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Over the years, we've seen numerous examples of how peripheral vendors have tried to remain competitive, and perhaps not surprisingly, many of the technologies introduced have revolved around making us better gamers. The way the promises are delivered to us, in fact, would make you think that there's only one thing stopping you from becoming a pro-gamer, and of course, it's probably that newfangled feature that the respective company is talking about. I think it's safe to say, though, that most of us have accepted the fact that we're never going to be a pro-gamer. But that doesn't mean... Read more...
Sony's overall struggles are very real, but a few areas of the company have remained best-in-class despite huge global competition. Its gaming prowess is hard to question, with the PlayStation line killing it in terms of sales and critical response. Moreover, the company's imaging department has been delivering top-notch mirrorless cameras that largely outclass anything else in the sector. And, as cameraphone sensors become more important (and the selfie craze continues to gain steam), Sony is doubling down on image sensor perfection. The company said that it would invest $345 million to "increase... Read more...
Are you browsing this very article using a notebook? If so, the trackpad you're probably scrolling with most likely has Synaptics attached in some way. The company responsible for millions upon millions of laptop trackpads has just acquired a human interface solutions company by the name of Validity Sensors. The reason? Because fingerprint sensors are suddenly popular. Years ago, nearly every enterprise notebook shipped with a fingerprint sensor, but the software controlling them was often cludgy, which led to a quick demise. Now that Apple has ushered the Touch ID sensor in with the iPhone 5s,... Read more...
Researchers at National Taiwan University have developed a tiny sensor that can be embedded into a tooth cavity, dentures, or braces to stop you from lying through your teeth, in a manner of speaking. The sensor is able to detect with nearly 94 percent accuracy common oral activities such as chewing, drinking, speaking, and coughing. The end goal of something like this is to enable healthcare applications, such as fluid or intake monitoring, or to tell if a patient has been smoking. There have been other similar sensors before, but rather than being placed on the body, this one goes inside the... Read more...
Not all dreams go on to become reality, even in the world of video games. Avid gamers may recall a Wii accessory announced many moons ago -- it's the sensor you see here. The Vitality Sensor was supposed to be another step towards making the Wii the go-to fitness console. After all, the Balance Board gave gamers plenty of reasons to stand up and work out, but the Vitality Sensor has remained a ghost in the interim. Now, Nintendo is finally copping to what happened. In a new FAQ on the company's site, it states: "The Wii Vitality Sensor was under development as an accessory for Wii. We thought it... Read more...
Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved an Apple patent that enables the utilization of various phone sensors to automatically adjust the output volume and turn on the device's other speakers. Sensors used could include a front-facing infrared sensor (which is already available on most phones to turn the display on when it's away from your face), passive light sensors, and even cameras. The requirement is that with whichever sensor is used, it must have the ability to detect distance. All-around, this seems to be a rather sensible patent. I envision being able to one moment have... Read more...
Have you ever wondered what it would take to create a 41MP cameraphone? Nokia just did that, and they announced the 808 PureView at Mobile World Congress last week. There has been tons of hoopla going around regarding the camera portion itself, and while it isn't slated to ship to North America (sorry!), and it's only running Symbian Belle instead of Windows Phone, there's still a lot of interest here. After all, what's stopping Nokia (or anyone else) from putting this insane sensor into the next great superphone? Nokia has today unwrapped some key details behind the device, including a new name:... Read more...
Sony may be most likely to be associated with their VAIO notebooks and slimmer-than-slim HDTVs, but the company's camera modules are pretty stellar. The NEX line of mirrorless cameras are giving everyone else in that market a run for their money, and now the company is unveiling a next-gen back-illuminated CMOS image sensor that's more capable of capturing more precise imagery in the same size form factor as before. This image sensor layers the pixel section containing formations of back-illuminated structure pixels onto chips containing the circuit section for signal processing, which is in place... Read more...
Ever heard of an Optical Sensor in Pixel panel? Now you have. Samsung just announced that it began mass production of 40-inch 'Optical Sensor in Pixel' LCD panels, which feature highly advanced optical sensors, in November this year. The Optical Sensor in Pixel LCD panel detects reflected images of an object on the panel using Infrared sensors that are built into the panel. With optical sensor in each pixel of the panel, the new panel can much more accurately assess touch sensitivity compared to existing touch panels. Using next-generation image sensing technology, the Optical Sensor in Pixel panel... Read more...
Readers probably don't need any extra encouragement to stay plopped on the couch this summer, but Microsoft is providing some anyway. The company has just launched Avatar Kinect and Kinect Sparkler this week, tucked into the Kinect Fun Labs on Xbox LIVE. Avatar Kinect captures facial expressions and voice so when users smile, nod or speak, your avatar does the same. Players may invite up to seven friends to join in on 24 imaginative virtual stages; discuss the latest celebrity gossip or news on the Talk Show Stage, try out a hysterical comedy routine on the Performance Stage, or wager... Read more...
If it's just a sensor, why would it be important? That's a good question, but with proximity sensors being used so heavily in smartphones these days, and that iPhone proximity problem that caused so many headaches during the iPhone 4 launch, you can probably understand why Silicon Labs is bragging around their new Si114x QuickSense Infrared and Ambient Light sensors. Both of these new chips enable advanced gesture control for 'touchless' human interfaces, and they're said to be the industry’s most sensitive, power-efficient and longest range proximity sensors. They're available in a 2mm x... Read more...
Tablets and 3D HDTVs have definitely hogged most of the spotlight in the gadget world throughout 2010. But a few other sectors have managed to do very well under dimmer limelight. E-readers and cameras have both had a big year, and with new classes of digital cameras hitting the market, Sony realizes that there's a giant opportunity to take the lead here. According to new reports from Japan, Sony will be investing a staggering $1.2 billion during the company's next financial year in order to double the output of image sensors and take advantage of the increasing demand for cameras and high-end... Read more...
And the megapixel race continues. In the smartphone world, anyway. Sony has just released a new sensor for cameraphones, and it's one with a megapixel count that just sounds unreal for the sector. The company's new 16.41 megapixel Exmor R back-illuminated CMOS image sensor may sound like it's designed for a next generation DSLR, but in reality, it's for phones of the future. Sony is stating that this new innovation will dramatically improve cameraphone performance, which have lagged behind in recent years despite megapixel counts that are rising. Sony is planning to launch two new lens modules... Read more...
One could say that the megapixel race as we know it is over, or it's at least less of an ordeal now than it used to be. Camera makers cranked up the megapixels as fast as they could for years, but now we've reached somewhat of a peak, or a plateau, maybe. But there's no question that camera makers will continue to push the megapixel envelope, and there are obvious advantages to doing so. Some medium format cameras today have sensors with over 40 megapixels, but that's beginning to sound a little small. Canon has just successfully developed the world's first APS-H sized CMOS image sensor with 120... Read more...
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