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Smart TVs: the next tech war is in the living room

January 13, 2012

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At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s top television manufacturers are proposing a whole new approach to television:

  • Samsung is working on integrating voice and motion control into its new TV sets, enabling users to speak commands to their TVs or change channels and other settings with just a wave.
  • Vizio has joined with cloud-service company OnLive to put streaming games on its Google

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Smart Walker Strolls Ahead

July 5, 2001

A smart walker that will guide users, providing assistance with steering and braking, has been developed by a research team at the University of Virginia’s Medical Automation Research Center.

The prototype uses a laser scanner to sense the environment, detecting a user’s intentions primarily via pressure monitors in the handles. If a person loses footing, the walker will detect the high force and burst of speed, then hit the… read more

Smart watches to provide faster access to smartphone information

September 16, 2011
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Meta Watch Ltd. has announced it has acquired the Meta Watch branded connected watch business from Fossil, Inc. It plans to release wrist-based devices later this month for about $200 in the U.S. and Europe.

The announcement is evidence of the mounting interest in connected or smart watches. Early adopters of smart watches comment on how surprisingly useful they can be. A smart… read more

Smartcams Take Aim at Terrorists

June 5, 2003

Distributed digital video arrays, or DIVAs — collections of smart cameras able to detect and identify an individual in a crowded train station and track him wherever he goes — are being developed by researchers at the University of California at San Diego under a Department of Defense contract.

The systems also notify authorities when they “think” an individual engages in suspicious activity or meets with questionable cohorts.

Smarter bomb bot

July 14, 2001
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bomb down a hallway

A wheeled police robot that makes many tactical decisions on its own during potentially dangerous bomb-disablement or other law enforcement missions has been unveiled by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories.

The Wolverine robot hardware was developed at Northrop Grumman’s REMOTEC unit; Sandia Labs added software.

The Wolverine now incorporates some of the most challenging and commonly needed robotic tools and behaviors in police work, such… read more

Smarter energy storage for solar and wind power

November 27, 2007

Development of the first hybrid battery suitable for storing electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar and wind is now a step clo

CSIRO and Cleantech Ventures have invested in technology start-up Smart Storage Pty Ltd . The Smart Storage battery technology aims to deliver a low cost, high performance, high power stationary energy storage solution suitable for grid-connected and remote applications.

Smarter robots of tomorrow

March 8, 2005

NASA Ames scientists are advancing the technology of remote exploration.

The K9 rover is a robot similar to the Mars rovers, but that can perform tasks 10 times faster and can figure out how to do some tasks. Snakebot, which mimics the movements of a snake, would be able to probe even crevices and small caves on another planet.

‘Smartest Machine on Earth’ on NOVA

February 10, 2011

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TV game show Jeopardy! challenges even the best human minds. Can a computer win at Jeopardy!? Aired February 9, 2011 on PBS.

Smartphone add-on tests for HIV and syphilis in 15 minutes

February 5, 2015

The user presses the bulb of the smartphone dongle, designed to fit in one hand, to initiate the fluid flow. (credit: Tassaneewan Laksanasopin, Columbia Engineering)

A low-cost smartphone accessory that can detect three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes, performing all mechanical, optical, and electronic functions of a lab-based blood test.

That’s what team of researchers led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed.

It performs an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) triplexed immunoassayread more

Smartphone add-on will bring eye tests to the masses

June 24, 2010

Ramesh Raskar of the Camera Culture group at MIT has devised a method of providing basic eye tests using just a smartphone and a specially designed eyepiece.

It could provide a home-based eye test for millions of people who cannot easily access regular optometry services.

Smartphone app measures vital heart and respiration signs

October 6, 2011

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) researchers have developed a smart phone app that can measure heart rhythm and rate, respiration rate, and blood oxygen saturation using the phone’s built-in video camera.

As the camera’s light penetrates the skin, it reflects off pulsing blood in the finger. The app can correlate subtle shifts in the color of the reflected light with changes in the patient’s vital signs.… read more

Smartphone app produces 3D scans

April 15, 2011

3D Scan

An app developer at Georgia Tech’s College of Computing has created Trimensional, the first smartphone app that allows users to take 3D scans of faces or other objects and share them by email.

Trimensional works using an iPhone’s screen, for example, to shine four different lighting patterns on a subject while also using the front-facing camera to snap photos.  It produces a full… read more

Smartphone app reads blood oxygen levels, forewarns of life-threatening pre-eclampsia

$2 million investment for testing in developing world obstetrics
March 14, 2014

The Phone Oximeter - phone and sensor

LionsGate Technologies (LGTmedical), a Vancouver-based social enterprise, has secured its first major financial backers to scale up development of the Phone Oximeter.

This is an app and medical sensor that turns a non-specialist, community-level health worker’s smartphone, tablet computer or laptop into an affordable and simple but sophisticated medical-grade diagnostic tool that is typically only available, in the developing world,  in some hospitals.

The… read more

Smartphone app that helps doctors detect cancer

March 1, 2011

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Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have developed a system that can detect tumors by analysing a few thousands cells, sparing patients from the larger biopsies currently used.

The palm-sized device sits on the patient’s bedside table, operated through a simple smartphone app. At the core is a micro nuclear magnetic resonance (microNMR) chip, a scaled-down version of the technology found in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. It… read more

Smartphone battery life could dramatically improve with new invention

September 16, 2011

University of Michigan computer scientists have developed a new “subconscious mode” for smartphones and other WiFi-enabled mobile devices that could extend battery life by as much as 54 percent for users on the busiest networks. It’s called E-MiLi (Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening).

Even when smartphones are in power-saving modes and not actively sending or receiving messages, they are still on alert for incoming information and they’re… read more

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