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Camera harvests energy through its sensing elements

There is long known fact that diode can be used in reverse mode to generate small current when placed on a light. Computer scientists at Columbia University thought that this phenomenon could be used for dual purpose – harvest energy and take images. They constructed 30×40 array of diode pixels on a PCB. When this array is placed in environment with more than 300 lux brightness it is capable to collect enough energy to power microcontroller and take a picture every second. It seems pretty attractive perpetual photographing machine which would take images and power itself whenever there is a light. Collected power is stored in capacitor between image shoots. It is hard to tell what microcontroller is used here but it is definitely a low power (MSP430 could do… Continue reading

iHippo – The Artificial Intelligent Toy!

If you’ve watched the Disney animated movies, “Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa”, then you must have entertained by the Hippopotamus inside the movie! I bet you also very familiar with this slogan, “I like to move it, move it” too, isn’t it? By the way, are you interested to develop a smart and interactive toy here? Well, have a closer look on this iHippo, as it’s an artificial intelligent toy. This iHippo is an amazing toy that based on the Pic32. Beside that, it contains a 223-unique and original soundbites. The five original full-length songs can be used to help your children go to sleep while the random blurbs will keep you laughing all the time. There are other interesting features about this iHippo: A smart Parental Control Interface –… Continue reading