What is the source of “open source” hardware?

“Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design.” (source: Open...
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Are Gestures the Future of IoT Device Interaction?

Engineers from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) division have spent several years developing Project Soli, an integrated solution for touchless gesture control of wearables and other devices. Soli uses high-frequency...

3D Scanning with Water: Researchers Introduce New “Dip Transform” Method

A scanner is a very visual tool; it can only scan what it can “see.” But a group of researchers from AICFVE Beijing Film Academy, Tel Aviv University, Shandong University, the University of British Columbia,...
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Researchers Have Developed a Battery-Free Cellphone

A simple cellphone developed by researchers at the University of Washington is the first workable model without a battery, said the recently published paper in Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery of Interactive,...
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Disney Research Introduces Design Tool for Compliant Mechanisms

Replacing rigid joints and linkages with mechanisms that bend offers a number of potential advantages, even as it makes designing devices more difficult. A computational design tool developed by Disney Research...
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Harvard University has created battery-free folding robots

A team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University has created battery-free folding robots...
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Low-Cost Pliable Materials Transform Glove Into Sign-to-Text Machine

Researchers have made a low-cost smart glove that can translate the American Sign Language alphabet into text and send the messages via Bluetooth to a smartphone or computer. The glove can...
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This Engineer is Using Old Cell Phones to Stop Illegal Logging

Topher White installed a handful of cell phones around a gibbon reserve in Indonesia. The phones would notify park rangers when they heard the sound of chainsaws used by illegal loggers. Shortly...
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Brain-machine Interfaces Opening Up a Host of Ethical Dilemmas

Existing brain-machine interface (BMI) technology is impressive, but still in its infancy. According to a new paper published in Science by an international team of researchers, it's not too early to start addressing...
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This Projector Light Bulb Turns Your Whole Desk Into a Touchscreen

A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have been working on a device that creates virtual interactive displays on any desktop, using nothing more than an overhead projector and a depth...