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Human gait could soon power portable electronics
In a new paper, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers describe a new energy-harvesting technology that promises to dramatically reduce our dependence on batteries and instead capture the energy of human motion to power portable electronics. (2011-08-23)

Marketing expert finds attachment to cellphones more about entertainment, less about communication
That panicked feeling we get when the family pet goes missing is the same when we misplace our mobile phone, says a Kansas State University marketing professor. Moreover, those feelings of loss and hopelessness without our digital companion are natural. (2011-06-28)

Wayne State University researcher receives NSF CAREER Award to redesign wireless networking
The World Health Organization estimated in a 2009 report that each year more than 1.2 million people die of road traffic injuries. To combat this trend, the WHO encourages stricter enforcement of more comprehensive traffic laws. At WSU, one researcher is working on another emerging idea: helping vehicles avoid collisions. He is developing a central component of active safety -- wireless networks systems. (2011-05-25)

A tracking device that fits on the head of a pin
Prof. Koby Scheuer of Tel Aviv University has developed nano-sized optical gyroscopes that can fit on the head of a pin -- and, more usefully, on an average-sized computer chip -- without compromising the device's sensitivity. These gyroscopes will have the ability to pick up smaller rotation rates, delivering higher accuracy while maintaining smaller dimensions. (2010-10-05)

World of lights in the microcosmos
Light-emitting diodes are gaining ground: They are now being used as background lighting for displays. But the manufacturing of complex LED optics is still complex and expensive. A new technology is revolutionizing production: Large-scale LED components can now be manufactured cost-effectively. (2010-06-16)

Detecting tumors faster
To diagnose cancer reliably, doctors usually conduct a biopsy including tissue analysis -- which is a time-consuming process. A microscopic image sensor, fitted in an endoscope, is being developed for in vivo cancer diagnosis, to speed up the detection of tumors. (2010-06-07)

MIT: Better way to harness waste heat
New MIT research points the way to a technology that might make it possible to harvest much of the wasted heat produced by everything from computer processor chips to car engines to electric power plants, and turn it into usable electricity. (2009-11-18)

NTU professor receives Friendship Award from China
Professor Francois Raymond Mathey, a Nanyang Professor at Nanyang Technological University's School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded the People's Republic of China's highest award for foreign experts -- the Friendship Award. This is China's most prestigious award for foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to China's economic and social progress. (2009-09-29)

MIT: New material could lead to faster chips
New research findings at MIT could lead to microchips that operate at much higher speeds than is possible with today's standard silicon chips, leading to cell phones and other communications systems that can transmit data much faster. (2009-03-23)

Sorting diamonds from toothbrushes: New guide to protecting personal information
NIST has issued a draft guide on protecting personally identifiable information such as social-security and credit-card account numbers from unauthorized use and disclosure. (2009-01-13)

Text messages could help tuberculosis drug compliance
Use of mobile phone text-messaging (or short message service/SMS as it is also known) could help tuberculosis patients in the world's most remote locations adhere to their treatment. The promising early results of this strategy are discussed in the world report in this week's edition of the Lancet, written by freelance journalist Eliza Barclay. (2009-01-01)

McGill physicists find a new state of matter in a 'transistor'
McGill University researchers have discovered a new state of matter, a quasi-three- dimensional electron crystal, in a material very much alike those used in the fabrication of modern transistors. This discovery could have momentous implications for the development of new electronic devices. Their results were published in the October issue of the journal Nature Physics. (2008-10-21)

Self-powered display technologies
Two recent patents have revealed new display technologies that not only display images but generate their own power. One of the new display screens, which incorporates a solar panel, will be suitable for cellphones, making their batteries last far longer than they do now. The other display could lead to self-powered electronic billboards. (2007-05-02)

A code to keep your fingerprints secure
It could soon become much harder for thieves to steal your digital identity. Unlike conventional biometrics that store the raw details of a fingerprint or iris scan, a new technique generates a unique code that cannot be used to reconstruct the original fingerprint or scan. An America company have created an algorithm that ensures the raw details need never be stored - making the code useless to anyone but the owner of the original body part. (2006-05-31)

MIT material puts new spin on electronics
Researchers at MIT's Francis Bitter Magnet Lab have developed a novel magnetic semiconductor that may greatly increase the computing power and flexibility of future electronic devices while dramatically reducing their power consumption. (2006-05-24)

Hello? Their phones have changed, but teenaged girls have not
Cellphones come in many shapes, colors and sizes now, but the teenaged girls who use them may not be very different than the young women who were learning how to use telephones more than 40 years ago. (2006-05-18)

New University of Toronto research a 'pore' excuse for engineering
A new study by chemists and engineers at the University of Toronto describes a nanoscale material they've created that could help satisfy society's never-ending hunger for smaller digital devices and cellphones, and could even lead to new methods for delivering medications via skin patches. (2006-03-21)

