Research shows smartphone sensors leave trackable fingerprints

Fingerprints — those swirling residues left on keyboards and doorknobs — are mostly invisible. They can affirm your onetime presence, but they cannot be used to track your day-to-day activities.

Microwires as mobile phone sensors

Microwires were created in the former Soviet Union for military purposes. They formed the basis of the camouflage of a model of spy plane used by the Soviet army, but for a long time the scientific community has been studying them for other purposes.

A new approach to wireless tech for implants and sensors

In the near future, people affected by health issues as varied as Alzheimer, diabetes, hearing loss, heart failure or even missing limbs could all have something in common: a smart, efficient, in-body or on-body device that makes their daily life easier and more enjoyable.   

Claim: Sensors for heart devices, consumer electronics can be digitally hijacked

The type of sensors that pick up the rhythm of a beating heart in implanted cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers are vulnerable to tampering, according to a new study conducted in controlled laboratory conditions.

No touch screen, no keyboard: enter Airwriting

German computer scientists have come up with a glove that allows phone users to write texts in the air.

GPS accuracy given big boost

Spanish researchers say they've found a way to improve cars' GPS in cities by as much as 90 percent with a new low-cost device.

Check out this moth as it drives robot car

Give a moth a robot car, and it'll use it to cruise the streets for a female, Japanese scientists have discovered. Using a small, two-wheeled robot, a male silkmoth was able to track down the sex pheromone usually given off by a female mate.

Remote-control beetles aid flight research

Scientists are using electrodes to control a living rhinoceros beetle in an effort to improve the aerodynamic performance of aircraft.

Robot fleets set to survey the oceans

Swarms of spherical robots equipped with biogeochemical sensors could soon be cruising the oceans on study missions.

Bacteria used to create living 'neon signs'

Scientists have created a living 'neon sign' made of millions of bacterial cells fluorescing in unison.

Tiny harvesters power intelligent aircraft bodies

Airplane designers have been working on sensor networks something like the human nervous system, which would run throughout the body shell and report directly to engineers when maintenance is required.

Apple patent reveals future iPod nano specs

A recently discovered patent indicates that Apple may be planning to add a camera and additional sensors to future generations of its multi-touch iPod nano.

Cat ears respond to the wearer's thoughts

Japanese company Neurowear has created a pair of pink fluffy cat ears that respond to the wearer's brainwaves.

Computers may understand you better than people

Computers don’t have emotions, but that won’t stop them from being able to understand how you feel.

House monitors residents' health

It's a little on the bijou side - but a research team has created an energy-efficient dolls' house which can send alerts if its residents are ill.

How to shoot down enemy craft - just by looking at them

BAE Systems is testing a helmet that allows fighter pilots to shoot down a target simply by looking at it and saying 'fire!'

Boffin develops satnav that knows when you're getting cross

There can be few satnav owners who haven't been tempted to throw the thing out of the car window as that patronisingly calm voice tells them to 'turn around where possible' for the umpteenth time.

Humans could form wireless nodes for high speed networks

Now, this is a weird one. A team of Irish engineers says it could be possible to minimise the need for mobile base stations by getting phone users to act as base stations themselves.

Gallium nitride sensors integrated onto silicon-based chips

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a method of integrating gallium nitride (GaN) sensors and devices directly into silicon-based computer chips.

Sensor can send back data from the heart of a volcano

Chucking a radio transmitter into the heart of a volcano might seem a pretty fruitless endeavor. But a team at Newcastle University says it's developed a device that can withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees C and which could provide early warning of an eruption.