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Webinar on Connected Car Services to Drivers

February 5, 2014 3:13 pm | by Telematics Update | Events

Speakers from General Motors and Harman will explore how to use contextual data to create a connected car experience that makes driving safer, more efficient and ultimately more enjoyable...                                   

Car-to-Car Talk Offers Warning on Collisions

February 4, 2014 9:10 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don't, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they're plunging toward peril...                

HotSpot Episode 48: High-Tech Bra Tracks True Love

February 3, 2014 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an electronic, beer-tasting tongue; a high-tech bra that only opens for true love; smart shorts that tracks how you're working your muscles; and bionic contact lens that produce tactile sensations to help guide the blind...                       

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Feds to Decide on Car-to-Car Communications

February 3, 2014 9:51 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials are planning to announce whether automakers should be required to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that enables vehicles to communicate with each other to prevent collisions. Such vehicle-to-vehicle communication promises to transform traffic safety...

Engineering Newswire 75: First Porsche Ever Made Found 115 Years Later

January 31, 2014 8:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re printing multi-material in color, detecting mines with our shoes, cutting catalytic converter costs, and riding the first Porsche ever made. This episode features ...                      

HotSpot Episode 47: Having Sex with Glass

January 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a solution for gamer rage; a control system that makes robots more intelligent; spicing things up with Google Glass; and a Wi-Fi product that allows users to control any device from their smartphone...                   

Miniature Pressure Sensor Eliminates Zero Shifts

January 21, 2014 5:13 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has released the rugged XP5, a miniature pressure sensor with SanShift technology that eliminates zero shifts caused by installation torque. Designed for use in environments involving measurements in corrosive liquids and gases...

Hotspot Episode 46: Robot-Controlled Sperm: The Future of Fertilization

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, LG is taking advantage of Natural Language Processing to allow customers to communicate with their appliances; a micro-windmill has been designed to generate wind energy that could potentially charge cell phones; "spermbots" made up of live sperm cells in little tubes that can be magnetically controlled; and 5,000 bees in Australia are being tagged with tiny RFID sensors...    

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Photos of the Day: Wireless Robots Search Drug Smuggling Tunnels

January 15, 2014 9:34 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities found a 600-yard tunnel in Southern California during November 2011 that resulted in seizures of 32 tons of marijuana on both sides of the border, with 26 tons found on the U.S. side, accounting for one of the largest marijuana busts in U.S. history...              

How Tunnels are Built, Used Along U.S.-Mexico Border

January 15, 2014 9:24 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Border Patrol is unveiling its latest technology in the underground drug war — a wireless, camera-equipped robot that can do the job in a fraction of the time...                                          

Vishay Introduces MicroTan Automotive-Grade Solid Tantalum Chip Capacitors

January 13, 2014 5:16 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology introduced a new series of molded, automotive-grade MicroTan solid tantalum chip capacitors. For the next generation of space-constrained automotive electronics, the TP8 is the first AEC-Q200-qualified tantalum capacitor series to employ a high-volumetrically efficient packaging solution to enable industry-high capacitance-voltage ratings in small case sizes down to 0603...

HotSpot Episode 45: Augmented Reality Helmets Make Motorcycles Safer

January 13, 2014 10:38 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, another mother to tell you what to do; shrinking digital storage; capturing any color on any surface; and motorcycle helmets that creat an augmented reality...                                              

The Hottest Gadgets of CES: 3D Printers to 4K TVs

January 13, 2014 9:21 am | by PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest gadget trade show in the Americas wrapped up on Friday in Las Vegas after swamping the city with 150,000 attendees. This year, "wearable" computing was big, along with various 3D technologies, especially 3D printing...                   

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Broadband Amplifier Line from Teseq Offers Low Distortion, Reliability

January 12, 2014 9:02 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has expanded its broadband amplifier line to include a Class A linear and low distortion model. Used in commercial or in-house EMC test laboratories, the CBA 400M-260 is ideal for automotive, military and aerospace BCI (bulk current injections) applications that require testing at higher levels...

Engineering Newswire 72: Tiny $7,000 Car Gets 84 MPG

January 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re wearing augmented reality contact lenses, relating to an emotionally concise intelligence that “feels,” and driving a $7,000 car/tricycle hybrid thing. This episode features ...    

Carmakers: Driverless Cars Need Legal Framework

January 10, 2014 9:48 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hydrogen- and solar-powered vehicles are on the streets. So are cars that can get you through stop-and-go traffic while you sit back and send texts from behind the wheel. Cars are even using radar, ultrasonic waves, and cameras to jump into the passing lane and get around slowpokes...              

November/December - Origami Antennas Reshape Industry

January 8, 2014 5:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The November/December issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics. Check out the HotSeat interview section, and read about the design and test challenges for 8x8 MIMO devices for LTE advanced, and article contributed by Agilent Technologies.

Four Predictions for CES 2014

January 7, 2014 10:04 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Being that the PD&D offices are in Madison, WI, it would only be assumed that I, along with my colleagues, would venture to the grand International CES event in Las Vegas through the air. Unfortunately, due to the many flight cancellations associated with the bitter cold snap, I found myself stranded in...

Volvo Car Group and Ericsson Deliver Global Connected Car Services

January 7, 2014 9:54 am | by Volvo Car Group, Ericsson | News | Comments

The launch of cloud-enabled connected car services across the Volvo product portfolio at this week’s at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas is the latest proof-point of the visionary partnership between Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars) and Ericsson...

French Company Demos Driverless Shuttle at CES

January 7, 2014 9:39 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

French company Induct on Monday showed off the first driverless vehicle to be commercially available in the U.S...                                              

HotSpot Episode 44: Easy Way to Detect Dangerous Heart Rhythms

January 6, 2014 11:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Texas Instruments is showing us some KoolThings; a wireless mouse trap; a small adhesive wireless device that track dangerous heart rhythms; and a wrist band for climbers...               

Self-Driving Vehicles offer Potential Benefits, Policy Challenges for Lawmakers

January 6, 2014 10:49 am | by Lisa Sodders, RAND Corporation | News | Comments

Self-driving vehicles offer the promise of significant benefits to society, but raise several policy challenges, including the need to update insurance liability regulations and privacy concerns such as who will control the data generated by this technology, according to a new RAND Corporation study...            

Drivers Aren't Driving 10% of the Time

January 2, 2014 10:02 am | by Robert Bock, NIH | News | Comments

Drivers eat, reach for the phone, text, or otherwise take their eyes off the road about 10 percent of the time they are behind the wheel, according to a study using video technology and in-vehicle sensors. Risks of distracted driving were greatest for...

The Best Way to Get Seed Money Through Crowdfunding

January 2, 2014 9:58 am | by Jerry Barach, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Early on in our careers, many of us were tutored as to how to best write an effective and attention-getting curriculum vitae in looking for a job. But in today's world, many are looking not for just a job, but are engaged in wide searches for...

Roots of the Lithium Battery Problem

December 18, 2013 1:16 pm | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles could have significantly higher energy density if their graphite anodes were to be replaced by lithium metal anodes...                             

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