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HotSpot Episode 110: Sensor Can Detect Spoiled Meat

April 20, 2015 | by Eric Sorensen, Jon Dipierro, Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the Swimmo smartwatch and personal underwater swimming coach; the new Jawbone UP4 partners with American Express to bring mobile payments to the fitness band; scientists at The Ohio State University developed a prototype treadmill that adjusts its own speed; and MIT chemists developed a sensor that can detect spoiled meat ... 

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Better Battery Imaging Paves Way for Renewable Energy Future

April 20, 2015 4:58 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

In a move that could improve the energy storage of everything from portable electronics to electric microgrids, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Brookhaven National Laboratory researchers have developed a novel X-ray imaging technique to visualize and study the electrochemical ... 

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LoRa Alliance Poised to Make LPWAN a Reality for M2M

April 20, 2015 4:45 pm | by Chris Downey, Product Director, Laird Embedded Wireless Solutions | Articles | Comments

Wireless M2M solutions have traditionally only had three different technologies that they could rely on for communication. They could accept the limited range of standards-based local area technologies (such as Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Bluetooth), pay the costs for wide-area cellular ... 

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Next-Gen Public Safety Technologies Using IoT

April 20, 2015 4:33 pm | by James Teel, Director of Business Development for LTE Technology, Harris Corporation | Articles | Comments

Imagine this: you are a police officer patrolling your beat, just as you do for 40 hours a week - every week. You see a car exceeding the speed limit. You hit your lights in order to pull the car over, and like most nights, you are by yourself as you go through the standard ... 

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Is 2015 the Year of Smart?

April 20, 2015 4:08 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

As if you didn’t already know, smart technology is all around us, and it’s quickly creeping into our everyday life. When I was a kid (I know, I know, it wasn’t that long ago) 2015 was one of those milestone years people made big, important predictions about (like the Chicago Cubs ... 

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The Rigors of Storing Harvested Energy

April 20, 2015 3:42 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

We are seeing the rapid emergence of energy harvesting technology, which coincides with the development of low-power communications protocols such as ZigBee, Green Power, Bluetooth LE, and 6LowPan, which all operate within a peak power range of ... 

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Photos of the Day: Chevrolet Debuts FNR — A Vision of the Future

April 20, 2015 11:39 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The Shanghai Motor Show is about more than just displaying the latest extended-wheelbase luxury sedans to the Chinese populace. Chevrolet is taking advantage of the event to debut its vision of the future of motoring with the FNR concept, and the capsule looks like it could be fresh ... 

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Google Shaking Up Search Recommendations on Smartphones

April 20, 2015 11:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites ... 

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Advances in Molecular Electronics: Lights On — Molecule On

April 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Konstanz are working on storing and processing information on the level of single molecules to create the smallest possible components that will combine autonomously to form ...

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Power Management ICs for Ultrabooks and Tablets

April 20, 2015 9:22 am | by Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Highly integrated power management ICs (PMICs) that enable the industry’s first credit card-size motherboards for high-end ultrabook and tablet computers powered by 2-cell Li-ion batteries. The single-chip ISL95908 PMIC delivers eight voltage rails optimized to support subsystem peripheral power requirements for new Intel IMVP8 platforms ... 

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Photo of the Day: Passive UHF RFID Tags Detect How People Interact with Objects

April 17, 2015 1:29 pm | by Disney Research | News | Comments

Disney Research has demonstrated that battery-free, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to cheaply and unobtrusively determine how people use and interact with daily objects, enabling new types of interactive play, smart homes and work environments, and new ... 

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Beyond the Lithium Ion — A Significant Step Toward a Better Performing Battery

April 17, 2015 1:04 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development ... 

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Apple Digs in on Green with China Solar, US forest Projects

April 17, 2015 10:28 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a quest to be more green, Apple says it is investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make environmentally friendly paper. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable ... 

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WikiLeaks Creates Online Archive of Hacked Sony Documents

April 17, 2015 10:15 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. It's the latest ... 

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Energy System Cuts Greenhouse Gas Emissions 68 Percent and Fossil Fuel 65 Percent

April 17, 2015 9:08 am | by Lisa Lapin and Kate Chesley | News | Comments

Stanford University has converted to a state-of-the-art energy system that relies on renewable electricity and provides a new transformational energy supply model for large organizations, utilities and governments. The university announced a new agreement to provide ... 

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An Electric Vehicle Designed for Antarctica

April 16, 2015 4:56 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Though electric vehicles are a common topic on technology and consumer blogs, rarely do your hear the technology partnered with the word Antarctica. But, for scientists who live and work there, it’s an interesting exploration into what types of vehicles are ideal....

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