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Breaking Bad in 3D? If recent work by a team of University of Glasgow scientists persists, that could soon be a hard reality — just without the glasses. Taking what’s typically been the province of sanitized laboratories and moving it outside, the group’s devised an efficient method that makes use of commercial-grade three-dimensional printers to create “reactionware vessels”: custom-designed, polymer gels that house and aide in chemical reactions. The technique, already viable on a larger, albeit slower scale, is not quite ready for primetime, but with future refinements could eventually trickle down into small businesses, or third-world countries where it’d be used for rapid medical treatment. And, in a hypothetical scenario that’ll likely provoke scrutiny from the FDA and DEA, consumers might one day be able to save a trip to the drugstore and simply print from home — a decidedly different spin on designer drugs — using apps. Of course, this is all just speculation of potential future applications. We trust that humanity and enterprise will put this medication replication to noble use — until it hits the club, that is.
The radio waves that saturate the air around us may, or may not, give us headaches and cancer, but we can tell you for certain they’re capable of powering tiny wireless chips. Renesas Electronics Corp has created a new ultra-low power wireless transmitter that can push data to both Bluetooth and WiFi receivers without the need for a battery or AC adapter. Instead of the typical tens of milliwatts, the little transmitters require only a few microwatts of power, which can be harvested from environmental radio waves through LC resonance. The creators envision adhesive sensors that send a baby’s body temperature to laptops and ads that beam coupons to smartphones over short distances — you know, the sort of stuff NFC can do, but without the specialized hardware.
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Sony today announced the development of the “single wire interface technology”, which is aimed at simplifying the internal wiring system of mobile devices. It essentially makes it possible to transmit both data and power through a single cable made of copper. Sony says that it can replace the up to 22 different wires currently being used inside some mobile phones.
Apart from power, the single wire is suitable for transmitting audio, video (for the display and camera), and control signals. In experiments, Sony has apparently reached transmission speeds of up to 940Mbps over a distance of 60cm.
Sony is pitching its new technology as a way for makers of mobile devices to streamline the manufacturing process and produce hardware that’s more durable and flexible in design.
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