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Sep 1, 2023

Microsoft wants to put a bag with an AI-powered digital assistant on your back

Posted by in categories: electronics, wearables

Microsoft will drop support for the Cortana app in Windows before the end of this year, but it may be working on a new digital assistant for wearables. The company has filed a patent application for an AI-powered smart backpack.

The proposed backpack would have a camera, microphone and other sensors to collect visual and audio data from the surroundings. It could then use this contextual data to complete voice commands given by the user.

According to the patent filing, the backpack could provide navigation assistance, add calendar events, compare prices while shopping, and more. It would access the user’s data to help provide relevant information.

Aug 31, 2023

A reliable sensor that can screen for water contamination

Posted by in category: electronics

Sensors can detect bacteria and viruses, toxins, or other contaminants.

Aug 31, 2023

Dolby Introduces Atmos FlexConnect for an Immersive TV Tech: Here’s What to Expect

Posted by in category: electronics

Here’s everything you need to know about the Dolby Atmos FlexConnect.

Aug 28, 2023

Samsung teases a jaw-dropping 256TB SSD

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics

Samsung is the world’s biggest memory chip maker, and the company consistently keeps pushing the boundaries of technology to bring cutting-edge memory products. This time, however, the tech giant has outdone itself by developing a 256TB SSD. Yes, you’ve read it correctly. This is the first 256TB SSD in the industry, and Samsung has teased the latest product at Flash Memory Summit (FMS) 2023 in California, USA.

Samsung announces the world’s first 256TB SSD

As you might imagine, Samsung is aiming this 256TB SSD primarily at hyper-scale data centers. According to Samsung, it uses the 3D QLC NAND technology and consumes approximately seven times less power than stacking eight 32TB SSDs. The tech giant hasn’t revealed any other details about this flash drive. However, considering that it is made for data centers, it most likely has an ESDFF or NGSFF form factor.

Aug 17, 2023

Video shows falling tree striking power line ahead of Maui wildfires

Posted by in categories: climatology, electronics

The Maui fire. What happened. Many are pointing fingers at Hawian electric with many videos of downed powerlines. There is video taken at the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Makawao appears to show a power pole faulting just before 11 p.m. If Hawai electric turned of power when the winds were very strong there might have been a different scenario. Hundreds of kilometers to the south, Hurricane Dora was moving across the Pacific. On Maui, the wind blew, stronger than is usual for hurricanes on the island. The power then fails. Maui’s first reported wildfire last week may have been caused by damaged power lines, according to newly released research conducted by a power monitoring company. Bob… More.

Videos showing downed power lines apparently sparking some of the early blazes in Maui have become key evidence in search for cause.

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Aug 17, 2023

Embedded nano spin sensor for in situ probing of gas adsorption inside porous organic frameworks

Posted by in categories: electronics, quantum physics

Spin-based sensors have attracted attention due to their high sensitivities. Here authors present a fullerene-based nano spin sensor for in-situ sensing of gas adsorption in porous organic frameworks, demonstrating the potential applications of molecular spin systems in quantum sensing.

Aug 17, 2023

Researchers integrate thin-film pinned photodiode into superior short-wave-infrared imaging sensors

Posted by in categories: electronics, innovation

Imec, a research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, has presented the successful integration of a pinned photodiode structure in thin-film image sensors.

The report, published in the August 2023 edition of Nature Electronics, is titled “Thin-film image sensors with a pinned photodiode structure.” Initial results were presented at the 2023 edition of the International Image Sensors Workshop.

With the addition of a pinned-photogate and a transfer gate, the superior absorption qualities of thin-film imagers—beyond one µm wavelength—can finally be exploited, unlocking the potential of sensing light beyond the visible in a cost-efficient way.

Aug 7, 2023

New Role Uncovered for the Signaling Protein STING

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, electronics

STING (short for stimulator of interferon genes) is considered one of the major factors that triggers the immune response in the context of infection, autoimmunity, and cancer. The signaling protein turns on genes involved in cell defense. Now, a team of MIT and Harvard Medical School researchers has discovered that STING can also act as an ion channel that allows protons to leak out of an organelle known as the Golgi body. This makes it the first human immune sensor that can translate danger signals into ion flow.

The findings are published in the journal Science in an article titled, “Human STING is a proton channel.”

“Proton leakage from organelles is a common signal for noncanonical light chain 3B (LC3B) lipidation and inflammasome activation, processes induced upon stimulator of interferon genes (STING) activation,” wrote the researchers. “On the basis of structural analysis, we hypothesized that human STING is a proton channel. Indeed, we found that STING activation induced a pH increase in the Golgi and that STING reconstituted in liposomes enabled transmembrane proton transport.”

Aug 5, 2023

Single drop of ethanol to revolutionize nanosensor manufacture

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials

Macquarie University engineers have developed a new technique to make the manufacture of nanosensors far less carbon-intensive, much cheaper, more efficient, and more versatile, substantially improving a key process in this trillion-dollar global industry.

The team has found a way to treat each sensor using a single drop of instead of the conventional process that involves heating materials to high temperatures.

Their research, published in Advanced Functional Materials, is titled, ‘Capillary-driven self-assembled microclusters for highly performing UV detectors.’

Aug 4, 2023

Elon Musk Says Mark Zuckerberg’s Threads ‘Committed The Cardinal Sin’ Of Boring People To Death

Posted by in categories: electronics, Elon Musk

As Meta Platforms Inc.’s META latest social media platform, Threads’ daily active user count continues to drop, Elon Musk has accused Mark Zuckerberg’s forum of committing a “cardinal sin.”

What Happened: Meta’s Threads entered the social media arena with much fanfare, quickly attracting over 100 million sign-ups in just five days.

However, the initial hype didn’t translate into long-term user retention, as the daily active user count witnessed a staggering 82% decline since its peak at 44 million users on launch day, reported CNN, citing data from Sensor Tower.

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