Mission Impossible self-destructing gadgets not so impossible

February 22, 2017

A new self-destruct mechanism can destroy electronics within 10 seconds through wireless commands or the triggering of certain sensors. Many government agencies and corporations would value such an extra layer of security for computing devices that might get lost or stolen. But past experiments with self-destructing electronics have either relied on new specialized chip designs or have taken far longer than 10 seconds. By comparison, the new self-destruct mechanism proposed…


Bittium exhibits its innovative IoT design at Industry of Things World USA

February 20, 2017

Bittium exhibits its innovative IoT design and R&D services at Industry of Things World USA conference, to be held in San Diego, USA February 20th–21st, 2017. Bittium will also exhibit its wearable platform for health monitoring, Bittium Tough Mobile Smartphone and Bittium Secure Suite device management and encryption software, which can be utilized also in IoT solutions. R&D services: Bittium provides innovative design and development services to customers who demand…


Breakthrough solution for small low power IoT radios

February 16, 2017

ROHM, imec, a research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, and Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) have presented an all-digital phase-locked loop (ADPLL) for Internet of Things (IoT) radio transceivers at the 2017 International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco (US). Whereas a PLL is traditionally one of the major power consumers in a radio and can take up to 30% of the radio area, this…


Living garment becomes a second skin

February 7, 2017

Creative minds are thinking about what clothes can do in gaining functions enabled by technology. What about signs of future smart clothes that not only are worn for style and comfort but become second skins in tune with your body? A California group called Omius has been working on an interesting “adaptive jacket.” Daily Mail calls it a robo-jacket; some other sites are referring to it as robotic jackets. the…


Atomic-level sensors enable measurements of electric field

February 2, 2017

The proper functioning of semiconductor devices relies on their internally generated electric fields. Being able to measure these fields on the nanoscale is crucial for the development of next gen electronics, but present techniques have been restricted to measurements of the electric field at a semiconductor’s surface. A group of Takayuki Iwasaki, Mutsuko Hatano and colleagues at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and…


Wearable developed to measure skin hydration

January 31, 2017

A wearable, wireless sensor that can monitor a person’s skin hydration for use in applications that need to detect dehydration before it poses a health problem has been developed by researchers from North Carolina State University. The device is lightweight, flexible and stretchable and has already been incorporated into prototype devices that can be worn on the wrist or as a chest patch. “It’s difficult to measure a person’s hydration…


Grapefruit-sized underwater robots mimic ocean life

January 25, 2017

To offer scientists a tool to study ocean currents and the tiny creatures they transport, researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego have developed underwater robots. Swarms of these underwater robots helped answer some basic questions about the most abundant life forms in the ocean—plankton. Scripps research oceanographer Jules Jaffe designed and built the miniature autonomous underwater explorers, or M-AUEs, to study small-scale environmental…


Sensors designed to detect single protein molecules

January 24, 2017

MIT engineers have designed sensors that can detect single protein molecules as they are secreted by cells or even a single cell. These sensors, which consist of chemically modified carbon nanotubes, could help scientists with any application that requires detecting very small amounts of protein, such as tracking viral infection, monitoring cells’ manufacturing of useful proteins, or revealing food contamination, the researchers say. “We hope to use sensor arrays like…


TE Connectivity to showcase at DesignCon 2017

TE Connectivity (TE), a leader in connectivity and sensor solutions, has announced it will showcase its latest products and innovations at DesignCon 2017, the premier conference for chip, board and systems design engineers, January 31st–February 2nd in Santa Clara, California. With innovations like cloud computing and streaming video, the world continuously creates and consumes more data at a faster speed. Data centers are now more important than ever before, and…

January 20, 2017

Kissenger: Yes, this is what it looks like…

January 17, 2017

Ever blown someone a kiss? Or sent them a kiss over the phone? Ever smashed your lips against a rubber pad that’s attached to your smartphone and actually sent them a kiss? Would you want to? The Kissenger (so named because it’s a “mobile kiss messenger”) could give you that awkward option. The two-way device, which allows users to simultaneously send and receive the sensation of a kiss, comes from…