With technology improving daily, it’s not surprising to hear about the latest “world’s smallest camera” or “fastest computer” on a near-weekly basis. However, the invention of this latest “world’s smallest camera” is something to talk about. This new type of camera has the potential to change the way digital devices interact with the world and each other.

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GPS tracking has been used to chart animal migratory patterns and other behaviors for years. This method of tracking, and the even more invasive method of implanting RFID chips, however, could be a thing of the past with increased technological breakthroughs in cameras and digital algorithms. Learning an animal’s location could now be as simple as snapping a photograph.

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During winter it’s pretty common that people either forget their snow shovels outside or just figure that no one will bother to steal them. In the case of David Welles of Chicago, one of his neighbors not only decided to steal his shovel from the front yard, but also let her dog leave a not-so-nice present in the front yard, adding insult to injury.
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With the recent success of Xbox 360′s Kinect controller, which gives gamers control with a wave of a hand, other companies are taking notice. They are also noticing the profits that this technology brings, and are working hard at installing gesture control in other devices like mobile phones and tablet PCs.

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It’s relatively common to hear about photographers getting into legal trouble for taking photos or recording police officers, government buildings, or public infrastructure (i.e. subways). But, there are certain legal restrictions on it, usually to protect national security and monitor for potential terrorist plots. Now, however,  photographers are getting fed up with getting harassed for just taking a picture.

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Mirrors—everyone has them in his or her home, and most everyone looks at one at least once a day. Ming-Zher Poh, a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, has found a way to get mirrors to show more than just your physical appearance. This new technology will enable you to analyze your  health and tell you how stressed or relaxed you are, all based on your reflection.

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Ramesh Raskar, an associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, has created the ultimate camera that does what once sounded impossible: seeing around corners. The camera uses laser technology to create something that resembles an echo effect; except instead of using sounds to bounce off objects, this camera uses a laser flash.

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