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Using Sonar to Navigate the World

April 1, 2015 | by Daniel Kish, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to “see” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a rousing talk, Kish demonstrates how this works ...

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EMC Trends and Solutions to Reduce or Eliminate EMI

April 1, 2015 4:16 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The 2015 IEEE Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Signal Integrity (EMC&SI 2015), held in Santa Clara, covered topics from EMC measurements, EMC management, and EMI control, to low frequency EMC, electromagnetic environments, and ... 

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A New Spin on Navigation

April 1, 2015 10:21 am | by Kelly Mack, The Optical Society | News | Comments

A pair of light waves - one zipping clockwise the other counterclockwise around a microscopic track - may hold the key to creating the world's smallest gyroscope: one a fraction of the width of a human hair. By bringing this essential technology down to an entirely new scale, a team of applied physicists hopes to enable a new generation of phenomenally compact gyroscope-based navigation systems, among other intriguing applications ...

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Understanding Skin's Resistance to Tearing could Lead to Flexible Electronics

April 1, 2015 10:13 am | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

When weighing the pluses and minuses of your skin add this to the plus column: Your skin - like that of all vertebrates - is remarkably resistant to tearing. Now, a collaboration of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) San Diego has shown why ...

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1-Port USB Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs)

April 1, 2015 12:01 am | by Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces the ShockLine™ MS46121A series of 1-port USB Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) that bring the price, performance, and ease-of-use advantages of Anritsu’s patented ShockLine VNA technology to an extremely compact package. Two models with frequency coverage of 40 MHz to 4 GHz and 150 kHz to 6 GHz are powered ... 

Expanded SenseMe Software for Smartphone and Wearable Applications

April 1, 2015 12:01 am | by QuickLogic Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

QuickLogic Corporation announced the addition of several new algorithms to its SenseMe™ Sensor Algorithm Library. When coupled with QuickLogic’s sensor hub silicon platforms and reference designs, the SenseMe algorithms enable designers of smartphone and wearable devices to expand the capabilities and features of their devices, dramatically shorten... 

RC Aircraft or Drones?

March 31, 2015 11:40 am | by Viet Nguyen, Senior Software Engineer, Intel Corporation | Articles | Comments

RC Aircraft have been around since before World War II. This popular hobby evolved in the last decades, but essentially is based on a flying model, mostly aircraft or helicopter, and a radio transmitter to control it. The range of these transmitters varies from 1 to 2 miles, even though the RC pilot couldn’t fly any farther than his/her visual range in order to control the aircraft ...

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Sex Bias Case Will Embolden Women Despite Verdict

March 31, 2015 9:17 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | News | Comments

Observers say a long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues will embolden women in the industry and lead firms ...

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Better Traffic Signals Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 31, 2015 9:10 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Sitting in traffic during rush hour is not just frustrating for drivers; it also adds unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Now a study by researchers at MIT could lead to better ways of programming a city’s stoplights to reduce delays, improve efficiency, and reduce emissions ...

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Wearable Technology that Helps with Public Speaking

March 31, 2015 8:58 am | by Leonor Sierra, University of Rochester | News | Comments

Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Rochester have developed an intelligent user interface for "smart glasses" that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, while being minimally distracting ...

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V280 Isolated Digital Input Module

March 30, 2015 6:25 pm | by Highland Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Highland Technology has introduced a new VME product, the model V280 Isolated Digital Input Module. The V280 features 48 individually isolated digital inputs, with programmable debounce times and extended overload protection. It will accept DC or AC inputs and includes glitch-catch capability. Versions are available for 24 volt and 3.3/5 volt logic level inputs. The V280 includes BIST sel ...

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RFMW Introduces 12 Watt Transistor for Industrial Heating

March 30, 2015 2:48 pm | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announces design and sales support for NXP’s BLF25M612G LDMOS power transistor offering 12 W average CW output power. The BLF25M612G is designed as a driver amplifier for high power CW applications in the 2,400 to 2,500 MHz ISM band. Operating from a 28 V supply, efficiency of the BLF25M612G is rated at 58 percent. Offering a very high gain of 18 dB, this transistor touts excellent ...

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Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads

March 30, 2015 1:22 pm | by Dame Stephanie Shirley, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …

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Expanding the Capacity of Fiber Optics

March 30, 2015 12:51 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Internet data travels on a laser beam through a fiber optic cable as thin as a human hair. Marvelous as that is, it may not be enough – as the volume of data grows, some researchers are asking, why waste an entire fiber on just a single beam of light? ...

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GreenPeak & ZTE Partner - Senior Living Systems

March 30, 2015 12:30 pm | by GreenPeak Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

GreenPeak signs partnership agreement with ZTE Health for Senior Lifestyle and Smart Home applications Senior Lifestyle System allows Seniors to stay at home for 5 to 10 years longer, delivering huge savings for governments as well as families ...

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HotSpot Episode 107: FAA Loosens Grip on Commercial Drone Flights

March 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a speedometer that prevents you from speeding; the FAA loosens its grip on commercial drone flights; the world's smallest hydropower plant; and the priciest wearable is a piece of jewelry ...            

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