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Haptic sight

It is just few days that Apple in presenting its Apple Watch pointed out a feature that makes the wristband vibrate in two different ways providing the wearer an indication that she has to turn right (or left) when the watch is playing the ole of a navigation system. No …

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Looking for silicon alternative

Researchers at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich have used perovskite to manufacture LED. The name perovskite has become well known in the field of solar panels. A few years ago this material, discovered at the end of the XIX century in Russia, that …

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Jumping from 14nm down to 0.3nm

Intel is about to deliver its new chip generation at 14nm. And researchers at the Washington University have developed what is by far the smallest electronic junction ever, consisting of just 3 atoms, that is 3 Angstrom, or something 100,000 times smaller (you need to make the comparison in the 3D …

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A peculiar farmer is busy in the field

It started almost 10 years ago in Kentucky with a tractor equipped with GPS, soil sensors and a radio connection to the University of Kentucky. There a computer (and an application specifically developed) took care of directing the tractor over the field to spread the right amount of fertiliser in the …

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Why did they called it Morpheus?

When I was young Morpheus used to be the god of dreams and in order to dream you need to be sleeping (well, unless you count day-dreaming…).  And this project from Sony is designed to keep you fully awake. Probably the old Morpheus is not the one being referred to, but …

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From PAN to WAN

The future will see a variety of networks from the very small to the very broad. At the smaller scale we have BAN (Body Area Networks) and PAN (Personal Area Networks) at the large scale we have Satellite networks covering several Countries. What is needed is a way to interconnect …

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Your heart is ticking…

I guess this innovation could only have come from Switzerland, at least that was my first reaction reading it. Researchers at the University of Bern, Switzerland, have managed to create a pacemaker powered by the movement of the beating heart. To do that they picked up the mechanisms of an …

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Communications beyond the next decade

I am involved in the set up of the IEEE Technology Time Machine Workshop (IEEE TTM) that will take place in San Jose, California, on October 21st – 22nd, and I am reviewing ideas that speakers will put forward to challenge the audience. I am not going to spoil the event by revealing what …

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Stacking up

The effort to increase the yield of solar cells is relentless. Today the conversion rate of solar energy into electricity is below 25% (it was around 20% at the end of last century and it has basically levelled out) although there are some solar cells sitting on research bench labs that reach …

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