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HotSpot Episode 104: Boeing Launches First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites

March 9, 2015 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a portable monitoring system for Parkinson's patients; a smart lock that needs a secret knock password to open; Boeing launches the first all-electric propulsion satellites; and a prototype prosthetic ankle that features a low-cost camera and a computer-controlled actuator ...

25 Teams Make the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals

March 9, 2015 10:47 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

The international robotics community has turned out in force for the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals, a competition of robots and their human supervisors to be held June 5-6, 2015, at Fairplex in Pomona, CA, outside of Los Angeles. In the competition, human-robot teams will be tested on capabilities that could enable them to provide assistance in future natural and man-made disasters ...

For Virtual Reality Creators, a Question of Control

March 6, 2015 10:24 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

At the Game Developers Conference, it's easy to imagine what virtual reality will look like when it eventually hits the marketplace. What it will feel like, however, is an entirely different matter ...           

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Flexible Films for Touch Screen Applications Achieve Longer Lasting Display

March 6, 2015 9:52 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Today, touch screens are everywhere, from smart phones and tablets, to computer monitors, to interactive digital signage and displays. Many touch screens are made of layered thin (billionths of a meter thick) films of indium-tin oxide, an inorganic material that is electrically ...

Goddess of Strategic War Blasts a Hole Through a Truck

March 5, 2015 1:10 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re replacing nurses with bear-shaped robots, running marathons with edible wearables, and blasting a hole through a truck with the goddess of strategic war ...

Flexible Signal-Creation Software Supports Custom Modulation

March 4, 2015 12:54 pm | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies has announced N7608B Signal Studio for custom modulation software. The new software helps speed time to insight by making it easier to create custom waveforms for 5G applications. In the early stages of 5G research, flexibility is the key to investigating new waveforms, frequency bands and bandwidths ...

Kids and Robots Learn to Write Together

March 4, 2015 10:21 am | by Sarah Perrin, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

EPFL researchers presented their new teaching tool, called CoWriter, at the "Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)", an important event in the field of interactive robotics, held in Portland, USA ...

Aitech’s New Product Family

March 3, 2015 4:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems has announced a new industrial line-up that includes two 6U VME SBCs, one based on the Intel Haswell processor and one that is Freescale QorIQ-based ...

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Samsung Ditches Plastic Design, Adds Mobile Pay in New Phone

March 3, 2015 9:41 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung, locked in a tight race with Apple to be the world's biggest smartphone maker, has unveiled an important new phone that ditches its signature plastic design for more stylish metal and glass ...

Mobile World Congress Presents New Ways to Connect

March 3, 2015 9:25 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Here's a look at what's been unveiled so far at the Mobile World Congress show, which opened Monday and runs through Thursday ...

HotSpot Episode 103: Smart Whiskey Bottle Provides Consumers Cocktail Recipes

March 2, 2015 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a grasp shoulder-perching robot that places your conscience on your shoulder; cutting out codes and passwords; a smart whiskey bottle that offers consumers cocktail recipes via their smartphones; drones that you can control with your mind; and the second half of the Spare Parts interview ...

7Layers Enhances its 4G/LTE Device Testing Capabilities

March 2, 2015 10:11 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

​7Layers, an international group of engineering & test centers for wireless testing and certification, has upgraded its R&S TS8980FTA, R&S CMW-PQA wireless test platforms to increase test capabilities including LTE location based services (LBS) performance; VoL ... 

Photo of the Day: Light as a Particle and a Wave

March 2, 2015 10:06 am | by Nik Papageorgiou, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists have now been able to take the first ever snapshot of light behaving both as a wave and as a particle ...

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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 ...         

Computer Program Beats Humans at Space Invaders

February 26, 2015 10:18 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Computers already have bested human champions in "Jeopardy!" and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: "Space Invaders ..."                      

Could Your Product Win the “Oscars of Invention?”

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Entry is now open for the expanded 2015 R&D 100 Awards, organized by R&D Magazine. This competition marks the most innovative, cutting-edge technologies and services of 2014, and this year has widened its scope to include manufacturing, design engineering and consumer markets as well as science, academia and government ...

Apple’s Overseas High-Tech Data Hubs

February 23, 2015 12:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday ...      

Superfish Points Fingers over Ad Software Security Flaws

February 23, 2015 12:46 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A little-known Silicon Valley startup was caught in a firestorm of criticism this week for making software that exposed Lenovo laptop users to hackers bent on stealing personal information. But Superfish Inc. has also won praise for producing visual search technology that many ...                 

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 ...             

Wireless Minute: Why Google Glass Died

February 19, 2015 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, Google Glass has become the popular death knell many in the industry are now sounding, loudly. Maybe it’s just bad design, or maybe it’s the same shot that sunk analog glass, you know, before the hipster resurrection ...              

Photo of the Day: Internet of Things: Risk and Value Considerations

February 19, 2015 7:00 am | by ISACA | News | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution has the potential to be staggeringly transformational and, at the same time, highly disruptive to business. Business value and organizational competitiveness can be derived as enterprises capitalize on these new capabilities to gain more and better business ... 

Making Multicore Chips Faster and Smarter

February 18, 2015 9:45 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Computer chips’ clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores, which can execute computations in parallel ...

Photos of the Day: A Super Remote that Declutters Your Coffee Table

February 18, 2015 9:29 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Ray Super Remote wants to declutter your coffee table and become the central nervous system of all of your home entertainment systems. The touch-screen device, released Tuesday, is designed to control TVs, cable boxes, DVRs, video game consoles and Internet streaming players ...            

LG Display May Be Apple Watch’s Sole Supplier

February 18, 2015 9:17 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

LG Display will likely be the sole vendor for the p-OLED displays used by Apple Watch, J.P. Morgan said in a study conducted by Asia Pacific Equity Research, the results of which were published on Feb. 13 ...            

Novel Crumpling Method Takes Flat Graphene from 2D to 3D

February 17, 2015 4:11 pm | by University of Illinois college of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a unique single-step process to achieve three-dimensional (3D) texturing of graphene and graphite. Using a commercially available thermally activated shape-memory polymer substrate, this 3D texturing, or "crumpling," allows ... 

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