To take full advantage of the increasing capability of high-resolution image sensors in cameras such as the K100D, PENTAX engineers developed Shake Reduction. The mechanism moves the 6.1 megapixel charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensor vertically and horizontally at high speed using magnetic force. Two Microelectromechanical System (MEMS) gyroscopes detect camera shake and a dedicated processing unit determines the adjustment required to stabilize the image sensor. With Shake Reduction, photographers can take sharp pictures at a shutter speed that is 2 to 3.5 stops slower, for example 1/15 sec instead of 1/60 sec with a standard lens.
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
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