SENSORS

  • This camera produces pictures, generates power from pixels April 18, 2015

    New York: Scientists at Columbia University in New York have successfully built a camera that is capable of producing images using power harvested from the surrounding incident light. The prototype self-powering camera takes an image each second, and in a well-lit scene it can operate indefinitely. The team is led by...
  • HTC One M9+: HTC launches new flagship phone at Rs 52,500 in India; features a 5.2-inch 2K display, fingerprint scanner April 14, 2015

    New Delhi: HTC has announced the launch of two new smartphones - the HTC One M9+ and the HTC E9+ - in India. The HTC One M9+ is priced at Rs 52,500 and will be available in India starting May. The company, however, has not yet revealed the pricing and...
  • Now, control your smartphone by stroking your hair April 13, 2015

    London: A new technology invented in Brazil allows people to control their smartphones by activating sensors hidden in their hair. The technology called Hairware, invented by Katia Vega of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, uses a hair-wearable switch that can discreetly activate apps by touching it a...
  • New camera technology in next iPhone could help you capture even richer colours March 26, 2015

    New Delhi: Apple has been granted a patent for a new camera technology that will use light-splitting cube to provide improved image quality. This new technology could potentially be incorporated in Apple's next iPhone. The patent states that the new camera will feature three separate imaging sensors and each of them...
  • Getting a driving license in Gujarat is going to be more difficult from now March 24, 2015

    Transport Minister Vijay Rupani today said that procuring a driving licence in the state is set to become more difficult as there is a proposal to introduce a sensor-based automated driving test in all the major cities and RTOs. "Getting a driving licence is set to become more difficult in...
  • Skin stickers that let you control your smartphone, music player from anywhere on the body March 8, 2015

    London: Scientists have developed touch-sensitive stickers that can be worn on the skin and can control mobile devices like phones and music players. Depending on the type of skin sticker used, applying pressure to the sticker could, for example, answer an incoming call or adjust the volume of a music player. The...
  • Sensors to test driving skills under new licensing procedure September 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre is reportedly planning to overhaul the procedure of giving driving licenses. According to sources, the Centre is planning to introduce sensors to test driving skills. There will be no human intervention. The sources say that the use of sensors will ensure that one Regional Transport Office (RTO)...
  • Passcodes are outdated. A closer look at the alternatives to secure your phone August 5, 2014

    New York: Passcodes are outdated. They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easytoguess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps...
  • SCiO: A tiny scanner that can check the nutritional value of the food you are about to eat May 15, 2014

    London: What if you can get the nutritional value of an apple or a watermelon by just scanning it with a handheld device? Move over Google to search for your medication. A handheld scanner about the size of a flash drive can determine the molecular makeup of objects like...
  • New shirt lets football fans feel what players on the field do March 13, 2014

    A new shirt can allow football fans to feel some of the physical sensations - such as despair, exhaustion and adrenalin rush - that their favourite players on the field are experiencing. Australian telecommunications company, Foxtel, claims to have created the shirt which...
  • Why fingerpring security on smartphones still has a long way to go February 26, 2014

    Barcelona: Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal. The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their...
  • How the heart-rate sensor in the the Samsung Galaxy S5 works February 25, 2014

    Samsung Galaxy S5 is claimed to be the first smartphone with a built-in Heart Rate Sensor which enables users to measure their heart rate directly on their phone. Users can now check their heart rate at any time of the day and manage their condition accordingly.To measure their heart rate,...
  • Sony in talks to supply front, rear camera sensors for 'iPhone 6': Report February 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Sony Corp is in talks with Apple Inc to double its supply of camera components for a new iPhone slated to roll out as early as next year, the Nikkei reported. Sony supplies nearly all of the CMOS (complementary metaloxide semiconductor) sensors for the current iPhone 5S's rearmounted main cameras. Apple...
  • 2013: 5 tech surprises of the year December 17, 2013

