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5 Technologies You Should Be Afraid Of

By Chris Wiltz | October 26, 2017



Solar Eyeglasses Used Sunlight to Power Integrated Microprocessor, Displays

By Elizabeth Montalbano | October 26, 2017

What if your eyeglasses not only protected your eyes from sunlight, but also absorbed its light to generate energy? That’s the idea behind new solar eyeglasses developed by researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany that can supply devices with electricity.

GM Brings Lidar Development In House

By Charles Murray | October 25, 2017

General Motors Co. (GM) acquired a Lidar sensor maker last week, raising the possibility that the giant automaker plans to develop its most important autonomous car technologies in house.

Flat Printable Sheets Self Transform Into Shaped Objects

By Elizabeth Montalbano | October 25, 2017

Researchers in Austria have made a breakthrough in materials design and 3D printing to create objects that can self-transform, moving from 2D to 3D without any external influence.

Flexible Sensor “Skin” Gives Robots a Sense of Touch

By Elizabeth Montalbano | October 24, 2017

Robotics research is becoming so advanced that robots are becoming more like humans all the time. Now researchers at UCLA and the University of Washington (UW) have co-collaborated to give them something that’s intrinsic to how humans interactive with their environment—a sense of touch.

AI Is Creating Jobs, Not Destroying Them, Studies Find

By Chris Wiltz | October 23, 2017

"Artificial intelligence is coming for your job." That's been the mantra of skeptics, naysayers, and even pragmatic analysts for years.

13 Halloween Gadgets to Frighten Up Devil’s Night

By Rob Spiegel | October 23, 2017

The Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) is back in Minnesota and it’s bigger than ever. Over two days, Nov. 8-9, 2017, receive in-depth education geared to drive a year’s worth of work.

Ruggedized, High-Performance Storage Cards Target New Use Cases

By Charles Murray | October 20, 2017

Western Digital Corp. has rolled out new high-capacity data storage cards with faster read- and write-speeds to meet new use cases in automotive, as well as in drones,   surveillance cameras, and myriad industrial applications.

Nanomaterial Extracts Hydrogen from Seawater for Clean Fuel Development

By Elizabeth Montalbano | October 20, 2017

Researchers have been working on ways for many years to extract hydrogen from seawater in a cost-effective way to produce an abundant source of clean fuel, to mixed results. Now a researcher at the University of Central Florida has developed a nanomaterial that uses solar energy to generate the gas from seawater more cheaply and efficiently than current materials, giving new promise to developing eco-friendly, hydrogen-based fuels.