Building a better battery

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Building a better battery

“Imagine revolutionizing the renewable energy market with the silica gel packets you find in shoeboxes and snack bags. The research team behind Membrion is working to do just that. Developed by chemical engineering researchers Greg Newbloom (PhD ’14) and Weyerhaeuser Endowed Associate Professor Lilo Pozzo, the Membrion technology seeks to innovate battery storage with a lower cost, improved battery membrane …

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Empowering robots for ethical behavior

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Empowering robots for ethical behavior

“Scientists at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK have developed a concept called Empowerment to help robots to protect and serve humans, while keeping themselves safe. Robots are becoming more common in our homes and workplaces and this looks set to continue. Many robots will have to interact with humans in unpredictable situations. For example, self-driving cars need to …

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Hamburg research group develops new transistor

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Hamburg research group develops new transistor

“Transistor are electrical components that are direct electronic signals and enable us to process information. Millions of them are built into every single computer chip, and they are usually made out of the semiconductor material silicon. Dr. Christian Klinke’s research group at the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the University of Hamburg recently succeeded in the production of nanoparticles …

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Home Monitoring System Based on LattePanda, ZigBee and Azure

Home Monitoring System Based on LattePanda, ZigBee and Azure

“Design your home monitoring system with LattePanda (with Windows 10 Home x64 OS), CC2530 ZigBee devices, and Microsoft Azure services. LattePanda is a powerful development board that can run a full version of Windows 10. It is equipped with an Intel Quad Core processor and has excellent connectivity, with three USB ports, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. In this …

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How to Convert Old Film Reels With a Raspberry Pi

How to Convert Old Film Reels With a Raspberry Pi

“My grandfather Leo was a self-taught electrical engineer and IEEE member who designed control systems for tire factories. He was also an avid photographer, and his eight children—and later, his grandchildren—were among his favorite subjects, right up to his death in 1974, when I was 5. Fast-forward to 2013: During a move, my uncle uncovered a trove of …

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IBM Processor Aims to Blanket Encryption Over Everything

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IBM Processor Aims to Blanket Encryption Over Everything

“IBM claims that its new processor can encrypt data on a massive scale, concealing credit card payments, travel site bookings, and government payrolls from the prying eyes of hackers. On Monday, IBM announced that the new silicon powers its latest line of mainframes, which can automatically keep entire systems encrypted at all times. The z14 chip devotes around six billion …

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IoT Red Phone

IoT Red Phone

“The phone will ring if you have an alert in your AWS Cloudwatch. If you pick up the handset, it tells you whats wrong. For this project I hacked an old rotary phone, so it will tell me if a HTTP server in my AWS account is down. To do this a Lambda function will check via Cloudwatch Events an …

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Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot

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Stanford researchers develop a new type of soft, growing robot

“Imagine rescuers searching for people in the rubble of a collapsed building. Instead of digging through the debris by hand or having dogs sniff for signs of life, they bring out a small, air-tight cylinder. They place the device at the entrance of the debris and flip a switch. From one end of the cylinder, a tendril extends into the …

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Using OV7670 Camera Module With Arduino

Using OV7670 Camera Module With Arduino

“This is an Arduino camera module, using the Surveillance camera’s digital image processing chip-OV0706. The OV7670 image sensor is a small size, low voltage, single-chip VGA camera and CMOS image processor for all functions. It provides full-frame, sub-sampled or windowed 8-bit images in various formats, controlled through the Serial Camera Control Bus (SCCB) interface. The camera module is …

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