Monday, October 28, 2013
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Imagine dropping your phone and seeing it bounce rather than break. Research at RMIT University is bringing that day closer.
The research is advancing transparent bendable electronics for use in science fiction-like gadgets - unbreakable rubber-like phones, rollable tablets and even functional clothing.
Researchers from RMIT's Functional Materials and Microsystems research group have developed a new method to transfer electronics with versatile functionality, which are usually made on rigid silicon, onto a flexible surface.
The result of their work was recently published in Nature Publishing Group's Asia Materials, the leading materials science journal for the Asia-Pacific.
The ability of micro and nano-electronic devices to sense, insulate or generate energy is controlled by thin, transparent nanolayers of oxide materials, often much thinner than 1/100th of a human hair.
These oxide materials are brittle and their high processing temperatures - often in excess of 300 degrees celsius - have until now prevented their incorporation in flexible electronic devices.
Lead author, PhD researcher Philipp Gutruf, said the new process developed at RMIT could unleash the potential of fully functional flexible electronics, while providing a new way for the materials to mesh together.
"We have discovered a micro-tectonic effect, where microscale plates of oxide materials slide over each other, like geological plates, to relieve stress and retain electrical conductivity," he said.
"The novel method we have developed overcomes the challenges of incorporating oxide materials in bendable electronic devices, paving the way for bendable consumer electronics and other exciting applications."
Supervisor and co-leader of the research group, Dr Madhu Bhaskaran, said the new approach used two popular materials - transparent conductive indium tin oxide and rubber-like silicone, which is also biocompatible.
"The ability to combine any functional oxide with this biocompatible material creates the potential for biomedical devices to monitor or stimulate nerve cells and organs," she said.
"This is in addition to the immediate potential for consumer electronics applications in flexible displays, solar cells, and energy harvesters."
Mr Gutruf is supported by an Australian Government Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship.
The research was supported by Australian Post-Doctoral Fellowships from the Australian Research Council to Dr Bhaskaran and Dr Sharath Sriram, co-leader of the research group.
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Unu, The Tablet That Becomes an Android Games Console is Launching November for $200 | Androidheadlines.com
While the OUYA is trying to be nothing more than an Android console,
the UNU is a system of devices that come together to offer a little
bit of everything. At the heart of it all is a 7-inch Android tablet.
This tablet can then (...)
The tablet features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, a quad-core CPU, 1GB
of RAM, 8GB of storage, HDMI output, 2 USB ports and support for up to
64GB of expandable storage via microSD cards. That should be more than
enough to handle most Android games but, the UNU is (...)
Avegant unveiled a prototype virtual retinal display (VRD) delivers insanely sharp definition and a realistic image even with low-resolution sources by projecting directly into each eye
"Note that this also puts the field of view of the virtual image entering the eye somewhere between a 24.3° diameter circle and a 24.3° by 43.2° rounded rectangle."
It projects images that appear as 80-inch panels viewed from eight feet away similar to a Vuzix's Wrap glasses, MyVu, Sony's HMZ-T1 and not the Oculus Rift which had head tracking and a wider field of view.
Rather than relying on a set of high-resolution LCD displays placed close to your eyes it actually projects images directly onto your retinas from a micromirror array, which gives it a number of advantages over LCD-based headsets.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Real-time ASCII representation of your webcam video stream
ASCII Camera uses the HTML5 getUserMedia API to transform a video stream from your webcam into a real-time ASCII representation.
- Chrome ≥ 21
- Firefox ≥ 17 (requires media.navigator.enabled = true in about:config)
- Opera ≥ 12
- Camera input is done using the camera.js library.
- ASCII transformation is adapted from jsascii library by Jacob Seidelin.
- Andrei Gheorghe
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Three-dimensional TV is expected to be the next revolution in the history of television. We propose a 3D TV system that allows for real-time acquisition, transmission, and 3D display of dynamic scenes. http://people.csail.mit.edu/wojciech
3D TV: A Scalable System for Real-Time Acquisition, Transmission, and Autostereoscopic Display of Dynamic Scenes
Monday, October 07, 2013
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Friday, October 04, 2013
Chromecast is a digital media streaming adapter developed by Google. The device plays audio/video content on a high-definition television by streaming it via Wi-Fi from the Internet or local network. Users select the media to play on their television from the Google Chrome web browser on a personal computer or from a supported app on their mobile device.
Tomorrow first thing is the morning is a talk at Code Camp by Kevin Nilson