MIT researchers map city by cellphone
Researchers at MIT may not be able to hear your cellphone call, but they have found a way to see it. They mapped a city in real time by tracking tens of thousands of people traveling about carrying cellphones. Using anonymous cellphone data provided by the leading cellphone operator in Austria, A1/Mobilkom, the researchers developed the Mobile Landscapes project, creating electronic maps of cellphone use in the metropolitan area of Graz, Austria. (2005-09-14)

Carnegie Mellon researchers develop new software to detect viruses
New types of insidious programs are burrowing into a variety of embedded systems in cars and cellphones, creating all sorts of problems. Carnegie Mellon engineering researchers are combating the problem. (2005-03-10)

Researchers invent energy-saving computer chip
University of Alberta researchers have designed a computer chip that uses about 100 times less energy than current state-of-the-art digital chips. (2004-12-08)

The phone that knows you better than you do
Most cellphones can already get you up in the morning with built-in alarms and tell you what appointments you have that day from a calendar. But a new smarter cellphone is on its way that can double as a personal assistant. The phones, developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, learns about its users' lifestyle by logging when they make voice and text calls or use other phone applications. (2004-11-24)

Ear-like system could clear up cellphone conversations
Background noise that interferes with cellphone conversations could be a thing of the past thanks to a dual microphone system developed at the University of Toronto. (2004-07-21)

Speak to your credit card
A credit card that cannot be used unless it hears a password spoken in the owner's voice could help prevent fraudulent use of stolen cards. A prototype built by engineers in California is the first attempt to pack a loudspeaker, microphone, battery and voice-recognition chip onto a standard size card. (2004-04-21)

The dating game goes wireless
You're sitting in a bar when your cellphone alerts you that there's an unmissable love match in your vicinity. Is this the future of romance? The idea of wireless dating is a simple one. Would-be daters subscribe to a service which stores their personal profile. When there are enough similarities between two people, and they happen to be within metres of each other, the service tells their two cellphones to exchange crucial details and photos. (2004-03-17)

Compact fuel cells could oust batteries
Battery technology cannot keep pace with advanced smartphones. But researchers in America have found a trick that boosts the power of miniature hydrogen fuel cells by up to 50 per cent that could keep gadgets running. By shrinking the channels that deliver hydrogen fuel to the cell's heart, they found that the fuel cell's power was dramatically increased. (2004-03-03)

Would you trust a phone to spend money?
If you don't even trust yourself with money then maybe this isn't for you. A consortium of companies are to fund the development of new generation 3G cellphones that will spend money on your behalf. Programs called software agents will monitor how you use your mobile and anticipate your next moves. Researchers say the cellphone agents will be able to make travel plans for you such as booking flights and hotels - and even spend your cash. (2003-06-11)

Denim buildings are lastest in green chic
Cheap, bendy solar panels which have the appearance of denim could be draped over just about any shape of building. The Canadian inventors hope that their new material will give architects far more design flexibility than using conventional solar panels. (2003-02-13)

Fractals help UCLA researchers design antennas for new wireless devices
Antennas for the next generation of cellphones and other wireless communications devices may bear a striking resemblance to the Santa Monica Mountains or possibly the California coastline. That is because UCLA researchers are using fractals -- mathematical models of mountains, trees and coastlines -- to design them. (2002-10-21)

Terror warning over laptops
Simple modifications to the circuitry in everyday electronic gadgets could bring down an airliner. An American security expert says passengers should be barred from carrying any electronic gadgets inside aircraft, such as laptops or CD players, until planes are able to detect a modified piece of equipment. (2002-09-11)

Cellphone exposure on trains
Here's another reason to get annoyed with mobile phones and other wireless gadgets in train carriages. According to Japanese researchers, microwaves from cellphones used in trains bounce around inside the carriage, resulting in a level of electro-magnetic radiation that exceeds those levels recommended under international guidelines. (2002-05-01)

Colourful e-paper
It will soon be possible to surf the Web on colourful sheets of electronic paper. E Ink of Boston have succeeded in making e-paper work in full colour and hope eventually to make a floppy version to substitute ordinary paper. (2001-06-05)

Cellphones can monitor your health
Calls from the heart cellphone signals could tell rescue workers vital information about the health of victims trapped inside collapsed buildings. US scientists have discovered that cellphones can broadcast information about your heartbeat and breathing rate - just by dialling your phone. (2001-02-06)

Cellphones are the perfect device for eavesdropping
Cellphones with hands-free sets can be used as the perfect bugging device. With the silent and automatic answering feature of the hands-free set, all you need to do is dial in to a hidden cellphone and the microphone channel will open, letting you hear what's going on in the room. (1999-08-18)

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