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Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 22, 2014 9:02 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard...

'Approaching Object Detection Library' Supports Driver Safety

May 22, 2014 10:58 am | by Fujitsu Semiconductor | News | Comments

Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited announced that it has released the Approaching Object Detection Library, software for use with the company's graphics SoCs to visualize information from vehicle-mounted cameras to detect people, vehicles, and other objects nearby. This uses proprietary technology...

Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel

May 20, 2014 2:27 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

At the 2014 International Microwave Symposium (IMS), WDD is hosting a live panel discussion on connected cars. The event takes place Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at API Technologies’ Booth #1515...               

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Improved Supercapacitors for Super Batteries, Electric Vehicles

May 19, 2014 3:15 pm | by University of California, Riverside | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a novel nanometer scale ruthenium oxide anchored nanocarbon graphene foam architecture that improves the performance of supercapacitors, a development that could mean faster acceleration in electric vehicles and longer battery life...

Engineering Newswire 90: Hands-Free Corvette on Air Force Test Track

May 15, 2014 5:30 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire we’re refitting unmanned helicopters, marveling at DEKA’s new prosthetic arm, and driving a Corvette racecar hands-free... Former Indie League racer, Sam Schmidt, got back behind the wheel to race a Corvette...

Bumble Bee, Herbie & K.I.T.T. Cruise into a Bar

May 14, 2014 9:03 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Connected cars, is receiving a lot of attention from design engineers and OEMs due to the safety possibilities and travel efficiencies Vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V) presents. This technology gives cars the ability to exchange data and interact with one another and...             

Photos of the Day: Miniature Devices Measure CO2 Emissions

May 13, 2014 11:26 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed smart optical measuring devices with companies for uses that include optimization of vehicle engines, reduction and monitoring of environmental emissions, and quality control of pharmaceuticals...

Companies Commercialize VTT Technology

May 13, 2014 11:20 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed smart optical measuring devices with companies for uses that include optimization of vehicle engines, reduction and monitoring of environmental emissions, and quality control of pharmaceuticals...

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HotSpot Episode 62: Unmanned Combat Air System

May 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, an energy harvesting phone case for smartphones; SanDisk's alternative to traditional HDDs; an unmanned combat air system; a virtual keyboard that works with Google Glass; and a car fund from Nokia...

Crocus Technology and TowerJazz Qualify CTSX Magnetic Sensors

May 8, 2014 5:21 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Crocus Technology and TowerJazz have announced that Crocus' CTSX magnetic field sensor family has completed qualification...

Photos of the Day: Solar Car Reaches 93mph

May 8, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic...

Iran Students Gear Up Solar Car for US Challenge

May 8, 2014 10:53 am | by Nasser Karimi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Clouds may still linger over relations between Washington and Tehran, but that's not stopping a group of Iranian students and their teachers from gearing up for a summer road trip through the American heartland. Fueled by the sun and their hopes to shine in a first for the Islamic Republic...

California Back in Running for Tesla Battery Plant

May 8, 2014 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California is back in the running for a massive battery plant that electric car maker Tesla Motors plans to start building this year, but CEO Elon Musk said the state remains in the "improbable" category for winning the plant because of the time it will take to win regulatory approval...

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Standex-Meder Electronics Unveils KSK-1A35/1 Reed Switch

May 8, 2014 9:56 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of sensors and magnetic components, announces the release of the world’s smallest high-voltage switch: the KSK-1A35/1 miniature reed switch...

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast

May 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for Sangshin Elecom triplexers targeting avionics applications for automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B), universal access transceiver (UAT), and traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS)...       

Macro Sensors Maintains Domestic Manufacturing of LVDT Position Sensors

May 5, 2014 10:32 am | by Eileen Otto, Manager, Sales and Marketing, Macro Sensors | News | Comments

Offshore production has lost much of its past glamour. While cost was once a major factor in outsourcing manufacturing, rising wages, quality issues, and unstable supply chains are prompting many manufacturers to reconsider the benefits of reshoring production back on U.S. soil...

DARPA's Drop-In Autopilot

May 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, early dection of heart attacks and strokes; DARPA's ALIAS program overcomes challenges and complex interfaces that military aircraft presents to operators; an affordable and easy-to-install security system; and TDK and Witricity's new licensing agreement enable commercialization of wireless charging...                 

Vishay Intertechnology’s New Thin Film Chip Resistor Laboratory Sample Kits

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has announced that the company is now offering laboratory sample kits of its high-stability thin film chip resistors. The TNPW0402 e3 (LTW0402 e3 96/4) and TNPW0603 e3 (LTW0603 e3 96/4) kits...

Telit Launches New OEM Automotive Business Unit

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Telit Wireless Solutions | News | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions has announced it has concluded the acquisition of the Automotive Telematics On-board unit Platform (ATOP) business. Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors [Nasdaq NXPI]. ATOP is an automotive grade solution for vehicle manufacturers to implement eCall or similar functionality from a single compact...

Balluff Offers New Industrial Ethernet Cables

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial Ethernet has expanded its line of industrial Ethernet cables. While Cat5E is the base requirement for industrial Ethernet, when working with a specific network like EtherNet/IP or PROFINET, higher requirements are a must with the components in the network..

New Double-ridged Horn Antenna from PMM

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has introduced a double-ridged horn antenna from PPM that has a frequency range of 6 to 18 GHz.  The new PMM DR-01 is designed for radiated emissions and immunity applications, featuring an antenna factor of 36 to 41 dB/m and excellent sensitivity for emissions measurements...

AVX Expands the Capacitance Range for Its X7R & NP0 (C0G)

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX  has expanded the capacitance range for its High Voltage Multilayer Ceramic (MLC) Chip Capacitor Series. Available in both X7R and NP0 (C0G) options, the High Voltage MLC Chip Series exhibits capacitance values, low ESR at high frequencies, and performance across all voltages. The series can be used...

SICK’s Compact TIM511 Ranging Laser Scanner

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SICK has announced the launch of the TIM551 2D laser scanner. This IP 67-rated ranging scanner sends information about surrounding contours via Ethernet using time-of-flight...

Spirax Sarco has Joined ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Tracy Britt, Spirax Sarco | News | Comments

Spirax Sarco has announced that they have joined the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute (WCI).  Customers can be confident that Spirax Sarco’s new products will continue to set the benchmark for steam-using organizations nationwide, working alongside them to provide productivity...

SICK’s R/IR ZoneControl Sensors Provide Between-the-Roller Mounting

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SICK has announced the launch of the R/IR sensors. These sensors are for zero pressure accumulation applications. The design of these sensors enables them to be mounted between the rollers on conveyors where mounting space is limited, making the sensors less susceptible to damage. The IP 67-rated R/IR sensors provide...

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