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2012-07-11 09:24:36

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Could a dollar-store T-shirt someday help you charge your smartphone or tablet computer on the go? It may sound fanciful, but researchers at one American university are experimenting with technology capable of doing just that. Mechanical Engineering Professor Xiaodong Li and Post-Doctorate Lihong Bao, both of the University of South Carolina, are working on a way to turn the fabric of a simple piece of clothing into a...

2012-01-27 14:00:00

Azoteq´s ProxSense® can sense down to 20 atto farads with a Signal-to-Noise ratio of 1000:1 Austin, TX (PRWEB) January 27, 2012 Azoteq, the world leader in capacitive proximity sensing, announced that their latest generation of proximity and touch controllers can sense capacitive changes as small as 20 atto farads. This sensitivity allows reliable proximity detection of over 300 mm or 12 inches on practical electrodes. One atto farad (1e-18 farads) is one million times smaller...

2011-11-28 11:34:16

Research demonstrates simple, scaleable method with realistic capability of industrial cross-over Scientists have developed a new method of creating nanoporous materials with potential applications in everything from water purification to chemical sensors. In order to produce a porous material it is necessary to have multiple components. When the minor component is removed, small pores are left in its place. Until now, creating nanoporous materials was limiting as it was believed the...

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2011-10-27 11:24:10

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a prototype wireless sensor capable of detecting trace amounts of a key ingredient found in many explosives. The device, which employs carbon nanotubes and is printed on paper or paper-like material using standard inkjet technology, could be deployed in large numbers to alert authorities to the presence of explosives, such as improvised explosive devices (IEDs). "This prototype represents a significant step toward...

2011-10-17 20:21:36

Electric and hybrid vehicles will be conquering the cities: cars, bicycles, buses and trains. This is why new ideas are in demand for individual and public transportation. In “Fraunhofer´s System Research for Electromobility” researchers are coming up with solutions for tomorrow´s mobility. The AutoTram® is as long as a streetcar and as maneuverable as a bus. It doesn´t need rails or overhead lines because the “BusBahn” rolls on rubber tires and...

2011-07-08 02:02:45

Power from the air Researchers have discovered a way to capture and harness energy transmitted by such sources as radio and television transmitters, cell phone networks and satellite communications systems. By scavenging this ambient energy from the air around us, the technique could provide a new way to power networks of wireless sensors, microprocessors and communications chips. "There is a large amount of electromagnetic energy all around us, but nobody has been able to tap into it," said...

2011-04-06 22:47:42

Battery technology hasn't kept pace with advancements in portable electronics, but the race is on to fix this. One revolutionary concept being pursued by a team of researchers in New Zealand involves creating "wearable energy harvesters" capable of converting movement from humans or found in nature into battery power. A class of variable capacitor generators known as "dielectric elastomer generators" (DEGs) shows great potential for wearable energy harvesting. In fact, researchers at the...

2011-03-30 14:43:17

Simplifying cyborg circuitry using human blood Could electronic components made from human blood be the key to creating cyborg interfaces? Circuitry that links human tissues and nerve cells directly to an electronic device, such as a robotic limb or artificial eye might one day be possible thanks to the development of biological components. Writing in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics, a team in India describes how a "memristor" can be made using human blood....

2010-09-14 00:35:01

Kawasaki, Sept 13, 2010 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced the development of wireless recharging technology that enables the design of magnetic resonance-based wireless charging systems that can simultaneously recharge various types of portable electronic devices. This technology not only promises more compact and more efficient power transmitters and receivers, it also offers the ability to design charging systems in 1/150th the time currently required. In...


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