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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.

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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.

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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.

Engineering Newswire 48: Spaceplane Propelled by Air-Breathing Rocket Engine

July 25, 2013 4:48 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 giving amphibious airplanes a new angle of attack, flying self-assembling super copters, building rocket engines that breathe, and planning the hyperloop to prepare ourselves for tube transportation technology.

New EnOcean Developer Kit Facilitates Development of Energy Harvesting Wireless

July 24, 2013 4:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

EnOcean has announced the availability of its new developer kit, EDK 350U, for the North American market. The kit covers the entire product range in 902 MHz, from energy harvesting and wireless modules to ready-made product solutions.

WAGO Speedway IP67 Incremental Encoder

July 24, 2013 4:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation has added an HTL Incremental Encoder/Counter Module to its SPEEDWAY IP67 I/O-SYSTEM. The machine-mountable 767-5202 evaluates incremental encoders and SSI absolute encoders at 24 V signal levels in harsh environments.

Engineering Update #16: Steerable Paper Planes and An Educational Robotic Fish

July 24, 2013 9:36 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, a robotics team create two versions of a single-use UAV; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology develops a new fish for educating 10 to 18 year olds about technology and biology; and a robotic pen that tracks spelling errors.

Gold Rush-Era Discards Could Fuel Cellphones, TVs

July 22, 2013 11:25 am | by TRACIE CONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems, wind turbines, MRI machines, and the regenerative brakes in hybrid cars, and old mine tailings piles just might be the answer. They may contain a group of versatile minerals the periodic table called rare earth elements.

Engineering Newswire 47: Robotic Sea Creatures Have Guts

July 18, 2013 1:12 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 mapping blood vessels to recognize your face, spicing up swamps with robotic frog mates, and swimming with the robotic fishes, literally, not figuratively, no one died.

HotSpot Episode 21: Superman Memory Stores Vast Quantities of Data

July 15, 2013 9:37 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Pentek has announced the SystemFlow Simulator for its Talon analog and digital recording systems; Scientists have demonstrated the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional digital data by femtosecond laser writing; a new satellite system covering the Arctic region; and a wireless range extender that creates wireless connectivity where ever you go.

Engineering Newswire 46: Making Batteries out of Wood

July 12, 2013 9:28 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 drones with a do-it-yourself kit, making batteries out of wood, rewriting the rulebook on solar cars, and creating e-skin that can sense touch and temperature.

Upcoming IEEE Avionics, Fiber-Optics and Photonics Conference Highlights

July 11, 2013 4:53 pm | by IEEE Photonics Society | News | Comments

The IEEE Photonics Society’s 2013 Avionics, Fiber-Optics & Photonics Conference (AVFOP 2013) is an application-oriented conference designed to cover all aspects of severe environment fiber optic component systems and technology for avionics, vetronics (vehicle electronics) and naval vessels. 

Versatile Low-noise Accelerometer Calculates Static and Dynamic Signals

July 10, 2013 4:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has released the 4610A, a versatile sensor with integral temperature compensation for both static and dynamic measurements. The 4610A is a rugged, ultra-low-noise DC accelerometer that measures shock and vibration levels up to 2,000 g’s via an integrated gas damped MEMS element with mechanical overload stops.

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