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HotSpot Episode 107: FAA Loosens Grip on Commercial Drone Flights

March 30, 2015 | 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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Photo of the Day: Bendable Digital Displays

March 30, 2015 4:23 pm | by George Hunka, American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

From smartphones and tablets to computer monitors and interactive TV screens, electronic displays are everywhere. As the demand for instant, constant communication grows, so too does the urgency for more convenient portable devices — especially devices, like computer displays, that can be easily rolled up and put away, rather than requiring a flat surface for storage and transportation ...

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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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Shape-Shifting Sensor Reports Conditions from Deep in the Body

March 30, 2015 10:55 am | by Michael Baum, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution remote biological sensing that is not possible with current technology ...

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Wearable Device Helps Vision-Impaired Avoid Collision

March 27, 2015 4:47 pm | by Mary Leach, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary | News | Comments

Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Schepens Eye Research Institute used an obstacle course to evaluate a wearable collision warning device they developed for patients with peripheral vision loss. They found the device may help patients with a wide range of vision loss avoid collisions with high-level obstacles ...

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Flush-Fitting Hinged Trims

March 27, 2015 3:06 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has added a new size to its SMART-BOX range of advanced sealed plastic enclosures for industrial electronics: 5.12” x 8.66” x 2.36”. SMART-BOX is designed to enhance the aesthetics and ergonomics of industrial electronics such as HVAC, control and safety systems ...

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Half-Size System Host Board

March 27, 2015 1:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech has announced its PCE-4 series product line employing PICMG 1.3 half-size form factor and support for Intel work station-grade CPUs, which offer a higher base frequency than desk-top CPUs and ECC memory support ...

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Multi-Port, Multi-Protocol

March 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has announced a new family of mini PCI Express (mPCIe) multi-port serial communication cards — the mPCIe-COM Series ...

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Low Pin Count Package

March 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The FT600Q and FT601Q are FTDI Chip’s (UK) first generation USB 3.0 products that function as SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to FIFO bridges, providing data bursting rates of up to 3.2 Gbps ...

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Dual Channel Adaptive IF Relay

March 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek has introduced the Model 71624 dual channel, 34 signal, adaptive IF (intermediate frequency) relay XMC with a Virtex-6 FPGA. As an IF relay, it accepts two IF analog input channels, modifies up to 34 signals, and then delivers them to two analog IF outputs. Any signal within each IF band can be independently enabled or disabled ...

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5 Things to Know About Galaxy S6 Phones

March 27, 2015 10:37 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A better design, sharper camera and easier to use software make the new Galaxy S6 phones the best Samsung has yet to offer. Although Samsung has been praised for its improved hardware, much of what I like is in the software ...           

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Photo of the Day: DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel

March 27, 2015 10:26 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program seeks to develop a new type of unmanned surface vessel that could independently track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over thousands of miles. One of the challenges that the ACTUV program is addressing is development of autonomous behaviors for complying with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, known as ...

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3 Astronauts Are Taking a One Year Trip to the International Space Station

March 27, 2015 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth. Of the three-man team, American Scott Kelly and Russian Mikhail Kornienko are to stay at the International Space Station until March ... 

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Analysis Sees Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

March 27, 2015 9:57 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for ... 

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