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Why Is A Cheap Color Sensor Such A Big Deal?

We expect our devices to know what's going on. Automatic doors, smartphones, temperature control systems and beyond all perform actions when they detect certain conditions. And it seems like it would just be convenient to put cameras on everything so devices could have eyes on all different situations. It would also… » 9/01/13 6:12pm 9/01/13 6:12pm

Toshiba's Tablet Camera Sensor May Be Small But Shoots Video at 1080p

Toshiba's created an 8MP camera sensor for tablets and phones that they say has the smallest pixel size of all sensors, at 1.12 micrometers. Capable of shooting video in full 1080p at 30fps or 720p at 60fps, samples will be sent to manufacturers this month, so expect them in gadgets in the coming year. [Toshiba via … » 7/08/11 2:00pm 7/08/11 2:00pm

Test Yourself for Acute Pancreatitis with Foil and Jell-O

Testing for acute pancreatitis can take a while, which can be problematic. Brian Zaccheo, a student from the University of Texas, knows this. That's why he created this crazy sensor for under a buck—from aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein, and a cheap LED light—that spots the condition in less than an hour. » 4/27/11 1:20am 4/27/11 1:20am