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The Army's Drone Airport

December 15, 2014 | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The Army isn’t normally associated with drones — or Unmanned Aerial Systems, as they prefer them to be called. The popular Predator and Reaper models are operated by the Air Force from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. But the Army has a host of fully armed ...

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Happy Holidays and a Merry New Year!

December 23, 2014 4:09 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Your friends at WDD, ECN, and Advantage Business Media would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year! We have lots to look forward to in 2015 — the second annual ECN IMPACT Awards, the very first Young Mind Awards, and the continued evolution of ...

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Happy Holidays from WDD!

December 23, 2014 12:44 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

WDD would like to wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday and a wonderful New Year! We look forward to another great year of being the RF and Microwave source for the OEM design engineer. Thanks for being such loyal readers. Cheers from your editors ... 

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What is STEM?

December 23, 2014 10:25 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

What is STEM? It's the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But while kindergarten through 12th grade education usually focuses on science or mathematics in isolation, all four of these disciplines are closely intertwined in the real world. Imagine if K-12 students were taught in ways ...

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Controlling a Robotic Arm With Your Thoughts

December 23, 2014 10:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

You might remember a few years ago when scientists discovered that, by inserting an implant in the brain of a quadriplegic woman, she was able to control a robot arm with just her thoughts. By implanting 96 contact points on the part of the brain that ...

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HotSpot Episode 94: U.S. Navy Tests Shark Robot UAS

December 22, 2014 11:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, the Ford SYNC 3, Mirco Location: the new ScenSor chip, the KipstR: Eat, Sleep, Wear, and the Robo Shark. Ford has introduced its new communications and entertainment system, SYNC® 3. SYNC 3’s more conversational voice recognition technology, a more smartphone-like touch screen and ... 

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When We Teach Computers to Learn

December 16, 2014 2:06 pm | by Jeremy Howard, TED | Comments

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos ...              

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HotSpot Episode 93: Stuffing Bras with Actuators and Sensing Tech

December 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, researchers are stuffing bras with actuators and sensing technologies; Berkeley engineers are building organic optoelectronic sensors that can be slapped on like a Band-Aid; Wii’s are rehabbing stroke survivors; and a new technology is significantly lowering UAV costs ... 

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Eye-Tracking Subconscious Menu

December 11, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

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Automatic License Plate Reader

December 11, 2014 3:25 pm | by Catherine Crump, TED Talk | Comments

A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows ...                         

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Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM? (On Demand)

December 10, 2014 8:44 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students ...

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Detecting Gases with a Smartphone

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT | Comments

These inexpensive sensors could be widely deployed, making it easier to monitor public spaces or detect food spoilage in warehouses. Using this system, the researchers have demonstrated that they can detect gaseous ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and cyclohexanone, among ...               

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Exclusive Interview with Mythbusters Star Grant Imahara

December 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

WDD's Editor in Chief, Janine Mooney, interviews Grant Imahara from Mythbusters at Electronica 2014. Engineer and longtime Mouser Electronics' customer Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame is teaming up with the global distributor on an exciting new Empowering Innovation Together campaign. Together Mouser and Mr. Imahara will invite ... 

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HotSpot Episode 92: Flying Inventory Robots Keep Track of Products

December 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the BMW Group tests the Google Glass in quality assurance department; an atomic memory with outstanding parameters; American Certification Body announces agreement with ART-FI and EMTREK; and inventory robots that track product ...                               

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AWS-3 Spectrum Auction

December 5, 2014 11:32 pm | by Scott Belcher, TIA | Comments

Belcher comments, “Today we celebrate the remarkable success of the FCC’s current spectrum auction...we now call upon the FCC to conduct a voluntary incentive auction for broadcast spectrum in 2016. To be successful ...

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Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning our arms into touchscreens, communicating with Stephen Hawking with upgraded sensors and software, and taking a ride on the bio-bus ... powered by poop ...       

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