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Neo Smartpen N2 could give Livescribe a run for its money

While some people have moved to doing all of their writing on a computer, there are many situations in which a pen and paper are necessary. Livescribe’s Bluetooth pen was the first to really make waves, and now the Neo Smartpen N2 is aiming to give it a run for its money with slick improvements to the formula.Read More

Instamic is a tiny, self-contained audio recorder

A new device is aiming to do for audio recording what the GoPro did for video recording. The Instamic is a small, self-contained, high-quality sound recorder. It is aimed at musicians, filmmakers, journalists, bloggers and other people who need a simple and effective means of capturing sound.Read More

"Origami battery" made from paper and dirty water for just a few cents

A foldable, inexpensive paper battery that can generate a small amount of electricity brings a new sense of power to origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. An engineer at Binghamton University in New York has developed a battery that creates power through the process of microbial respiration in a drop of dirty water on paper.Read More

Samsung targets retailers with Mirror and Transparent OLED panels

Transparent and reflective displays might look cool, but in terms of the home, their applications are limited. However, bricks and mortar shops looking for some technological wizardry to get shoppers through the door are a different proposition. So it should come as no surprise that Samsung chose this week's Retail Asia Expo 2015 in Hong Kong to unveil the first commercial use of its Mirror and Transparent OLEDs.Read More

New algorithm paves the way for light-based computers

An inverse design algorithm developed by Stanford engineers enables the design of silicon interconnects capable of transmitting data between computer chips via light. The new process replaces the wire circuitry used to relay information electronically, which could lead to the development of highly efficient, light-based computers.Read More

Almost universal SERS sensor could change how we sniff out small things

Identifying fraudulent paintings based on electrochemical data, highlighting cancerous cells in a sea of healthy ones, and identifying different strains of bacteria in samples of food are all examples of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), a sensor system that has only become more in-demand as our desire for precise, instantaneous information has increased. However, the technology has largely failed commercialization because the chips used are difficult and expensive to create, have limited uses for a particular known substance, and are consumed upon use. Researchers led by a team from the University of Buffalo (UB) aim to change nanoscale sensors with an almost-universal substrate that's also low-cost, opening up more opportunities for powerful analysis of our environment.Read More

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Leddar® Optical Time-of-Flight Sensing Technology

Leddar optical detection and ranging, discovered by the National Optics Institute in Quebec City and developed and commercialized by LeddarTech, is a unique technology that maximizes the performance of any optical time-of-flight sensor. Combining fast, high-resolution analog-to-digital conversion and innovative signal processing, Leddar provides 3 distinct advantages for highly efficient detection and ranging: high resolution, immunity to noise, and powerful data extraction capabilities. For more insights on this novel technology, download the white paper: Leddar: A new approach to detection and ranging. For more info on Leddar IC and module offering, visit Leddartech.com.Read More

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