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From MegaPixels to MegaRays

Two years ago I wrote a post on Lytro, a digital camera based on a new approach to light capture that would allow the recording of several focus plane on the same file. The first camera Lytro produced was interesting for this new approach but it was considerably inferior in …

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Come on! It’s just a game…

Ever felt over-excited playing a video game? I no longer play "exciting" video games, although a still play from time to time, but mostly in a detached way to test what’s new or a relaxing solitaire… but I still remember many, too many, years ago the Pong, Pacman and Loadrunner …

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Once used, it dissolves

There is a clear trend towards embedding of electronics everywhere (toys are a clear example, over 80% of them have some sort of electronics inside), including in our body. Just yesterday I mentioned the possibility of embedding electronics in a patch that can be glued on our skin, and in the …

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Glueing a cell phone to your arm

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in cooperation with Northwestern University have found a way to stitch normal electronic components on a plastic bandage that can stick on skin, like a normal patch. There are several studies on creating flexible electronics and I have posted news on several of …

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Robots teaching to robots …

Imagine a world where robots gets smarter because they learn from you how to do their chores. You teach your robot how you want the house cleaned, how you like your food cooked, how you like your shirts ironed.  That sounds good, right? But now imagine that your robots become …

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Moving quantum cryptography inside your smart phone

Quantum Key Cryptography, QKC, is already in use on physical communications infrastructures where an all optical connectivity is available, end to end. This is being used for secure links in banks data centres. The equipment needed is bulky and it relies on stable communications environment, such as the one that can …

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Beyond mom’s prompts …

I don’t know about you, but I remember my mom insisting that I wear an undershirt because that "is good for your health". My kids no longer wear the undershirt most of the time, because it is not "cool". Well, now they might have a reason to change their mind: …

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It’s just a rat brain…

When I first glanced at the figure I immediately recognised our brain, but I got it wrong: it is showing the connections of a rat brain. Still quite similar to ours, but just in terms of connections, since our brain has over 1,000 more neurones than a rat brain (100 …

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