Fingerprint sensors—modern tools of convenience or awkwardly placed tools that are just plain difficult for instant use?
One of your car’s oldest features has been put to a new, high-tech use by University of Michigan researchers.
You may have seen a kid play with a feather, or you may have played with one yourself: Running a hand along a feather’s barbs and watching as the feather unzips and zips, seeming to miraculously pull itself back together.
A Bluetooth sensor tag with an ARM processor has tech watchers thinking overtime about what this little wonder might achieve. This is a battery-free product. Oh, did you hear that, “battery-free”? Those two words are right up there with “scandal rocks” and “lottery winner” but who are we to judge. Gawking at battery-free news can be forgiven.
OPPO is to announce a 10x lossless smartphone zoom camera but at what level of market readiness? That is the question that had a number of tech sites talking about no definite answers but offering ample views.
Now sending Nokia what’s-next watchers into a collective buzz: A story that Nokia is set to introduce a virtual reality product next week. Ina Fried in Re/code said the information came from sources “familiar with the company’s plans.”
You need a new Chromebook computer, so you go online to Amazon and start your search. You click on an attractive item on the product page—an Acer 11.6-Inch, CB3-111-C670. Up pops the computer’s price ($188.88, new, last Friday morning) and, to the right, the ubiquitous “buy box,” beckoning “Add to Cart.” You oblige.
In science fiction, force fields act as a defense against enemy fire. This month, Boeing got a patent for generating force fields that keep shockwaves from harming military vehicles. The Boeing Company’s patent, “Method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc,” was filed in May 2012.
The BBC reported on Saturday that a graphene bulb is set for shops, to go on sale this year. UK developers said their graphene bulb will be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon; bulb was developed by a Canadian-financed company, Graphene Lighting, one of whose directors is Prof Colin Bailey at the University of Manchester.
Never mind that there are a number of smartwatch brands on the market and that competition is fierce. Never mind that the marketplace is getting crowded with brands in an increasingly competitive smartwatch arena, with eyes staring beyond in wait of the Apple watch coming out this year, no less. Who dares to join the parade? Palo Alto, California-based Pebble does, is still at it, the smartwatch pioneers still actively promoting an ability to produce an ideal smartwatch that people won’t just like but love.