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Brighter Images & More Efficient LCD Displays

November 20, 2014 10:32 am | by Vince Horiuchi, University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light ...             

An Anti-Surveillance Tool for Human Rights Groups

November 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software ...                       

Teaching Self-Driving Cars the Ethics of the Road

November 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic ...                           

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Next Level Computer Vision Algorithm That Can Describe Photos

November 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Abate | News | Comments

Computer software only recently became smart enough to recognize objects in photographs. Now, Stanford researchers using machine learning have created a system that takes the next step, writing a simple story of what's happening in any digital image. "The system can analyze an unknown image and explain it in words and ... 

Electronica 2014 Top Ten

November 19, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show ...                          

Getting Started in IoT: A Webinar on Creating Connected Products

November 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Murata | Events

Murata is joining other industry thought-leaders in the upcoming webinar “Getting Started in IoT: Creating Connected Products.”  The panel discussion will specifically address ...             

Photos of the Day: The Race to Making Computer Components Smaller & Faster

November 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have engineered a nanowire system that could pave the way for this ability, combining two light waves to produce a third with a different frequency and using an optical cavity to amplify the intensity of the output to a usable level ...      

Mixing Light at the Nanoscale

November 18, 2014 10:48 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light ...

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InnoSwitch Family of Highly Integrated Switcher ICs Use FluxLink Technology

November 18, 2014 10:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The InnoSwitch family of highly integrated switcher ICs combines primary, secondary and feedback circuits into a single, worldwide safety-rated, surface-mount package. With InnoSwitch ICs, designers can easily exceed all global regulatory standards for efficiency and no-load consumption, while minimizing component count and providing highly accurate constant voltage and constant current up to ... 

HotSpot Episode 89: Digital 6th Sense

November 17, 2014 11:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung announces the Innovator Edition of its Gear VR headset; LTE Direct will be available in 2016; an app to help fix your slouching problem; and Mimosa Networks announces a hotspot-to-the-home-gateway ...                

Researchers Discern the Shapes of High-Order Brownian Motions

November 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have vividly mapped the shapes and textures of high-order modes of Brownian motions--in this case, the collective macroscopic movement of molecules in microdisk resonators--researchers at Case Western Reserve University report. To do this, they used a record-setting scanning optical interferometry technique, described in a study published ...

Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

November 17, 2014 10:53 am | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and the system created completely new variants on those tricks ...

Advanced E-Voting System Selected for Australian State Election

November 14, 2014 2:22 pm | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

A new, advanced electronic voting system developed by the University of Surrey and the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), in collaboration with the Universities of Melbourne and Luxembourg is to be used in Australia's Victorian State election, which opens on Monday.

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Cats Teach Robots How to Land on Their Feet

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Georgia Tech College of Computing | News | Comments

A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that’s how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well. To understand the way feline or human behavior during falls might be applied to robot landings, Liu, an associate professor...

You Have Zero Privacy, Get Over It

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP | News | Comments

It's been 15 years since Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy infamously quipped "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." You'd think we would have gotten the message by now, with all the news of online data breaches, revelations about broad...

Using "Smart Spaces" to Wirelessly Send Data

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

One of the problems in the high-tech field of visible light communication (VLC) - or using light to send data wirelessly - is decidedly low tech: The data transmission stops whenever the light is blocked by people's movements, shadows or other obstacles.

Hacker-Hit Tibetan Monks 'Detach From Attachments'

November 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER and ASHWINI BHATIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments."Attachment can lead you to all sort of trouble and we Buddhists believe that non-attachment alone can lead you to happiness...

STEM Student of the Week: Carter Yagemann

November 10, 2014 2:17 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative.Meet Carter Yagemann, a cybersecurity researcher at Syracuse University (SU) (Editor's note: Orange represent!) under the supervision of Professor Kevin Du...

Obama urges support for net neutrality

November 10, 2014 2:09 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

President Obama Monday made his strongest statement yet in support of strict net neutrality rules, urging the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as Title II providers. In a video statement broadcast online, Obama said that current Internet policies...

Research Lights the Way to Super-Fast Computers

November 7, 2014 9:18 am | by University of Surrey | News | Comments

New research published in the journal Nature Communications, has demonstrated how glass can be manipulated to create a material that will allow computers to transfer information using light. This development could significantly increase computer processing ...

Full-Featured Spectrum Analysis & Deep Signal Analysis from Tektronix RSA306

November 6, 2014 2:11 pm | by WDD Staff | Videos | Comments

The RSA306 from Tektronix,  offers full-featured spectrum analysis and deep signal analysis at a price unmatched by any previous offering. Using the latest in commercial interfaces and available computing power, the RSA306 separates signal acquisition from measurement ...                

TI Brings 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Combo Modules to Industrial & IoT Applications

November 6, 2014 1:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments has announced the WiLink 8 combo connectivity modules, which support Wi-Fi in the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. The new highly-integrated module family offers high throughput...                   

Photo of the Day: Cockroach Cyborg to Help Emergency Personnel

November 6, 2014 11:16 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

The biobots are equipped with electronic backpacks that control the cockroach’s movements ...                                                           

New 3D Display Technology Promises Greater Energy Efficiency

November 6, 2014 11:01 am | by Lyndsay Meyer, The Optical Society | News | Comments

The ultra-thin LCD screen described in a paper in The Optical Society’s (OSA) journal Optics Letters is capable of holding three-dimensional images without a power source ...                                         

Projecting a Robot’s Intentions

November 6, 2014 10:55 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT’s Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind ...                          

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