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Paper Generators – low-tech and inexpensive way to harvest energy from friction

By Damir Beciri
9 October 2013

paper-generator-1Researchers at Disney Research, Pittsburgh and at Carnegie Mellon University recently presented a simple system that could be used to harvest power of different gestures performed onto a paper surface. Named Paper Generator, the system exploits gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing or sliding friction in order to run simple interactive applications involving books, posters… »


CSR paper-thin wireless touch surface powered by Bluetooth Smart

By Damir Beciri
9 September 2013

csr-ultra-thin-keyboard-1Designer and developer of hardware and software for the consumer electronics market CSR recently unveiled what they claim to be the world’s thinnest wireless touch interface. The flexible device, which is less than 0.5 mm thick, turns any area into a touch surface and holds great potential to extend existing devices by adding touch interface… »


Using paper to generate electrically conducting structures

By Damir Beciri
16 May 2013

paper-electronicsResearchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm have created targeted conductive structures on paper. Their method relies on conventional inkjet printer which prints a catalyst on a sheet of paper. After getting heated, the printed areas on the paper get converted into conductive graphite. Being an inexpensive, light and flexible… »


Miniature mechanical radiation-resistant logical circuits

By Damir Beciri
27 June 2012

mems-radiation-1Not a moment too soon after I criticized a statement about lightweight flying robots being used in radiated environments and the fact that electronics in radiation tend to malfunction in a previous article about the AirBurr flying robot, engineers from the University of Utah and the Case Western Reserve University designed microscopic mechanical devices able… »


Ambient-savvy silicon oxide-based Resistive RAM memory chip

By Damir Beciri
One Comment18 May 2012

ucl-silicon-resistive-ramResearchers from the University College London (UCL) managed to construct the first purely silicon oxide-based ‘Resistive RAM’ (ReRAM) memory chip that can operate in ambient conditions. ReRAM chips promise far greater speed than currently available memory technologies, significantly greater memory storage, such as the Flash memory used on USB sticks, and require much less energy… »


Less power consuming and faster plastic electronics

By Damir Beciri
9 April 2012

plastic-electronics-1Researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory made a breakthrough for plastic electronic circuits by adding new qualities aside low cost, transparency, flexibility and ease of production – they managed to make them less power consuming and faster. The technology could be used in various applications, ranging from radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on… »


Top 5 articles regarding gadgets in 2011

By Rob Aid
6 January 2012

top-5-2011-gadgets-robaidTablet and e-reader rivalry significantly increased last year, and tablet and cell phone companies focused on product improvement rather than placing entirely new products on the market. Indian government managed to produce Aakash – the $35 tablet for students, simplified version of adorable Keepon robot became available as My Keepon robotic toy, and companies were… »


Self-healing electronics capable to regain conductivity

By Damir Beciri
20 December 2011

sottos-white-mooreCurrent electronic devices are becoming faster and denser, but such complex circuitry is prone to reliability problems, and once one tiny circuit within an integrated chip breaks, the whole chip or even whole device is unusable. A team of University of Illinois engineers has developed a self-healing system capable to repair a cracked circuit by… »