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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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MIT researchers make a disposable smart diaper that notifies when wet

MIT researchers make a disposable smart diaper that notifies when wet

The idea of literal wearables, that is smart clothes, hasn't exactly appealed even to tech-savvy consumers. There are cases, however, when embedding almost undetectable sensors and chips in clothing can have a significant advantage over traditional forms of monitoring. It turns out, diapers are a prime example of that and researchers at MIT are developing a sensor that not only can be put in a diaper to alert caretakers if it's wet, it can also be disposed along with the dirty diaper.

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JDI paper-thin bendable image sensor reads pulse waves and fingerprints

JDI paper-thin bendable image sensor reads pulse waves and fingerprints

JDI or Japan Display, Inc. is perhaps best known for making, as its name implies, display panels, many of which end up on smartphones. It does, however, also dabble in technologies only related to screens on the periphery, like biometrics and imaging sensors that can be placed under its display. Its latest boast may not yet have any display-oriented application but the new ultra-thin image sensor it has developed is in itself already impressive in how it combines two properties often found in two separate sensors.

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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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