    New Delhi: Quite like other years, the year 2013 also witnessed the launch of many new devices including smartphones (with large screens and improved specifications), slimmer tablets, smartwatches, hybrid devices and premium video game consoles, but unlike many recent years, 2013 was a year when many groundbreaking mobile devices took...
  • Smartphones with fingerprint sensor to be mainstream in 2014: Report December 11, 2013

    Stockholm: Biometric smartphones are expected to become mainstream next year as leading handset makers follow the lead of Apple into fingerprint recognition technology, an Ericsson report on consumer trends showed on Wednesday. In September, Apple launched its iPhone 5S which was the first smartphone with a sensor to recognise fingerprints, improving...
  • Samsung expected to launch phone with fingerprint sensor in 2014 December 5, 2013

    Stockholm: Fingerprint Cards is aiming to sell its identity technology to most of the world's biggest smartphone makers, which are likely to follow Apple in offering touch recognition for mobiles from next year. Apple's September launch of the iPhone 5S was the first smartphone with a fingerprint identity touch sensor, provided...
  • Indian sensor to sniff out methane in Mars orbit November 4, 2013

    India's tryst with Mars could lead to finding methane on the Red Planet for the first time by a sensor onboard the spacecraft being launched on Tuesday from Sriharikota spaceport, 80 km northeast of Chennai. Of the five scientific instruments, the 1.3tonne Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) will carry to the Red...
  • Little girl exposes security flaw in iPhone 5s' fingerprint scanner September 12, 2013

    New Delhi: A security flaw - that might now seem obvious - in Apple's much touted Touch ID fingerprint sensor in Apple's just-announced iPhone 5s was brought to light via an image posted on Reddit by a user iZeeHunter. The image shows his little niece, with an impish laugh on...
  • Technology to catch suspect bowling action August 27, 2012

    Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has entered the second phase of an agreement with a consortium of high profile Australian cricket, sports science and sports engineering institutions to develop a wearable technology to assess the legality of bowling actions in match and training conditions. ICC is now working with experts...
  • New sensorbased search engine to be developed June 12, 2012

    London: A new project to develop a search engine which will draw its results from sensors located in the physical world is being undertaken by computer scientists at the University of Glasgow. As the internet continues to expand, public access to netconnected sensors such as cameras and microphone arrays is...
  • iPhone app tells you when to water your plants May 21, 2012

    London: Now your garden plants need not die of neglect, thanks to an iPhone application that tells you when they need watering. The Koubachi Wifi plant sensor and application costs a steep 99 pounds. It requires a sensor which sits with the plant, monitoring it and checking its vital signs against...
  • Star sensor fails, Chandrayaan 1 in trouble July 17, 2009

    Bangalore: Less than a year after its high profile launch, India's ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan I has developed a serious snag. The failure of the lunar craft's altitude sensor has forced ISRO to push its orbit from 100 kilometers to 200 kilometers from the moon's surface. The change in orbit...
  • Chandrayaan develops snag July 17, 2009

    New Delhi: The survey spacecraft of India's mission to the moon, Chandaryaan 1 has developed a navigational problem. Chandrayaan's star sensor has failed, creating doubts on whether it will continue to work for the next two years. The spacecraft which entered the lunar orbit last November can no longer...
  • Speed monitors switched on Air France jets June 17, 2009

    Paris: Air France has finished replacing air speed monitors on all its longhaul Airbus aircraft even though the cause of the Flight 447 disaster remains a mystery, a pilots' union official said on Monday. The search for the A330's black boxes was reinforced on Monday with a hightech US Navy device...
  • MCD sensors to track illegal rickshaws February 8, 2007

    New Delhi: Last year, the Delhi High Court had banned the plying of rickshaws in the Chandni Chowk area near the Red Fort. The HC had asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to decongest the area. The HC had also asked for a plan on the scientific management...
  • Headbanging snakes to predict quakes December 28, 2006

    Beijing: China has come up with an earthquake prediction system which relies on the behaviour of snakes, state media said on Thursday, two days after two quakes struck off neighbouring Taiwan. The earthquake bureau in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi autonomous region in southern China, had developed its system using a...