sensors

How A Medical Stress Sensor Evolved Into A Beautiful Wearable For All

Seven years ago, an MIT professor named Rosalind Picard developed a wristband called iCalm to help autistic kids manage stress by measuring electrodermal activity on the skin. Today, Picard and her team want to put their device in your hands. What happened in between is a fascinating story about the role of accidental discoveries in science and design.


Smartphone Camera Sensors Are About To Get Even Better

Sony just announced a new sensor for smartphones called the Exmor RS IMX230. This jumbled mess of alphabet soup is a 21-megapixel stacked CMOS imaging sensor that promises higher-quality images to your personal pocket computer. Exactly how will it make your mobile pics more professional? Well, a couple of ways.


Zurich Installed 4500 Street Sensors To Count Every Car In The City

Congestion pricing — the implementation of high tolls to keep cars out of congested downtown areas — is one of the most effective ways to reduce traffic and emissions. Zurich’s plan goes above and beyond that, using a network of sensors to track the number of cars that enter its downtown and prevent more cars from entering until congestion has subsided.


A Smart Headband That Keeps Your Kids Safe (and Forever Alone)

No one wants their young kids to fall into an unattended pool. It’s (one of) a parent’s (many) worst nightmare(s). iSwimband is designed to let you know immediately if the worst should happen. And probably also to keep your kids from making any friends.


Monster Machines: This Hyperspectral Eye In The Sky Gives Police Planes X-Ray Vision

Unless your home planet is Krypton, seeing through solid objects is a bit of a challenge. However, with these airborne infrared peepers, everyone from law enforcement to the military to energy production companies will soon be able to spot hidden dangers in real-time.


Human-Sensing Fan Only Blows Where There Be People

Nothing puts a strain on your local power grid like a hot, humid summer day. In many cities rolling blackouts are needed to cope with the strain, so it makes sense that companies would start developing smarter cooling devices. Quirky’s Aros air conditioner is leading the charge, but this smarter oscillating fan is pretty clever too.


It's Amazingly Easy To Hack Traffic Data And Cause Gridlock Chaos

Turns out you don’t need a shady lane closure on a major bridge to jam traffic. The sensor and signalling infrastructure on our streets is so vulnerable that all you need to wreak widespread havoc is a laptop.


A Microscopic Lens-Free Image Sensor Could Turn Anything Into A Camera

This tiny piece of glass may not look like much, but in fact its surface is cleverly etched to capture light, and it contains a small chip to process the incident light. Yep, it’s a tiny camera that could provide any object — however small — with the means of capturing images.


Apple Just Acquired Patents That Could Put Siri In Charge Of U.S. Homes

While we were all focused on sensors that fit on our wrists, Apple was quietly winning 38 patents for a system of sensors as big as a house.


14 Design Trends For 2014

Just as we did a year ago, I’m kicking off 2014 with a list of design trends I expect to gain ground over the next 12 months. The world of interactive design is an extreme fluid in terms of what’s determined as a staple of good design from year to year.


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