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How Technology Allowed me to Read

September 12, 2013 9:28 am | by TED Videos Comments

Months after he was born, in 1948, Ron McCallum became blind. In this charming, moving talk, he shows how he is able to read -- and celebrates the progression of clever tools and adaptive computer technologies that make it possible. With their help, and that of generous volunteers, he's become a lawyer, an academic, and, most of all, a voracious reader.

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LICA Series Low Inductance Decoupling Capacitor Arrays

September 11, 2013 11:09 am | by WDD Staff Podcasts Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded the applications for its LICA Series low inductance decoupling capacitor arrays. Widely utilized in commercial and industrial five nines (99.999%) uptime applications, such as mainframe class CPUs and ultimate performance multichip modules and communications systems.

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Elon Musk Explains the Future of Design

September 10, 2013 9:18 am | by SpaceX Videos Comments

SpaceX is exploring methods for engineers to accelerate their workflow by designing more directly in 3D. They are integrating breakthroughs in sensor and visualization technologies to view and modify designs more naturally and efficiently than we could using purely 2D tools.

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HotSpot Episode 29: Inflatable Antennas for Small Satellites

September 9, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Linear Technology’s LTC5551 ultra-high, dynamic range RF down converting mixer; a wristband, which uses the unique cardiac rhythm of consumers to authenticate their identity; a thin, wireless touch interface; and an inflatable antenna.

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Engineering Newswire 54: Semi-Automatic Needle Gun

September 5, 2013 12:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re working out with RoboSimian, exploring the deepest place on earth, saving brains, and we’re locked and loaded with a semi-automatic needle gun.

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Hot Spot Exclusive: Qardio Monitoring System for Smarter Healthcare

September 5, 2013 11:58 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

In an effort to provide remote monitoring solutions to doctors so they can be more sufficient while minimizing costs and the consequences that come with waiting until it is too late, San Francisco-based Qardio has introduced the QardioArm and QardioCore wearable monitoring devices.

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HotSpot Episode 28: Google Glass Surgery

September 3, 2013 12:44 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung's 3D Vertical-NAND flash memory is fabricated using an innovative vertical interconnect process technology; a surgeon uses live, point-of-view video via Google Glass; a man wants to replace the knife with a scanner in autopsies; and the importance of successful vibration testing.

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Engineering Newswire 53: New Keyboard Shocks Internet Abusers

August 29, 2013 12:43 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior.

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Mind-Reading Headset Monitors Brainwaves

August 27, 2013 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on Kickstarter, we are monitoring our brainwaves and moving objects with just our thoughts with the Emotiv Insight, a 5-channel, wireless headset from Tan Le, founder and CEO. Brain imaging equipment has been around since the 1930s, but we have made very little progress in understanding the human brain, explains Tan Le.

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HotSpot Episode 27: Smartphone-Powered Quad

August 26, 2013 9:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Wireless Design and Development, an autonomous quadcopter that is powered by an off-the-shelf smartphone; a new stylus that can move content from one screen to another; connecting the world via the Internet; and a field-portable device for common kidney tests.

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HotSpot Exclusive: The Seal Drowning Detection System

August 23, 2013 2:50 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1 to 4 years old than any other cause except congenital anomalies, or birth defects. Among those, 1 to 14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths behind motor vehicle crashes.

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Boeing's Laser Weaponry and Samsung's Secret Smartwatch

August 23, 2013 9:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

A new technology known as "ambient backscatter," developed by engineers at the University of Washington, could make the Internet of Things a reality. The technology uses TV and cellular signals to provide power and medium for battery-free communication.

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Student's Epic Speech Stuns New Freshmen

August 22, 2013 12:27 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology Videos Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology student Nicholas Selby is a force to be reckoned with. The sophomore is a Mechanical Engineering major, co-leads Team Solar Jackets -- Georgia Tech's team that built and raced a solar-powered car in the Formula Sun Grand Prix -- and is a president's scholar, representing the top 2% of enrolled students at the university.

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Engineering Newswire 52: NASA Crashes Helicopters

August 22, 2013 11:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car.

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HotSpot Episode 26: Spoofing an $80M Yacht

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development Videos Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, xPico Wi-Fi helps consumers leverage mobile solutions; spoofing an 80 million-dollar yacht; bulk metal foil COTS resistors; and a synthesized RF signal generator from Saelig.

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