US army seeks new technology to replace GPS
The US army is working to limit its dependence on GPS by developing the next generation of navigation technology, including a tiny autonomous chip, the director of the Pentagon's research agency said Wednesday.
Microsensors without microfabrication
(PhysOrg.com) -- Miniature motion sensors are everywhere these days, detecting the orientation of cell phones, deploying air bags in cars and measuring stresses in buildings and mechanical systems. But manufacturing ...
Smartphones as seismometers intrigue Berkeley researchers
Researchers engineer microscale optical accelerometer
Imagine navigating through a grocery store with your cell phone. As you turn down the bread aisle, ads and coupons for hot dog buns and English muffins pop up on your screen. The electronics industry would ...
Robotic ball a hit at electronics show (w/ Video)
A glowing robotic ball that is controlled by a smartphone has won fans and the interest of game developers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
QFO Labs wants to send palm-sized copters out to play
Speeding algorithms by shrinking data
In computer science, the buzzword of the day is "big data." The proliferation of cheap, Internet-connected sensors—such as the GPS receivers, accelerometers and cameras in smartphones—has meant an explosion ...
Turning iPhone into spiPhone: Smartphones' accelerometer can track strokes on nearby keyboards
It's a pattern that no doubt repeats itself daily in hundreds of millions of offices around the world: People sit down, turn on their computers, set their mobile phones on their desks and begin to work. What ...
Two pairs of specs in one: Touch of finger changes prescription
If you're over 45 and wear glasses, you've probably got more than one pair. Or you're using bifocals or progressive lenses. As most people get older, their eyes have more trouble focusing on objects that are close, which ...
A system that improves the precision of GPS in cities by 90 percent (w/ Video)
Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have developed a new system which improves the ability of a GPS to determine a vehicle's position as compared to that of conventional GPS devices by up to 90 ...
Power-generating knee strap hints at end for batteries
Battery-powered devices could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a group of UK researchers who have created a novel energy harvester to power some of the latest wearable gadgets.
On-board mobile phone to power low-cost satellite
(Phys.org)—A University of Queensland staff member is sending a satellite into space more powerful than the Curiosity Rover which recently landed on Mars.
Students invent device for the perfect bicep curl
To achieve buff biceps, proper form for strength-training exercises is key, and people often turn to professional trainers to correct them and prevent injury. Cornell student engineers have developed an alternative: ...