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Arduino shrunk for wearables

There is now a slimmed down version of the Arduino embedded system development platform which has been down-sized for use in wearable and IoT applications.

The Arduino Gemma is a miniature wearable device board based on the ATtiny85 microcontroller.

ATtiny85 is Atmel’s 8-bit AVR Risc-based microcontroller…

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Micro-pump in the eye could treat glaucoma

Researchers are developing an implantable microfluid system which they claim can stabilise intraocular pressure in the human eye, a condition which can impair sight.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Microsysems and Modular Solid State Technologies EMFT are working on a  way to treat diseases of the eye such…

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Qt moves into the world of IoT

IoT is a new focus for the Qt mobile development environment which works cross-platform which now incorporates Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart).

It can be used to write cross-platform code for communicating with smart sensors, wearables and other BLE-enabled peripherals.

The latest version of the Qt mobile…

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Comment: IET “ones to watch” on track to deliver

In its December 2014 “Ones to Watch” report, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) highlighted six areas that it believed “offer significant promise to the UK and its economy”.

The six technology areas were: new power networks, space, cyber security, additive manufacturing, food security and robotics.

The question is…

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University embeds RFID chips in yarn

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have come up with a way of embedding RFID chips in yarns which can then be woven or knitted to make fabrics for clothing.

Professor Tilak Dias of the Advanced Textiles Research Group of the School of Art & Design, claims that the embedded chips…

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NI Automated Test Summit: PXI looks good for 5G

Modular instruments connected by the PXI bus now represent the fastest growing off the overall test and measurement market, says National Instruments executive Abhay Samant.

Speaking today at the National Instruments Automated Test Summit in Reading, Samant said the reason for this growth was PXI’s ability to scale upwards…

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FPGA flash storage good for the cloud, says Altera

Altera says you can double the life of NAND flash storage by implementing an FPGA-based solid-state disk (SSD) controller running NAND optimisation software.

It has developed a storage reference design based on its Arria 10 SoC, which integrates a SSD controller from Mobiveil and NAND optimisation software from…

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5G mobile networks will adapt to needs of society

Technology behind next generation 5G mobile networks will start to take shape over the coming months with a group of companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Networks, Deutsche Telekom and Orange will work to define the mobile network architecture.

The work which beings this month is part of the 5GPPP standards…

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Renesas adds more DSP to low power IoT MCUs

Renesas Electronics has introduced a low power microcontroller with DSP extensions and a floating point unit (FPU) in its RX series.

The RX231 32-bit microcontrollers are based on a new version of the RX CPU core with a performance benchmark score of 4.16 CoreMark/MHz, which is a…

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MOVI speech recognition system runs on Arduino shield

A couple of developers in California have created the design for an Arduino shield with speech recognition technology.

Called MOVI (My Own Voice Interface), it is the work of Bertrand Irissou and Gerald Friedland founders of Audeme and the project will launch on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website at 8am…

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