Bio-chemical circuits under your skin

You’d be more than forgiven for not knowing who Klas Tybrandt is. The doctoral student at Linköping University is hardly a household name, but his latest creation may garner him some serious attention. The Swedish scientist has combined special transistors he developed into an integrated circuit capable of transmitting positive and negative ions as well as biomolecules. The advantage here is that, instead of simply controlling electronics, the circuits carry chemicals which can have a variety of functions, such as acetylcholine which the human body uses to transmit signals between cells. Implantable circuits that traffic in neurotransmitters instead of electrical voltages could be a key step in taking making our cyborg dreams a reality. We’re already counting down the days till we’re more machine than man.

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By techselection Posted in Future

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft splashdown

SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully departed the International Space Station at 4:07am ET and began its gentle descent into the atmosphere soon after. It’s the home straight for the historic private spaceflight company as it concludes its first ever supply mission to the heavens. It’s due to splash down in the Pacific Ocean, a few hundred miles off the coast of southern California at 11:44am ET. If you’d like to watch the craft being retrieved from its watery berth then head on past the break, with coverage set to begin from 10:15am ET.

Watch the video at this link:

Nasa Public

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Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain to head FCC’s open internet advisory panel

The Federal Communications Commission has named an Open Internet Advisory Committee to monitor and report on the effectiveness of the FCC’s network neutrality regime. The committee will be chaired by Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain. According to a statement from FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, the new committee will “track and evaluate the effects of the FCC’s Open Internet rules, and provide any recommendations it deems appropriate to the FCC.”

Zittrain is best known for his 2008 book The Future of the Internet—And How to Stop It. The vice-chairman of the committee will be David Clark, author of the famous paper End-to-End Arguments in System Design that many have cited as a predecessor to the modern concept of network neutrality.

The 21-member committee will include representatives from Netflix, AT&T, Comcast, Disney, Mozilla, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and Union Square Ventures. Verizon, which has sued to block implementation of the FCC’s network neutrality rules, will not be represented on the committee. Nor does the committee appear to include any critics of network neutrality regulations from the nonprofit sector or academia.

In his statement announcing the new committee, Genachowski touted what he characterized as a flourishing broadband market. “In 2011, investment in wired and wireless network infrastructure rose 24 percent,” he wrote. “There has been a dramatic increase over the past few years in the deployment of fixed broadband networks capable of very high speeds—100 Mbps—from being available in less than 20 percent of U.S. homes in 2009 to approximately 80 percent today.”

It’s not clear how much influence the committee will have over FCC policy. As an advisory committee, it has no formal regulatory powers, and its large and diverse membership may prevent it from taking any controversial stances.

The first meeting will be sometime this summer and will be open to the public.

LG: first FullHD smartphone display with a pixel density of 440ppi

LG has created a new display for the ever evolving smartphone that involves packing in 1920 x 1080 pixels in just 5-inches of display space. This is the world’s first FullHD smartphone display and has a pixel density of an astonishing 440ppi, way ahead of what we currently have in our phones.

The panel used in the display is an Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching or AH-IPS LCD. This is the same technology that LG used in one of its panels last year for which they also won an award. Compared to standard IPS panels, AH-IPS panels have greater color accuracy, wider viewing angles and greater light transmission which leads to lower power consumption.

This 5-inch FullHD panel will be released in the second half of this year and should hopefully be the norm in next year’s high-end smartphones.

 

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Panasonic Eluga!

Here we are! Panasonic is ready to come back in the European and North-American Market with the new Eluga and later with the Eluga Power. For sure, the best qualities are the clean and minimal design but, the most interesting thing, is the IP57 certification; that means you have a waterproof Android smartphone!

Let’s see some specs:

Also known as Panasonic EB-3901

Panasonic ELUGA is the first phone from the manufacturer to mark its return to the European market. Derived from the phrase “elegant user-oriented gateway”, it is certainly bound to turn some heads with a thin aluminum frame and IP57-certified body, meaning impermeable to dust, as well as immersible in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Just 0.3 inches (7.8mm) and 3.63oz (103g), it is one of the slimmest and lightest Android handsets out there of this screen size. Panasonic boasts that the ELUGA comprises of 66% screen and has one of the largest screen-to-body ratios on the market, thanks to the almost nonexistent screen side bezel, and the compact ergonomic shape. It sports a 4.3″ qHD display (960×540 pixels), 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, 8GB of memory (no microsd card), HSPA+ 4G radio plus NFC chip, and an 8MP camera with no led flash, yes autofocus.

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Samsung Galaxy S III tops UK pre-order records

In UK the pre-orders for the new Samsung flagship just broke through pre-order records for at least one carrier and one retailer in the country. Carephone Warehouse’s chief commercial officer Graham Stapleton says that the quad-core, 4.8-inch Android smartphone is the quickest-moving pre-order of the year “so far,” while Vodafone UK adds that the new Galaxy is its most pre-ordered Android device to date. Without hard numbers, though, it’s difficult not to couch the successes in relative terms: both are using conditional language that makes clear neither record is absolute. Even so, that pride in early results suggests the third time is indeed the charm and that Samsung won’t have much trouble filling its own stores with customers at the end of the month. Samsung seems to be following the path of Apple…

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Sony Xperia GX and SX video footage

Before Japanese clients (and probably more), have to wait to buy their own new Sony smartphone, has made his appearence two video footage in a shop. The videos  give a taste of what we can expect from those 13- and 8-megapixel sensors.

 

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The future for Nokia PureView: Possible slimmer models and ‘not necessarily a 41MP sensor’

After the presentation of the brand new Symbian OS flagship, the camera-phone Nokia 808 pureview, Vesa Jutila, Head of Product Marketing for the incoming 808 PureView, said that there was plenty more high-spec digital imaging products in the pipeline. There are multiple ways that Nokia could run with its new imaging jewel. Slimmer models are a possibility, still containing high-end Zeiss optics and Nokia’s oversampling techniques avoiding the need for optical zoom. He added that the next generation of Nokia camera sensors are already being worked on — the 808 PureView was borne from an idea of 2007.  Jutila also said: future PureView products “would not necessarily have the same 41-megapixel sensor”.