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Green-Power Initiative

March 26, 2015 3:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks  introduces a step-down, DC-DC converter for automotive, distributed power, industrial, and medical applications that features ...

Engineering Newswire 133: New Rube Goldberg Designs Violin Playing Machine

March 26, 2015 1:52 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re controlling headlights with our eyes, learning how the...

Electric Vehicles Could Reduce Global Warming, Cool Down Cities

March 24, 2015 12:27 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve heard the claim (and I stress claim) that gas-guzzlers contribute to global...

I Was Kidnapped at South by Southwest

March 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so I wasn’t really kidnapped, but I was picked up by a white van with tinted windows on...

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Ford Debuts App-Powered E-Bikes

March 12, 2015 2:06 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Ford debuted its smart e-bike prototypes at the 2015 Mobile World Congress last week as a part of its "Smart Mobility Plan." The MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro connect to your smartphone and give toy navigation feedback via the handlebar grips. The grips vibrate ...

Creating Cheaper Night Vision

March 12, 2015 2:04 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Semiconductor technology from the University of Texas at Dallas could pave the way for cheaper night vision, making it affordable for everyday use. Current technologies rely on image intensifiers which magnify natural light sources like the moon and the stars ... 

Alarming Old & Young Drivers

March 11, 2015 10:39 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

An in-car alarm that sounds when sensors on the vehicle detect an imminent crash could cut crash rates from 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 for drivers over the of 60 suffering tiredness on long journeys, according to a study published in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics ...

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Connecting with the Connected Car at MWC

March 4, 2015 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

You think you know what a connected car is and then you actually experience one and it’s something else altogether ...

The Big Apple's Worst Parking Spot Found with Big Data

February 27, 2015 12:29 pm | by Ben Wellington, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

City agencies have access to a wealth of data and statistics reflecting every part of urban life. But as data analyst Ben Wellington suggests in this entertaining talk, sometimes they just don't know what to do with it. He shows how a combination ...         

Infineon Drives Next Generation Cellular M2M Communication

February 27, 2015 9:15 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Vehicles exchanging information about traffic conditions, industrial machines with self-checking diagnostics, intelligent tracking of the supply chain or surveillance of utility meters in remote areas: in the connected world, devices will increasingly rely on secured cellular ... 

January/February 2015 — Security for the Smart Home

February 26, 2015 4:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The January/February issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of great content from Smart Home Security to Remote Sensing with WirelessHART Process Transmitters, and beyond. Find out what our top industry leaders have to say about how they're addressing test equipment design needs due to an increase in M2M ... 

Volvo to Test Self-Driving Cars on Roads in 2017

February 26, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system ...                               

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HotSpot Episode 102: Military Smart Gun is More Accurate

February 23, 2015 10:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a military gun that integrates smart electronics for better accuracy; an engineer’s survival kit provided by ARC Technologies; a project that enables cars to share information about conditions that relate to road friction; and an interview with the original Falcon's robotics team ...             

Time-Domain Electromagnetic Simulation for Automotive Radar

February 18, 2015 10:37 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

​Remcom announces unique benefits of time-domain electromagnetic simulation for automotive radar sensors via XFdtd® 3D EM Simulation Software.  XFdtd enables simulations of full sensor models with a bumper’s fascia, dramatically decreasing development cycles and improving accuracy. Remcom is refining these ... 

HotSpot Episode 101: Hedgehog-Inspired Body Airbag

February 13, 2015 3:51 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, snowboard bindings that help boarders visualize their balance; a new method of processing signals via fiber optic cable; a new car technology for making driving safe; and a full-body airbag for motorcyclists, bikers, skiers, and other hobbyists and professionals ...           

Photo of the Day: Tesla Battery Will Power Your Home, And Maybe the Electric Grid Too

February 13, 2015 10:55 am | News | Comments

Tesla is working on a battery that can power your home and even help large-scale utilities store energy more efficiently, according to company chief executive Elon Musk. On an investor call Wednesday, Musk said the designs for a home or business battery are already ... 

The Wonderful World of Internet of Things

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Blogs | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are ...  

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3D Scanning 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

February 12, 2015 1:40 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D scanning “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, attempting to turn airports into spaceports with the help of DARPA, and taking a trip to the edge of space on a helium balloon ...      

Photos of the Day: Britain's Invasion of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four types of autonomous vehicles under trial — including a shuttle that looks like a larger golf cart and a compact two-seater "pod" car — were unveiled in London. Officials and journalists tried out the shuttle at the event, taking short rides around a public square ...     

Britain Starts Public Trial of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain began testing driverless cars in four cities Wednesday, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology ...                                

Automakers Fail to Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting ...                         

Driverless Cars Are Not High-Speed Trains

February 4, 2015 11:16 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars driven by human beings would be much safer if operated by machines, many people argue against ... 

Photos of the Day: Urban Solar Electric Car with 3D-Printed Body

February 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia ... 

Programming Safety Into Self-Driving Cars

February 3, 2015 1:37 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

For decades, researchers in artificial intelligence, or AI, worked on specialized problems, developing theoretical concepts and workable algorithms for various aspects of the field. Computer vision, planning and reasoning experts all struggled independently in areas that many thought would be easy to solve, but which proved ... 

Vampire-Bat Inspired Drone Walks & Flies

February 2, 2015 2:41 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying – and walking – with vampire-bat inspired drones, showing off Russia’s new ATV riding cyborg, and taking stomach acid powered joyrides in mouse stomachs ...       

HotSpot Episode 99: Gestured-Controlled Dinosaurs

February 2, 2015 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, controlling dinosaurs with hand gestures; a smart motorcycle helmet with augmented intelligence; a cloud-connected scooter that allows users to customize their ride; and a smart mattress that helps consumers fall asleep faster, and wake up at the right moments ...                  

Atlas Robot Gets Major Upgrade

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re untethering the all new Atlas Robot, fighting global warming, and ... doing the laundry ...                   

Model 2453 IP Video Server for Ethernet Streaming

January 21, 2015 4:07 pm | by Sensoray Embedded Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray announces that its Model 2453 IP Video Server allows users to capture and compress analog audio and NTSC/PAL video and send the resulting streams over Ethernet. With a range of configurations, the Model 2453 is flexible and powerful enough to meet the needs of unmanned systems, on land, sea or in the air. The Model 2453 can simultaneously produce two output streams with independent ...

STEM Stars in 'Spare Parts'

January 20, 2015 10:49 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

One of the reasons I like my job is I get to see many new devices and concepts before they hit the market. This past weekend it branched into Hollywood/the movies, as I had the privilege of screening “Spare Parts” before it hit the theaters ...                         

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