If it is still the 1st June in your part of the world, and the time has not yet passed 20:45 hours, then today is a special day to raise awareness at 20:45 hours. The idea is to raise #Singularity awareness on the 1st of every month at 20:45 hours but I often forget myself. Anyway I remembered this month so here are some interesting pieces of  sci-tech news, starting with the increasingly efficient and powerful #graphene ...

slashgear.com wrote: "It seems we can never be content with how sensitive our camera sensors are to light. Scientists in Singapore are working on a new camera sensor technology made from graphene that will supposedly make future cameras 1,000 times more sensitive to light and uses 10 times less energy than current camera sensors."

3D-PRINTED ELECTRONICS

We are also making progress towards #3dprinting of electronics.  cnet.com wrote: "It's still very early days, but researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) have been taking significant strides in developing a new technology that makes it possible to print electronic components like sensors, transistors, light-emitters, smart tags, flexible batteries, memory, smart labels, and more."

cnet.com added: "PARC's work can also bring a new element to 3D printing: adding electronic, sensing or optical functionalities to parts. Printing electronics shares one major trait with that very hot technology: It is additive rather than subtractive. That means, said Janos Veres, PARC's program manager for printed electronics, that rather than etching the components out of other materials, the new system uses specially concocted inks to generate the electronics from scratch. Those inks may be composed of molecules, nanomaterials, and even tiny suspended silicon chips." http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57586985-76/coming-to-a-printer-near-you-electronics-manufacturing/

ROBOTS REPLACE WORKERS

scmp.com reports on how robots are replacing workers in China: "Danish robot maker Universal Robots sees a potential goldmine in offering robots with a human touch to small enterprises on the mainland that are struggling with rising wages and a shortage of labour." http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1249955/flexible-friend-small-firms

DIGITAL TATTOOS

slashgear.com reports on digital tattoos: "Motorola dropped some jaws this week, when Advanced Technology and Projects Group chief Regina Dugan revealed the company’s tinkering on digital tattoos, week-long implanted electronics that could free you from the tyranny of remembering passwords. Dugan – a former DARPA head – described the tattoo as perfect for a wearables market targeting users that don’t actually bother wearing watches any more, instead turning the body into a walking authentication token. She also namechecked mc10, a company not unfamiliar to SlashGear, as the brains behind the flexible tattoo-tech, but just what’s inside?" http://www.slashgear.com/whats-inside-motorolas-digital-tattoo-31284412/

ROBOTS PERFORM COMMONPLACE TASKS

gigaom.com reports on how #robots are drawing closer to being able to easily perform everyday actions such as pouring coffee or beer: "Humanoid robots. Useful in theory, not so much in practice. They’re kind of creepy, too. But if you’re desperate to have a silicon-powered helper pour your beer, have no fear — that day might be closer than you think." http://gigaom.com/2013/05/29/as-robots-get-smarter-theyll-be-pouring-our-coffee-and-beer/

Finally here is some news from wired.com regarding augmented reality: http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2013/06/augmented-reality-mit-smarter-objects-ar-user-interface/

#acceleratingtechnology #wearables #augmentedreality  
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