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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.

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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

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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.

New Monochrome TFT LCDs Offer Higher Brightness, Resolution, and Contrast

September 4, 2013 4:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Display International (PDI) has introduced a family of TFT monochrome LCDs that provide a drop-in replacement for passive matrix monochrome displays with superior performance, including higher brightness, wider viewing angles, higher contrast ratios, and higher resolution.

New Isolated Tab SCR's from NTE

September 3, 2013 5:49 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NTE has added three NEW 25 A, TO-220 Isolated Tab SCR's to their Semiconductor line: NTE5552-I (200 V), NTE5554-I (400 V), NTE5556-I (600 V).

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.

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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.

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.

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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