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Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The ...            

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Photos of the Day: What Happens When An Editor Gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 11:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the ...

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Drone Danger in An Unlicensed Airspace

December 2, 2014 5:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Wireless Design and Development has a lot of coverage on drones. And why not? They incredible feats of technology that are finding new applications in a variety of markets – and they’re really fun to play with. However, a recent reader comment on “Drone Sightings up Dramatically” caught my attention ...          

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M2M 2015 Trend Predictions from ByteSnap Design Engineers

December 1, 2014 3:03 pm | by Dunstan Power, Director, ByteSnap | Comments

Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists, to smart charging posts and vehicle tracking services. They have compiled a list of predictions for the M2M sector in 2015 ...            

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Top 5 Turkey Day Trinkets

November 26, 2014 7:39 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means stores are prepping their shelves with Black Friday specials. Preparing for the big meal isn’t always an easy task, especially if are cooking for a large group, so here are five turkey day trinkets to help make the process easier ...        

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5 Kitchen Gadgets You Need for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014 3:20 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

Thanksgiving is the best time of year for friends, family, cooking, and technology. Yes—you read that right. Thanksgiving obviously revolves around the food, and, of course, what you're thankful for—like Grandma's stuffing, Mom's pecan pie, and Aunt Ginger's homemade Limoncello. Right. So back to the food ... 

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Securing Industrial Wireless Applications

November 20, 2014 1:20 pm | by Julia Santogatta | Comments

In Part 1 of this article, I introduced the Golden Rule of Industrial Wireless Security – Deploy Securely, Monitor Regularly. Following this rule ensures that unwanted access to your wireless LAN and the rest of your network does not occur. But, how do you deploy securely? These days, most cyber security articles talk about using Defense in Depth ... 

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Wanderung Electronica

November 19, 2014 3:17 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

For my very first time outside of the United States I had the privilege to attend electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. While I experienced many many great new designs, here are some of the best new products that I saw on my trip overseas ...                           

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The End of Privacy as We Know It

November 18, 2014 11:49 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

As a member of the millennial generation, I have grown comfortable with constant surveillance. In fact, I’m almost oblivious to the omnipresent surveillance cameras in shopping centers, parking lots, schools, train stations, and ... 

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STEM Student of the Week: Christina Muratore

November 14, 2014 2:26 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Editor's Note: Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Christina Muratore, Business Process Improvement Analyst II for Horizon...

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These Flying Atom Planes Are Stronger Than Graphene

November 14, 2014 9:50 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot. The world’s smallest reed switch: HSI Sensing has spent over a DECADE developing...

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ECN's Engineering Live: How to Secure IoT

November 14, 2014 9:10 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication.  

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This Wearable Shocks When You Slouch

November 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States...

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In the World of Science, Women are in Last Place

November 12, 2014 3:14 pm | by Rob Farber | Comments

After reading a post on my blog about the lack of gender diversity in science and technology, my nine-year-old son commented, “All women are capable of the unbelievable!” Recent gender diversity reports from Google, Facebook and Apple...

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This Country Has Enough Wind Power to Power Every Home

November 12, 2014 10:06 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

In a win for alternative energy (there seem to be more and more these days) the recently released numbers show that during the month of October, wind power generated 126 percent of the energy needed to power every home in Scotland. The ...

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