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— Electronics

New RF circulator to run rings around old technology

By - November 12, 2014 2 Pictures
In the world of electronic components, there are many devices out there that do their job well and reliably, but are almost never heard of – even though they may be vital to equipment that plays a role in our technology-driven lives. The radio frequency (RF) circulator is just such a device: it has simply done its job as a nondescript box of gubbins buried in radio communications systems, quietly directing radio frequency signals to the places they should go. Now researchers at the University of Texas have given the RF circulator a makeover. Not only is the new prototype smaller, lighter, and cheaper, it's also claimed to be easily adapted to different frequencies on the fly, which is something the old style circulator cannot do. Read More

Titanium Pocket Bit screwdriver fits on a keyring

If you're like a lot of people, every so often you'll find yourself needing a screwdriver without having one to hand. The Titanium Pocket Bit is a satisfying solution to that problem. It's a tiny, double-ended screwdriver on a keyring that is genuinely unobtrusive and and has a wealth of potential uses.

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— Electronics

Ant-sized radios could help connect trillions of devices to the Internet of Things

By - September 15, 2014 1 Picture
A team of researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, has created prototype radio-on-a-chip communications devices that are powered by ambient radio waves. Comprising receiving and transmitting antennas and a central processor, the completely self-contained ant-sized devices are very cheap to manufacture, don't require batteries to run and could give the "Internet of Things" (IoT) a serious kick start. Read More
— Science

World's smallest windmills to power cell phones

By - January 13, 2014 3 Pictures
Professor J.C. Chiao and his postdoc Dr. Smitha Rao of the University of Texas at Arlington have developed a MEMS-based nickel alloy windmill so small that 10 could be mounted on a single grain of rice. Aimed at very-small-scale energy harvesting applications, these windmills could recharge batteries for smartphones, and directly power ultra-low-power electronic devices. Read More
— Digital Cameras

LoFi-Fisheye Digicam shoots HD video, fits in the palm of your hand

By - February 22, 2013 5 Pictures
After a fruitless search for a teeny key-chain digital camera with a fish-eye lens out front, Greg Dash decided to design and build his own. The subsequent prototype was just intended for his own use, but when more and more folks asked him where they could buy one when they spotted him snapping photos, he hatched a crowdfunding plan to bring his LoFi-Fisheye Digicam to market. Read More
— Good Thinking

World's first 3D printing photo booth set for scan

By - November 11, 2012 9 Pictures
Ever wanted a life-like miniature of yourself or loved ones? Now's your chance, thanks to Omote 3D, which will soon be opening what's described as the world's first 3D printing photo booth in Harajuku, Japan. There, visitors will have their bodies scanned into a computer, a process which takes about 15 minutes. Then the company prints your statuette on their 3D color printer in one of three sizes. Read More
— Inventors and Remarkable People

Szymon Klimek's artwork is small, mechanical, and amazing!

By - July 30, 2012 48 Pictures
A hobby is what you do with the rest of your time. It tends to feed a deep-seated need of which you may not even be aware - to be your best self. Some people golf, some swim, some quilt, some travel, some climb mountains ... there's no end to the list. Then there's Szymon Klimek, who makes some of the most incredible miniature electromechanical sculptures imaginable. Read More
— Digital Cameras

Tiny, lens-free camera developed for scientific use

By - July 6, 2011 3 Pictures
It fits on the head of a pin, has no lens or moving parts, can be made for just a few cents, and yet it can take a photo of the Mona Lisa in which she’s actually sort of recognizable ... it’s called the Planar Fourier Capture Array (PFCA), and it’s a tiny camera developed at New York’s Cornell University. Although you might choose not to use it for photographing your child’s birthday party, it could come in quite handy in the fields of science and technology. Read More
— Computers

Colibri's Tegra T20 module is a dual-core 1GHz computer the size of a SODIMM

By - July 28, 2010 1 Picture
If someone had suggested 20 years ago that a fully working computer with up to 1GHz of processing power would fit on a board the size of a SODIMM memory module (2.66 x 1.44 x 0.2 inches), some lighthearted mockery may have followed. Yet embedded hardware specialist Toradex is about to do just that with its new Tegra T20, a teeny computer module based on NVIDIA's latest Cortex A9 processor that offers full high definition video support, 256MB of onboard memory and a gigabyte of Flash storage. Read More
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