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Potassium-Oxygen Battery Stores Clean Energy

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35692
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have developed a more efficient, more reliable potassium-oxygen battery with a cathode that stores the energy produced by a chemical reaction in a metal-oxygen or metal-air battery. The battery could make renewable energy sources like solar and wind more viable options for the power grid through cheaper, more efficient energy storage.

Using 24 GHz Doppler Radar Sensors for Noncontact Human Vitals Detection

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35623
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Health and wellness monitoring is a primary way to manage personal health and awareness for a healthy lifestyle. Many wearable activity tracking devices, smart watches, and smartphone applications collect and analyze data from bodily sources. Other types of devices used to monitor vital signs can help the wearer manage health issues but can limit the wearer’s mobility or cause discomfort if worn continuously. These restrictions have prompted a growing interest in developing noncontact, wireless devices to detect vital signs, especially for people who are unconscious, sleeping, very young, elderly, or infirm. This article explains why 24 GHz Doppler radar sensors are useful for such devices and highlights some of the features suitable for meeting these applications.

5 Ws of EarEcho

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35693
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Anyone who uses a smartphone with in-ear earphones.

Prototype Smartphone App Can Help Parents Detect Early Signs of Eye Disorders in Children

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35622
Published 2019-12-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A Baylor University researcher’s prototype smartphone app — designed to help parents detect early signs of various eye diseases in their children such as retinoblastoma, an aggressive pediatric eye cancer — has passed its first big test.

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SmartPlay Studio: A Connected Infotainment Development

Maruti Suzuki India, Ltd.-Pankaj Kumar Bharti, Shashi Kant Roy, Surendra Raghuwanshi, Satish Pandey, Ritesh Khandelwal, Tarun Aggarwal, Satish Kumar Pandey
  • Technical Paper
  • 2019-28-2440
Published 2019-11-21 by SAE International in United States
Infotainment has always been an important aspect of life which has made its way to car design. The cars today are much more advanced compared to their predecessors. The in-vehicle Infotainment advancements have followed the consumer electronics market in terms of technologies such as Touchscreen; App based Navigation, Voice Assistant and other multimedia services. This trend is going to expand further as smartphones have revolutionized the Infotainment domain with awareness and accessibility to customers. The Infotainment system in the cars are expected to be connected not only to the cloud but various vehicle controllers to display host of information & controls at customer`s fingertips. To design a system that supports connectivity to both cloud and vehicle is challenging in terms of cost and design for the OEMs.With focus on Indian market condition and global trends, this paper analyzes the customer expectation for Connected Infotainment system. It also explains the methodology adopted by Maruti Suzuki India Limited to: (i) Provide a seamless Connected Infotainment system (Smartplay Studio) for its model line-up (ii) Leveraging Smartphone Linkage technologies…
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Shaping Light with a Smartlens

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35477
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

High quality camera performance on mobile devices has proven to be one of the features that most end-users aim for. The importance of optical image quality improvement and the trend to have thinner and thinner smartphones have pushed manufacturers to increase the number of cameras per device in order to provide phones with better zoom, low-light exposure high-quality photography, and portraits, to name a few. But adding additional lenses to a miniaturized optical configuration and driving light-focusing with an electronic device is not as easy as it seems, particularly at small scales or in such confined spaces.

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Dial ‘M’ for Mobility: When Your Phone Becomes the Steering Wheel

Autonomous Vehicle Engineering: December 2019

Jennifer Dukarski
  • Magazine Article
  • 19AVEP11_10
Published 2019-11-01 by SAE International in United States

Tesla's controversial new Smart Summon feature raises plenty of legal-liability and regulatory questions.

Those with a passion for automated-vehicle innovations found much to entertain them on YouTube and Twitter during late September and early October this year. The big attraction was videos from Tesla owners, detractors and supporters showcasing the company's newest driver-assistance feature, called Smart Summon. Issued in an over-the-air software update, version 10.0, Smart Summon allows the owner to remotely pilot a parked vehicle to their location with the power of their finger.

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2019 'Create the Future' Consumer Products Category Winner: Livox

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35466
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Bringing Precision Anamorphic Micro-Optics to Consumer-Level Laser Applications

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35475
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

The use of laser light for precise illumination has been limited to high-end applications like optical lithography or small niche markets like measurement technologies. Now that such industries as automotive and consumer electronics are developing and ramping up the production of LIDAR and 3D sensors, laser illumination is scaling in a new direction. For imaging applications, optics made of polymers are already the first choice for such devices as smart cameras. But in order to deliver glass micro-optics with better performance and long-term stability, the cost structure of injection molded polymer optics needed to be addressed.

Ultraviolet Rays Quickly Bash Bacteria on Mobile Devices

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35343
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Ultraviolet light has been used for more than 30 years as a source of disinfectant. A newly introduced product uses the technology to eliminate bacteria on cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices in 20 seconds, and is used worldwide in healthcare facilities, biotech manufacturing plants, and even food processing facilities.