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Engineering Update #13: Internet-Beaming Balloons and a Robotic Cat

June 26, 2013 8:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines Internet-beaming balloons; battery-free driving on electric roads; an interview with Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan; and a robot that runs like a cat.


Meet BRCK, Internet Access Built for Africa

June 25, 2013 4:36 pm | by Juliana Rotich, TED Talk | Comments

Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing world.


The Kill Decision Shouldn't Belong to a Robot

June 25, 2013 8:48 am | by Daniel Suarez, TED Talk | Comments

As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools...


HotSpot Episode 18: Wireless Parking Payments

June 24, 2013 11:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week in WDD’s HotSeat, improved safety at level crossings; tracking motor vibrations through skin in three dimensions; unlocking new applications for telepresence with iRobot’s Ava 500; and a wireless payment system from Audi.   


Engineering Newswire 42: Futuristic Airplanes Carry Passenger Pods

June 13, 2013 2:01 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re building Hyperloop transportation, putting paralyzed people behind the wheel, and riding futuristic airplanes that carry passengers in pods. This episode is brought to you by Smalley Steel Ring Company, the exclusive manufacturer of Spirolox Retaining Rings and Smalley Wave Springs for more than 50 years. Request samples to try in your application today.


HotSeat Episode 3: Rugged WSNs for Harsh Environments

June 13, 2013 11:52 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Comments

Bill Conley, the Cellular and Proprietary RF Systems Engineering Manager at B&B Electronics, is in the HotSeat this week, demonstrating a well monitoring system out in the Sonora Desert. The sensor network edge is expanding, and sensors are not only being asked to function in increasingly harsh environments, but they are also expected to report their data to ever more distant control centers.


HotSeat Episode 2: ZigBee for Home Automation & Lighting

June 12, 2013 4:28 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Comments

Wireless mesh networking technology is not just about smart meters and saving energy anymore. Recent innovation in low power wireless control are making their way into appliances, lighting, security, and home entertainment applications. Through smartphones and tablets, users can now control their devices over ZigBee or other "Internet of Things" wireless technologies.


Building a Movement

June 11, 2013 4:32 pm | by PTTWO | Comments

Esther Lee, SVP Brand Marketing & Advertising for AT&T, talks about how the dangers of texting and driving fell on deaf ears when AT&T first started its campaign to change people's behaviors. Two years in, they've made significant headway in changing this deadly habit and learned some valuable lessons about how to start a movement along the way.


Bringing Space Travel to the Masses

June 10, 2013 1:47 pm | by PTTOW | Comments

Virgin Galactic President & CEO George T. Whitesides talks about bringing space travel to the masses, commuting between the continents, working with Richard Branson, and changing the world. PTTOW! is an invite-only, member network and summit that brings together inspiring leaders from the world's most innovative companies, along with cultural icons, to showcase game changing projects and fuel transformational...


HotSpot Exclusive: The Natalia Project

June 10, 2013 10:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Back in 2009, human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was found murdered as she was working on "extremely sensitive" cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya during armed conflicts in the republic and the North Caucasus region. After her death, the Civil Rights Defenders -- an independent expert organization in Stockholm that aims to defend people's civil and political rights -- launched the Natalia Project in the spring of 2013...


HotSpot Episode 16: Big Brother is Watching

June 10, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, Big Brother is collecting phone records; DARPA's ADAPT program is looking to smart phone technologies and practices to create new ground sensors; HP unveils its all-in-one pc; and Italian start-up 2045Tech introduces a pocket breathalyzer.


Engineering Newswire 41: New Suits Designed for 'Space Diving'

June 6, 2013 1:09 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire,  we’re recognizing art with computers, skydiving from space, dancing with drones, and zapping your brain to improve your game.                                                              


Eyeborg Man Replaces Eye with Wireless Camera

June 5, 2013 10:10 am | by EnglishLiveEvents | Comments

This man lost his eye in a shotgun accident when he was very young. Now as a documentary film maker, he has fashioned a camera with a wireless transmitter to broadcast his sight to a receiver.           


Wireless Audio-Visualizer

June 4, 2013 10:24 am | by University of Akron | Comments

University of Akron engineering students demonstrate their senior design team project, a wireless audio-visualizer for use at clubs or parties.                                                                                             


HotSpot Episode 15: Mercedes-Benz Debuts Life-Saving Codes

May 31, 2013 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In this week's Hotspot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Mercedes-Benz debuts life-saving codes for future cars; a perceptive radio that creates a personal theater experience in your own living room; A Universal Battery Charger that takes the weight off of soldiers; and Scanadu seeks crowd-funding for its Scout diagnostic device.



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