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Voice Control: Coming Soon to a House Near You

December 4, 2014 9:17 am | by Rachel Metz, Mashable | News | Comments

It's not unusual to find yourself talking to an uncooperative appliance or gadget. Soon, though, it could be more common for those devices to actually pay attention. A startup called Wit.ai plans to make it easy for hardware makers and software developers to add custom voice controls to everything from smartphones and smart watches to ... 

High-Tech Pizza Menu Picks Toppings For You By Tracking Eye Movements

December 3, 2014 4:59 pm | by Rex Santus, Mashable | News | Comments

If we really do eat with our eyes first, then this new high-tech Pizza Hut menu might just be the future of ordering in restaurants. The chain is calling it the first "subconscious menu," and it acts as a stand-in for the paper menu you'd usually get when dining at a Pizza Hut. It tracks your eye movements and selects toppings based on ... 

Novelda Secures $12M in Financing for Vital Signs Detection Sensors

December 3, 2014 12:39 pm | by Novelda | News | Comments

Novelda has announced the closing of a $12M Series A financing round to secure delivery and further development of its XeThru sensor technology. The first XeThru sensors are designed to detect movement and human body vital signs such as ...                 

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IBM Helps You Donate Computer Power to Fight Ebola

December 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

IBM has engineered a way for everyone to join the fight against Ebola — by donating processing time on their personal computers, phones or tablets to researchers. IBM has teamed with scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California on a project that aims to combine the power of thousands of small computers, to each attack ... 

Penn Research Shows Way to Design ‘Digital’ Metamaterials

December 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Penn News | News | Comments

Metamaterials, precisely designed composite materials that have properties not found in natural ones, could be used to make light-bending invisibility cloaks, flat lenses and other otherwise impossible devices. Figuring out the necessary composition and internal structure to create these unusual effects is a challenge but new research from the University of Pennsylvania presents a way of ... 

Can Cockpit Automation Cause Pilots to Lose Critical Thinking Skills? Research Says Yes.

December 3, 2014 9:37 am | by The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

In the wake of recent airline crashes, major news networks have aired concerns about pilots’ ability to accurately fly “by hand” when the airplane’s cockpit automation systems fail. Although many of these concerns have centered on manual skills such as operating the airplane’s controls, new human factors/ergonomics research suggests that pilots’ thinking skills, such as navigating ... 

Engineers Take Big Step Towards Using Optics to Transmit Data in Computers

December 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford engineers have designed and built a prism-like device that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles, a development that could eventually lead to computers that use optics, rather than electricity, to carry data. They describe what they call an "optical link" in an article in Scientific ...

TE Connectivity Opens Wearables Lab

December 2, 2014 3:20 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has announced the official opening of its TE Wearables Lab in Menlo Park, California. Exclusively focused on wearable technologies across consumer, medical, industrial and defense businesses, the lab serves as a collaboration center for TE's team of engineers, scientists and its customers throughout the design process ...

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Steve Jobs Key Witness in Apple iPod Lawsuit

December 2, 2014 11:21 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After nearly a decade in legal wrangling, a billion-dollar class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPod music players heads to trial on Tuesday in a California federal court. A key witness will be none other than the company's legendary late founder Steve Job ...                        

FBI Investigates Sony Computer Hack

December 2, 2014 11:11 am | by BY BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The FBI has confirmed it is investigating a recent hacking attack at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which caused major internal computer problems at the film studio last week ...                            

Photos of the Day: Cheetah Robot Has Real-World Applications

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot, called the cheetah, can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump about 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven ...                

MIT's Cheetah Bot Controlled by Video Game Technology

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites, and ballistic missiles ...                            

Making Nuclear Weapons Uncrackable

December 1, 2014 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a wireless button for anything; making nuclear weapons uncrackable; an eye-tracking upgrade for the Oculus Rift DK2 virtual reality headset; and a Internet-connected golf putter that helps your game ...                                   

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U.S. Supercomputer Titan Does Calculations for HZDR Cancer Research

November 26, 2014 11:51 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

For their calculations, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) will now, starting in 2015, have access to the World's second-fastest computer. The Dresden research initiative is one of 56 projects the US Department of Energy has granted access ...              

Photos of the Day: World's Second-Fastest Computer

November 26, 2014 11:50 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Titan is currently the World's second-fastest computer with graphics cards as the components that bear most of the brunt, makes this high performance computer particularly well suited to concurrently running several different computations in parallel ...              

Global Quantum Communications -- No Longer the Stuff of Fiction?

November 26, 2014 11:25 am | by Dr. Wojciech Wasilewski, Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw | News | Comments

Neither quantum computers nor quantum cryptography will become prevalent technologies without memory systems able to manipulate quantum information easily and effectively. The Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw has recently made inroads into popularizing quantum information technologies by ...           

Advancement in High Speed Converter Technology Enables Next Generation Wireless Communications Systems Designs

November 26, 2014 11:22 am | by Yi Zhang and Michele Viani, Applications Engineers for the High Speed Converter Group, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Wireless communications networks are rapidly evolving. Consumers are expressing increasing demands for enhanced data services and greater use of bandwidth. New generation wireless communications systems demand higher data throughput, lower power consumption ...              

Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Enabled by Inorganic-based Laser Lift-off

November 25, 2014 3:32 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | News | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from inherent material properties and processing limitations in scalability have ... 

Underwater Autonomous Robot Sheds New Light on Antarctic Sea Ice

November 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Athena Dinar, British Antarctic Survey | News | Comments

The first detailed, high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice have been developed using an underwater robot. Scientists from the UK, USA and Australia say the new technology provides accurate ice thickness measurements from areas that were previously too difficult to access ...          

Photos of the Day: Yellow SeaBED Robot Maps Antarctic Sea

November 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Athena Dinar, British Antarctic Survey | News | Comments

SeaBED was fitted with an upward-looking sonar in order to measure and map the underside of sea ice floes. The AUV operated at a depth of 20 to 30 meters and was driven in a lawnmower pattern ...                   

Driving Away Car Computer Hackers

November 24, 2014 9:48 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are betting heavily that consumers will want not just the maps and music playlists of today but also Internet-enabled vehicles that stream movies and the turn dictation into email. The federal government wants to require cars to send each other electronic messages warning of dangers on the road ...

Photos of the Day: eyeSight Turns User Into a Universal Controller

November 24, 2014 1:52 pm | by Stu Robarts, Gizmag | News | Comments

One problem with the number of living room gadgets available now is the number of remote controls that we need to use them. A new device from eyeSight seeks to remedy this issue by turning the user into a universal controller. Onecue allows users to control a host of devices via hand gestures. Onecue is primarily designed to control ...

ACCES I/O Releases Rugged Mini PCI Express Isolated RS232 Serial Communication Cards

November 24, 2014 12:59 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products has announced a new family of PCI Express Mini Cards—the mPCIe-ICM Series. These isolated serial communication cards measure 30 x 51 mm and feature a selection of 4 or 2 ports of isolated RS232 serial communications ...                 

Innovative Supercomputers Increase Nation's Computational Capacity and Capability

November 24, 2014 11:15 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Tens of thousands of researchers nationwide currently harness the power of massive supercomputers to solve research problems that cannot be answered in the lab. However, studies show this represents only a fraction of the potential users of such resources. As supercomputing--also known as high...

HotSpot Episode: Mercedes' Self-Driving Cars

November 24, 2014 9:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, NVIDIA unveils a new addition to the NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform: the Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator; a portable printer for your smartphone; a modular laser-based aircraft protection system, designed to protect U.S. rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft from infrared guided missiles; and the interiors of self-driving cars ...     

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