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Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Have Been Set

February 17, 2015 10:03 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away ...           

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Mobile Apps Take Students Into the Laboratory

February 17, 2015 10:00 am | by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

Mobile apps have proved to be valuable educational tools, but laboratory instructors thus far have been limited to using mobile devices only for virtual laboratories with simulated experiments. Now, researchers at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering have developed ... 

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Wireless Minute: Keep Beat Sports Bra Keeps You Motivated

February 17, 2015 9:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

One British design student created an amazing sports bra… yes, you heard that correctly; the bra aims to make running easier and more fun by matching your music to your heart rate. Victoria Sowerby, a student at Northumbria University, created the Keep Beat ... 

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1 to 3 GHz High Power Amplifier

February 14, 2015 1:19 pm | by Empower RF Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Empower RF Systems is once again conducting live demonstrations of broadband, high power amplifiers with compelling performance, industry leading small size, and user interface / functionality that dares to challenge legacy products offered in the market. Next appearing at EMC & SI 2015 in Santa Clara, we will be showcasing our 1 to 3 GHz, 1 kW HPA in a 5U chassis - an extraordinary design ...

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Smart TVs that Pay Attention to Personal Conversations

February 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Everything is getting smarter. Coffee pots brew the perfect cup of java at the precise moment you wake up. Thermostats learn behaviors and adjust the temperatures within households to be more efficient. Cars have the abilities to self-brake and park, and now televisions can capture and transmit nearby conversations ...

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HotSpot Episode 101: Hedgehog-Inspired Body Airbag

February 13, 2015 3:51 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, snowboard bindings that help boarders visualize their balance; a new method of processing signals via fiber optic cable; a new car technology for making driving safe; and a full-body airbag for motorcyclists, bikers, skiers, and other hobbyists and professionals ...           

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Wireless Minute: Smartphones vs. Wearables

February 13, 2015 3:50 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Wearable devices have received a lot of attention in the fitness world for tracking certain data and helping consumers improve whatever it is they need to improve ...                  

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DNA ‘Cage’ Could Improve Nanopore Technology

February 13, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kevin Stacey, Brown School of Engineering | News | Comments

Scientists at Brown University have designed a nanoscale cage that can trap a single DNA strand and allow before-and-after sequencing of the same DNA strand in research trials. Despite having a diameter tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, nanopores ... 

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Drones to Deliver Food and Drinks in Crowded Restaurants

February 13, 2015 3:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Infinium Robotics, a Singapore company, is developing drones for restaurant chain Timbre. The drones will transport food and drinks from the kitchen to a wait station near customers’ tables, and they're hoping to have them ready by the end of the year. Each night before they open, the ... 

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Photos of the Day: Wink-Control Glasses

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

The contacts work by incorporating a very thin reflective telescope inside a 1.55 mm thick lens. Small mirrors within bounce light around, expanding the perceived size of objects and magnifying the view, so it's like looking through low magnification binoculars ...

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Telescopic Contact Lenses Give Hope for Better, Stronger Vision

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

An estimated 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Age-related macular degeneration alone is the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the Western world. But this week at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Eric Tremblay from EPFL in Switzerland unveils a new prototype of his telescopic contact lens ...

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Teen’s Wearable Sensor Designed for Alzheimer's

February 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Kenneth Shinozuka, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

60 percent of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him ...

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Photo of the Day: Tesla Battery Will Power Your Home, And Maybe the Electric Grid Too

February 13, 2015 10:55 am | News | Comments

Tesla is working on a battery that can power your home and even help large-scale utilities store energy more efficiently, according to company chief executive Elon Musk. On an investor call Wednesday, Musk said the designs for a home or business battery are already ... 

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Interstellar Technology Throws Light On Spinning Black Holes

February 13, 2015 9:50 am | News | Comments

The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Christopher Nolan's epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes. In a paper published in IOP Publishing's journal ... 

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Braille-Writer App Turns iPad into Invaluable Tool for the Visually Impaired

February 13, 2015 8:56 am | by Andrew Myers, Stanford | News | Comments

Three years ago, Sohan Dharmaraja was a Stanford engineering doctoral candidate in search of his next project when he visited the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, which helps blind and visually challenged students successfully navigate the world of higher education ...       

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