Cameras are playing a key role as the auto industry looks forward to active safety systems. One is set to debut when Fiat's Lancia unveils the Delta. It uses TRW Automotive's video-based lane departure system, which uses a camera to watch the white lines and determine when the vehicle is drifting toward the lane markings. The system warns the drifting driver with gentle guidance/haptic feedback through the steering wheel. The camera is mounted on the rearview mirror so it's inside and has a clear view of the roadway.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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