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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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Looking at the brain through the skull

A significant part of the progress we have seen in the understanding of the brain (which is far by being understood..) derives from technology advances in looking inside a "working" brain. PET and fMRI have allowed the identification of areas in the brain that are involved in the processing of …

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Looking towards self driving cars

All in all I think we are at the top of the hype phase for what regards self driving cars. We have seen a few of them winning challenges, some driving on highways and some negotiating traffic in urban settings. At the 2014 Automated Vehicles Symposium a poll was taken among the …

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Be careful of the Potato Chips bag

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".  I couldn’t help but remember this phrase from Arthur Clarke as I read the MIT news on a way to extract sound from video. Researchers have been able through better and better signal processing to extract information on your pulse by having a cell phone …

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A trillionth of a second

A trillionth of a second is an amazingly short time. A light beam will travel just 0.3mm  in that span of time and light is pretty fast! Even measuring this time span is at the edges of current technology.  I stumbled onto this number reading at a news from MIT describing the …

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