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It’s MINE!

I don’t know about you but it already happened to me to have my camera stolen. Since last  year Lenstag is providing, for free…, an app that lets you register your photo gear on line. If somebody is using it and post a photo on the web that photo contains a hidden …

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A Snail vs a Ferrari

Ever wondered what is the average speed of a snail? Actually it varies a lot depending on species and ambient condition, reaching measured peaks of 0.8 kmh, but on the average it is around 0.04 kmh, that is 10,000 times slower than the best Ferrari. Now, all this to say that …

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SeaShells have something to teach us

Quite often I post news on researchers looking at Nature to solve problems, and this is just another one. At the MIT researchers wanted to understand why the materials we are manufacturing to use as shields for protection tend to loose their strength after having been subjected to a localised trauma. Thinks …

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What’s wrong with your touch?

It is not me, nor one of your friend asking the question. It might be your tablet or your cell phone if Georgia Tech researchers have their saying… At Georgia Tech a group of researchers have developed LatentGesture, an app that works in background in your cell phone and in your …

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Recording your life …

As Google Glasses are getting ready to hit the market other companies are looking for similar, but cheaper, ways to give you the possibility to record your life as seamlessly as possible. One of this is Lifelogger that has opened up a fund raising on Kickstarter and promises to sell …

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Cyborgs here we come, one tiny step at a time

And here we go with another news on implantable electronics. At the University of Texas at Dallas researchers are creating flexible electronics that can wrap around a specific organ, as tiny as a nerve, to pick up and to transmit signals. In order to implant the chip the surgeon needs to have …

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From MegaPixels to MegaRays

Two years ago I wrote a post on Lytro, a digital camera based on a new approach to light capture that would allow the recording of several focus plane on the same file. The first camera Lytro produced was interesting for this new approach but it was considerably inferior in …

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Come on! It’s just a game…

Ever felt over-excited playing a video game? I no longer play "exciting" video games, although a still play from time to time, but mostly in a detached way to test what’s new or a relaxing solitaire… but I still remember many, too many, years ago the Pong, Pacman and Loadrunner …

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Once used, it dissolves

There is a clear trend towards embedding of electronics everywhere (toys are a clear example, over 80% of them have some sort of electronics inside), including in our body. Just yesterday I mentioned the possibility of embedding electronics in a patch that can be glued on our skin, and in the …

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Glueing a cell phone to your arm

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in cooperation with Northwestern University have found a way to stitch normal electronic components on a plastic bandage that can stick on skin, like a normal patch. There are several studies on creating flexible electronics and I have posted news on several of …

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