OSERO, an optical fiber sewing robot from Decoray of Korea, has animated the world of fashion by creating customized bags, hats, and clothing with illuminated logos and images. The robot sews water-resistant optical fibers measuring 0.25 and 0.5 mm in diameter into a piece of material no larger than 570 x 420 mm, which is then incorporated into the end-product. Red, green, yellow, blue, and white LEDs are used to light up the fibers. Requiring either two lithium or four standard AAA batteries, the LEDs are powered by a simple processor that creates the animated sequence. For more information on the OSERO technology, go to www.decoray.co.kr.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
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