Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing world.
As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools...
This week in WDD’s HotSeat, improved safety at level crossings; tracking motor vibrations through skin in three dimensions; unlocking new applications for telepresence with iRobot’s Ava 500; and a wireless payment system from Audi.
This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re building Hyperloop transportation, putting paralyzed people behind the wheel, and riding futuristic airplanes that carry passengers in pods. This episode is brought to you by Smalley Steel Ring Company, the exclusive manufacturer of Spirolox Retaining Rings and Smalley Wave Springs for more than 50 years. Request samples to try in your application today.
Bill Conley, the Cellular and Proprietary RF Systems Engineering Manager at B&B Electronics, is in the HotSeat this week, demonstrating a well monitoring system out in the Sonora Desert. The sensor network edge is expanding, and sensors are not only being asked to function in increasingly harsh environments, but they are also expected to report their data to ever more distant control centers.
Wireless mesh networking technology is not just about smart meters and saving energy anymore. Recent innovation in low power wireless control are making their way into appliances, lighting, security, and home entertainment applications. Through smartphones and tablets, users can now control their devices over ZigBee or other "Internet of Things" wireless technologies.
Esther Lee, SVP Brand Marketing & Advertising for AT&T, talks about how the dangers of texting and driving fell on deaf ears when AT&T first started its campaign to change people's behaviors. Two years in, they've made significant headway in changing this deadly habit and learned some valuable lessons about how to start a movement along the way.
Virgin Galactic President & CEO George T. Whitesides talks about bringing space travel to the masses, commuting between the continents, working with Richard Branson, and changing the world. PTTOW! is an invite-only, member network and summit that brings together inspiring leaders from the world's most innovative companies, along with cultural icons, to showcase game changing projects and fuel transformational...
Back in 2009, human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was found murdered as she was working on "extremely sensitive" cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya during armed conflicts in the republic and the North Caucasus region. After her death, the Civil Rights Defenders -- an independent expert organization in Stockholm that aims to defend people's civil and political rights -- launched the Natalia Project in the spring of 2013...
This week on WDD's HotSpot, Big Brother is collecting phone records; DARPA's ADAPT program is looking to smart phone technologies and practices to create new ground sensors; HP unveils its all-in-one pc; and Italian start-up 2045Tech introduces a pocket breathalyzer.
Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re recognizing art with computers, skydiving from space, dancing with drones, and zapping your brain to improve your game.
This man lost his eye in a shotgun accident when he was very young. Now as a documentary film maker, he has fashioned a camera with a wireless transmitter to broadcast his sight to a receiver.
University of Akron engineering students demonstrate their senior design team project, a wireless audio-visualizer for use at clubs or parties.
In this week's Hotspot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Mercedes-Benz debuts life-saving codes for future cars; a perceptive radio that creates a personal theater experience in your own living room; A Universal Battery Charger that takes the weight off of soldiers; and Scanadu seeks crowd-funding for its Scout diagnostic device.
This week, David Jones from the Electronics Engineering Video Blog (EEVBlog), takes a look inside the GW Instek GDS-2000A series oscilloscope, which offers 2 and 4-channel configurations and wide bandwidth selections, including 300, 200, 100, and 70 MHz. Each model provides 2GSa/s maximum real-time sampling rate and 100 GSa/s high-speed equivalent-time sampling rate.