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Airthings View series expands with standalone pollution and radon monitors

Airthings View series expands with standalone pollution and radon monitors

Residential indoor air quality monitoring company Airthings has announced two new products in its "View" series, the View Radon and View Pollution. These two new models join the View Plus launched back in March 2021, offering consumers new ways to keep tabs on their home's air quality levels, as well as monitoring for the invisible, scent-free gas known as radon.

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Nest Hub (2nd gen) gets smarter sleeping sensing before it’s no longer free

Nest Hub (2nd gen) gets smarter sleeping sensing before it’s no longer free

Nest Hub (2nd gen) has a miniature radar sensor inside called Soli. Google previously included Soli in the smartphone Pixel 4, where it allowed users to interact with certain apps with mid-air gestures. With Nest Hub (2nd gen), Soli enables Sleep Sensing, delivering motion sensing information without the aid of a camera.

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Bosch Ridecare helps fleet owners know when shared cars are dirty

Bosch Ridecare helps fleet owners know when shared cars are dirty

We've all heard the phrase "drive it like a rental." Unfortunately, some people don't see the value of property they don't own and are just borrowing or renting. Sometimes these people will take a rental car and purposely abuse it, leave it filthy, or smoke inside it, causing problems for the vehicle owner. Bosch is one of the largest manufacturers of sensors and electronic systems for vehicles and other platforms globally. It has revealed a new system called Bosch Ridecare.

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AT&T is powering a unique IoT system: Cows connected with smart sensors

AT&T is powering a unique IoT system: Cows connected with smart sensors

AT&T is using its 5G network to power a unique type of connected device designed specifically for dairy farmers. The hardware comes from smaXtec, which describes it as a small smart sensor that cows physically swallow. The sensor stays in the cow's first stomach where it monitors the animal's health and provides the data to farmers.

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New smart bandage can detect biomarkers in chronic wounds

New smart bandage can detect biomarkers in chronic wounds

Researchers from the National University of Singapore Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute for Health Innovation & Technology have worked with partners from other organizations to develop a new smart wearable sensor. The wearable sensor can assess chronic wounds in real-time at the point of care wirelessly via an app. The wearable sensor is described as the world's first to detect temperature, pH, bacteria type, and inflammatory factors specific to chronic wounds.

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Samsung wants to have a 576MP smartphone camera in four years

Samsung wants to have a 576MP smartphone camera in four years

After CPU clock cycles, the mobile numbers game has seemingly shifted to pixel counts. While it has been repeatedly proven that higher doesn't always mean better, that hasn't stopped manufacturers from flaunting large figures, especially in marketing materials. It doesn't really hurt if you have dozens or even hundreds of megapixels if you can cram that many in a sensor, but Samsung might be taking things to the extreme in a few years. Not satisfied with its recently announced 200MP sensor, it apparently wants to have more than twice that much by 2025.

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Samsung ISOCELL HP1 brings a 200MP sensor to smartphones

Samsung ISOCELL HP1 brings a 200MP sensor to smartphones

Although higher pixel counts don't always translate to higher quality images, it sometimes never hurts to have more if you can afford it, especially since it looks good in marketing. For years now, Samsung has been pushing the envelope when it comes to the number of pixels a single mobile image sensor can hold, and it has just announced a new milestone with the 200MP ISOCELL HP1. Samsung also introduces the new ISOCELL GN5 promises upgraded autofocus with a more "normal" 50MP sensor.

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New sensor creates electricity from urine and measures glucose levels

New sensor creates electricity from urine and measures glucose levels

Scientists from Tokyo University of science have created a new sensor designed to be fitted into diapers that generates the electricity it needs to operate directly from urine using a biofuel cell. While the device can generate the power it needs to operate using urine, it also measures glucose concentrations, helping caregivers monitor wearers for diabetes. Scientists say that glucose levels in urine are directly related to blood glucose levels.

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Future OPPO phones will be using new under-screen camera and RGBW sensor

Future OPPO phones will be using new under-screen camera and RGBW sensor

With the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung officially joined the bandwagon circling around under-display cameras (UDC), alternatively called under-screen or under-panel cameras. It isn't the first to jump on it, though, with ZTE stealing the thunder by launching the first UDC-equipped phone last year. OPPO, however, was also one of the first to actually get its R&D engine running to create the perfect under-screen camera implementation.

While OPPO isn't announcing yet when that will finally be available in a smartphone, it is revealing some of the imaging technologies that will be arriving on smartphones in the next six to seven months.

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Intel RealSense camera business is winding down

Intel RealSense camera business is winding down

Once upon a time, Intel was so big and so successful that it could afford to venture into areas and businesses that were only remotely related to its core silicon business. That included, for a time, wearables as well as computer vision hardware like cameras and LiDARs. Intel is still big, but its dominance is continually challenged on almost all fronts. Refocusing on its strengths, Intel has chosen to also refocus its resources away from failing businesses, like its years-old RealSense division that produced rather interesting products and demos around computer vision.

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Pixel 6 camera could be a huge upgrade in more ways than one

Pixel 6 camera could be a huge upgrade in more ways than one

Google seemed to have beaten Apple at being stingy when it came to camera upgrades. Ever since the OG Pixel half a decade ago, Google barely upgraded the line's main camera, preferring to rely on software magic to compensate. As indicated by its new design and new processor, the Pixel 6 is a marked departure from its predecessors. A teardown of Google's Camera app for Android 12 now suggests that the same will apply to the phone's main camera in a very big way.

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Galaxy S22 could come with a 50MP RGBW camera sensor

Galaxy S22 could come with a 50MP RGBW camera sensor

The battle over the best smartphone for photography is far from over, especially with the Huawei P50 Pro once again tilting the tides in the embattled Chinese company's favor. Smartphone cameras have gotten larger, more sophisticated, and sometimes a little bit insane, but some improvements don't always come from upcoming or future technologies. Samsung's phones have shown arguably positive performance in that arena, and its next Galaxy S22 flagship could be taking lessons from the past and use an RGBW imaging sensor to improve its chances in the future.

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