Finding long-range, low-powered sensors for wearable devices is the next scientific frontier. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are working on atomically thin transducer "drumheads" that can send and receive signals at radio frequencies… Engadget RSS Feed
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A recent breakthrough in miniaturized sensor technology could end up taking a bite out of personal privacy. Researchers developed a wearable small enough to stick on a human tooth virtually unnoticed. And it’s capable of wirelessly transmitting data on any chemicals it comes in contact with. The team, researchers from Tufts University School of Engineering, set out to create a better solution for monitoring dietary intake. Their work could prove invaluable to medical researchers and has the potential to save innumerable lives. The device could give doctors real-time alerts on patients based on actual chemical intake. This means that rather…
At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, I was blown away by the sound of the tiny X2 Wireless Surround Speakers ($ 39.97) from Kempler & Strauss. Given the sound, I expected the speakers to be much larger and frankly, more expensive than the $ 40 racquetball-sized speakers. Their small, spherical shape makes them well suited to creating surround sound. They pair together via Bluetooth for wire-free listening and the battery lasts for about four hours.
They don’t have Alexa integration, which is understandable at that price, but more speakers these days do indeed have Alexa. The speakers charge via a magnetic charging base or via the included travel cable and straps. The X2 speakers are sold in both silver and black.
Remarkable sound from separate Bluetooth speakers
Magnetic charging base
Travel cable and straps
Silver or Black
No Alexa integration
Try the X2 Wireless Surround Speakers from Kempler & Strauss and prepare to be surprised.
Moshi always makes impressive, well-designed gadgets; but the IonSlim 10K ($ 99.95) in particular packs a lot of power into a slim aluminum shell, reminiscent of anything coming out of Apple these days. As Apple is now shipping devices that charge via USB-C as well as Lighting USB-A cables, there is a need for a portable battery pack like the IonSlim 10K.
The IonSlim 10K offers two ports, USB-A and USB-C, and delivers 10,000 mAh. It can even charge two devices at once, with one of those devices being a MacBook Pro. It can deliver 30 watts of power, so it’s well-suited as an emergency backup power source. I would like to see more color choices, to match Apple gear, but the one color choice is comparable to Apple’s Space Gray. It’s not cheap, but there is a $ 54.95 5K version as well.
Slim, compact design
Two ports, USB-A and USB-C
Charge two devices at once
Only one color
The IonSlim 10K from Moshi packs a lot of power into a light and compact and stylish package.
Essential has pushed out a new update to its Camera app, bumping its version to 0.1.097.006. The update brings a couple of major changes, including new Tiny Planet mode and selfie flash. Starting with the new mode, the feature – which is currently in beta – lets you view all your 360-degree photos and videos as Tiny Planets with just a tap. Here’s an example: Get your selfie look ready. We just released an update to Essential Camera app that adds flash for the selfie camera, Tiny Planet mode (beta) for 360° photos and videos, and stability fixes. Download it now: https://t.co/zXoZ765GHF…
Essential has been steadily instilling more and more features into the PH-1, many of which have concerned the camera. Most recently, the Essential Camera app has seen autoHDR and 360-degree live-streaming added. Today Essential announced via Twitter that Tiny Planet mode and “flash” for the front-facing camera (read: white burst from the screen) are bundled in the latest Essential Camera update.
Get your selfie look ready. We just released an update to Essential Camera app that adds flash for the selfie camera, Tiny Planet mode (beta) for 360° photos and videos, and stability fixes.
Named “Luciola” after a genus of fireflies, a remarkable new light is about the size of a lighting bug and floats over waves of ultrasound. Weighing in at a minuscule 16.2 mg, each light glows red just brightly enough to read by. The ultrasonic waves that Luciola emits through 285 microspeakers are at a frequency inaudible to the human ear, allowing the light to levitate in total silence.
“Ultimately, my hope is that such tiny objects will have smartphone capabilities and be built to float about helping us in our everyday lives in smarter ways,” Takamiya told Reuters.
The research team believes that it will be possible to equip Luciola with temperature and movement sensors. This could allow the lights to deliver messages (traveling by ultrasonic wave, of course), work together to make moving displays, and even detect the presence of humans (something that could be applied within moving displays).
Further modifications to Luciola could give it even more capabilities, although they will take time. The researchers aim to have the tiny bot ready to bring to market in the next five to 10 years.
Hopefully, Takamiya is right, and Luciola will float into our lives, improving existing devices while expanding the horizon of what’s technologically possible — one ultrasonic wave at a time.