The project by Specialty Crops Research Initiative, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture by Dr. Florence Negre-Zkharov and her team develops Electronic Nose."We are involved in a project geared towards developing rapid methods to evaluate ripeness and flavour of fruits,"she said . "We evaluated an electronic nose to see if it can differentiate maturity of fruit, specifically melons. The goal is to develop a tool that can be used post-harvest to better evaluate produce, and develop better breeds."Dr. Florence added."It's very impressive that the electronic nose system can do a type of gas chromatography in about a minute. Ultra-fast, indeed. Also, the sample preparation is as easy as making a smoothie at home. Such a user-friendly system could greatly help analysis efficiency in this field," said Journal of Visualized Experiments Science Editor, Dr. Zhao Chen.
Android Powered wristwatch
Sony released an Internet-linked wristwatch powered by Google's Android software.SmartWatch gets online by connecting wirelessly to a wearer's Android smartphone using Bluetooth technology.SmartWatch can switch from displaying time to acting as a touchscreen interface for smartphone information.Vibrations or alerts flashed on the 1.3-inch (3.3-centimeter) screen can signal incoming calls and notifications from Social media & can compose mail.Additional features can be downloaded free from Google Play(previously Android Market) according to Sony.
Compact High Brightness 3-Color RGB LEDs
Semiconductor manufactures Rohm announces Compact High Brightness 3-Color RGB LEDs.
It's application is in car audio,mobile phones,dot matrix etc.key feature of this Industry’s smallest reflector-type RGB LED is that the reflector case prevents lateral light leakage, significantly improving the luminous intensity towards the front. In addition, the compact package reduces the distance between elements for superior mixing characteristics.
Robotics Program:Boston Dynamics will Supply
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA), Tactical Technology Office (TTO), has issued a Sole Source Intent Notice for humanoid robot systems for their Robotics Challenge Program.These robots will be supplied to software teams competing for the Challenge prize.The contract is to go to Boston Dynamics, who will produce identical humanoid robots based upon the PETMAN and Atlas projects they have already undertaken with DARPA support. This effort will develop approximately 8 identical platforms consisting of two legs, torso, on board computing, two arms with hands, and a sensor head.