Printed circuits turn paper into a self-powered keyboard

"...simple paper sheets from a notebook can be transformed into music player interfaces for users to choose songs, play them, and change their volume."

Chris Adam-Purdue • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: sensors science-and-technology paper

Device speeds up tests for lead in water

The cheap device could also allow people to easily and swiftly test their water supplies for lead contamination, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: pollution water lead sensors health-and-medicine

Hearing gives robot perception a big boost

Today's robots primarily get by with vision and touch. Giving them another sense, hearing, improves robot perception, researchers find.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Aug. 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots hearing sensors science-and-technology perception

Artificial brain gives robot the smarts for complex tasks

Researchers gave a new robot a "brain", human-like "skin," and vision sensors. The result? A much smarter robot.

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence robots brains touch sensors biomimicry science-and-technology

Bioelectric device on your skin could start with a pencil

One day, people could monitor their own health conditions by simply picking up a pencil and drawing a bioelectronic device on their skin.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: skin sensors science-and-technology health-and-medicine wearable-devices tattoos graphite

Wildly thin histamine sensors spot fish gone foul

"This histamine sensor is not only for fish. Bacteria in food produce histamine. So it can be a good indicator of the shelf life of food."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: graphene food fish sensors health-and-medicine

Swaying trees could power new forest fire alarm

"The self-powered sensing system could continuously monitor the fire and environmental conditions without requiring maintenance after deployment."

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity trees fires forests sensors earth-and-environment

Watch an acrobatic drone pull off great stunts

A new drone can pull off acrobatic maneuvers like barrel rolls or loops. More than just looking cool, it could be a step to autonomous flying robots.

U. Zurich • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots sensors drones algorithms featured science-and-technology flight

Sloth robot is a very cute way to boost conservation

Inspired by the slow and steady sloth, SlothBot hangs on a wire between trees to monitor the environment below and enhance conservation efforts.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity robots sensors endangered-species biomimicry featured earth-and-environment sloth

Smart concrete could let roads repair themselves

A new kind of concrete could let roads and bridges "heal" after cracking. That could cut down the costs and frequency of road repairs.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence materials-science infrastructure cars sensors roads science-and-technology

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