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Photos of the Day: Finger-Mounted Reading Device for the Blind

March 10, 2015 9:30 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have built a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. The device provides feedback — either tactile or audible — that guides the user’s finger along a line ... 

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The Franklin Institute Recognizes for STEM Support

March 9, 2015 1:40 pm | by Southco | Comments

Southco has recently been recognized by The Franklin Institute as a member of the STEM 150 for their continued support of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiative ...

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App Lets You Create Animated Videos Starring You

March 9, 2015 1:23 pm | by Plotagon | Comments

Plotagon, the creative app that allows anyone to tell stories as 3D animated videos, will be at SXSW at booth #1147 from March 13 to 19th, to unveil an exciting new feature. Users will be able to create themselves, their friends, and famous people as 3D animated characters ...       

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IAR Systems Adds Major Functionality to Leading Tools for TI

March 9, 2015 1:06 pm | by IAR Systems, Texas Instruments | Comments

IAR Systems has launched a new version of its leading development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench® for Texas Instruments’ ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontrollers. In addition to the add-on product C-STAT for integrated static code analysis, version 6.30 introduces stack usage analysis and faster build times through parallel build ...

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GaN Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Websolus

March 9, 2015 12:52 pm | Comments

GaN Systems has announced the signing of a distribution deal with Seoul-based global group Websolus. Listed on the Korea New Exchange (KONEX), with 13 Branch Offices in Korea, China, & Thailand, Websolus specialises in three major business sectors ...

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New Version of NI AWR Design Environment

March 9, 2015 12:46 pm | by NI, AWR | Comments

NI (formerly AWR Corporation) announces the immediate availability of the 11.03/.04 release of NI AWR Design Environment high-frequency software, inclusive of Microwave Office, Analog Office, Visual System Simulator (VSS), Analyst and AXIEM for the design of MMICs, RF PCBs, RFICs, microwave modules, communication systems, radar systems, antennas, and more ...

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Obama Announcing Effort to Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 12:26 pm | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | Comments

Targeting stagnant wages in an otherwise improving economy, President Barack Obama is calling on employers, educational institutions and local governments to ramp up training and hiring of high-technology workers in an effort to drive up higher-income employment ...

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Biophotonics Poised to Make Major Breakthroughs in Medicine

March 9, 2015 12:26 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Imagine having the ability to manipulate light waves in order to see through a skull right into the brain, or being able to use lasers to diagnose a bacterial infection in a matter of minutes. At the Center for Biophotonic Sensors and Systems (CBSS) at Boston University, you might say that technologies ... 

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Mechanical Engineering Professor Carries Out Pioneering Work in the Creation of Biological Circuits.

March 9, 2015 12:19 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Engineering was in Domitilla Del Vecchio’s blood from the very beginning: Growing up in Rome as the daughter of an engineer, she spent long hours of her childhood tinkering and playing in her father’s home laboratory and exploring the various bits of electronics and lab equipment he would bring home ...

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Quantum Sensor’s Advantages Survive Entanglement Breakdown

March 9, 2015 12:04 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

The extraordinary promise of quantum information processing — solving problems that classical computers can’t, perfectly secure communication — depends on a phenomenon called “entanglement,” in which the physical states of different quantum particles become interrelated ...

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Photos of the Day: Human-Robot Teams Attempt Simulated Disaster Response

March 9, 2015 10:53 am | by DARPA | Comments

To qualify for the DRC Finals, the new teams had to submit videos showing successful completion of five sample tasks: engage an emergency shut-off  switch, get up from a prone position, locomote ten meters without falling, pass over a barrier, and rotate a circular valve 360 degrees ...

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25 Teams Make the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

March 9, 2015 10:47 am | by DARPA | Comments

The international robotics community has turned out in force for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, a competition of robots and their human supervisors to be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, CA, outside of Los Angeles. In the competition, human-robot teams will be tested on capabilities that could enable them to provide assistance in future natural and man-made disasters ...

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ASU Researchers Explore New Energy Storage Technology

March 9, 2015 10:29 am | by Jenny Green, Arizona State University | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. Beyond consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries have also grown in popularity for military, electric vehicle and aerospace applications ...

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Human Hearts on A Chip Aid Drug Screening

March 9, 2015 10:24 am | by Sarah Yang, University of California - Berkeley | Comments

A group of researchers are presenting a network of pulsating cardiac muscle cells housed in an inch-long silicone device that effectively models human heart tissue, and they have demonstrated the viability of this system as a drug-screening tool by testing it with cardiovascular medications ...

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MH370 Report Reveals Underwater Locator Beacon Battery Had Expired

March 9, 2015 10:13 am | by EILEEN NG, Associated Press | Comments

The first comprehensive report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 revealed Sunday that the battery of the locator beacon for the plane's data recorder had expired more than a year before the jet vanished on March 8, 2014 ...

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