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[27 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
The EyeWriter: Art with no Hands

Technology.am (Aug. 27, 2009) — A group of graffiti artists from The Graffiti Research Lab, Open Frameworks and The Ebeling Group have come together and designed device to enable people who are paralyzed, to write and draw or create artwork moving only by their eyes.
The EyeWriter is “a low-cost eye-tracking device and custom software that allows graffiti writers and artists with paralysis resulting from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to draw using only their eyes.
“The EyeWriter project is on ongoing collaborative research effort to empower people, who …

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[27 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
New Hybrid Database System, from Terabytes to Petabytes

Technology.am (Aug. 27, 2009) — Computer scientists at Yale University have developed a new database system to create an open source hybrid system called HadoopDB.
Traditional approaches to manage data such as the parallel database management systems (DBMS), which are working with structured data, for instance, tables with trillions of rows of data and MapReduce, the software framework used by Google to search data contained on the Web, which gives the user more control over how the data is retrieved.
“In essence, HadoopDB is a hybrid of MapReduce and …

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[25 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Zyrus launched Sun Drive USB Solar Charger

Technology.am (Aug. 25, 2009) — Korea Company Zyrus has launched a USB solar charger called Sun Drive for mobile phones, MP3players and digital cameras in the Korea market.
This solar charger is very useful for people who are perpetually on the go and it is also useful in hot countries like Africa where there is constant sun shines through out the year.
It is 64x 25.8mm thick and offers up to 100 minutes of continuous talk time and 25 to 35 hours of standby time with one charge. …

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[25 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
TSMC Achieves 28nm SRAM Yield Breakthrough

Technology.am (Aug. 25, 2009) — TSMC has been working to develop high-k metal gate technologies for low power applications. TSMC added a low power process to its 28nm high-k metal gate (HKMG) road map. Now TSMC has become the first foundry not only to achieve 28nm functional 64Mb SRAM yield, but also to achieve it across all three 28nm nodes.
The 28nm HPL process is considered suitable as a SoC platform for general market applications. It is differentiated from the 28LP technology, which is positioned for cellular and handheld applications where …

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[22 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
Unusual Wireless Charging for iPods and Phones

Technology.am (Aug. 22, 2009) — Case-Mate, the Georgia-based manufacturer of quality cases, is going to release the first cellphone case, which will allow users to charge their iPods and phones by dropping them onto small mats or into their car cupholders.
The case is made from leather, polycarbonate, rubber and silicon and the cell phone is equipped with a chip on its back.
Case-Mate Chief Executive Shashi Reddy says the approach as “power snacking.” “People don’t have time to plug their phone in for four to eight hours.” …

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[19 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
The First Practical ‘Electronic Tongue’ Sensor

Technology.am (Aug. 19, 2009) — Researchers announced “the first practical ‘electronic tongue’ sensor” that identifies sources of sweetness and then changes colors depending on the type and quantity of sweeteners present.
Researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed a sensor about the size of a business card that can simply be dipped into food samples, where it converts their chemical properties into a visual image.
This new electronic tongue sensor could monitor blood glucose levels, or even identify toxic substances in foods or the environment at large, …

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[18 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
White Fi, Long-Range Wireless Internet Using White Spaces

Technology.am (Aug. 18, 2009) — Wireless Internet has become a strict necessity in the world. Current Wi-Fi technology is hitting its limits and is only suited for short-to-medium ranges with relatively small amounts of bandwidth.
Researchers are trying to open up of “white spaces,” unused parts of the spectrum between assigned frequencies, especially in the lower frequencies used until now by analog TV broadcasts.
Regular Wi-Fi operates at 2.4 GHz and has a small number of channels with only three that don’t overlap (four in Europe).
The high frequency allows for more channels …

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[18 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
NASA Launches a new technology, Inflatable Heat Shield for future spacecraft

Technology.am (Aug. 17, 2009) — A successful NASA flight test has shown that a spacecraft returning to Earth can use an inflatable heat shield to slow and protect itself as it enters the atmosphere at hypersonic speeds. This was the first time anyone has successfully flown an inflatable reentry capsule.
This test could make it possible to land larger payloads on Mars. A vacuum-packed inflatable shroud could enable future spacecraft reentry on both Earth and Mars.
The Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE) was vacuum-packed into a 15-inch diameter …

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[17 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
New Spaser-Based Nanolaser for Future Optical Technologies

Technology.am (Aug. 17, 2009) — Researchers have created the tiniest laser nearly 50 years ago. Now Researchers at Purdue, Norfolk State University and Cornell University have developed the new device, called a “spaser,” which is the first of its kind to emit visible light with a wavelength of 525 nanometers.
Spaser stands for Surface Plasmon Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
The phenomenon represents a critical component for possible future technologies based on “nanophotonic” circuitry. Such circuits will require a laser-light source, but current lasers can’t be made small enough …