cameras
A Microscopic Lens-Free Image Sensor Could Turn Anything Into a Camera

This tiny piece of glass may not look like much, but in fact its surface is cleverly etched to capture light, and it contains a small chip to process the incident light. Yep, it's a tiny camera that could provide any object—however small—with the means of capturing images. Read More >>

apple
Apple Just Patented a System That Could Put Siri in Charge of Your Home

While we were all focused on sensors that fit on our wrists, Apple was quietly winning 38 patents for a system of sensors as big as a house. Read More >>

rumours
Rumour: iPhone 6 May Have Environment Sensors to Tell You When You're Too Hot

Speculation from a tech industry analyst suggests Apple may be planning to whack several more sensors into its next generation of mobile, with sources claiming we may see temperature, humidity and pressure hardware in a future iPhone. You'll be able to see what the weather's like outside without breaking eye contact with your device. Read More >>

science
Stretchy New Sensors Can Be Woven into Clothes That 'Feel'

Imagine if your sweater was actually one big computer that responded to being stretched, pressed, or adjusted. That cyborg-inspired future could now be a reality thanks to a team of scientists that has used nanowires to create a new wearable, multifunctional sensor. Read More >>

design
14 iOS Design Trends for 2014

Just as we did a year ago, I'm kicking off 2014 with a list of design trends I expect to gain ground over the next twelve months. The world of interactive design is an extreme fluid in terms of what's determined as a staple of good design from year to year. Read More >>

clothing
Microsoft Develops "Smart Bra" to Track Stress and Warn Against Eating Too Many KitKats

The good thing about bras, according to Microsoft's engineers, is that they're naturally placed close to the heart. This means they're ideally situated to monitor heart rate and skin temperature, with MS suggesting a smartbra may be augmented to combat stress-related eating disorders. Read More >>

apple
Apple Patents Full-Screen Fingerprint Sensor Tech

Not content with making its little button read fingerprints, Apple sees a future where the entire display of a device can sense individual fingers. It's filed for a patent that can identify all ten of your fingers, letting users assign an app shortcut to each digit. The middle finger could be reserved for calling work, for example. [WIPO via Unwired View] Read More >>

samsung
Samsung Teases Next-Gen Phone Camera Power With ISOCELL Demo

That rubbish, over-exposed tulip to the left there is photographed using a standard backside illuminated image sensor. The lovely one to the right has been captured using Samsung's new ISOCELL tech for greater light sensitivity. The next-gen phone battle's all about low-light sensitivity, seeing as everything's quad-core and immense now. Read More >>

apple
It's OK, the iPhone 5S Fingerprint Reader Won't Work With Cut-Off Fingers

The jokers of the internet have had their fun ruined by some annoying facts, which suggest the Touch ID fingerprint scanner that comes with the iPhone 5S will only work with living fingers attached to their owners. So unless a phone thief also steals your DNA and clones you, your sexy texts ought to be safe. Read More >>

rumours
Is This Apple's Reinvention of the Button, AKA the iPhone 5S "Touch ID Sensor"?

Hot on the heels of the news that seemingly confirmed Apple's plan to integrate fingerprint scanning into its new iPhone 5S, we now have a photograph of said controversial button. This supposed marketing image describes it as the "Home button / Touch ID sensor." Read More >>

apps
Idiotic Phone-Throwing Game Banned by Apple, Now on Android

What on earth was the developer of Send Me To Heaven thinking? It's a game that challenges players to throw their phones as high as possible, and such a stupid idea that Apple's decided to reject it from the iOS App Store for users' own good. Read More >>

science
Brave New UI: A Fleet of Dust-Sized Sensors Embedded In Your Brain

A few weeks ago, news came out about a tiny micro-bot designed to be injected into a patient’s eye and controlled via magnet—a speck-sized eye surgeon. This week, a group of Berkeley researchers published a study positing a similar concept, except the ‘bots are inside your brain. And they’re the size of dust particles. It’s called neural dust. Of course. Read More >>

samsung
Photonic Crystal Actuators and... Bendy Stuff are the Future of Phones, Says Samsung

Samsung's put together a sci-fi vision of the mobile phones of the future, showing us fold-out models, bendy tech, weird orange things and wearable sensors that scan our bodies to see if we're unwell. We'd settle for a battery that could last more than a day. Read More >>

sports
Hawk-Eye Goal-Line Tech Approved for Premier League Next Season

The Premier League has given the go-head for for goal-line sensor tech, with the proven Hawk-Eye system set to be introduced for the 2013/14 season. Seven cameras in each goal will ensure "millimetre accurate" tracking of the ball, taking some of the guesswork out of controversial did it/didn't it moments. Read More >>

science
Electronic Sensor Tattoos Can Now Be Printed Directly Onto Human Skin

Thanks to the same people that brought us the stick-on electric tattoo and stretchable battery, we're now looking at a future of electronic sensors that can be printed directly onto human skin. Read More >>

cameras
How Your Smartphone Will Get Lytro-Like Superpowers

As neat as they are, the Lytro camera's re-focusing tricks aren't going to convince most of us to replace our highly pocketable cameraphones. So a California company called DigitalOptics has found a way to give us the best of both worlds with a new ultra-thin sensor that promises Lytro-like tricks. Read More >>

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