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  • TI aims to bring wireless charging to more devices with smallest receiver chip to date
    Well, it looks like we could be about to see wireless charging spread to more places than ever before — Texas Instruments just unveiled its next-generation, Qi-compliant wireless power receiver chip today, which is a full eighty percent smaller than its previous chip. That promises to make it far more easier for manufacturers to implement in everything from cellphones to game consoles to digital cameras, and that small size apparently comes without any compromises, with it providing 5W of output power and a 93-percent peak efficiency that’s comparable to an AC adapter. Unfortunately, there’s no indication as to when we might see any actual devices that use the chip, but those should be coming before too long — the complete bq51013 wireless power package is now already available for for just $3.50 in quantities of 1,000. Full press release is after the break.

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    TI aims to bring wireless charging to more devices with smallest receiver chip to date originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 18 Apr 2011 17:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • SRI unveils Taurus, DaVinci’s bomb-defusing little brother
    This is SRI International’s Taurus. Brought to you by the minds behind the DaVinci robo-surgeon, the diminutive (14 x 5-inch) bad boy is used to detect and defuse IEDs. Piggy-backing on existing devices such as Talon or PackBot, the device delivers hi-def 3D images and haptic feedback (via gloves) to a bomb disposal tech operating from a safe distance. According to IEEE Spectrum, it works so well that users forget they’re working remotely. Right now it’s a prototype, but with any luck the system could be in the field as early as this summer.

    SRI unveils Taurus, DaVinci’s bomb-defusing little brother originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Apple sues Samsung for ‘copying’ the iPhone and iPad

    Woah! In the world of big-time lawsuits, this must be just about the biggest. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has sued Samsung Electronics for copying “the look and feel” of its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone. This relates to the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, which bears more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone 3G / 3GS models, and the slightly less obvious Epic 4G, Nexus S, and Galaxy Tab (presumably the older 7-inch model, since the newer ones aren’t out yet) devices. The claim for intellectual property infringement is phrased as follows:

    “Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”

    The lawsuit was filed in the Northern District of California on Friday and seeks injunctions against Samsung, damages (both actual and punitive), and a finding that the infringement was willful. Lest we forget, the rarest outcome in such legal tussles is for an actual judgment to actually be handed down, so the greatest likelihood is that this will just lead to another round of grudging handshakes and licensing going one way with money going the other way, but still, it’s fun to see the big dogs barking at each other.

    Another aspect to these proceedings that shouldn’t be overlooked is that, on the software front, they boil down to iOS versus Android (again). When Apple calls Samsung uninventive in its user interface, it’s talking more about Android’s perceived imitation of the iPhone’s interface than whatever TouchWiz tweaks Samsung has slapped on top. And hey, if you’re going to sue Google indirectly, you can’t leave a major player like Samsung outside the courtroom, it just wouldn’t be fair.

    Apple sues Samsung for ‘copying’ the iPhone and iPad originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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