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An artificial retina is on sight

It is now several years that researchers are studying ways to restore sight to people who lost it. In a way, amazing results have been reached; retinal implants have been approved by FDA and European counterparts and a few patients have got a limited, but useful sight restored. So far retinal …

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2.5 ExaByte a day may keep the doctor away….

I noticed in some posts I wrote in the past the different ways to calculate the number of connected objects. Telecom based companies (like Ericsson, Cisco) tend to estimate in around 50 billions the number of connected objects by 2020, Information Technology (IT) based companies (like HP, SUN) tend to estimate in 1 …

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Generating electricity at atomic level

I have already posted several news on molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), a material that can be produced in layers one atom thick, like graphene, and that may be contender to graphene in several applications in the next decades. Researchers at the Columbia University have developed what is the smallest-thinnest electricity generator using a …

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More progresses in additive manufacturing

Since the very beginning of human history, manufacturing has led the way to the production of wealth (even agriculture has been leveraging on manufacturing progress). Indeed progresses have been enormous but if you look closely the paradigm has remained the same: shaping something large into something smaller with a suitable …

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Watching your cell phone sitting it on your nose

We have seen amazing improvements in smart phones’ screens, with resolution that are now beyond the eye resolution as you watch the screen from a "regular" distance (like 20cm away from your eyes). With the very best resolution screens you won’t be able to see individual pixels even if you …

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Printing an X-ray machine

Printing electronics technology is not new. The idea of using inkjet printer with special ink for printing circuit has been around for a while and has led to a number of electronic circuit printers that are used to print "simple" electronic devices, like RFID tag. As one might expect technology is moving …

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A battery made up of billions batteries

A battery, in general, is a composite made up by identical mini batteries that all together provide the full capacity desired. Depending on the way the mini batteries are connected one another you can have different voltage and current (the capacity being the combination of the two). So saying that …

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Promising use of carbon nanotubes as lamp bulbs

The quest for more efficient conversion of electricity (Watt) into light (Lumens) has produced amazing results in the last decade. The Edison bulb lamp that dominated for a hundred years is not being decommissioned. It could deliver 10-17 Lumens per Watt. Bulb lamps used in public illumination, based on high …

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Using ultrasounds to communicate with chips

Just one week ago I posted a news on using ultrasounds through a hand held device to make this technique available for in field diagnostics. Now, engineers at Stanford University have managed to find a way to power and communicate with medical chips embedded in the body using ultrasounds emitted by …

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It’s a cultural change

A brief outline of the introduction talk I gave yesterday at the EIT ICT Labs Future Network Solutions result day in Stockholm. Network infrastructures were designed to sustain 3 minute call duration 6 times a day – symmetrical traffic and average 1.44 MB per transaction. And nice names like Erlang …

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