On Engineering Newswire we're playing catch with Disney robots, colonizing mars with deep pocketed donors, and beaming aboard a Star Trek classroom. This episode features: Robotics experts at Disney's lab in Pittsburgh have created a humanoid robot that can play a game of catch. This eerie-faced robot not only tosses the ball to you, but he can find, register, and catch it.
Let's cut some cords! Power cords, that is, as we take a look at the future of wireless power and charging! We've managed to cut all kinds of cords and cables in our daily lives, but are we finally ready to cut the power cord? Wireless charging is something we've all wished for, especially if we've had a taste of it already.
If you've been in an airport , coffee shop, library or hotel recently, chances are you've been right in the middle of a wireless network. Many people also use wireless networking, also called WiFi or 802.11 networking, to connect their computers at home , and some cities are trying to use the technology to provide free or low-cost Internet access to residents.
A patent dispute between Nokia and RIM could ban BlackBerry sales. The dispute centers around a WLAN (wireless local area network) patent owned by Nokia which allows RIM devices to connect to Wi-Fi networks. RIM licensed a number of standards-essential patents from Nokia in 2003, thinking the patent in question was included in the deal.
Windows 8 may not be having the effect on sales that Microsoft had hoped. Sales are actually down 21% since the launch on Oct. 26, according to one researcher. The NPD Group reports that sales of Windows devices fell during the four-week period after the launch vs. the comparable period in 2011.
At least one former Apple exec wasn’t surprised or sad to hear the news that iOS chief Scott Forstall will be leaving the company. Tony Fadell, Apple’s former top hardware designer and the man considered to be the brains behind the iPod, told the BBC in a recent interview that Forstall “got what he deserved.
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said he’s “very sorry” for the issues that greeted Wii U buyers on day one. Instead of enjoying their new gadget, Wii U owners were initially unable to use several services, such as Miiwerse and Hulu Plus. They were also unable to play Wii games, and some of these issues were quickly fixed with a big network update, but it took several days for certain services, including Hulu Plus and YouTube, to start functioning.
New combinations of medical imaging technologies hold promise for improved early disease screening, cancer staging, therapeutic assessment, and other aspects of personalized medicine, according to Ge Wang , director of Virginia Tech's Center for Biomedical Imaging , in a recent paper that appeared in the refereed journal PLOS ONE .
Electronic circuits are typically integrated in rigid silicon wafers, but flexibility opens up a wide range of applications. In a world where electronics are becoming more pervasive, flexibility is a highly desirable trait, but finding materials with the right mix of performance and manufacturing cost remains a challenge.
Every new parent has, at one point, stood over a sleeping baby and asked the same question; how do I make sure my baby is still breathing, even when I’m not with her? We have high tech monitors that let you see your baby’s room in night vision, we can hear the sounds our babies are making five rooms away, be alerted to a cry in the night, but how do we know if they’re breathing normally? It took a parent to finally figure it out, and yes, there’s an app for it.
Retina implants are already being used to restore partial vision to patients who have lost their sight through outer retinal degeneration. While those implants do restore some sight, patients often still have difficulty reading text. Now researchers have developed a way to allow traditional text to be viewed instead as Braille letters with an implant.
If you’re feeling nostalgic for tactile keys, a conceptual iPhone case transforms your touchscreen into an old-school keypad. Designer Moon Myounghak has created a case that features a physical set of keys, alongside a touchscreen that spans five icons across, according to website Yanko Design .
Ericsson, the world's largest maker of mobile network infrastructure, filed suit against Samsung Electronics Co. Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas for allegedly infringing its mobile-technology patents after the two companies failed to agree on licensing terms. Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson's chief intellectual property officer, said Samsung has refused to renew a licensing deal covering "hundreds" of Ericsson's patented innovations within several wireless technologies, such as fourth-generation Long-Term Evolution, and Wi-Fi technology.
On Monday, a press statement released on PRWeb.com announced that Google was purchasing ICOA Inc ., a broadband wireless Internet network provider. According to PRWeb.com, Google paid $400 million to buy out ICOA, further diversifying their “already impressive portfolio of companies.” Shortly after this announcement, many news sources began to speculate what such a move could mean for Google.
As mass transit fleets strive to be greener, electric and hybrid bus offerings are becoming increasingly common. Charging the electric ones though limits how much time they can be used though, but this may be changing as innovation at Utah State University recently culminated in what’s said to be a first of its kind electric bus that can be charged wirelessly in a way which allows for battery top offs during its daily operations when the bus stops to load and off-load passengers.