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Far-Field Voice Input Processing

May 13, 2013 5:15 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

Past attempts of providing this functionality have not been successful due to the difficulty with far-field voice input processing (FFVIP). When a microphone is close to the mouth of the individual talking, the quality of the audio tends to be better and louder than the surrounding noise.

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UniSA Satellite System Sends Data for a Song

May 6, 2013 3:24 pm | by University of South Australia (UniSA) | Comments

A new communications system being trialed at the University of South Australia (UniSA) could radically lower the cost of using satellites to send and receive sensor information collected in Australia’s vast unpopulated areas.

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Cyberthreats Must Require Governments & Businesses to be ‘Cyberrisk Intelligent’

May 3, 2013 9:42 am | by Jeff Falk, Chris Bronk, Rice University | Comments

In an age where cybersecurity is of foremost interest for governments and businesses, public and private organizations must deploy risk-intelligence governance to secure their digital communications and resources from eavesdropping, theft or attack, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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Bringing NFC to the Masses through Efficiency and Simplicity

May 2, 2013 11:26 am | by Neeraj Bhatia, product manager, Qualcomm Atheros | Comments

It’s no secret that Near Field Communication (NFC) is becoming a key feature in today’s flagship mobile devices. This year the industry has already seen the high-profile Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and BlackBerry Z10 launches incorporate NFC technology. According to ABI Research, nearly 2 billion NFC-enabled devices...

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Nanowires Grown on Graphene Have Surprising Structure

April 24, 2013 9:30 am | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor | Comments

The self-assembled wires have a core of one composition and an outer layer of another, a desired trait for many advanced electronics applications. Led by professor Xiuling Li, in collaboration with professors Eric Pop and Joseph Lyding, all professors of electrical and computer...

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Brainstorm: RF Signal Interference

April 23, 2013 3:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The cellular basestation industry has dealt rather successfully in mitigating RF signal interference through thoughtful radio system knowledge, cell planning, and appropriately applied standards specifications. Interference -- in-band or out-of-band...

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Drop Tag: Keeping Tabs on Parcels

April 23, 2013 9:27 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

We all get a little nervous mailing out packages that have “FRAGILE” written Stamped on the side; keeping our fingers crossed that the contents won’t get damaged, squished, or broken during their transit to point B. MA-based Cambridge Consultants now offers a solution to help calm our nerves...

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Touchscreen Requirements for Human Machine Interface in Industrial Automation

April 22, 2013 11:43 am | by Vikas Dhurka, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Cypress Semiconductor | Comments

The Human Machine Interface (HMI) in industrial automation is quickly transitioning to touchscreens. The touchscreen requirements on a factory floor, however, are unique and must be solved for a good (read “safe”) operator experience with increased productivity and throughput.

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Germanium Made Compatible

April 22, 2013 10:44 am | by Maja Schaffner, ETH Zurich | Comments

Researchers from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the Politecnico di Milano have jointly developed a manufacturing technique to render the semiconductor germanium laser-compatible through high tensile strain. In their paper recently published in Nature Photonics...

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Challenges with Microcell Deployment & Configuration

April 19, 2013 10:11 am | by Sinisa Peric, Chief R&D Engineer, QRC Technologies and Thomas Callahan, GM & CTO, QRC Technologies | Comments

With cellular phones becoming not just voice, but now also data appliances, there is a growing need for operators to provide wide area (3-5 mile) coverage that assures high-rate data and voice services in nearly every location. What used to be considered “acceptable” gaps in coverage, like isolated homes...

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M2M Combo Chip: In the Driver’s Seat for Reducing Cost in Automation Industry

April 18, 2013 9:52 am | by Satish Melukadavan, Vice President, Product Design, Redpine Signals Inc., M2MCombo, M2M communications, machine-to-machine communications, M2M cloud applications, automation industry | Comments

The era of the Internet began in 1980s by networking organizations like the military, government agencies, corporate, and universities. If we talk to any user from that time, they wouldn’t have the slightest clue of what the future of this technology would be.

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Security, Speed Driving WSN Needs

April 16, 2013 2:16 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, WDD | Comments

When it comes to new applications and overall potential for a given technology, not much rivals the integration of wireless sensor networks (WSN). Reader feedback regarding new WSN applications, trends, and obstacles essentially provided a snapshot of the wireless design marketplace as a whole...

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Video Recording Eyewear Turning Heads

April 15, 2013 1:42 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

For the adventurers, explorers, and extreme athletes, getting the perfect shot or photo can be quite cumbersome with a regular, hand-held camera or camcorder; especially when both hands are needed to maneuver a certain situation or action. New York start-up, Pivothead ...

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Small Satellites Becoming Big Deal for Students

April 15, 2013 12:57 pm | by Scott Palo, University of Colorado at Boulder | Comments

For some University of Colorado Boulder undergraduates, designing, building and flying small satellites is becoming a large part of their hands-on education. NASA recently selected CU-Boulder as one of 24 institutions or organizations to fly tiny satellites as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned for launch in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Biological Transistor Enables Computing within Living Cells

April 15, 2013 9:24 am | by Andrew Myers is Associate Director of Communications, Stanford University School of Engineering. | Comments

When Charles Babbage prototyped the first computing machine in the 19th century, he imagined using mechanical gears and latches to control information. ENIAC, the first modern computer developed in the 1940s, used vacuum tubes and electricity.

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