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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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It's touch and Go for Makey Makey

By - June 3, 2015 16 Pictures

At about the size of a credit card, the original Makey Makey (now called the Classic) isn't exactly a behemoth, but it's not really something you could wear around your neck or dangle from your ear either. Aiming for portability, the boffins at JoyLabz have redesigned the board, stripping it down to its bare essentials, then adding a magnet (so tinkerers can stick it a fridge door between uses) and some LEDs (for colorful visual feedback), and wrapped it in protective plastic bumpers. The Makey Makey Go is now about the size of a USB thumb drive and, like the original, can be used to turn everyday objects into touch-enabled "buttons" – everything from bananas to someone's ear to jello to a potted plant. So long as it's able to conduct even the tiniest amount of electricity, it's fair game for some Makey Makey magic.

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"Designer carbon" bodes well for enhanced energy-storage

By - June 1, 2015 1 Picture

Activated carbon is a form of carbon that is shot through with nanosized holes that increase the material's surface area and allow it to catalyze more chemical reactions and store more electrical charge. But due to the way it is produced, most of the pores within it aren't interconnected, limiting the material's ability to transport electricity. Now researchers at Stanford University have created a "designer carbon" with greater pore connectivity and therefore greater electronic conductivity, which enables superior energy-storage performance.

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Biodegradable computer chips made almost entirely from wood

By - May 28, 2015 1 Picture

As electronic devices are becoming outdated at an increasingly fast pace, e-waste continues to be a huge problem. That's why scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have started producing "wooden" semiconductor chips that could almost entirely biodegrade once left in a landfill. As an added bonus, the chips are also flexible, making them prime candidates for use in flexible electronics.

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Ricoh develops energy-generating rubber

By - May 22, 2015 1 Picture

As digital technology becomes more ubiquitous and the Internet of Things takes shape, the question of how to power it all becomes more pressing. Japanese technology firm Ricoh is looking at its new "energy-generating rubber" as one solution. According the company, the new piezoelectric polymer converts pressure and vibration into electric energy with high efficiency, yet is extremely flexible and durable.

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KFC saves phones from greasy fingers with tray liner keyboard

Texting is so much a part of modern life that some people can't even pause for a meal of fried chicken without sending a message. As part of an advertising campaign and in an effort to avoid an epidemic of greasy smartphone screens, KFC restaurants in Germany have been giving away paper tray liners with built-in Bluetooth keyboards, so patrons can text away while munching on their extra crispy.

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Things heat up for self-destructing electronic devices

By - May 21, 2015 2 Pictures

Expanding on previous research into electronic devices that dissolve in water once they have reached the end of their useful life, researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new type of "transient" electronic device that self-destructs in response to heat exposure. The work is aimed at making it easy for materials from devices that usually end up in landfill to be recycled or dissolved completely.

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