For those of you wondering exactly when you’ll be able to take your hands off the wheel and let your self-driving car ferry you to work while you munch on a scone and finish a crossword puzzle, Nissan has provided an answer. The company plans to have commercially viable autonomous drive technology in multiple vehicles by 2020. Continue reading
We’ve been hearing about the “Internet of things” for years, a network of smart devices and sensors that connect all of your appliances and toys and equipment that will allow you to access (or at least monitor) just about everything. One problem holding back this ubiquitous connectivity is that most sensors require some sort of power source. If the sensor is attached to something that is already powered (like a refrigerator), that’s not a problem; but if you’ve got hundreds of sensors in a remote location, you’d need batteries. Continue reading
Flexible electronics are the coming wave of technological gizmos. At some point, our modern cell phones will seem just as clunky as the first generation brick-sized phones, and our clothing will keep track of our health. Eventually, we may end up with flexible tech we don’t even need to carry.
In cooperation with the Johannes Kepler University, University of Tokyo scientists have developed a flexible sensor thinner than plastic wrap and lighter than a feather. The scientists refer to their breakthrough as “imperceptible electronics,” but we may well come to know it as e-skin. When a patch of the material to fastened to the human body, researchers claim it is all but impossible to notice. Continue reading