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Gesture based auto control focuses on steering wheel

Automotive technology developer Continental has unveiled an innovation project that focuses gesture control on the steering wheel. The system uses a time of flight sensor integrated into the instrument cluster to minimise driver distraction and to enhances the human machine interface.

Cadence reduces design cycle for PCBs

This year’s CDNLive event in Munich was dominated by discussions focusing on the growing complexity of smart devices, the rise of the ‘network society’ – where any device that can be connected, will be – and the importance of more efficient design creation and effective verification.

Volvo announces London trial of self driving cars

Volvo is planning to supply 100 London families with an XC90 equipped with its latest autonomous vehicle technology. Volvo says the tests – part of its Drive Me initiative – will pave the way for a ‘revolution’ on British roads, addressing safety, congestion, pollution and time saving.

Low power, long life IR sources

Sensor specialist Cambridge CMOS Sensors (CCS) has launched the µBright range of infrared sources, said to be suited to low power, long life optical gas sensing solutions.

Negative thermal expansion could mean more stable electronic systems

Most materials expand when heated, but a few rare materials do the opposite and contract. This usually occurs only over a narrow temperature range and is not easy to tune. But now researchers from Imperial College have discovered a material that can be chemically tailored to expand or contract in a precise way and over a wide temperature range. The team says this could lead to composite materials that do not expand when heated, improving the stability of components in electronic equipment.

Gold substrate boosts efficiency substantially

The photoluminescence efficiency of tungsten diselenide has been improved by more than four orders of magnitude by a team from the National University of Singapore. The work is said to pave the way for the application of this and similar materials in optoelectronic and photonic devices.

Wearable technology turns forearm into touchpad

A wearable technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University is said to be able to turn the entire lower arm into a touchpad. Called SkinTrack, the system allows for continuous touch tracking on the hands and arms. It also can detect touches at discrete locations on the skin, enabling functionality similar to buttons or slider controls.

32bit MCU has hardware crypto features

A hardware crypto enabled 32bit microcontroller from Microchip is said by the company to make it easy to add security to IoT devices. The CEC1302’s hardware-based cryptography suite, it adds, offers significant performance improvements over firmware-based solutions, with encryption and authentication for programming flexibility and increased levels of security.

Compact, efficient source for qubits, says team

One of the challenges facing scientists developing quantum computers is producing sources of photons for various quantum information tasks. Amongst these is the development of efficient, scalable photon sources that can be mounted on a chip and operate at room temperature.

IBM makes quantum computing available to all

IBM Research is making quantum computing available to the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM’s quantum processor. The cloud-enabled quantum computing platform, called IBM Quantum Experience, will allow users to run algorithms and experiments on a five qubit quantum processor, work with the individual qubits and explore what might be possible with quantum computing.

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