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Wirelessly Charged Microchip Opens Doors into 'Electroceutical’ Devices'

July 29, 2014 | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In their quest to integrate microchip technology with internal medical devices, a team of Stanford engineers, led by Professor Ada Poon, and John Ho, an electrical engineering student, have invented a groundbreaking solution for wirelessly charging devices implanted in the body...               

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Amazon to Invest $2B to Expand in India

July 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion...

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Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app...

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Photos of the Day: Next-Generation Microshutter Array

July 30, 2014 1:10 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope...                  

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Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses so Yesterday

July 30, 2014 12:59 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment...

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Optimum Inertia for Snowman-like Nanorobot

July 30, 2014 12:52 am | by Springer | News | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia makes self-propulsion a major challenge...

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New Gadget Helps the Vision Impaired to Read Graphs

July 30, 2014 12:46 am | by Curtin University | News | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment...

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Developers Tap Wireless Self-Sufficiency with their Product Designs

July 30, 2014 12:20 am | by Alaine Portnoy, Director of Marketing, Omnify Software | Articles | Comments

Wireless, batteryless design developers are becoming a greater asset to companies today in helping to develop cutting edge product designs for manufacturers. Energy harvesting technologies are creating a buzz in the industry as way for product manufacturers to develop more interesting applications...

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Pentek Introduces Talon Value Series Recorders

July 29, 2014 11:37 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek has introduced the first member of the Talon recorder series, the Model RTV 2601 single-channel multiband recording and playback system. This recorder is part of the new Talon Value Series of rackmount recorders...

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Tektronix Adds Support for Automated APCO P25 Transmitter Compliance Testing

July 29, 2014 6:54 pm | by Tektronix | News | Comments

Tektronix announced a cost-effective compliance transmitter test solution for the Project 25 Common Air Interface Phase 1 and Phase 2 standard. The new software gives RF test engineers and safety agencies the convenience of push-button measurements with automated pass/fail reporting...

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Simplifying Wide Input Voltage DC-DC Converter Design with COT Topology

July 29, 2014 5:22 pm | by Vijay Choudhary, Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Constant-on-time (COT) regulators provide transient performance with minimum design effort and component count without the requirement of loop compensation. The adaptive on-time provides immediate input voltage feed-forward and fixed switching frequency, making COTs suitable for many low power and bias applications...                

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Testing Times in the Continuing Evolution of WLAN

July 29, 2014 3:52 pm | by Yu Qian, Marketing Engineer, Keysight Technologies | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) — forecast by some companies to host up to 50 billion wirelessly-connected devices by 2020 — demands yet more network capability and capacity. Equipment based on the 802.11 wireless LAN (local area network) standard is forecast to fulfill a major part of this need...                 

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NST Series Negative Temperature Thermistors

July 29, 2014 1:31 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NIC Components has announced the expansion of surface mount negative temperature thermistors with the NST series. NST continues the expansion of surface mount construction with the availability of 3 standard sizes.

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New PLLs Deliver Wide Frequency Range Coverage and Low VCO Phase Noise

July 29, 2014 1:22 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced today three new phase-locked loop devices one of which features the industry’s widest frequency coverage and lowest voltage-controlled oscillator phase noise in a single device...

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Handheld Thermal Imager and Insulation Resistance Testers

July 29, 2014 1:13 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced the addition of two new ranges of instruments to its portfolio of handheld tools. The U5855A TrueIR thermal imager provides clear and sharp thermal images with its unique Fine Resolution capability...

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Bridge-Saving Sensors

July 29, 2014 12:45 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), “One in nine of the nation’s bridges are rated as structurally deficient."1 In order to eliminate bridge infrastructure deficiency, the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) claims that $20.5 billion needs to be invested on an annual basis...                

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