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Logitech mice work where others currently fail

By Damir Beciri
22 August 2009

logitech_anywhere_mx1Logitech research showed that 40 percent of people have a glass surface in their home. This coupled with the increase in the popularity of laptop computers, means that people are moving around and coming into contact with a multitude of surfaces – like granite and lacquered wood – that challenge the tracking capabilities of standard… »

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Green architecture – Omega Center for Sustainable Living

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments16 August 2009

omega-center-for-sustainable-living1The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) in Rhinebeck, New York is carbon neutral and produces 100 percent of its own energy through solar and geothermal power. OCSL officially opened on July 16th 2009 and it is on track to receive a LEED Platinum Certification, which cannot be officially granted until the building has been… »


RFID chips obtained computing skills

By Damir Beciri
15 August 2009

rfidRadio-frequency identification (RFID) chips have a problem related to the memory of their previous states because they reset their information every time they lose their external radio frequency power supply. Computer scientists from University of Massachusetts Amherst are working on software, fittingly named Mementos, which could allow an RFID to perform computations that span many… »


Better electronics? Nanoelectronic transistor combined with biological machine

By Damir Beciri
13 August 2009

integrated-circuitThe electronic devices could get a boost in operating efficiency if manmade devices could be combined with biological machines. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have developed a versatile hybrid platform that uses lipid-coated nanowires to build prototype bio-nanoelectronic devices. Combined biological components in electronic circuits could enhance bio-sensing and diagnostic tools, advance neural prosthetics… »

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Green architecture – Citigroup Data Center in Frankfurt

By Damir Beciri
7 August 2009

citigroup-data-center-in-frankfurt-1Citi’s new Data Centre in Frankfurt has been awarded LEED Platinum, it’s the first data centre in the world to achieve a platinum rating and the first building in Germany to achieve LEED accreditation. The data centre plant topology, unit sizes and operating parameters have been selected to exceed reliability criteria and to enhance the… »


Tangible holography – Airborne Ultrasound Tactile Display

By Rob Aid
2 Comments6 August 2009

tokyouniversity-holography-2009Mid-air displays which project floating images in free space have been seen in SF movies for several decades. We wrote about technologies that contribute to the development of holograms (regarding data storage and potential interfaces that could be developed for usage with holographic technology) in our previous articles. Recently, they are attracting a lot of… »

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Biomimicry of leaves ventricular system produces energy

By Damir Beciri
One Comment5 August 2009

fernpower1In this article we’re going to write about biomimicry of leaves. The development of artificial glass leaves that produce energy is done by UC Berkeley researcher Michel Maharbiz (a guy we mentioned earlier in our article about insects spies), Ruba Borno from the University of Michigan and Joseph Steinmeyer from MIT. They developed an alternative energy… »


NIST research improves organic solar power technology

By Damir Beciri
One Comment31 July 2009

solar-panel-1.jpgOrganic photovoltaics, which rely on organic molecules to capture sunlight and convert it into electricity, are a hot research area because in principle they have significant advantages over traditional rigid silicon cells. Organic photovoltaics start out as a kind of ink that can be applied to flexible surfaces to create solar cell modules that can… »