Light-activated sensor delivers precision results at room temperature — ScienceDaily

Inspired by the surface of butterfly wings, researchers have developed a light-activated hydrogen sensor that produces ultra-precise results at room temperature.

The technology can detect hydrogen leaks well before they pose safety risks and can measure tiny amounts of the gas on people’s breath, for diagnosing gut disorders.

Commercial hydrogen sensors only work at temperatures of 150C or higher, but the prototype developed by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, is powered by light instead of heat.

The sensor, based on bumpy microstructures that imitate the surface of butterfly wings, is detailed in a new study published in the journal ACS Sensors.

Co-lead researcher Dr Ylias Sabri said the prototype was scalable, cost-effective and offered a total package of features that could not be matched by any hydrogen sensor currently on the market.

“Some sensors can measure tiny amounts, others can detect larger concentrations; they all need a

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Photonics meets surface science in a cheap and accurate sensor for biological liquids

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Table salt NaCl and ionic liquid [bmim]NTf2 at 27°С. Credit: Public Domain

Skoltech researchers and their colleagues from Russia and Israel have come up with a new, simple and inexpensive method of testing liquid biological samples that can be further developed to work in clinical settings, including real-time testing during surgery. The paper was published in the journal Light: Science & Applications.

The most common method of real-time diagnostic testing for biological samples (such as urine or saliva) that is used in the healthcare system, optical label-free sensors, are highly sensitive, but that sensitivity comes at a cost in terms of time and resources. Looking for a more efficient alternative, the research team, coordinated by Prof. Dmitry Gorin from the Center for Photonics and Quantum Materials at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and Dr. Roman Noskov from Tel Aviv University, turned to the data that these

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Sensor Tower: Genshin Impact brings in nearly $400 million in 2 months on mobile

Genshin is sure having an impact on MiHoYo’s bottom line.

Mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower said today that Genshin Impact has brought in an estimated $393 million in the first two months after its September 28 launch. But the firm also noted that spending in the second month didn’t keep up with its first month ($245 million).

The free-to-play open-world role-playing game is on iOS and Android, but it’s also a hit on the PC, the PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch. And it also runs on the PlayStation 5.

For a few weeks, Genshin captured the gaming zeitgeist (and and estimated $245 million in spending in its first month), with the Zelda: Breath of the Wild-esque game inspiring myriad discussions on social media and spawning numerous streams and videos on Twitch and YouTube. Along with Among Us and Fall Guys, Genshin showed how games with social elements could thrive

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Superior Sensor Technology’s New Differential Pressure Sensor Enables Higher Pulmonary Testing Range in Spirometers

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Superior Sensor Technology today announced the SP160 pressure sensor that will enable manufacturers to cost-effectively develop spirometry equipment with more precise spirometric measurements for higher pressure range applications, such as athletes with larger lung capacity.  The SP160 is the first single sensor to support Multi-Range with four multiple programmable high pressure variants, ranging from 5K Pa to 40K Pa, with a very stable zero measurement and no degradation to performance on each variant. Other pressure sensor solutions require multiple sensors to achieve the same results, making it more expensive and time-consuming for manufacturers to develop spirometers with these higher pressure ranges. 

The SP160 is based on the company’s proprietary NimbleSense™ architecture, which is the first intelligent system-in-a-sensor that offers manufacturers a high-performance, programmable, flexible sensor solution. The SP160’s

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BlackBerry shares rocket upwards on AWS deal to integrate sensor data in vehicles

BlackBerry shares shot up in early trading on news that the company will partner with Amazon Web Services to jointly develop and market its vehicle data integration and monitoring platform, IVY.


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BlackBerry stock was up 35% or $2.11 at the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. It’s a sign of both the potential market for smart vehicle services and the ability of Amazon businesses to turn boost the fortunes of businesses with its attention.

The former undisputed heavyweight of the smartphone market, BlackBerry has transformed itself into a provider of business security and information integration services and it’s through this transformation that the company attracted the attention of Amazon’s web services business.

The companies first announced a collaboration in the pre-pandemic January of 2020 when BlackBerry said it would collaborate with AWS on connected vehicle safety and security services for in-vehicle applications.

