Category: sensors

MIT researchers make a disposable smart diaper that notifies when went

The idea of literal wearables, that is smart clothes, hasn’t exactly appealed even to tech-savvy consumers. There are cases, however, when embedding almost undetectable sensors and chips in clothing can have a significant advantage over traditional forms of monitoring. It turns out, diapers are a prime example of that and researchers at MIT are developing a sensor that not only can be put in a…

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Samsung SelfieType app gives your phone a camera keyboard

The Samsung SelfieType project was shown in more detail today at CES 2020 as an invisible projector keyboard for your phone. This system utilizes front-facing camera sensor systems in modern smart phones (like the Galaxy S10) to track the position of a users’ fingers. The phone is propped up in front of the user and the users’ hands are positioned like they’d be in front of a WASD keyboard – but…

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DJI’s Livox says it cracked the LIDAR problem holding back autonomous cars

DJI may be best known for drones, but one of the fruits of its incubator program may end up bringing LIDAR down to a more affordable price point. Livox broke cover back in 2016, part of DJI’s Open Innovation Program, and focused on making laser scanning both cheaper to acquire and more practical and effective than current systems.

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Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector tells your phone you’ve got a leak

The Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector is a standalone sensor that’s able to sense the presence of moisture. Once this sensor detects moisture in a place that should be dry, an alert is transmitted. This system can work simply – with just a smartphone app and basic notification. It can also work a bit more smart – sending a notification to the Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff device, which would…

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Charmin has a set of three conceptual designs for CES 2020, including a toilet paper-retrieving robot, a smell sensor, and a VR experience for the WC. Before we go too much further, it’s important to note, here, that Charmin has expressed that these items “won’t be for sale in the future.” That’s unfortunate, especially given the helpful nature of the rolling toilet paper retriever. The VR…

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Intel’s RealSense L515 makes affordable LIDAR a palm-sized reality

Intel is adding a tiny LIDAR sensor to its RealSense range, claiming the Intel RealSense lidar camera L515 is the world’s smallest laser rangefinder – not to mention one of the most affordable. Taking technology familiar from autonomous cars and robotics, the L515 then packages it down into a small enough form-factor that it could allow compact smart devices to scan the world in 3D.

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iPad Pro to sport 3D Time-of-Flight camera even before iPhones do

Samsung’s newest Galaxy Tab S6 may seem unique for having two cameras, one of which is has a wide-angle lens, but it’s hardly the first tablet to have more than one sensor on its back. Google’s Project Tango tablet had a handful of sensors, all of which work in concert to give the device “AR eyes”. It seems that Apple will be taking a similar path but with a simpler and less expensive solution, a…

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Tesla Model S mod turns the EV into a surveillance station

In order for smart cars to be able to make decisions for both safety and self-driving purposes, they need to be euipped not just with sophisticated computer brains but also with a ton of sensors. At the most basic level, those include cameras and motion sensors and in some instances even lidars. That same equipement, however, can also be used for less than simple purposes, like taking pictures of…

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iPhone 2020 3D feature tip bad news for iPhone 11 buyers in 2019

A bit of analysis from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested this week that Apple’s 2020 collection of iPhone devices could use ToF sensors on their backs. But wait, you might be saying, isn’t Apple going to bring the rounded-corner circle of cameras to the iPhone in the year 2019? You’d be right about that amalgamation of cameras, more than likely, but the ToF (Time of Flight) sensor is…

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Samsung 64MP ISOCELL camera sensor want to shakeup the market

If you thought Sony’s 48 megapixel IMX586 sensor was insane, you’ll probably think Samsung has lost it even more. Given how competitive the smartphone camera market has become, however, it’s only natural that it tries to topple the top dog, Huawei. The company has just announced a 64 megapixel image sensor, probably the largest in the market, not only to prepare its upcoming Galaxy Note 10 for…

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