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Smart Fabric Woven With Silver Thread Triggers Alarm When Disrupted
2012-09-11 13:25:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online German researchers have developed a new woven fabric with an embedded microcontroller that triggers an alarm when broken by potential thieves. The smart fabric can also locate the point of penetration and could be a cheap alternative to other anti-theft systems in certain situations. Erik Simon at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin managed the project that involves a fine lattice of conductive...

Mini-camera That Has Maxi-brainpower
2012-08-23 14:18:26

Torrential rapids, plunging mud holes and soaring hurdles: in the outdoor competitions at the Olympic Games, athletes pushed themselves to the limit. But it´s hard to depict this in pictures alone. This is why researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS created an intelligent camera that instantly delivers additional metadata, such as acceleration, temperature or heart rate. The new INCA can be seen at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam from September 7 - 11 (Hall 8,...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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