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Automated High-Speed Wire Inspector Takes 40,000 Photos Every Second

Wires, pipes and metal rails are produced at incredibly high speeds in factories. Often as fast as 10m per second, which makes doing detailed inspections as the materials are produced almost impossible. But researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Physical Measurement Techniques IPM in Freiburg, Germany, have found a way using high-speed cameras and LED flashes brighter than the sun.


Insulating Foam Made From Wood Makes Your Log Cabin Warm And Authentic

Not only is styrofoam great for all your packing needs, it also makes for an incredibly effective and lightweight insulator. It’s just too bad the chemicals and processes needed to make it aren’t as earth-friendly as they could be. So researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have successfully created an alternative made from our most popular renewable resource: wood.


Giant CT Scanners Reveal All The Gory Details Of A Mangled Car Wreck

CT, or computed tomography, scans are to X-rays what 3D movies are to classic 2D flicks. But instead of being just some gimmick to lure patrons into a theatre, CT scans result in 3D models that let doctors study internal medical conditions in amazing detail. But why stop there? Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have now built a monstrous CT scanner that can scan entire cars and even shipping containers.


This Camera Array Lets You Tweak The Shot Angle In Post-Production

In the same way the Lytro camera allows photographers to tweak the focus of their shots in post-production, this multi-camera array, developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer institute, allows directors to adjust the depth of field, the aperture, and even the camera angle of a given shot after it’s been captured. The phrase ‘fix it in post’ now has a whole new dimension.


This Multi-Camera Rig Lets Sports Fans Watch Any Angle They Want

There’s usually a talented director calling the shots at televised live events like sports or a concert, but researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute want to put some of the control in the hands of the viewer at home. They’ve developed the OmniCam360, an ultra-compact 360 degree camera weighing in at just over 30 pounds that can be easily set up by a single operator.


Self-Powered Wireless Window Sensors Provide Foolproof Security

Window sensors have long been a part of security systems, but since they all rely on wires so they can be constantly monitored, there’s the potential for them to be compromised. That’s not the case with these new wireless sensors that are invisible when installed, and don’t even require an outside power source.


Sad Diabetics Rejoice: Tiny Chip Measures Blood Sugar Levels Through Your Tears

It’s not the first technique for measuring blood sugar levels that avoids the finger prick blood sample route, but this tiny unobtrusive chip could be the least invasive yet. It’s able to make incredibly accurate blood glucose readings from a diabetic’s tears or sweat, and then wirelessly transmit the results for easy monitoring.


Animated Sky Ceiling Lights Make Your Cubicle Slightly Less Depressing

If you’re low on the corporate ladder at work, you’re probably stuck under a bank of fluorescent lights without a window in sight. But with Fraunhofer’s new LED enhanced ceilings, a beautiful sky view doesn’t require a corner office.


This Microscope Can Detect Skin Cancer

Based on innovations from the last year, everything in the future will detect cancer. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. The latest to promise this ability is a microscope developed by the ever-innovative Fraunhofer Institute, capable of imaging a suspcious area of skin for melanomas.


Fluid, High-Quality HD Video Calls For Everyone

This is the new invention by the Fraunhofer-Institut fur Integrierte Schaltungen – those guys who created the MP3 music compression algorithm: an inexpensive technology for fluid HD video conferencing with almost no delay. Previously, this required very expensive dedicated hardware.