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Smart Luggage Has Location Tracking and Built-In Phone Charger

January 23, 2015 | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The future of travel is here and it’s packaged up quite nicely. No, this is not about a change in airplane seating or Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft, this is something else. Something brilliant! Delsey, a French luggage manufacturer, is protoyping a connected smart bag known as Pluggage. The bag links ... 

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Scientists 'Bend' Elastic Waves that Could Lead to Elastic Cloaking

January 23, 2015 2:15 pm | by Jeff Sossamon, University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered "elastic" waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent changes to the substance's makeup. Now, engineering researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a material that has the ability to control these waves ...     

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Microsoft Creates Wearable Star Trek Holodeck

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, earlier this week Microsoft unveiled their latest peripheral gadget to accompany Windows 10, theHoloLens. Star Trek fans in particular will enjoy the “holodeck” style augmented reality the goggles produce – rather than the completely immersive world previous virtual reality software offers, the HoloLens ... 

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Photo of the Day: DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment Program

January 23, 2015 9:44 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

CODE researchers seek to create a modular software architecture that is resilient to bandwidth limitations and communications disruptions, yet compatible with existing standards and capable of affordable retrofit into existing platforms ...                          

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DARPA to Establish Code for Unmanned Aircraft to Fly without Supervision

January 23, 2015 9:43 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The U.S. military’s investments in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have proven invaluable for missions from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to tactical strike. Most of the current systems, however, require constant control by a dedicated pilot and sensor operator as well as a large number of analysts, all via telemetry ...              

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Got Battery? Lots of Low Battery Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 9:21 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The common lithium-ion battery that's used to power laptops, cellphones and tablet computers has improved in recent years. Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, says K. M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University who researches batteries. But it's not nearly enough to keep up with the demand ...                    

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New York City’s Largest Wind Turbine Stands 160-Feet Tall

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s residential curbside metal, glass, and plastic ... 

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NASA’s Plans for Space Exploration, the Future of ISS, and Women in STEM

January 22, 2015 1:57 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

About 130 middle and high school students got the chance to speak with astronauts and leading scientists from NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event on ... 

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Ultra-Low Capacitance TVS Device Protects USB 3.0 Interface

January 22, 2015 12:39 pm | by Semtech | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech has announced the RClamp3346P, a high-performance, ultra-low capacitance transient voltage suppression (TVS) device to protect the USB 3.0 interface in computing and mobile devices from electrostatic discharge (ESD) events. The RClamp3346P supplements Semtech’s ...

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Totalizer Module From SignalFire Provides Instantaneous Totals of Gas Flow Rates To Help Address Flare Gas Regulations

January 22, 2015 11:45 am | by SignalFire Wireless Telemetry | Product Releases | Comments

Spurred by the growth of hydraulic fracking within the United States, flare gas regulations have become tighter, requiring companies to more closely monitor the total flow of gas on their sites. SignalFire Telemetry introduces the Totalizer Module to work with analog or digital flow meters to provide instantaneous, total, and daily flow information of gas. With a built-in user-configurable ...

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Photos of the Day: Microsoft HoloLens Lets You See 3D Holograms

January 22, 2015 9:53 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With virtual reality capturing imaginations during the last couple of years, it's easy to forget about augmented reality. But Microsoft has spent years cooking up its own take on AR, and it's ready to bake the technology into Windows 10. Much like how the Surface was introduced alongside Windows 8, Microsoft has its own holographic ... 

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NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'

January 22, 2015 9:48 am | News | Comments

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens. Developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, OnSight will give scientists a means to plan and ... 

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Microsoft Shows off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens'

January 22, 2015 9:36 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.The company showed the new headset, which lets users view and interact with three-dimensional images ...                          

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Rice-Sized Robots Mimic Insects

January 22, 2015 9:24 am | by Sarah Bergbreiter, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in micro-robotics, and hear about three ways we might use these little helpers in the future ...                  

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New Method to Generate Arbitrary Optical Pulses

January 22, 2015 9:13 am | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to generate more powerful, more energy efficient and low-cost pulsed lasers ...                                    

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Repeaters get Boost from Two-Stage Power Amp

January 21, 2015 7:24 pm | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

Repeaters get Boost from Two-Stage Power Amp RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TQP9108 from Qorvo. With two stages of amplification, the TQP9108 offers 30.5dB of gain with 31.3dBm output power. Covering 1.7 to 2.17GHz, the Qorvo TQP9108 serves small cell and repeater applications, DAS and booster amp applications for bands 1, 2, 3, 4 and 25. Power added efficiency is rate ...

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