allow augmented reality users to feel sensations similar to those felt in the real world.

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iPhone 12 Pro People Detection could help keep people safely away

iPhone 12 Pro People Detection could help keep people safely away

The phrase "social distancing" or "physical distancing" has been quite common these days as the world continues to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That may be easy to do, even if people seem to find it hard to comply with, but that presumes you're even aware of how near people are. Those with sight impairment might not be so aware of such distances but an upcoming accessibility feature to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will use their fancy new LIDAR sensor detect people nearby and even tell the user how close or far they are from you so you could avoid them or tell them to keep their distance.

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Wearable sensor helps ALS patients who can’t speak to communicate

Wearable sensor helps ALS patients who can’t speak to communicate

Researchers at MIT have created a new wearable sensor for people who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS. Many people with the disease gradually lose their ability to control their muscles, often losing their ability to speak. MIT researchers have designed a stretchable, skin-like device that can be attached to the patient's face and can measure small movements like a twitch or smile.

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A new wearable generator can power wireless sensors

A new wearable generator can power wireless sensors

A Caltech researcher named Wei Gao, assistant professor of medical engineering, has been developing a range of inexpensive wearable sensors and methods of powering them using the human body. Powering wearable sensors has always been the biggest challenge. While batteries are an option, they aren't ideal because of their bulk and because they run out of charge.

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Metallic wearable sensors printed directly on the skin require no heat

Metallic wearable sensors printed directly on the skin require no heat

A team of international researchers, including engineers from Penn State University, has developed a process that allows printing metallic wearable sensors directly on the skin without requiring heat. The new process has helped wearable sensors evolve from simple electrodes to bendable devices able to provide biometric measurements and comfort for the user. The first author for the study, Ling Zhang from Harbin Institute of Technology in China, says the team created a simple and universally applicable fabrication technique using a novel sintering aid layer, allowing direct printing for on-body sensors.

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This $30 Ring sensor could be Amazon’s best product today

This $30 Ring sensor could be Amazon’s best product today

Amazon announced a number of new products today, including a redesigned Echo Dot smart speaker, Echo Show 10 smart display, its new Luna cloud gaming service, and more. One of the products that didn't get a mention during its event is a mailbox sensor called, you guessed it, the Ring Mailbox Sensor. The product targets the budget smart home market with its $30 price tag, offering a bit of niche functionality to help keep your mail safe.

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Apple Watch Series 6 newest leaked feature has Blood Oxygen focus

Apple Watch Series 6 newest leaked feature has Blood Oxygen focus

The next Apple Watch is in focus in today's next batch of leaked product info. From Taiwan we've got a leak about Apple Watch 6, s watch that'll reportedly come with a new blood oxygen monitoring sensor. This Apple Watch Series 6 release will be released with a big health focus, with a number of other sensors and smart monitoring features onboard.

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Your next MacBook may have Face ID and a 3D light sensor

Your next MacBook may have Face ID and a 3D light sensor

Code included with the latest update to builds of macOS Big Sur suggest that FaceID and/or TrueDepth camera tech are coming to the Mac. MacBooks and iMac computers could very well get their own 3D depth-sensing cameras in the very near future if what this code indicates comes to fruition with what's called "PearlCamera."

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This low-key Android 11 feature has big implications

This low-key Android 11 feature has big implications

There are two sorts of people that'll read this article: Those that think the Hinge Angle Sensor feature in Android 11 is interesting, and those that do not. This feature has big implications for the future of foldable devices. That's a term that refers specifically to devices with foldable displays - but Hinge Angle Sensor functionality in Android could have implications that expand well beyond this relatively category of devices. It's about the hinge!

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Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN1 scales back the pixel count for larger pixels

Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN1 scales back the pixel count for larger pixels

When Samsung launched its 108 megapixel ISOCEL Bright HMX and HMX1 sensors, it was presumed to be tough to beat. But as many digital photographers and professionals will repeatedly tell, it isn't always about pixel counts. The pixel size also factors into the equation as it determines just how much light the sensor can actually take in. That's the principle that underlies Samsung's new ISOCELL GN1 imaging sensor that surprisingly more than halves the number of pixels but also nearly doubles the pixel size.

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iPhone 12 Pro leak points to long-awaited LiDAR feature

iPhone 12 Pro leak points to long-awaited LiDAR feature

The iPad Pro's inclusion of a LiDAR system wasn't exactly unexpected but it was still surprising to some extent. Leaks have hinted at Apple taking the professional tablet's cameras in that direction but more probably expected the technology to come to the iPhones first. It turns out that, probably due to scheduling, the iPad Pro was only getting a head start and the iPhone 12, specifically the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, will be getting that same camera and sensor combo for improved 3D object identification.

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Wireless sweat sensor can help quantify astronaut stress levels

Wireless sweat sensor can help quantify astronaut stress levels

Although it is a condition common to all humans (and even animals), stress is harder to objectively describe than you might think. It is partly subjective, which is why questionnaires rarely work, and the tests used to determine stress levels are not only slow but also stress-inducing themselves. A convenient and noninvasive way to detect and measure stress levels could go a long way in preventing it or giving immediate treatment and that's exactly what a new paper-thin sensor promises to deliver.

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