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Robots cope with unforeseen injuries

Robots cope with unforeseen injuries

Robots can pre-learn strategies for future unpredicted injuries, claims a French-US team, and cope even when the nature of the damage is unknown.

The process is two-step, and dubbed ‘intelligent trial and error’.

Step one is performed once for each type of robot: Computer modelling techniques are…

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Phone apps could equal conventional eye tests for remote communities

Phone apps could equal conventional eye tests for remote communities

UK researchers have used a phone app for eye tests in Kenyan homes, and found it as good as conventional eye chart test in a clinic.

The test – called Peek (portable eye examination kit) Acuity – has been developed by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the University of…

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Nanotech researchers come to Birmingham event

Nanotech researchers come to Birmingham event

Nanotech researchers from around the world will gather at Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus next month for a two-day conference.

Called “Advances in nanotechnology 2015″, the conference and workshops will discuss the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale in medicine and healthcare, nanomechanics…

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Southampton University takes optical fibre research to market

Southampton University takes optical fibre research to market

Southampton University, in its Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), is making its next-generation optical fibre available for purchase.

Until now, access to the technology was limited to commercial or academic collaborations.

The new optical fibre will be used in high-power lasers, high bandwidth communications and visible and infrared sensing…

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EPC 31A 200V enhancement-mode GaN FET available from Digi-Key

EPC 31A 200V enhancement-mode GaN FET available from Digi-Key

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has introduced two GaN FETs that handle 31A continuously – the 200V EPC2034 and the 150V EPC2033.

The firm is keen to promote pulse capability, which is 140A for the 200V part, and 260A for the 150V part. Both are 2.6×4.6mm, and can operate with…

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Comment: Qualcomm, Avago/Broadcom is coming for you

Comment: Qualcomm, Avago/Broadcom is coming for you

Watch out Qualcomm, Avago/Broadcom is coming for you. This is the clear message from the agreed $37bn deal which will see Avago Technologies acquire Broadcom.

This has the potential to be the largest and most significant merger in the semiconductor industry since the hiatus of the credit-crunch in…

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Redux Labs shows haptic display which is speaker too

Redux Labs shows haptic display which is speaker too

Redux Labs will demonstrate its haptic touch panel technology in San Jose, California at Display Week, 2015.

Cambridge-based Redux has developed an haptic touch technology which can also provide audio sound without separate speakers.

It will show next week in California a 15-inch demonstrator for its haptic touch…

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Developer turns Arduino into a frequency synthesiser

Developer turns Arduino into a frequency synthesiser

Tsunami is a signal generator built on the Arduino platform.

It is the brainchild of London-based developer Nick Johnson at Arachnid Labs and has secured funding on Kickstarter for its commercial launch. It can be pre-ordered for $60.

The design is based on the Arduino Leonardo compatible ATMega32U4…

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Avago to buy Broadcom

Avago to buy Broadcom

Avago Technologies has agreed to acquire Broadcom in a $37bn deal.

The deal will create a major supplier of communications chips with annual revenues of approximately $15bn, around $8bn of which belong to Broadcom.

This would make it larger than Texas Instruments comms business but smaller than market leading wireless…

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NXP agrees $1.8bn RF sale to fund Freescale merger

NXP agrees $1.8bn RF sale to fund Freescale merger

NXP Semiconductors has agreed to sell its RF power business to Chinese private equity firm Jianguang Asset Management  for $1.8bn.

The sale of the RF power business, which supplies RF power amplifiers to the mobile phone basestation market, seems to have been a element in the proposed merger of…

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Supercapacitors for IoT only 0.6mm thick

Supercapacitors for IoT only 0.6mm thick

Cap-XX has halved the thickness of its supercapacitors – to 0.6mm – aiming them at power-boosting in IoT applications. The range is called Thinline, conceived while working with a customer designing a disposable insulin pump.

“We figured out how to eliminate materials and change some processes to reduce costs…

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