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Samsung SelfieType app gives your phone a camera keyboard

Samsung SelfieType app gives your phone a camera keyboard

The Samsung SelfieType project was shown in more detail today at CES 2020 as an invisible projector keyboard for your phone. This system utilizes front-facing camera sensor systems in modern smart phones (like the Galaxy S10) to track the position of a users' fingers. The phone is propped up in front of the user and the users' hands are positioned like they'd be in front of a WASD keyboard - but the keyboard does not exist!

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DJI’s Livox says it cracked the LIDAR problem holding back autonomous cars

DJI’s Livox says it cracked the LIDAR problem holding back autonomous cars

DJI may be best known for drones, but one of the fruits of its incubator program may end up bringing LIDAR down to a more affordable price point. Livox broke cover back in 2016, part of DJI's Open Innovation Program, and focused on making laser scanning both cheaper to acquire and more practical and effective than current systems.

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Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector tells your phone you’ve got a leak

Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector tells your phone you’ve got a leak

The Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector is a standalone sensor that's able to sense the presence of moisture. Once this sensor detects moisture in a place that should be dry, an alert is transmitted. This system can work simply - with just a smartphone app and basic notification. It can also work a bit more smart - sending a notification to the Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff device, which would then shut down the source of the water that's likely created the unexpected moisture that was detected by the Smart Water Detector.

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Charmin puts VR on a toilet, Smells on a sensor, TP on a robot

Charmin puts VR on a toilet, Smells on a sensor, TP on a robot

Charmin has a set of three conceptual designs for CES 2020, including a toilet paper-retrieving robot, a smell sensor, and a VR experience for the WC. Before we go too much further, it's important to note, here, that Charmin has expressed that these items "won't be for sale in the future." That's unfortunate, especially given the helpful nature of the rolling toilet paper retriever. The VR experience might be best left in the conceptual universe.

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Intel’s RealSense L515 makes affordable LIDAR a palm-sized reality

Intel’s RealSense L515 makes affordable LIDAR a palm-sized reality

Intel is adding a tiny LIDAR sensor to its RealSense range, claiming the Intel RealSense lidar camera L515 is the world's smallest laser rangefinder - not to mention one of the most affordable. Taking technology familiar from autonomous cars and robotics, the L515 then packages it down into a small enough form-factor that it could allow compact smart devices to scan the world in 3D.

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Samsung ISOCELL-Motion could avoid Pixel 4’s Motion Sense problem

Samsung ISOCELL-Motion could avoid Pixel 4’s Motion Sense problem

Motion gestures might be the next fad in smartphones, which makes LG's sudden withdrawal in the G8X ThinQ look rather premature. Although not the first, Google's Motion Sense, based on its Soli radar technology, might be inspiring other manufacturers to try their hand as well, no pun intended. Unsurprisingly, Samsung may be one of those but a trademark filed in Europe could hint at how it will avoid the problems the beset the Pixel 4's implementation.

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Galaxy S11 may be first Samsung with Spectrometer

Galaxy S11 may be first Samsung with Spectrometer

The most recent rumor on the next big smartphone release from Samsung is that it'll sport a spectrometer. A spectrometer is a sensor that's capable of detecting the physical makeup of an object based on its reaction to a beam of light. This isn't the first time one of these sensors has been on a phone - but it's likely the first time any phone with a spectrometer could realistically end up in your pocket.

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iPad Pro to sport 3D Time-of-Flight camera even before iPhones do

iPad Pro to sport 3D Time-of-Flight camera even before iPhones do

Samsung's newest Galaxy Tab S6 may seem unique for having two cameras, one of which is has a wide-angle lens, but it's hardly the first tablet to have more than one sensor on its back. Google's Project Tango tablet had a handful of sensors, all of which work in concert to give the device "AR eyes". It seems that Apple will be taking a similar path but with a simpler and less expensive solution, a single 3D Time-of-Flight sensor for its next iPad Pro.

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Tesla Model S mod turns the EV into a surveillance station

Tesla Model S mod turns the EV into a surveillance station

In order for smart cars to be able to make decisions for both safety and self-driving purposes, they need to be euipped not just with sophisticated computer brains but also with a ton of sensors. At the most basic level, those include cameras and motion sensors and in some instances even lidars. That same equipement, however, can also be used for less than simple purposes, like taking pictures of cars passing you by which can then be fed into a computer that can identify not just the make and model of the vehicle but also notify you of potential high-risk behavior.

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iPhone 2020 3D feature tip bad news for iPhone 11 buyers in 2019

iPhone 2020 3D feature tip bad news for iPhone 11 buyers in 2019

A bit of analysis from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested this week that Apple's 2020 collection of iPhone devices could use ToF sensors on their backs. But wait, you might be saying, isn't Apple going to bring the rounded-corner circle of cameras to the iPhone in the year 2019? You'd be right about that amalgamation of cameras, more than likely, but the ToF (Time of Flight) sensor is apparently not going to be in the mix this year at all.

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Samsung 64MP ISOCELL camera sensor want to shakeup the market

Samsung 64MP ISOCELL camera sensor want to shakeup the market

If you thought Sony's 48 megapixel IMX586 sensor was insane, you'll probably think Samsung has lost it even more. Given how competitive the smartphone camera market has become, however, it's only natural that it tries to topple the top dog, Huawei. The company has just announced a 64 megapixel image sensor, probably the largest in the market, not only to prepare its upcoming Galaxy Note 10 for competition but maybe even beat Sony at its own game.

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Ford Self-Braking Trolley applies driver assistance tech to shopping

Ford Self-Braking Trolley applies driver assistance tech to shopping

While there are people who'd readily admit being addicted to shopping, few of those will probably look forward to doing groceries. It's one of life's necessary evils that has created a market for online groceries and deliveries. Not everyone can afford to escape regular trips to the supermarket, which parents with toddlers may look to with dread for fear of trolley accidents. Putting its driving expertise to work, Ford has designed a new trolley that intelligently step on the brakes to prevent kids from colliding with people or shelves.

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