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HotSpot Episode 28: Google Glass Surgery

September 3, 2013 12:44 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung's 3D Vertical-NAND flash memory is fabricated using an innovative vertical interconnect process technology; a surgeon uses live, point-of-view video via Google Glass; a man wants to replace the knife with a scanner in autopsies; and the importance of successful vibration testing.

Hackers Find Weaknesses in Car Computer Systems

September 3, 2013 11:37 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even ...     

Engineering Newswire 53: New Keyboard Shocks Internet Abusers

August 29, 2013 12:43 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 catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior.

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Autonomous Vehicles Are Tomorrow: Here’s What Transportation Tech is Doing Today

August 29, 2013 8:37 am | by The American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials | News | Comments

Just as patients communicate their symptoms to doctors – smart technology is allowing infrastructure to tell civil engineers when something is wrong. Sensors installed on bridges, in roadways, and on maintenance vehicles, are communicating real-time performance and weather data, allowing engineers to solve problems before they occur.

Pulse Electronics' Navigation Antenna Now Includes 5 GHz Wi-Fi

August 28, 2013 5:17 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation has introduced its new vehicular mount antenna for 3G, 4G long term evolution (LTE), WLAN, and GPS applications. The GPSDM700/5800SSS (black) and GPSDMW700/5800SSS (white) offer the best gain on the market over multiple frequency bands.

AVX Transfeed Automotive Series Varistors Exhibit Fastest Response Time to ESD Strikes

August 27, 2013 12:52 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has introduced the new TransFeed Automotive Series, which combines the best electrical characteristics of its TransGuard Transient Voltage Suppressors and its Feedthru Capacitors in a single chip to provide state-of-the-art overvoltage circuit protection and EMI reduction over a much broader range of frequencies than comparable devices.

Rehab Rex: Non-Invasive Technology Helps Patients 'Walk'

August 27, 2013 10:28 am | by Shawn Lindsey, University of Houston | News | Comments

The Cullen Foundation and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) have awarded grants to a robotics research project by the University of Houston (UH) and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI). The Cullen Foundation has directed $495,000 in philanthropic support to the research project and the TIRR Foundation has given $200,000 to purchase Rehab Rex.

LORD MicroStrain’s Cost-Effective Tactical-Grade GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System

August 26, 2013 4:01 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

LORD Corporation MicroStrain Sensing Systems introduced its new tactical grade GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS): 3DM-RQ1 -45.

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HotSpot Episode 27: Smartphone-Powered Quad

August 26, 2013 9:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Wireless Design and Development, an autonomous quadcopter that is powered by an off-the-shelf smartphone; a new stylus that can move content from one screen to another; connecting the world via the Internet; and a field-portable device for common kidney tests.

July/August 2013 — The Seal Drowning Detection System

August 23, 2013 2:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The July/August issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics. Check out our Brainstorm on Electromagnetic Compatibility, and read about Bringing Wi-Fi to Healthcare, an article by Ixia.

Boeing's Laser Weaponry and Samsung's Secret Smartwatch

August 23, 2013 9:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

A new technology known as "ambient backscatter," developed by engineers at the University of Washington, could make the Internet of Things a reality. The technology uses TV and cellular signals to provide power and medium for battery-free communication.

Engineering Newswire 52: NASA Crashes Helicopters

August 22, 2013 11:01 am | 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 building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car.

Redesign for Sudden Autopilot Disconnection Needed, Say Flight Safety Experts

August 21, 2013 9:45 am | by Human Factors and Ergonomics | News | Comments

Flight safety experts studying recent high-profile plane crashes found sudden autopilot disconnection to be a design flaw that creates unnecessary emergencies by surprising pilots during critical, high-workload episodes. Eric E. Geiselman, along with coauthors Christopher M. Johnson, David R. Buck, and Timothy Patrick, have combined expertise as pilots, crew resource management instructors, and human factors researchers.

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Cree RF Technology Helps Capture Hollywood Aerial Action Sequence

August 20, 2013 2:40 pm | by Cree, RF | News | Comments

The film features aerial stunt sequences captured using a low-latency HD camera and transmitter and Array Wireless’ S-Band linear power amplifier, which employs Cree’s world-class GaN HEMT semiconductors to meet the stringent linearity requirements for wide bandwidth HD digital transmission.

HotSpot Episode 26: Spoofing an $80M Yacht

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, xPico Wi-Fi helps consumers leverage mobile solutions; spoofing an 80 million-dollar yacht; bulk metal foil COTS resistors; and a synthesized RF signal generator from Saelig.

NTU to Trial Singapore's First Driverless Vehicle

August 20, 2013 9:12 am | by Lester Kok, Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

In a partnership between NTU, JTC, and Induct Technologies, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), an autonomous electric shuttle manufactured by Induct is expected to ply the two kilometer route providing a safe, reliable, and environmentally-friendly alternative mode of transportation.

Elon Musk and the Hyperloop

August 19, 2013 2:35 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In a story that has everyone talking, Elon Musk of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and Space X fame has announced his newest plan for revamping the world of public transportation. The system is called Hyperloop and it would allow passengers to travel the 350 miles from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

Engineering Newswire 51: The First Navy Infrared Camera Saves the Whales

August 15, 2013 12:54 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 hacking yachts, stopping trash can spies, creating feelings with Disney research, and putting the first Navy Infrared Camera in the crow’s nest.

Teseq Offers New 100 A, 3-Phase Burst Pulse CDN for EFT Testing

August 15, 2013 12:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq now offers a 100 A, 3-phase burst pulse coupling/decoupling network (CDN) designed for electrical fast transient (EFT) or burst testing. The new manual CDN 3083-B100 is ideal for use in the power and telecom industries.

Cypress Expands CapSense Express Mechanical Button Replacement Family

August 14, 2013 1:58 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has announced a new CapSense Express capacitive touch-sensing controller optimized to replace mechanical buttons in front panels for industrial and consumer applications, portable medical devices, gaming devices, and home automation systems.

HotSpot Episode 25: Game-Changing EMC Shielding Product

August 12, 2013 12:06 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s WDD HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, I’m covering some of the most exclusive and innovative products that I saw at the 2013 IEEE EMC Symposium in Denver, CO, including Empower RF's new amplifier platform, CIMA Nanotech's SANTE EMI Shielding Film, Rhode & Schwartz's EMC Pocket Guide, and Agilent Technologies' product showcases.

Engineering Newswire 50: Big Bertha Tunnels to Downtown Seattle

August 8, 2013 2:25 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 digging ditches with Big Bertha, using self-cleaning super glass, making a mini Mona, and electrifying hydrogels to make soft robots.

HotSpot Episode 24: iPhone Biosensor Detects Toxins, Bacteria, & Viruses

August 5, 2013 10:15 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a smart home security device controlled from an iPhone; Telemakus USB range of USB controlled RF products; an iPhone biosensor that detects toxins; and a space laser communication system.

Engineering Newswire 49: Embedded Teeth Circuits Monitor 'Unhealthy Acts'

August 1, 2013 12:35 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're embedding sensors in your teeth to help track unhealthy acts; using the patch to help quit mosquitoes; designing temporary tattoo bio-sensors to warn extreme athletes when they are about to 'bonk'; and building the world's largest functioning brain ... model.

HotSpot Episode 23: Urine Power for Charging Your Phone

July 29, 2013 10:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Leap Motion has launched their 3D motion control software; a brain for your barbecue; a way of charging mobile phones using urine as the power source to generate electricity; and internal tags called InfraStructs.

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