Category Archives: Newsworthy

Redefining MEMS with 3-D Interactive Projection

At the Mobile World Congress 2017, Bosch introduced a combo of a micro-scanner and projector, capable of turning any surface into a virtual user interface. Bosch is the world’s oldest and biggest manufacturer of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and in its combo projector, it is using infrared for scanning and laser for projecting. Currently, engineers are using MEMS devices for a variety of gadgets, especially where a human-machine interface (HMI) is necessary. These include in-car heads-up Read more [...]

What is Special about the SkyX Drones?

SkyX is a drone maker from Markham, Ontario. This startup has some unique designs for industrial drones. For instance, the SkyOne drone of the company can take off and land without needing a runway. That is, its takeoff and landing is more like that of a helicopter, but in flight, the drone resembles an airplane more closely. In technical terms of the drone industry, the SkyOne has both Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) and fixed-wing elements, while flying more than 40 km on one charge. SkyOne Read more [...]

Is there a 64-bit Raspberry Pi?

Although the arrival of the Raspberry Pi 3 (RBPi3) heralded a huge speed boost for the Linux hacker board, this $35, wireless-enabled single board computer did not signal a switch over to 64-bit ARM computing. Even though the hardware, following so many other SBCs at the time, was 64 bits, the default Linux distribution from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is still 32-bit. Eventually, there will be a changeover to 64-bit ARM firmware, as the technology offers significant improvements in performance. Read more [...]

Extending IoT with the Raspberry Pi

Recently, the Raspberry Foundation has updated its embedded Compute Module with a faster ARM processor. This will help developers and businesses build new IoT devices. The new Compute Module 3 (CM3) comes with a powerful new option and embedded compute capabilities for device makers interested in the Internet of Things (IoT). Although not to be confused with the Single Board Computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), with which the CM3 also shared the latest update, is a tiny form-factor ARM-powered SBC Read more [...]

Powering the Pacemaker from Solar Energy

Those suffering from certain ailments of the heart, have to have a pacemaker installed. Surgeons place this tiny medical device in the chest or abdomen of the patient and it helps to control abnormal heart rhythms. The device generates electrical pulses and prompts the heart to beat at a normal rate. Power comes from implanted Lithium-iodide or Lithium anode cells, with Titanium as the encasing metal. The downside to this arrangement is the cells need replacement once they are discharged, and that Read more [...]

The Law, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence

We use a lot of electronic gadgets in our lives, revel in Artificial Intelligence, and welcome the presence of robots. This trend is likely to increase in the future, as we continue to allow them to make many decisions about our lives. For long, it has been a common practice using computer algorithms for assessing insurance and credit scoring among other things. Often people using these algorithms do not understand the principles involved, and depend on the computer’s decision with no questions Read more [...]

Wordery Uses the Raspberry Pi for Book-Wrangling

Among the mass of technologically advanced stuff done with the popular single board computers, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) has also been helping booksellers. At Wordery, an online bookshop, Jeff Podolski, an IT and network technician, is using the RBPi at their warehouse. Wordery has over 10 million book titles in their list, including several on RBPi. Over the last few years, they have been working on improving their productivity and customer service drive. For their sorting and distribution operation, Read more [...]

Super Efficient Diamond Batteries from Nuclear Waste

So far, we have been dumping our dangerous nuclear waste into oceans or deep inside the earth, hoping they will stay there. Now, there is a better way out. Scientists are now confident they can use nuclear waste as a source of energy to convert radioactive gas into diamonds of the artificial type, not as jewelry, but to be used as batteries. Scientists claim the diamonds can generate their own electrical current. As they are made of radioactive material with long half-life, the batteries could Read more [...]

Explosion and Damage Proof High Energy Density Batteries

We seem to spend a major part of our waking life charging batteries of our smartphones, laptops, watches, wearables, and more. Although most of our gadgets work at lightning speeds, one common frustrating weakness lingers on—the batteries. Of course, they have improved tremendously in the last fifty years, yet they have retained characteristics such as being toxic, expensive, bulky, finicky, and most maddeningly, short-lived. The quest for a super battery does not end with smartphones alone, rather Read more [...]

Volumio for the Raspberry Pi

When you search for a networked stand-alone audio player with a touch screen, most likely chances are you will only find big consumer grade amplifiers. Those with network support may not have a touch screen or else may be very expensive. Most disappointing will be those having an issue with space and mobility. The best way out of this dilemma is to build one with the famous single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi). You must start with an application that works on the RBPi. You can already Read more [...]