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Smart Home gadgets networked in CSRmesh

CSRmesh kit

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).

DevBoard Watch: TI wireless haptic development kit

TI Haptic Bluetooth Kit DRV2605EVM-BT

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 from a pre-licensed library of a hundred distinct haptic effects, says ...

Nymi biometric wristband authenticates your identity

Nymi 2

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 it is not fingerprint info, but your very heartbeat. Nymi ...

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 developed by Dylan Menzies at De Montfort University in Leicester, ...

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 1/100th of a millimetre. Essentially, reports New Scientist, it creates an invisible 3D box ...