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Wearable Technology that Helps with Public Speaking

March 31, 2015 8:58 am | by Leonor Sierra, University of Rochester | News | Comments

Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Rochester have developed an intelligent user interface for "smart glasses" that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, while being minimally distracting ...

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V280 Isolated Digital Input Module

March 30, 2015 6:25 pm | by Highland Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Highland Technology has introduced a new VME product, the model V280 Isolated Digital Input Module. The V280 features 48 individually isolated digital inputs, with programmable debounce times and extended overload protection. It will accept DC or AC inputs and includes glitch-catch capability. Versions are available for 24 volt and 3.3/5 volt logic level inputs. The V280 includes BIST sel ...

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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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RFMW Introduces 12 Watt Transistor for Industrial Heating

March 30, 2015 2:48 pm | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announces design and sales support for NXP’s BLF25M612G LDMOS power transistor offering 12 W average CW output power. The BLF25M612G is designed as a driver amplifier for high power CW applications in the 2,400 to 2,500 MHz ISM band. Operating from a 28 V supply, efficiency of the BLF25M612G is rated at 58 percent. Offering a very high gain of 18 dB, this transistor touts excellent ...

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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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HotSpot Episode 107: FAA Loosens Grip on Commercial Drone Flights

March 30, 2015 11:00 am | 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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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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When Is the Right Time for Parents to Buy Their Children A Smartphone?

March 30, 2015 10:18 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

My daughter Annabelle is at the age (11-years-old) where she needs to have everything that her friends have, including a smartphone, or her social status will suffer and the world will come to an apocalyptic end. Her dad and I keep telling her that if she learns more responsibility – e.g. picking up her room without me screaming at her – then maybe we’ll think about getting her a phone ...

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Photos of the Day: Building a Super Battery

March 30, 2015 10:06 am | by Steve Koppes, University of Chicago | News | Comments

Some 70 years later, with 20 countries racing to achieve another world-changing scientific shift--to design and build a better rechargeable "super battery"--Argonne allowed veteran reporter Steven LeVine two years of access to write about U.S. researchers leading the "battery war" charge ...

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Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in U.S. Broadband Infrastructure

March 30, 2015 9:53 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places ...

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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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