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Caltech researchers develop 3D scanning camera chip for mobile

Doing things in 3D (three dimensions) is still a “thing” these days, decades after it officially became a trend. These days, 3D printing and viewing 3D images and videos are still luxury devices and features in devices, and so technology adds one more. Scanning objects in 3D usually requires multiple cameras to record multiple planes and aspects to an object. This new Caltech invention may just have the potential to make life easier for us – a single 3D scanning camera chip.

Project Ara gets a radiation sensor

We have talked several times about the Project Ara smartphone that has modules that can be added and removed from the device itself to give the phone new capabilities as needed. A Russian company called Intersoft has presented its first modules at the second Ara developers conference.

Modified NFC tag can now detect gases wirelessly

Your smartphone will soon be able to detect gases and pollutants, thanks to a simple sensor recently developed by chemists in MIT. The sensor known as CARD can be used in many different ways. For example, the sensor can be installed in a special device that could detect food spoilage in warehouses and monitor public establishments. Other gases that can be detected by the sensor include cyclohexanone, hydrogen peroxide, and gaseous ammonia among others.

Notion home intelligence system makes home alarms smarter

Home alarm systems have been around for a very long time. They are typically able to alert owners and law enforcement officers when something is going wrong in the home such as glass breakage or door opening. Notion is a new home intelligence system that makes home alarms much smarter.

Researchers reveal gyroscopes can be used to spy on you

It is almost difficult to believe that a seemingly innocuous part of your smartphone would be a huge security hole, but then again that is how miscreants usually gain unauthorized access to otherwise secure systems. Standford researchers are once again proving how a device's motion sensors, this time the gyroscope, can be used to compromise your security and spy on you, without you knowing the better.

Notific helps manage notifications while your phone’s still locked

The more apps you install and use, the more your notifications can get messier and at times, more annoying. Yes, we know you can disable notifications per app, but for the ones that you really can’t let go, you need something to make it more manageable for you while you’re working and doing other activities. The Notific lockscreen notification app will attempt to do that for Android smartphone users.

Benches in Massachusetts to charge gadgets through solar power

It’s a beautiful day outside and you want to just sit on a bench, marvel at nature and post on social media how wonderful it is to be not inside the four corners of your office or school. But alas, your mobile phone doesn’t have enough juice anymore to take a picture and post it on Instagram (#smartphonebatteryproblems). A project from Changing Environments, a company associated with the MIT Media Lab will help you avoid that kind of situation by building solar-powered benches that can charge your gadgets.
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