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Photo of the Day: Tesla Battery Will Power Your Home, And Maybe the Electric Grid Too

February 13, 2015 10:55 am | News | Comments

Tesla is working on a battery that can power your home and even help large-scale utilities store energy more efficiently, according to company chief executive Elon Musk. On an investor call Wednesday, Musk said the designs for a home or business battery are already ... 

The Wonderful World of Internet of Things

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Blogs | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are ...  

3D Scanning 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

February 12, 2015 1:40 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D scanning “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, attempting to turn airports into spaceports with the help of DARPA, and taking a trip to the edge of space on a helium balloon ...      

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Photos of the Day: Britain's Invasion of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four types of autonomous vehicles under trial — including a shuttle that looks like a larger golf cart and a compact two-seater "pod" car — were unveiled in London. Officials and journalists tried out the shuttle at the event, taking short rides around a public square ...     

Britain Starts Public Trial of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain began testing driverless cars in four cities Wednesday, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology ...                                

Automakers Fail to Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting ...                         

Driverless Cars Are Not High-Speed Trains

February 4, 2015 11:16 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars driven by human beings would be much safer if operated by machines, many people argue against ... 

Photos of the Day: Urban Solar Electric Car with 3D-Printed Body

February 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia ... 

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Programming Safety Into Self-Driving Cars

February 3, 2015 1:37 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

For decades, researchers in artificial intelligence, or AI, worked on specialized problems, developing theoretical concepts and workable algorithms for various aspects of the field. Computer vision, planning and reasoning experts all struggled independently in areas that many thought would be easy to solve, but which proved ... 

Vampire-Bat Inspired Drone Walks & Flies

February 2, 2015 2:41 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying – and walking – with vampire-bat inspired drones, showing off Russia’s new ATV riding cyborg, and taking stomach acid powered joyrides in mouse stomachs ...       

HotSpot Episode 99: Gestured-Controlled Dinosaurs

February 2, 2015 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, controlling dinosaurs with hand gestures; a smart motorcycle helmet with augmented intelligence; a cloud-connected scooter that allows users to customize their ride; and a smart mattress that helps consumers fall asleep faster, and wake up at the right moments ...                  

Atlas Robot Gets Major Upgrade

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re untethering the all new Atlas Robot, fighting global warming, and ... doing the laundry ...                   

Model 2453 IP Video Server for Ethernet Streaming

January 21, 2015 4:07 pm | by Sensoray Embedded Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray announces that its Model 2453 IP Video Server allows users to capture and compress analog audio and NTSC/PAL video and send the resulting streams over Ethernet. With a range of configurations, the Model 2453 is flexible and powerful enough to meet the needs of unmanned systems, on land, sea or in the air. The Model 2453 can simultaneously produce two output streams with independent ...

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STEM Stars in 'Spare Parts'

January 20, 2015 10:49 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

One of the reasons I like my job is I get to see many new devices and concepts before they hit the market. This past weekend it branched into Hollywood/the movies, as I had the privilege of screening “Spare Parts” before it hit the theaters ...                         

Snowplow Tracking Apps Hold Cities Accountable for Cleanup

January 19, 2015 12:28 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Like an increasing number of snowbound city dwellers, she had a ready tool at hand: an app that tracks hundreds of city snowplows in close to real time ...                                 

Floating Foam Car Claims Superior Safety

January 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re battling diabetes with temporary tattoos, testing out Ford’s all-new carbon-fiber super car, and floating a foam car ...              

Google Predicts 2-to-5-Year Timeframe for Commercial Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years ...                                                     

A Hybrid Motorcycle for U.S. Special Forces

January 16, 2015 8:58 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people, a fully electric car is about as affordable as it is practical, but Chevy has taken on at least one of those problems with it’s newest reveal of a fully-electric Bolt for just $30,000. Based on lessons learned from Chevy’s hyprid Volt and Spark ...

Photos of the Day: The 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra is Unveiled

January 14, 2015 10:42 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays homage to the classic Shelby Cobra in celebration of the racing ... 

Engineering Update #91: CATS in Space

January 13, 2015 2:13 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The International Space Station is getting a shipment of CATS. I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, these are CAT modules. The CATS are sensors that will be operational on the ISS for at least six months and up to three years. Their task is to offer researchers a better...

Important Milestones of Technology

January 13, 2015 10:35 am | by Sam Hudgins | News | Comments

Technology has come a long way, and it continues to advance at a rapid pace. From wearables to autonomous vehicles, here are a few of the great milestones that have occurred in technology ...                                      

Mercedes’ Futuristic Self-Driving Car

January 12, 2015 3:06 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we are flying tiny drones as CES, taking a spin in Mercedes’ futuristic self-driving car, and 3D printing a giant head ...                         

One Step Closer to a New Generation of Electric Car Batteries

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by University of Waterloo | News | Comments

An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by Waterloo scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles. Chemistry Professor Linda Nazar and her research team in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo have announced ... 

Wearable Technology Alters Your Mind, Like Drugs

January 12, 2015 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, predictive cruise control that reacts to other vehicles; wearable technology that altrers you mind, like drugs; Nissan and NASA team up to create autonomous cars; an SDHC memory card that features NFC; and DARPA's program for tiny UAVs ...             

Microsemi and STMicroelectronics Collaborate on Innovative Home-automation Solution

January 7, 2015 4:35 pm | by Microsemi Corporation, STMicroelectronics | News | Comments

Microsemi Corporation has announced its collaboration with STMicroelectronics on a new electric vehicle car charger solution using Microsemi’s innovative PLC line driver. This is the first of several solutions targeting systems architects and designers who develop solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT).

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