Fruit-Powered Chip Promo Vid Shows Why Geeks Don't do PR

Being of a scientific persuasion myself, I couldn't help but chortle at this promotional video for the TI MSP430 Ultra Low Power microcontroller unit. Sure, the neat little device sucks really low current and is used in a wide range of gizmos like smoke detectors and the recent amazing Audeo voiceless translator. We… » 5/21/08 7:40am 5/21/08 7:40am

Electronic Hogu Measures Just How Hard Your Foe Can Beat You Up

The final project of a team from Cornell University, this electronic hogu, modelled above by a lantern-jawed mannequin called Bob, uses piezoelectric sensors and a microcontroller to measure the kicks and punches between contestants in a Tae Kwan Do bout. Piezoelectric sensors and a microcontroller are implanted in… » 5/12/08 7:15am 5/12/08 7:15am