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HotSpot Episode 123 - Custom Playground for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

July 27, 2015 | by Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, Janine E. Mooney, Eric Sorensen | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s Hotspot: A British man has become the first person in the world to receive a bionic eye implant that corrects for age-related macular degeneration, thanks to the Argus II – a retinal prosthesis made by Second Sight...

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Storing Solar Energy for Later

July 14, 2015 10:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas, Arlington have found a way to store the electricity generated by a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) for extended periods of time and allow electricity to be delivered around the clock ... 

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HotSpot Episode 121 - Self-Repairing Cell Phone Screens

July 13, 2015 12:09 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, Janine E. Mooney, Eric Sorensen Videos Comments

Doppel is a new device that can actually change the wearer's mood by delivering a tactile beat to their wrist. Its designers say the device taps into the body’s natural rhythm, giving users control over how alert or relaxed they are...

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HotSpot Episode 120 - Google Wants to Turn Your Entire Body into a Keyboard

July 6, 2015 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, Janine E. Mooney, Eric Sorensen Videos Comments

There are a number of wearables on the market for improving your lifestyle—like tracking your caloric intake, exercise, and even your sleep. But what about your environment? As in the air you breathe, the temperature you work in...

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These 10 Women Should Replace Hamilton on the $10 Bill

July 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Melissa Fassbender Videos Comments

The U.S. Treasury Department recently announced that they would be replacing Alexander Hamilton with a woman (at least on the $10 bill.) The ECN and PDD editors had a few ideas on who that replacement should be...

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Brick-Laying Robot Can Build a House in Two Days

July 2, 2015 3:04 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

In this week’s episode of the Engineering Update starring Editor Kasey Panetta (@kcpanetta), Associate Editor Jamie Wisniewski (@JamieECNMag), and WDD’s Editor-in-Chief, Janine E. Mooney (@JMooneyWDD)...

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HotSpot Episode 119 - Star Wars-Style Hoverbike

June 29, 2015 10:33 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, Janine E. Mooney, Eric Sorensen Videos Comments

Malloy Aeronautics, a UK-based firm, is developing a four-fan hoverbike after the US military expressed its interest. At the moment, the machine—officially called the Hoverbike Helicopter— is radio controlled and flown as an unmanned vehicle...

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HotSpot Episode 118 - Humidity Can Power a Tiny Car

June 22, 2015 12:07 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, Janine E. Mooney, Eric Sorensen Videos Comments

Imagine a world where humidity did more than just puff up your hair? A team at Columbia University used microscopic, moisture-sucking spores to power a small, 0.1 kilogram car. Obviously the concept is still in its early stage, but the success of the study ... 

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HotSpot Episode 117 - Injectable Brain Implant

June 15, 2015 10:59 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, Janine E. Mooney, Eric Sorensen Videos Comments

It’s true, brain implants—electrical devices inserted into the brain—have allowed the deaf to the hear, the blind to see, and the paralyzed to use their arms.  But right now, these implants require invasive surgery, and are often made of steel or other metals that cause scarring...

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A New Challenger to Space X

June 12, 2015 8:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

For a few years, Space X has seemed to dominate the world of private space launch, but AirBus is stepping into the ring with a reusable first stage launch vehicle....

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HotSpot Episode #116: BMW Can Predict When a Parking Space Will Open Up

June 8, 2015 11:41 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, Janine E. Mooney, Eric Sorensen Videos Comments

BMW's new Dynamic Parking Prediction System, developed in partnership with transportation intelligence and connected car services provider INRIX, is a research project that uses digital mapping and fleet data to predict where there will be free ... 

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Wireless Minute: World's First Smart Water Bottle

June 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Jon Dipierro, David Mantey, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

Trago is the world's first smart water bottle. Yes, you can now measure your hydration levels. It works pretty much right out of the box. Attach the lid to the bottle provided, or any standard wide-mouth water bottle, link the app on your phone and start drinking...

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World’s First Facial-Recognition ATMs

June 4, 2015 10:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Janine E. Mooney, Kasey Panetta, & Jamie Wisniewski Videos Comments

The world’s first facial-recognition ATMs will soon be available in China. To take out cash using the new ATMs, users will stand in front of a camera that compares the facial features of the withdrawal with a photo database. No match? No ... 

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Top 10 from IMS 2015

June 3, 2015 9:53 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

WDD traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to attend IMS 2015 to check out the latest and greatest technologies, components, and applications that the Microwave/RF companies have to offer. Our Top 10 features everything from GaN transistors in plastic packages ... 

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Wireless Minute: Make Any Sound System Wireless

June 2, 2015 10:04 am | by Jon Dipierro, Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

Linkplay Technologies has introduced Cobblestone, a simple little device that streams music to your sound system. Cobblestone has very basic controls that make it easy to use as a powered speaker or use your Wifi network to control ... 

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HotSpot Episode 115 - Wallpaper to Protect Soldiers from Blast Effects

June 1, 2015 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Sarah Goncalves, David Mantey, Janine E. Mooney, Eric Sorensen Videos Comments

A new ballistic wallpaper is under development by the US Army Corps of Engineers in hopes of one day being used to protect soldiers from blasts by wallpapering temporary shelters. The wallpaper uses a special fiber inlay to help prevent walls from collapsing ... 

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