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Playing Games to Come Up with Original Ideas

March 18, 2015 11:20 am | by Shimpei Takahashi, TED Talks Videos Comments

Shimpei Takahashi always dreamed of designing toys. But when he started work as a toy developer, he found that the pressure to use data as a starting point for design quashed his creativity. In this short, funny talk, Takahashi describes how he got his ideas flowing again, and shares a simple game anyone can play to generate new ideas ...

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Wireless Minute: Heated Leather Jacket with Integrated Bluetooth System

March 17, 2015 10:14 am | by Eric Sorenson and Janine Mooney Videos Comments

The iilation Jacket is the world’s first leather jacket that heats the shoulders, back, neck, and kidneys and serves as a Bluetooth hands free calling device, plays music, and offers cell phone charging capability.

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Wireless Minute: Cooking with Temperature

March 16, 2015 12:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen and Meaghan Ziemba Videos Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, the Cinder sensor cooker is allowing consumers to cook their food at the exact temperature (for example, 130°F is ideal for a medium rare steak) and then hold it there — for five minutes, for an hour, for whenever they are ready to eat. The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth ... 

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HotSpot Episode 105: ESA's Proba-V Infrared Sensor

March 16, 2015 12:16 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey Videos Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, ESA’s Proba-V vegetation-scanning satellite that features a high-speed camera for monitoring vegetation, LTE best practices, the WonderCube, a small, all-in-one mobile solution for on-the-go generation, and the BeeRotor, a tethered flying robot that is able to adjust its speed and follow terrain with ... 

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Creating Cheaper Night Vision

March 12, 2015 2:04 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

Semiconductor technology from the University of Texas at Dallas could pave the way for cheaper night vision, making it affordable for everyday use. Current technologies rely on image intensifiers which magnify natural light sources like the moon and the stars ... 

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Think Your Email's Private? Think Again

March 9, 2015 12:32 pm | by Andy Yen, TED Talk Videos Comments

Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It's just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use ...

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HotSpot Episode 104: Boeing Launches First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites

March 9, 2015 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey Videos Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a portable monitoring system for Parkinson's patients; a smart lock that needs a secret knock password to open; Boeing launches the first all-electric propulsion satellites; and a prototype prosthetic ankle that features a low-cost camera and a computer-controlled actuator ...

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Glasses That Prevent Facial Recognition

March 6, 2015 10:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney Videos Comments

To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now.

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Teardown: Globalstar Satellite Phone

March 5, 2015 2:08 pm | by EEVblog Videos Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, what's inside a 2000 vintage Globalstar GSP1600 Tri-Band Satellite Phone?

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Goddess of Strategic War Blasts a Hole Through a Truck

March 5, 2015 1:10 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy Videos Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re replacing nurses with bear-shaped robots, running marathons with edible wearables, and blasting a hole through a truck with the goddess of strategic war ...

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How Your Used Cellphone Can Save the Rainforest

March 4, 2015 12:14 pm | by Topher White, TED Talk Videos Comments

Engineer Topher White shares a simple, scalable way to stop this brutal deforestation — that starts with your old cell phone ...

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The Problem with "Trickle-Down Techonomics"

March 4, 2015 9:36 am | by TED Talk, Jon Gosier Videos Comments

Jon Gosier, a TED Fellow and tech investor, calls out the idea of "trickle-down techonomics," and shares powerful examples of how new tech can make things actually worse if it's not equally distributed ...

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Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM?

March 3, 2015 4:41 pm | by WDD Staff Videos Comments

On this episode of Engineering Live, ECN’s expert panel will discuss: what steps we (teachers, professors, STEM organizations) can take to keep students interested in STEM, what type of curriculum is most effective in keeping students in STEM, and how businesses can actively ...

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ZANO at Embedded World

March 2, 2015 1:32 pm | by Latronix Videos Comments

This week at Embedded World, Lantronix and Torquing showed off the Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities of the ZANO nano drone.  Powered by the Lantronix xPico Wi-Fi module ...

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HotSpot Episode 103: Smart Whiskey Bottle Provides Consumers Cocktail Recipes

March 2, 2015 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba Videos Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a grasp shoulder-perching robot that places your conscience on your shoulder; cutting out codes and passwords; a smart whiskey bottle that offers consumers cocktail recipes via their smartphones; drones that you can control with your mind; and the second half of the Spare Parts interview ...

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