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A chip that “sees”

    The digital image sensors that we have in our smart phones and digital cameras capture photons and sends the data about each of their pixels with a string of digits expressing the luminosity and colour. The sensor does not know if a pixel is related to a house …

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Taking a fresh look at 5G – Technology enablers II

Re-balancing of control between the terminal and the network The availability of several bands allocated to different frequencies can be leveraged in parallel thanks to the increased processing capability at the terminal side. This capability can allow a dynamic management of the available bands within a single communication stream (more …

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3D printing medical implants

Medical procedures often make use of plastic implants, like catheters and valves. These are mass market produced,in a few sizes to accommodate different patients, but still they are not customised to a specific patient. The production uses molding processes, these are very efficient in volume production but would be extremely …

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Looking inside a neurone

Progress in science occurs through analyses of data. The more data you have the more you can test hypotheses and ideas. It does not matter if you are looking at black holes in distant galaxies or into a cell. This is why getting data is so important. And technology progress …

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Smart contact lenses are getting closer

Advances in smart materials, that is materials that can sense a variety of parameters and react on those, continues at a fast pace. The idea of embedding sensors in a contact lens is not new, Google announced back in January 2014 a project for a contact lens that would be …

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It looks alike …

One of the things that distinguishes human beings from computers is the capability of the former (us) to detect similarities. On the contrary, computers are extremely good at telling differences. I remember as a boy playing a game on a magazine that was about finding 20 tiny differences in two …

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8k knocking at the door in 2020

OK, we are just now getting used to 4K, 4k televisions are becoming more and more affordable, Netflix and YouTube are starting to have some good content choices and a few people are starting to talk about 8k! In an interview with DPReview Yosuke Yamane, Division President of Panasonic Imagine …

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