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Sensor Hubs Arrive for Android
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10/30/2013   5 comments
Turnkey sensor fusion, gesture recognition, and context-aware functions are performed by Hillcrest's first sensor hub (SH-1), which come pre-integrated with Atmel's SAM D20 ARM Cortex M0+ based microcontroller.
Comment: re: - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/29/2013
SK Hynix Licenses BeSang's 3D IC
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10/29/2013   8 comments
Besang's 3D IC technology finds a home at SK Hynix, which has licensed it for undisclosed future chips – probably 3D DRAM that is 100-times denser than stacked die.
Wearable Display Goes 1 Step Beyond Google Glass
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10/28/2013   8 comments
The i-Air Touch glasses from Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute go one step beyond Google Glass by tracking hand movements to enable touch-activated interaction with a virtual display.
Vicarious AI Passes Turing Test
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10/28/2013   11 comments
Vicarious's artificial intelligence is as smart as a human for the Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart – CAPTCHA.
DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge Offers $2 Million Purse
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10/25/2013   8 comments
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency offers a $2 million prize to the smartest cyberdefense system that can sense and defeat cyberattacks in real-time.
Comment: Re: Robotics - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/23/2013
Intel Capital Injects $65 Million Into 16 Startups
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10/23/2013   8 comments
Intel Capital announced a $65 million investment in 16 startup companies from nine countries.
Synthetic Biology Ramps Semiconductors
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10/23/2013   13 comments
The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) launched its Semiconductor Synthetic Biology (SemiSynBio) program which aims to meld biology with electronics in hybrid bio-semiconductor systems.
Comment: Re: Licensees? - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/23/2013
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Comment: Re: Co-robot? - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/22/2013
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Unbounded Robotics Unveils Co-Robot
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10/22/2013   5 comments
Unbounded Robotics' first model is designed for researchers and businesses looking for a mobile platform that is designed to perform human-scale tasks.
Iridis4 Supercomputer Accelerates Big Research
News & Analysis  
10/18/2013   9 comments
IBM Intelligent Cluster x86 architecture is the brawn behind one of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK devoted to science and technology research.
DRAMs Back in Black
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10/18/2013   7 comments
Dynamic random access memory business posts higher profits again after a three-year slump.
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Applied Materials Hawks Metal-Oxide Displays
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10/16/2013   6 comments
The ultra-high-res displays of the future are switching to metal oxide thin-film transistors, prompting Applied Materials to release chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition systems specialized for producing metal-oxide backplanes.
MEMS Enables Personal Crash Detector
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10/15/2013   6 comments
Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) are enabling whole new categories of wearable electronics, here an emergency-locator beacon that measures the concussive force of an impact to a sports helmet and notifies emergency personnel in the case of unconsciousness.
Invensense Buys ADI's MEMS Mic Unit
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10/15/2013   2 comments
Invensense Inc. agrees to buy the micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) microphone business unit at Analog Devices Inc.
Comment: Re: Cool - R_Colin_Johnson - 10/12/2013
Qualcomm Reveals Neural Network Progress
News & Analysis  
10/11/2013   24 comments
Qualcomm recently revealed details of its work to create neural network chips modeled on the human brain at the EmTech conference.
Perfect iPad Add-On for Engineers Uses MEMS
News & Analysis  
10/11/2013   11 comments
Kickstarter project leverages MEMS magnetometers from STMicroelectronics to create iSketchnote, an iPad cover that tracks a passive pen with a permanent magnet as the user draws on plain paper.
IBM Launches Accelerated Discovery Lab
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10/10/2013   5 comments
IBM has unveiled its new Accelerated Discovery Lab, which retargets its analytic algorithms and Watson question-and-answer technologies.
Modular Robots Self-Assemble
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10/9/2013   5 comments
MIT researchers have created a module robotic paradigm called M-Robots that does not have external moving parts.
Smart Video Outpacing Population
News & Analysis  
10/9/2013   7 comments
IHS predicts that there will be more Internet-connected smart video devices than the total world population by 2017.
MEMS-Enabled Electronic Nose Is Nothing to Sneeze At
News & Analysis  
10/8/2013   9 comments
The world's first MEMS vacuum pump is enabling laboratory-bound mass spectrometers to be downsized to handheld size for homeland security, environmental monitoring, and even smartphone detectors of everything from disease to air quality.
IBM Unveils Cognitive Systems Institute
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10/3/2013   9 comments
IBM declared the era of cognitive computing at its Cognitive Systems Colloquium where it unveiled its Cognitive Systems Institute.
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Spray-On Sensor Heralds Flexible Electronics
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10/1/2013   6 comments
Spray-on carbon nanotube thin films can be deposited on nearly any surface to create circuits, with a gas sensor example demonstrated by researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM, Munich).

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