Latest Electronic Gadget News: Sensors

SAM blocks form Internet of Things Development Kit

Fresh from showcasing their work at Google I/O, the SAM Labs team were one of the highlights of the recent The Future is Smart event, organised by the Bluetooth SIG in London. Think of it as an Internet of Things Development Kit…

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IoT and cyclists in Future Cities

Here’s one possible future for the IoT and cyclists. The government-backed “Future Cities” catapult has asked the question, Can IoT Improve Wayfinding for Cyclists…

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Smart Home gadgets networked in CSRmesh

One to note, maybe, for those building gadgets to automate processes within their own home. CSR is updating CSRmesh, its Bluetooth Smart-based mesh networking protocol, for improved Home Automation support (previously the emphasis was on lighting control…

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DevBoard Watch: TI wireless haptic development kit

Texas Instruments today introduced what it describes as the industry’s first wireless haptic development kit – the TI Haptic Bluetooth Kit, DRV2605EVM-BT. The wireless comms are via Bluetooth Smart, and the kit lets you create particular haptic sequences and LED patterns for tactile feedback, notifications and alerts. These are…

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Nymi biometric wristband authenticates your identity

The latest iPhone features a biometric Home button, to help the device quickly authorise your access, but of course it is not the first gadget to go down this route. New Scientist has highlighted another device that uses biometric information to save you remembering multiple passwords and the like. But…

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TouchKeys electronic piano plays by sensors

It was only a few months ago that we highlighted the O-Bow, an electronic violin that plays by sensors – many different sound effects can be created and manipulated (for example, rotating the bow to create a vibrato effect). Well, here comes the TouchKeys piano. Whereas the first instrument was…

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Playing an AirHarp, Leap Motion-style

We’ve had a laser harp, now check out the AirHarp! It’s made possible by Leap, a gestural control device from Leap Motion. It’s a small box, measuring just 8 centimetres in width, but it contains infrared cameras to track each finger independently, to an accuracy of 1…

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