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Flexible phones

You’re inevitably late to your 9:30 a.m. class and pedaling as fast as your legs can allow. Your phone slips out of your pocket, but your case wasn’t rated for bicycle drops. You pedal back, embarrassed and turn your phone over to an ornate (and expensive) spiderweb on your screen. With new flexible phones, you…

Researchers design energy-saving method to wake up electronics

It’s not the usual Valentine’s day treat, but today’s audience at the International Solid State Circuits Conference will hear two Stanford researchers present a breakthrough finding that paints a rosy picture of the future of the Internet of Things, a catch-all phrase referring to any network of smart devices. Their work centers around using ultrasonic signals to wake up electronic devices.