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Tiny thumb trackpad is wireless

Tiny thumb trackpad is wireless

For wireless control when hands are full, MIT has invented a thumbnail trackpad called NailO.

Stroking it in different directions transmits mouse-like commands to PCs and phones.

Even though it sticks on like an artificial nail, packed into the prototype are capacitive sensors, a battery, a microcontroller, and chips…

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Onion pitches MIPS universal cloud-to-hardware interface

Onion pitches MIPS universal cloud-to-hardware interface

Aiming at programmers who want to interface to the real world, Toronto-based Onion has created a tiny MIPS-based Linux cloud-to-hardware development board, and made it the subject of a Kickstarter project. 

The firm has an interesting pitch. Called Omega, the PCB is tiny, with on-board…

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Comment: IoT the gold rush vs wild west

Comment: IoT the gold rush vs wild west

So here’s a question, how many times have you come across the term IoT today?

Without doubt, IoT is certainly this year’s buzzword and while many are keen to jump on the bandwagon, not everyone actually understands the wagon they’re jumping onboard and whether it’ll lead…

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SIA pushes for free trade

SIA pushes for free trade

In a letter to politicians advocating the passage of the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act, the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) has stated the importance of the semiconductor industry to America…

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Foundry grows 16%

Foundry grows 16%

Foundry industry revenues grew 16.1% in 2014, says Gartner, to reach $46.9 billion. It is the third successive year of 16% + growth in the foundry business…

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Double walled carbon nanotubes allow bandgap tuning

Double walled carbon nanotubes allow bandgap tuning

Mathematicians at Rice University in Texas have delved into the possible behaviour of double-walled carbon nanotubes and found a potential bandgap.

Carbon nanotubes are not one thing. Instead, characteristics including tube diameter and the amount of twist in the atomic lattice along the tubular molecule are variables.

One simple…

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Raspberry Pi goes retro gaming

Raspberry Pi goes retro gaming

Raspberry Pi continues to inspire young developers of embedded systems products. One games enthusiast has used a Raspberry Pi to create a pocket-sized games console.

Dubbed the MicroPi : Play, it is the work of developer and retro games enthusiast Tarsem Dhillon, who decided the micro sized Linux board would…

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Sensor tells you if meat has gone off

Sensor tells you if meat has gone off

MIT chemists have devised a simple sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat.

Consisting of carbon nanotubes, the sensor is similar to other nanotube devices that have been developed in the lab of chemistry professor Timothy Swager, including one that detects the ripeness of fruit.

The carbon nanotubes…

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Put clean-tech in the election debate, says Iceotope founder

Put clean-tech in the election debate, says Iceotope founder

The need to make London’s server farms more environmentally-friendly should be on the political agenda at next month’s General Election, says the founder of a clean tech company.

Peter Hopton, founder of Sheffield-based server cooling technology firm, Iceotope, believes that despite the political parties agreeing that…

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Imagination announces IoT radios

Imagination announces IoT radios

Imagination Technologies has announced the first of its Whisper Series5 radio baseband processors, which it calls radio processing units (RPUs).

Available as intellectual property for integration into SoCs, there are versions for 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart, or both.

The cores are designed for low power consumption, and applications…

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Microlease sees sales business as good for growth

Microlease sees sales business as good for growth

Microlease is bidding to expand its test equipment rental business across Europe following an expansion of its activities selling test systems from Keysight Technologies, formerly Agilent Technologies.

The Harrow-based instrument rental company has become an authorised distributor for the full range of Keysight’s products in the UK.

Microlease…

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Video stabiliser plugs in-line

Video stabiliser plugs in-line

Isle of Wight DSP firm RFEL has announced an off-the-shelf real-time HD video stabiliser.

Called StableEyesHD, it removes unwanted camera shake and picture rotation to increase the effectiveness of surveillance, security or situational awareness systems.

It is installed by plugging it into the existing video cable connections…

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