Category Archives: Newsworthy

How Do Wind Turbines Work?

Wind turbines generate electricity from moving winds. You can see them in large numbers on wind farms both onshore and offshore. The blowing wind turns their blades, and rotates the shaft on which the blades are mounted. The shaft in turn, operates an electric generator and the resulting electric output is sometimes stored in a battery. A swarm of wind turbines can generate a substantial amount of energy. Wind turbines are often called a renewable source of energy, as they generate power from natural Read more [...]

Treat Yourself to a Raspberry Pi Zero W

The launch of the Raspberry Pi Zero W (RBPiZW) by the Raspberry Pi Foundation recently has added two features many fans of the RBPi have been requesting for a long time. The two features, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, added to the wonderful RBPi Zero have improved the functionality of the tiny single board computer. After all, the RBPiZW is only a variant of the RBPi Zero, and therefore, does not merit a full length, in depth review. However, we will focus on the new features the RBPiZW brings Read more [...]

Sensing Movement in Three Axes

All modern vehicles must sense the position and movement of automotive control functions such as turn signal indicators and gear selectors. However, engineers face challenges here with conventional sensor technologies as the requirement is for sensing movement in the three axes simultaneously. The challenge lies in the physical size of the device, its reliability, power consumption, and its cost. However, 3-D magnetic sensing technology, recently introduced, could be helping engineers to address Read more [...]

An Autonomous Robot Called Bat Bot or B2

Although detested and at the same time revered by people all over the world, bats are undoubtedly remarkable creatures when it comes to their ability to fly. While birds do perform the most nimble aerobatics, and most fishes swim superbly in water, bats possess the most refined powered flight mechanism, unmatched in the animal kingdom. Now a team of scientists has studied the way bats fly, and have built the first robot to mimic their flight mechanism. They have named the robot Bat Bot, or B2. The Read more [...]

Non-Toxic Batteries for Humans and Fish

Lithium-ion batteries are very popular nowadays, as everyone has one in their cell phones. Although people use batteries of a large variety of technologies and form factors, everyone wants one with high energy density, low weight and volume, superior charge/discharge characteristics, and low cost. The Lithium-ion chemistry is popular, as it tends to meet most of the above desirable characteristics, even though it has several variations. However, some applications need batteries with unusual construction, Read more [...]

Seaweed For Making Superconductors and Supercapacitors

Seaweed, a kind of algae, and a part of cuisines in many parts of the world could be worked to supply power to electronics and other devices. Researchers have developed a material from seaweed to produce better superconductors, batteries, and fuel cells. The research has been presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on April 5, 2017. Dongjiang Yang, PhD, a team member explains that carbon rich materials offer the most efficient energy storage solutions. Since the team Read more [...]

How Vulnerable is your Raspberry Pi

The IoT revolution has brought with it many Internet-connected computing devices, including several Single Board Computers, such as the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), going beyond the traditional mobile devices, laptops, desktops, and servers. It is common to see on the network devices such as Internet radio, refrigerators, thermostats, DVRs, and TVs, apart from SBCs such as the RBPi. As projects rush towards completion, Internet security is ignored, resulting in severe consequences—this is applicable Read more [...]

How Does An All Solid State Battery Work?

At the University of Texas at Austin, a 94-year old professor of engineering and his team continues to work on their invention—batteries. John Goodenough, one of the inventors of the most commonly used batteries — the lithium-ion battery. At present, Goodenough is working on an all solid state battery, a low-cost cell that offers a long life cycle, fast discharging and charging rates, and high energy density. According to Professor Goodenough, one of the reasons for battery-driven cars not Read more [...]

Is Chirp Microsystems Usurping UI?

User Interface (UI) is on the verge of a major shakeup as it was evident at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year. Leaving behind other UI interfaces such as motion, touch, and voice, touch-less is now looming large and lucrative as the new UI of choice for consumer devices. Touch-less means you can operate your device simply by waving your hands near it, without actually touching it. The CEO of Chirp Microsystems, Michelle Kiang is of the opinion that the UI revolution has been bringing on Read more [...]

Moving 3-D Sensing Into Smartphones and Vehicles

Chirp Microsystems, a new startup from Berkeley, California, has developed a new Time of Flight (ToF) ultrasonic sensing platform for use in wearables and Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) systems. They have selected some big customers to whom they have made available their development platform. At present, the high-end VR/AR systems are typically confined to a prescribed space, or tethered to a base station. The limit comes from the requirements of additional equipment in the space for creating Read more [...]