12 Aug

Multiple companies are rushing to be the first to bring Resistive RAM (RRAM) to market, but one company claims it is close. Crossbar claims it has found a way to break past the barriers that are preventing RRAM from being available for purchase.

With a write speed that is 20 times that of current NAND flash modules, RRAM could extend mobile device battery life by using 20 percent less power. Durability is also a feature. Crossbar states that its memory chip can retain data for up to 20 years, which is significantly longer than NAND flash's one to three years. Crossbar's RRAM uses a three-layer simple and scalable memory cell structure that allows cells to be stacked in 3D.

10 Aug

Simply keeping your mouth shut may no longer keep you out of some trouble.

Scientists at National Taiwan University are developing a Bluetooth-equipped false tooth that can monitor your oral habits and then transmit the collected information to your doctor or dentist.

The project is currently in its early stages, with eight subjects having had a small breakout board, covered in dental resin, cemented to hospitable dental work. Fixing the sensor in place helps to prevent errors that could occur if it were to become dislodged. Or, worse, swallowed. The fact that the prototype was wired likely eased some of those concerns.

08 Aug

The object is really more of an optical illusion than anything else, as its designer readily admits.

For those willing to fork over $4,000, a chair that appears to stand comfortably on just one back leg -- with the other three legs severed by cuts that are each several inches long -- could serve as a fashion statement. At that price, however, owners might want to consider charging admission to see it.

Called the Cut Chair by Seattle-based designer Peter Bristol, the contraption is, despite appearances, anchored to the floor by means of a metal plate hidden underneath a patch of carpet. A metal tube, connected to the plate, snakes through the one attached leg, evidently providing support for a person to safely sit -- or, as one photo on Bristol's web site shows, to stand, even with only half of one foot resting on the seating surface.

06 Aug

And most anyone else who walks through the doors of select UPS Stores. The shipper announced on July 31 that it would be the first U.S. nationwide retailer to try out the new technology in-store, beginning with stores in the San Diego region. Rollouts to other U.S. stores are expected sometime in the near future.

Results of a poll the company recently conducted among small business owners indicated that there was significant interest in giving the services a try, especially among those wishing to create artistic renderings, manufacturing models or sales-related paraphernalia.

04 Aug

The BMW i3 will be all electric, with features that give it a tight turning circle and a lightweight build. This and more was revealed by the luxury car maker recently, although the car will not go up for sale until November.

For those interested in the specifics, the i3 has a 170bhp electric motor, which generates 184lb ft of torque instantly. The 230kg high voltage battery has eight modules, providing drive to just the rear wheels, which lends itself to the better steering mentioned above. Its body is made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic, aluminum, and wood, giving it an overall weight of less than 2700 pounds. Because it is lightweight, the BMW i3 has the potential for a smaller battery, which could improve speed.

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