Researchers demonstrate laser cooling of a semiconductor
Vibrating steering wheel may rescue driver from blinding glare
Creating smarter infrastructure
A team from the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction have developed a mechanical amplifier to convert ambient vibrations into electricity more effectively, which could be used to power wireless sen ...
Tech meets sex at big Vegas show
Can technology improve sex? The makers of one device unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show are banking on it.
New approach using nanoparticle alloys allows heat to be focused or reflected just like electromagnetic waves
An MIT researcher has developed a technique that provides a new way of manipulating heat, allowing it to be controlled much as light waves can be manipulated by lenses and mirrors.
Snowboarders feel the buzz from haptic system
Adhesion disturbed by noise
Imagine a solid ball rolling down a slightly inclined ramp. What could be perceived as child's play is the focus of serious theoretical research by Manoj Chaudhury and Partho Goohpattader, two physicists ...
New platform developed to measure and exploit optomechanical interactions
(Phys.org)—Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and Caltech have developed a new design platform for measuring and exploiting strong interactions between light confined ...
Student's invention harvests energy from earthquakes
(Phys.org)—A wireless vibration sensor being developed by a Victoria University student could provide a low-cost solution for engineers to monitor the damage of buildings affected by earthquakes.
Qeexo screentouch experience puts knuckles and nails to work (w/ video)
Jumping to reduce vibrations
A pioneering use of mini-trampolines is allowing engineers to better understand effects of vibrations caused by human movement on floors and small bridges.
Physicists skirt thermal vibration, transfer optical signal via mechanical oscillator
Using tiny radiation pressure forces—generated each time light is reflected off a surface—University of Oregon physicists converted an optical field, or signal, from one color to another. Aided by a "dark ...
Taking the bite out of baseball bats
Miss hitting the "sweet spot" on a baseball bat and the resulting vibrations can zing your hands. Bat companies have tried for decades to reduce these painful shocks with limited success. But Daniel Russell, a professor in ...
Complete feel of user interfaces with vibrotactile feedback
Touchscreen mobile devices, phones and tablet computers, have gained prominence in our everyday life in the past years. Their user interfaces, however, make quite crude use of touch and the somatosensory system. Teemu Ahmaniemi ...