Around 175 million vehicles

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thermal camera sensor surveillance | Military & Aerospace Electronics

LEXINGTON, Mass. – The BAE Systems Sensor Solutions segment in Lexington, Mass., is introducing the Athena 1920 high-definition thermal camera core for long-range and demanding applications in security, surveillance, and targeting systems.

The Athena 1920 combines infrared image clarity with a wide field of view, and is compact, lightweight, and low-power.

Additional applications for this thermal camera core include aerial reconnaissance, perimeter security, and asset monitoring. “We put more pixels on the target, giving end users the situational awareness they need to make critical decisions,” says Robyn Decker, director of Lexington Business Center and Sensor Solutions at BAE Systems.

The Athena 1920 features a 1920-by-1200-pixel vanadium oxide (VOx) uncooled microbolometer pixel array using 12-micron pixel technology. The camera’s 60 Hz frame rate delivers clarity and minimizes motion blur in dynamic scenes.

The high-definition sensor offers nearly eight times the field of view of traditional camera cores, and with its 51-by-40-by-21-millimeter

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New Canberra sensor technology for care at home | The Canberra Times

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New technology coming to Canberra could soon keep the elderly and those with a disability living in their own homes for longer and out of aged care. Technology for Ageing and Disability ACT has recently signed a deal to become the first providers of InteliCare sensors to homes in Canberra. The sensors are able to be attached to walls and doorways as well as household appliances such as fridges and kettles, before establishing patterns of routines at home. Family and carers will then be able to receive alerts on their smartphone if there is a lack of movement or an unusual change in routine. Executive director of TADACT Trudy Taylor said the sensors would allow for the elderly or those with a disability to live independently, while also providing information to carers. “Its a non-invasive way to help

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Apple Invents a Data-Secure Sensor System for Security Cameras that will be integrated into future HomePods


When Apple introduced the new HomePod mini on October 13th, they didn’t just introduce a smaller HomePod, they introduced the beginning of a new smart home system. The first graphic below is from Apple’s HomePod mini’s webpage.  Patently Apple has covered a couple of major smart home patents recently (01 and 02) and today’s report covers yet another one titled “Data-Secure Sensor System.”  


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Earlier this month the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to home security systems, and in particular to video camera systems configured for monitoring a data sensitive environment.


Apple’s patent background states that smart home technology has greatly improved in power and functionality in recent years and can provide an enhanced user experience that can be tailored to meet an individual user’s particular needs. For instance, smart lights, smart security systems, smart entertainment systems, environmental control systems (HVAC),

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Xiaomi official shows off Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G, teases new camera sensor

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  • Redmi GM Lu Weibing has shared a render of the new Redmi Note 9 Pro.
  • The phone has four rear cameras, including a brand new sensor.

The new Redmi Note 9 series is launching on November 26 and we’re learning new things about it on a daily basis. The latest bit of information comes from Redmi’s General Manager Lu Weibing who has shared an official render of the purported new Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G. The official has also teased a brand new camera sensor for the series.

The image shared by Weibing (seen below) shows a smartphone with a circular quad camera design and gradient color finish. We previously saw the same phone appear in a blue colorway on the Chinese certification website TENAA.

Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G render

The presence of four rear cameras all but confirms that this is the higher-end Redmi Note 9 Pro. The

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Oppo Find X3 may feature new dual camera technology using Sony sensor

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Oppo is putting out all the stops with the next year’s Find X3 flagship series. The company has already dropped major hints at what to expect from the Find X3 smartphones. That includes the DCI-P3 colour gamut with a 10-bit system for phone’s core hardware encoding systems, which is a major step-up for the smartphone industry. Oppo is now planning to surpass another technology. A new report has claimed that the Oppo Find X3 series will have an advanced dual-camera system that will work differently.

The Find X3 and Find X3 Pro smartphones will have better dual-camera modules that Oppo is said to be testing right now. This system will likely use the Sony IMX7xx series of camera sensors along with a larger CMOS bottom and a higher pixel count, according to a leak on Weibo. We could be looking at more powerful cameras than the 108MP camera that is

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