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Panasonic, Tesla to Build Big U.S. Battery Plant

July 31, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

American electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming up with Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. to build a battery manufacturing plant in the U.S. expected to create 6,500 jobs. The companies announced the deal Thursday, but they did not say where in the U.S. the so-called "gigafactory..."

Britain to Test Driverless Cars Next Year

July 31, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January. Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years. Sensors and cameras will guide the cars...

July/August 2014 – Stanford's Electroceutical Devices

July 30, 2014 12:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The July/August issue of Wireless Design and Development (WDD) focuses on electroceutical devices and wireless sensing systems for bridge infrastructure. It also features and article from Texas Instruments, and a new teardown of the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch...

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Engineering Newswire 100: Digital Tattoos Give You eSkin

July 25, 2014 9:16 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building the world’s largest 3D printer, making eSkin digital tattoos, using your car to track your heart, and turning Darth Vader’s mask into a Corvette ...              

Pulse Electronics’ HOT ROD Family of I-Bar Chokes for Automotive Networks

July 24, 2014 10:49 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation has introduced the HOT ROD product family of I-Bar chokes for automotive networks, a new concept to provide EMC/EMI protection for automotive electronics...

Microchip’s MOST ToGo Reference Designs

July 23, 2014 2:29 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced its MOST ToGo Reference Designs, which make it easy for designers to learn and implement the proven MOST technology in their automotive infotainment systems...

Meaghan's Minute: Car Seats for Sleepy Drivers

July 21, 2014 8:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On today's episode of Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers are developing car seats that warn drivers if they start to fall asleep behind the wheel...                         

Unmanned Submarine Sets Sail for Testing

July 21, 2014 8:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, a drone that locates disaster victims by locating their phones; BAE Systems unveils its Striker II HMD; an autonomous unmanned submarine sets sail for testing; and Jaguar's smart car...                               

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New Software Provides Accurate, Real-Time Data on Traffic

July 20, 2014 11:29 pm | by University of Granada | News | Comments

Researchers have designed new software that provides real time data on traffic. It is a device that provides information on traffic flow between cities. Drivers can use this information to choose the fastest route as they plan to drive to their destinations. It is a highly reliable...

No Evidence That California Cellphone Ban Decreased Accidents

July 20, 2014 10:44 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | News | Comments

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state in the first six months following the ban. The findings...

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

Hand-Held Anemometer Measures Air Speed, Volume and Temperature

July 17, 2014 10:34 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Thermal Solutions now offers the ATS-0345 portable vane anemometer for measuring air flow speed, volumetric flow rate, and temperature. The hand-held anemometer provides precise measurements for automotive, aerospace and HVAC studies...

Letters to the Editor: The Liability of Self-Driving Cars

July 17, 2014 9:13 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

WDD has received another letter concerning self-driving cars, and it asked some important questions about liability. Check out this most recent “Letters to the Editor”...                    

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Multi-Touch Functionality

July 15, 2014 10:28 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

To substantially boost the performance of multi-touch industrial displays via an all-in-one HMI and automation device, Beckhoff Automation has released the new CP22xx Panel PC series...                    

Engineering Newswire 98: Airbus Details Windowless Cockpit of the Future

July 14, 2014 11:57 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re going autonomous with army caravans, seeing the world without any windows, and 3D printing on the fly ...                

Paint-On Skin for Concrete Structures

July 14, 2014 11:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an art auction where participants bid with their emotions; a blanket that measures plane passengers' brainwaves to help improve flying; an electrically conductive coat of paint that provides an early warning system for concrete strucutures; and determining the age of stars using ultrasound technology...             

Inventor Pushes Solar Panels for Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 12:38 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear...

San Francisco Parking Spot App Shuts down Service

July 14, 2014 12:23 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Italian company whose mobile app allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has temporarily shut down the service following an order from the city attorney. Despite saying last month that it wouldn't stop, MonkeyParking said in a blog post Thursday...

Bay Area Governments Make Big Electric-Vehicle Buy

July 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles...

GaN, 5G & IoT Big at IMS2014

July 9, 2014 11:32 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Now that the dust has finally settled, I am able to gather my thoughts on this year’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014). I was impressed with everything that I saw...                            

Silicon Sponge Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

July 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material. Researchers developed the porous material to replace the graphite traditionally used in one of the battery's electrodes...

Broadband Amplifier Line from Teseq Offers Low Distortion, Reliability

July 7, 2014 10:17 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...

Engineering Newswire 97: Dragon Chopper Burns Down the Highway

July 7, 2014 12:15 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re redressing a McLaren street car for the race track, making the virtual supercar a reality, and making dragons out of motorcycles with Orange County Choppers ...       

The Connected Car? Audi Has It in the 2015 A3

July 6, 2014 9:01 pm | by Ann M. Job, Associated Press | News | Comments

After just a few months on the U.S. market, Audi's new, entry luxury 2015 A3 sedan is on track to make the German brand fashionable with a new group of customers — young millenials. The A3 is revamped as an early 2015 model with new, attractive styling inside and out...

Cypress’ Asynchronous SRAMs with On-Chip Error-Correcting Code

July 2, 2014 1:43 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced the sampling of a 16 Mb Fast Asynchronous SRAM with Error-Correcting Code (ECC). The on-chip ECC feature enables the new SRAMs to provide the highest levels of data reliability...

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