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HotSpot Episode 111: Control Your Home with Hook

May 4, 2015 | by Eric Sorensen, Jon Dipierro, Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Hack-a-Joe Labs wants to make your life easier. Do you ever hop into bed and realize that you forgot to turn off your lamp? Well now you don't need to get out of bed to do it. And no this is not a clap on, clap off lamp. Hook is a device that connects inexpensive remote-controlled ... 

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Photos of the Day: An All-Electric, 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra

May 4, 2015 1:57 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Department of Energy unveiled this bad boy back in January to celebrate the Shelby Cobra’s 50th anniversary. The all-electric, 3D-printed Cobra is constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced ABS from the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine at the Oak ... 


Google Embeds Engineers as Professors

May 4, 2015 10:13 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until ... 


Algorithm Combines Videos from Unstructured Camera Arrays into Panoramas

May 4, 2015 9:47 am | by Disney Research | News | Comments

Even non-professionals may someday be able to create high-quality video panoramas using multiple cameras with the help of an algorithm developed by a team of Disney researchers. Their method smooths out the blurring, ghosting and other distortions ... 


Wireless Duct Temperature Sensors

May 3, 2015 11:40 am | by Monnit | Product Releases | Comments

The Monnit Wireless Duct Temperature Sensor uses an NTC thermistor with 8 ft. lead wires to accurately measure temperatures in duct work, while maintaining a sealed environment. Can be easily installed and mounted for long term use. User customization allows you to set the frequency of readings and the ability to set thresholds for notifications from the system ... 

An All-Girls Engineering Class

May 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Women make up only 14 percent of engineers, and the lack of female engineers in the field has been a topic of much discussion and concern. Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey has been experiencing this problem firsthand....


Photos of the Day: Amazon CEO Launches Unmanned Test Flight

May 1, 2015 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the latest development in the commercial space race, the private space company founded by CEO Jeff Bezos launched their unmanned spaceship in its maiden test flight ... 


Tesla Charges Into Home Battery Market Despite Challenges

May 1, 2015 11:09 am | by Michael Liedtke, Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages. Musk announced Tesla's expansion ... 


Engineering a Better Solar Cell

May 1, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight into electricity more efficiently ... 


“Fingerprinting” Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

May 1, 2015 9:47 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s often said that no two human fingerprints are exactly alike. For that reason, police often use them as evidence to link suspects to crime scenes. The same goes for silicon chips: Manufacturing processes cause microscopic variations in chips that are unpredictable ... 

Wireless Minute: SALT Card Enables Keyless Entry for Your Phone

May 1, 2015 9:38 am | by Jon Dipierro, Janine Mooney | Videos | Comments

The SALT Card wants to put an end to repeatedly typing passwords on your phone and the constant hovering your finger on a sensor waiting for it to unlock. If you, your phone, and your salt card are within 10 feet of each other, the credit card-sized gadget will ... 


SMT Current Sense Transformers

April 30, 2015 4:10 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s CST2010 series of current sense transformers detect switching current up to 40 Amps over a frequency range of 50 to 500 kHz while also isolating circuits electrically, resulting in up to 10X lower power dissipation than current sense resistors. This makes them ideal for switched-mode power supply applications, including feedback control, overload ... 

Micro-miniature LVDS Oscillators Offer Femtosecond Integrated Phase Jitter

April 30, 2015 2:54 pm | by Saelig Co. Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced three new ranges of surface mount micro-miniature LVDS (low voltage differential signaling) oscillators that offer femtosecond integrated phase jitter. Delivering high performance at highly competitive prices, the new HDK series oscillators also offer superior phase noise. The HDK3261 series of oscillators are ... 

Wireless Minute: New Knob Nixes Need for Kitchen Fixes

April 30, 2015 12:45 pm | by Alex Shanahan, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

A new Kickstarter campaign promises to cook your food perfectly using a new attachment for your stove. You know, just to make it easier to give up on any skill required for self-reliance. The Meld is a knob that attaches to your gas or electric stove. It senses temperature ... 


Photo of the Day: MESSENGER Spacecraft's Impact Region on Mercury

April 30, 2015 12:24 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

On April 30th, this region of Mercury's surface will have a new crater! Traveling at 3.91 kilometers per second (over 8,700 miles per hour), the MESSENGER spacecraft will collide with Mercury's surface, creating a crater estimated to be 16 meters (52 feet) in ... 


MIT Research Showcased at Singapore’s First Tech Carnival

April 30, 2015 10:31 am | by Pauline Teo, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology | News | Comments

As Singapore aims to become a "smart" nation, discovering and harnessing innovations from research institutes, and other industry players, may be a key to success. Against this backdrop, three MIT research projects — robotic stingrays, driverless golf carts, and a device ... 


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