IBM is developing an ultra-durable battery for electric cars

IBM is developing an ultra-durable battery for electric cars

The lithium-ion battery in the average smartphone is capable of lasting a good number of years if it’s not exposed to overheating or some other form of permanent damage, but the same working assumption can’t always be made elsewhere. When it comes to electric vehicles, for instance, the risk of catastrophic power failure must be…

Meet Sony’s upcoming biometric lifelog

Meet Sony’s upcoming biometric lifelog

In an industry where product leaks are a practically weekly occurrence, the fact that Sony managed to keep a lid on the features of its upcoming LifeLog Camera for nearly two years since the initial prototype was revealed to the public constitutes quite a feat. But regulatory disclosure requirements catch up to even the most…

Samsung is developing a fabric-like display for smart clothing

Samsung is developing a fabric-like display for smart clothing

Now that the first curved and bendable displays are starting to enter mass production, Samsung is moving on to the next adjective with a new elastic diode arrangement capable of stretching like a fabric. The technology, which was revealed in a recently published patent application from the company’s monitor-making business, bears a close resemblance to…

Wearing a smartwatch could one day save your life

Wearing a smartwatch could one day save your life

It appears that the vehicle-integrated smartwatch LG and Audi previewed at CES earlier this year is much more than the novelty driving accessory it has been made out to be. The South Korean electronics giant is seeking intellectual property protections for a new piece of homegrown software that can detect when an accident occurs and…

IBM is using analytics to encourage recycling

IBM is using analytics to encourage recycling

It appears that Big Blue’s interest in connected devices is much broader than what has officially been acknowledged. A new patent filing from the company published this week reveals the specifications for a smart recycling bin that harnesses the image recognition capabilities of its cloud-based analytics platform to try and encourage consumers to become more conscious about how…