Your smartphone is a remarkable feat of engineering. It's half a dozen or more gadgets packed into a single slab. Much of it's coolest feats are accomplished with a wide range of sensors — but what are they and what do they all actually do?
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Usually, the only thing I can tell from another person's breath is whether they're drunk (or the last time they have brushed their teeth). But an international team of scientists has created a system that can diagnose disease solely from the chemicals you exhale. A disease fingerprint for your breath. A breathprint of death. A deathprint.
Now I'm not a baby, but I can imagine it would be really cool if my parents just knew it was diaper changing time without me crying about it and disturbing everyone within a thirty-mile radius. A team at Ritsumeikan University in Japan gets it — they're working on a urine-powered diaper sensor that can tell when it's time for a changing.
The battle is on. Tesla is accusing Mobileye, a former supplier, of blocking the development of its own proprietary vision system used in the Autopilot driver-assistance feature.
To beat cancer, early detection is crucial. Now, a team of Japanese and American scientists has revealed extremely thin sensors that could one day be built into skin-tight, tumour-detecting gloves for doctors, who can then share digitised findings with other physicians.
Video: You don't need to know enough about it to build one yourself, but a little knowledge of how digital cameras actually work can help improve your photography game. So if you've got an extra 13 minutes at your disposal today, watch this wonderful explainer of how a camera's sensor works.
From 1968 until 1973, the US military spent about $US1 billion a year on a new computer-powered initiative intended to end the war in Vietnam. It went by many names over the years — including Practice Nine, Muscle Shoals, Illinois City and Dye Marker. But today it's most commonly known as Operation Igloo White.
Aerosense, Sony's new drone business, just released video of its drone prototype flying, and it's so cool I kind of wish I had the ability to Honey I Shrunk the Kids myself so I could fit inside it.
Sony is making drones now, partnering with an autopilot technology startup to create a drone company called Aerosense. This might seem like a strange zag into an unfamiliar business for Sony, but it dovetails with the company's mission to become a sensor powerhouse.