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'Magic Carpet' Could Help Prevent Falls

September 6, 2012 9:29 am | Comments

Plastic optical fibres, laid on the underlay of a carpet, can bend when anyone treads on it and map, in real-time, their walking patterns. Tiny electronics at the edges act as sensors and relay signals to a computer. These signals can then be analysed to show the image of the footprint and identify gradual changes in walking behaviour or a sudden incident such as a fall or trip.

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A Millimeter-Scale, Wirelessly Powered Cardiac Device

September 6, 2012 7:41 am | Comments

Stanford electrical engineers overturn existing models to demonstrate the feasibility of a millimeter-sized, wirelessly powered cardiac device A team of engineers at Stanford has demonstrated the feasibility of a super-small, implantable cardiac device that gets its power not from batteries, but from radio waves transmitted from outside the body.

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Wireless Window Sentinel

September 6, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

A bad weather front is fast approaching and a cloudburst is imminent. If you happen to be away from home, but have left a window open, either deliberately or because you forgot to check one room, you may be in for a wet surprise when you come home. However, it does not have to be like that: Thanks to a new sensor system, such situations can now be avoided.

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Seattle Seahawks Embrace Digital Future With Tablet-based Playbooks

September 5, 2012 11:40 am | Comments

For years, professional football players have been forced to lug around hefty playbooks. But the three-ring binders — stuffed with dozens of offensive plays and defensive schemes — are going the way of leather football helmets. The Seattle Seahawks are now converting plays to PDFs and uploading to tablets, with the players using the devices not only to study plays but also to watch video highlights of games and practices.

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As a Taxi-Hailing App Comes to New York, Its Legality Is Questioned

September 5, 2012 11:12 am | Comments

New Yorkers have long adopted their own techniques in the fine art of hailing a taxicab, a theatrical, frustrating, competitive ritual of the city. There is the high-pitched whistle, the two-handed gesticulation, the rapid snapping of fingers. Many favor the classic wave — an open palm raised high, stretching into coming traffic.

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Trio of Antenna Circuit Materials at Mobile Antenna Systems 2012

September 5, 2012 10:30 am | Comments

Rogers Corporation will be displaying three of their leading high-performance circuit materials for mobile and fixed-site antennas at the upcoming Mobile Antenna Systems 2012 conference and exhibition. This key event for designers and specifiers of antennas for a wide range of fixed and mobile applications is scheduled for September 18-19, 2012 at the Hyatt Denver Tech Center (Denver, CO).

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uBeam Lands $750K To Let You Charge Gadgets Without Plugs

September 5, 2012 7:27 am | Comments

This is what we talk about when we talk about Disrupt. uBeam , a small startup founded by Meredith Perry , a 22-year-old new graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, has taken on $750,000 in seed funding to build out its technology for wirelessly charging electronic devices. uBeam’s investors include Founders Fund’s angel investing arm , Andreessen Horowitz , Crunchfund , and a number of individual angel investors including Google’s Marissa Mayer and Zappos co-founder Tony Hsieh , uBeam’s Meredith Perry told TechCrunch today in a phone interview.

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Engineering Newswire 2: Advertising on Toilet Paper

September 5, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

In this episode of Engi neering Newswire , toilet paper advertising with scannable QR codes; Nikola Tesla's Wardenclyffe lab gets threatened with closure; growing a new foot; cars that communicate with each other to prevent crashes; an iTypewriter that defeats the purposes of touch technology; and Apple wins patent grapple with Samsung.

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Partnership to Deliver Smart Home Solutions to Operators

September 4, 2012 11:33 am | Comments

The Bosch division Security Systems, a leading global supplier of security, safety and communication products, solutions and services and GreenPeak Technologies , a leading Smart Home RF communications semiconductor company, have announced their partnership. They join forces to serve operators with a complete end-to-end solution allowing them to complement their business offering with services like Home Security and Home Care.

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BTC Adds Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions Trompeter Line

September 4, 2012 10:56 am | Comments

BTC Electronic Components (BTC) is pleased to announce the expansion of their product base with the purchase of Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions Trompeter product line to their stocking package.   Emerson Connectivity Solutions is a respected producer of RF interconnects products, including RF connectors, patching, cable assemblies and related tools for coaxial, twinax, and triax applications markets worldwide.

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Creative Wireless Speakers Automatically Adjust to Your Room

September 4, 2012 6:35 am | Comments

At the IFA tech show here, or at any tech show, it’s not hard to find wireless speakers that pair with smartphones and tablets. But audio company Creative is being more creative with a speaker that can function on its own for basic stereo or link wirelessly with additional speakers to form a surround-sound system.

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Withings Revamps Its WiFi Bathroom Scales, Orders You to Stop Slouching

September 4, 2012 6:31 am | Comments

Withings has introduced a new set of wireless bathroom scales to spare us sedentary geeks the effort of recording our weekly weigh-ins . The updated set includes Position Control technology, which we assume means it tells you to stand up straight and suck your belly in while it's sending your details to the internet .

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Multi-Screen Mania: How Our Devices Work Together

September 4, 2012 6:23 am | by With more devices at our disposal, users are finding ways to spread out their tasks between screens, moving from smartphones to PCs and tablets. That’s one of the findings of a new multi-screen study by Google. | Comments

The reality of our multi-screen world is that consumers are increasingly turning to different devices throughout the day to accomplish tasks. A user might rely on a smartphone to dash off a quick text message or to scan a product in store, then use a tablet to plan trips at home and then turn to a PC to do more heavy research.

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6 Fitness Gadgets You Need to Know

September 4, 2012 6:16 am | Comments

Fitness is something many aspire to, but it seems like only a few actually achieve. Let’s face it, not everyone has it in them to be a three-time marathoner or to wake up at the crack of dawn every day to swim laps. On the other hand, too many people (who, me? Never.) get frustrated when they pay for a gym membership that they don’t use.

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Managing Sewage Like Traffic Thanks to Data

September 4, 2012 6:07 am | Comments

South Bend, Ind., is using a sensor network and IBM software to prevent its sewer system from dumping sewage into rivers or backing up into citizens’ home, but it’s just a microcosm of global trend toward solving urban maladies using big data. If you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the design of your city’s sewer system, you’re not alone.

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