Stretchy New Sensors Can Be Woven into Clothes That 'Feel'

Imagine if your sweater was actually one big computer that responded to being stretched, pressed, or adjusted. That cyborg-inspired future could now be a reality thanks to a team of scientists that has used nanowires to create a new wearable, multifunctional sensor. » 1/17/14 6:40pm 1/17/14 6:40pm

Science Makes a Circuit So Thin, It Can Sit On a Contact Lens

Flexible, stretchable, bendable circuits will make futuristic wearable devices and implantable medical sensors possible. Today, a Swiss research team revealed a big new step in that field: a super-thin circuit that can function while wrapped around a human hair or laid on a contact lens. » 1/07/14 3:24pm 1/07/14 3:24pm

Scientists Just Figured Out How to Make Lightning-Fast Graphene CPUs

Graphene has the power to change computing forever by making the fastest transistors ever. In theory. We just haven't figured out how yet. Sound familiar? Fortunately, scientists have just taken a big step closer to making graphene transistors work for real. » 8/21/13 11:50am 8/21/13 11:50am

Cara Lamp is Crystal-Like LED and Silver Circuit-Board Beauty

Those little interlaced blades of ice you sometimes get on the edge of ultra-cold things in wet air: that's the image that popped into my head on seeing the Cara lamp. It's by designer Andreas Ostwald and that fragile crystal-like shape is composed of interlocked flat white circuit boards with silver tracks, sprinkled… » 10/30/08 7:18am 10/30/08 7:18am

Fragile Future Modular Lighting System Sprouts LED Dandelions From…

Make a wish, blow, see if the LED dandelion seeds sprouting from the circuit board on your wall stay or go. That seems to be the idea with Fragile Future 2, a cool modular lighting system by Dutch house Design Drift » 10/29/08 12:45pm 10/29/08 12:45pm. Each piece is approximately 8x12 inches, and they can be combined in groups of up to 50 for custom…

Autonomous DIY Fireflies Make Order From Blinking Chaos

Start a swarm of these DIY Firefly » 8/13/08 4:40pm 8/13/08 4:40pm LEDs a-blinking, and they'll create a random pattern and blink an angry red. But after a few minutes, thanks to some clever microcontroller code and a light sensor, they'll soon all be blinking in sync with a nice, calming blue color. It's a neat bit of DIY electronics that's elegant …

New Memory Resistor Circuit Could Make Instant-Boot PCs, Emulate Brain …

A fourth circuit element called memristor (the first three being resistors, capacitors and inductors) has been proposed since 1971, but HP labs has finally made a working physical model of the thing. What's so special about this type of circuit? It remembers how much charge previously flowed through it, leading to… » 4/30/08 3:16pm 4/30/08 3:16pm

Geek-Out the Kiddos Early with Snap Circuits

Want to ensure your children will never become a booze-chugging floozy-banging meathead jock? Start them out early on the path to geekdom with the Snap Circuits. Snap Circuits teaches kids all of the ins and outs of circuits without the need of a soldering iron. Some of the basic projects include radios, digital voice… » 11/06/06 10:30am 11/06/06 10:30am