Nov 142016
 

Osram Scanning LIDARLIDAR (LIght Detecting And Ranging) sensors play a critical role in almost all autonomous and semiautonomous vehicles. Using lasers and relatively simple time of flight calculations, LIDAR can very accurately measure distances and generate detailed 3D maps of environments, but traditionally the best performing systems have been large and very expensive. German lighting manufacturer Osram Opto Semiconductors unveiled their new 4 channel LIDAR package last week, and its price and size is set to shake up the market.

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Mar 142006
 

A team of neuroscientists and bioengineers from MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Center for Biomedical Engineering have been able to partially restore the vision of rodents whose visual neural pathways had been severed by injecting them with a tiny, biodegradable substrate on which brain cells were able to regrow and reconnect. The research marks the first time that nanotechnology has been used to heal a damaged brain region and restore lost functionality. The results could lead to major advancements in the treatment of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and strokes.

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Jan 182006
 

FedEx Institute of TechnologyThe FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis announced today that they will be launching a new robotics research center focused on developing robot technology with everyday uses. The new research center, the first since the FedEx Institute opened in 2003, will be initially funded by FedEx Corporation with corporate and government sponsorships to hopefully follow. The center will be home to students, researchers, and faculty and will host public events in addition to the research and academic work.

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Nov 022005
 

NewScientist.com has a brief article today about the work done by Nicholas Kotov at the University of Michigan in developing a nanoscale spring thermometer. Traditional spring thermometers, also known as bimetal thermometers, consist of two thin metallic layers, usually iron and copper joined together to make a strip that is often formed into a coil. Because the two metals have different constants of expansion, the coil will expand if heated and contract when cooled. The change can measured and calibrated allowing the coil to act as a thermometer. Unfortunately these types of thermometers are notoriously insensitive, sometimes exhibiting errors of up to ±10 °C. Kotov’s nanoscale version functions in much the same way but is accurate to ±3 °C over the range of 20 – 80 °C.

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