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HotSpot Episode 34: Safety that’s Not Annoying

October 14, 2013 10:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by OKW Enclosures, Nest Labs is back with their new Nest project smoke and carbon monoxide alarm; the 66th and final antenna has been delivered to the ALMA observatory; detecting Alzheimer's disease at an early stage; and a portable smartphone attachment for sophisticated field testing.

Meaghan's Minute: Driverless Car Mercedes Benz

October 10, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Daimler unveiled its autonomous Mercedes Benz at the Frankfurt International Car Show. The vehicle, driving with little autonomy, recently performed well on a 62-mile test drive through Germany.

Passengers Stuck on Roller Coaster Due to Computer Glitch

October 10, 2013 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A dozen people were stuck for more than two hours on a roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida. A glitch caused the computers to go into safety mode, stopping the ride in a vertical position, more than 150 feet from the ground. Park officials are still investigating what exactly caused the glitch to stop the ride.

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Oslon Black Flat LED Offers Two Chips

October 9, 2013 12:35 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors has introduced a new 2-chip version of the Oslon Black Flat LED. As with other LEDs from the Oslon Black Flat family, the new version features a high level of brightness and is suitable for all headlight functions.

New Semiconductors Will Drive Future Power Electronics in Electric & Hybrid Vehicles

October 9, 2013 12:02 pm | by GaN Systems | News | Comments

GaN Systems is presenting a paper on new wide-bandgap semiconductors and their role in transforming automotive power electronics at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Conference & Expo in Michigan  17 - 19  September. Manufacturers are currently designing vehicles to be launched onto the market in 2018.

Engineering Newswire: Personal Jetpack Redesign Saves Pilot from Catastrophic Failure

October 4, 2013 10:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re re-designing the Martin Jetpack, sending MIT students to space, tailoring toothbrushes for your teeth, and riding in one great big ...                   

Headlamp Pro LED Simplifies Implementation of Advanced Forward Lighting Systems

October 2, 2013 4:29 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Forward Lighting Systems (AFS), which adapt their illumination direction when driving through curving roads and other scenarios, can now be even more easily implemented by automobile manufacturers.

HotSpot Episode 32: Quadcopter that Acts Like a Guide Dog

September 30, 2013 11:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, UC Santa Barbara scientists translate electrical quantum states to optical quantum states; Stanford School of Engineering researchers have created the first theoretical framework that includes semiconductors made from plastics; a flying robot to help guide people through complex environments; and nanomaterial made from plastic bags.

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7 Cars Get Top Rating in High-Tech Safety Test

September 27, 2013 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions. The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won "superior" ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

On the Journey to the Internet of Things: An Insight into the Future of Energy Harvesting

September 27, 2013 8:59 am | by Laurent Giai-Miniet, CEO of EnOcean | Articles | Comments

Energy is everywhere within reach, it just needs to be harvested: this is the principle of energy harvesting. Today, energy harvesting wireless solutions are already well established in the commercial building automation sector. But the technology is just getting started. Tomorrow, new application fields for batteryless wireless communication will be found to further enhance the world around us.

Engineering Newswire 56: Scorpion Jet Prototype is Tactically Practical

September 19, 2013 8:45 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 wearing scalp sensors in space, pouring drinks with one-armed robotic bartenders, flying a scorpion prototype, and dancing between a designer’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare.

Vishay Intertechnology Enhances Series of Thin Film Chip Resistor Arrays

September 18, 2013 12:21 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has enhanced its ACAS 0612 precision thin film chip resistor arrays with tighter absolute TCR down to ± 10 ppm/K, relative TCR down to ± 5 ppm/K, and relative tolerance down to ± 0.05% for automotive, industrial, and telecommunications applications.

Aeroflex Introduces 5800 Series Multi-Strategy Test System to India’s Automotive Sector

September 17, 2013 12:11 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Aeroflex Limited has announced its 5800 Series ATE system to the Indian automotive manufacturing market with the appointment of iNETest Technologies India Pvt. Limited for distribution and sales of this product in India.

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HotSpot Episode 30: Detecting Heartbeats in Rubble

September 16, 2013 12:39 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, a new radar-based technology that detects heartbeats under cement; a superior technique that makes sense of the vast quantities of video; a new high-speed cellular solution designed to fast track M2M application development on mobile networks; and a secure safety network for children.

Engineering Newswire 55: Hotrod in the Hot Heat

September 12, 2013 1:15 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 watching Gabrielle with a hawk, calling out curiosity, testing a McLaren P1 in the Arctic Circle, and riding a motorcycle, at 400-miles per hour.

Sensor-enabled RFID Tags Extend Wireless Data-logging Beyond Identification

September 12, 2013 12:47 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ams has announced next-generation sensor-enabled RFID tags offering breakthroughs for medical, automotive safety, and other applications where temperature, physiological, or environmental data is required. The new devices, the SL13A and SL900A enable a simple, low-cost implementation of a new class of wireless data-logging applications.

B&B Electronics’ M2M Connectivity Equipment Passes NEMA TS2

September 12, 2013 12:27 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics Manufacturing Company has announced that a broad range of its M2M connectivity and data communications equipment has passed the NEMA TS2 standard environmental requirements, making them safe and reliable for use in Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) networks.

$150,000 Car of the Future: Driver Not Needed

September 12, 2013 9:37 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

If you had a chance to “drive” to work tomorrow without having to touch the steering wheel or press down a pedal, would you do it? Technology is getting closer and closer to making this a possibility. Think of the amount of time commuters everywhere could gain back – without having to actually think about driving, commuters can now safely take a phone call, catch up on the news.

Google Loses Appeal in Street View Snooping Case

September 11, 2013 9:43 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

A federal appeals court said Google wrongly collected people's personal correspondence and online activities through their Wi-Fi systems as it drove down their streets with car cameras shooting photos for its Street View mapping project. The ruling that the practice violates wiretap laws sends a warning to other companies seeking to suck up vast amounts of data from unencrypted Wi-Fi signals.

Maxim Integrated Introduces Game-changing Architecture for Industrial PLC Digital-input Modules

September 10, 2013 3:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Designers now have a way to reduce power, system cost, and size for programmable logic controller (PLC) digital-input subsystems, with the Corona (MAXREFDES12#) reference design by Maxim Integrated Products.

Nokia, Mercedes-Benz in Smart Map Deal

September 10, 2013 9:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia says it has teamed up with Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz car division to jointly build and develop digital smart maps for conventional and self-driving cars. Under Wednesday's deal, Nokia's HERE mapping and location services unit and Mercedes will initially provide 3D maps for the Mannheim to Pforzheim route in Germany for cars connected to a computing cloud.

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.

Authentic Brain Waves Improve Driver Security

September 5, 2013 12:38 pm | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

One-time entry authentication methods, such as passwords, iris scanners and fingerprint recognition are fine for simple entry whether to a protected building or a private web page. But, a continuous biometric system is needed in some circumstances such as authenticating drivers of vehicles carrying valuable commodities and money, and even public transport vehicles and taxis

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.

Computer-Operated Car Transports PA Congressman

September 5, 2013 9:38 am | by KEVIN BEGOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The so-called driverless Cadillac SRX was designed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers who have been working on the project since 2008. The car uses inputs from radars, laser rangefinders, and infrared cameras to maneuver in traffic. Shuster is the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and he was accompanied by Barry Schoch, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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