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Top 3 STEM Toys from 2015 Toy Fair

February 18, 2015 3:59 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

This year's Toy Fair was apparently filled with pretty awesome stuff for kids. Obviously we're all engineers over here so what does the Toy Fair have to do with us? Remember STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? Well a ton of toy companies were focused on ... 

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Smart TVs that Pay Attention to Personal Conversations

February 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | 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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Drones to Deliver Food and Drinks in Crowded Restaurants

February 13, 2015 3:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | 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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The Wonderful World of Internet of Things

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are ...  

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The Level Forces Subtle Movement While Working

February 10, 2015 11:53 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

I'm sure you've heard of the standing desks, or even better yet, the treadmill desk (which I'm still waiting for...), all which are supposed to help get you up (and some moving) because as we all know, sitting all day is bad for, well,  everything. Fluidstance, a California-based startup is questioning, though, is standing still all the time that much ... 

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Driverless Cars Are Not High-Speed Trains

February 4, 2015 11:16 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars driven by human beings would be much safer if operated by machines, many people argue against ... 

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Wi-Fi Critical for Retail Analysis & Offloading 3G/4G Mobile Data

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Drew Sproul, Director of Marketing, Adax | Comments

Free Wi-Fi is a potential money pit if the business providing this service isn’t utilizing the vast possibilities that Wi-Fi access offers in terms of business gain. Businesses have the opportunity to turn the cost of an expected convenience into a revenue stream, at the same time as enhancing customer experience and brand loyalty ...                 

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Smart Luggage Has Location Tracking and Built-In Phone Charger

January 23, 2015 4:41 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

The future of travel is here and it’s packaged up quite nicely. No, this is not about a change in airplane seating or Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft, this is something else. Something brilliant! Delsey, a French luggage manufacturer, is protoyping a connected smart bag known as Pluggage. The bag links ... 

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Microsoft Creates Wearable Star Trek Holodeck

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Comments

In case you missed it, earlier this week Microsoft unveiled their latest peripheral gadget to accompany Windows 10, theHoloLens. Star Trek fans in particular will enjoy the “holodeck” style augmented reality the goggles produce – rather than the completely immersive world previous virtual reality software offers, the HoloLens ... 

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Try Wearable Fitness Gadgets Before You Buy Them

January 22, 2015 11:40 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Everybody loves wearable fitness gadgets, gear, trackers, etc., but choosing the right one for you, and your lifestyle, can be difficult. If you’re anything like me, before purchasing an item like this, you’ll surf the web for the answer to your seemingly never-actually-fully-answered question. Your google searches ... 

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STEM Stars in 'Spare Parts'

January 20, 2015 10:49 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

One of the reasons I like my job is I get to see many new devices and concepts before they hit the market. This past weekend it branched into Hollywood/the movies, as I had the privilege of screening “Spare Parts” before it hit the theaters ...                         

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Don’t Shake It like a Polaroid Picture?

January 16, 2015 11:23 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

The Polaroid camera was my favorite camera growing up, all because of the required shake needed to expose the picture after it was taken ...                                          

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Patient Leaves Hospital without His Heart

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

If you ever check the back of my driver’s license, you’ll notice my signature in the Anatomical Gift Statement. When I was thirteen, I unfortunately lost my niece, Reaghan. Her loss devastated to our family, but it opened our eyes to the world of organ donation ...                            

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CES 2015: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. As the premier showcase for the consumer electronics industry —and electronics in general — CES plays host to countless weird, strange, and unique exhibitions designed to grab your attention ... 

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Never Run Out of Milk or Eggs Again

January 12, 2015 4:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

ChillHub is putting an end to the days of reaching into your fridge only to realize that you’ve run low (or completely out of) milk, eggs, or quite frankly, anything. The open-source smart refrigerator debuted last week at CES 2015. With built-in WiFi and two integrated USB hubs with 8 USB ports, your fridge can successfully ... 

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