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Thin, Fast, and Flexible Semiconductors

Amorphous oxide semiconductors promise to make flat-panel displays faster and sharper than today’s silicon standby

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Thin, Fast, and Flexible Semiconductors
Illustration: Bryan Christie Design; monitor: iStockPhoto

imgIllustration: Bryan Christie Design

Amorphous silicon has long been the king of flat-panel displays. It began its reign in PC monitors and high-definition TV, then conquered netbooks, e-readers, and smartphones. No other substance was as suitable for the thin-film transistors that sit behind a display’s hundreds of thousands of pixels, turning each one on or off.

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Video Friday: PoKeBo Cubes

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos

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A young girl looks at a cluster of three simple robots facing each other on a table

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics. We also post a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months. Please send us your events for inclusion.

RoboCup 2022: 11 July–17 July 2022, BANGKOK
IEEE CASE 2022: 20 August–24 August 2022, MEXICO CITY
CLAWAR 2022: 12 September–14 September 2022, AZORES, PORTUGAL
ANA Avatar XPRIZE Finals: 4 November–5 November 2022, LOS ANGELES
CoRL 2022: 14 December–18 December 2022, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

Enjoy today's videos!

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The Day Business Suits Became In-App Purchases

Meta selling digital “fashion” isn’t a surprise, but the details come apart at the seams

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Meta Avatars wearing fashion from the Avatars Store.

Meta’s Avatars Store will sell virtual fashion from major labels.

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Odds are you’ve added a piece to your wardrobe for a job interview or an important meeting. But what if that meeting happened in the metaverse? Would you spend money to upgrade your avatar?

Meta is hoping you’ll answer “yes.” CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the company’s new Avatars Store, slated to go live within weeks, in an “avatar fashion show” with Instagram’s Eva Chen.

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Improved Dynamic Range for Pulse Detection

Achieving an unprecedented combination of dynamic range and sampling rate for pulse data acquisition

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Join Teledyne SP Devices for an introduction to our Pulse Detection Range eXtension (PDRX) technology. It achieves a dynamic range equivalent to 16-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) while exceeding the sampling rate supported by commercially available devices. It is ideal for pulse capture in applications such as mass spectrometry. Register now for this free webinar!

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