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Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

Designing Composite Materials in Supercomputer Virtual Labs

December 10, 2014 10:30 am | by Rebecca Caygill, University College London | News | Comments

UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error ...     

Pattern-Recognition Systems Convey What They Learn to Humans

December 8, 2014 11:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News | News | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society’s conference next week, MIT researchers present a new system that bridges these two ways of processing information ... 

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Silicon Labs’ PCI Express Buffers

December 8, 2014 10:32 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has introduced a new family of PCI Express (PCIe) Gen1/2/3 fanout buffers designed for data center applications including servers, storage, and switches ...                                     

HotSpot Episode 92: Flying Inventory Robots Keep Track of Products

December 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the BMW Group tests the Google Glass in quality assurance department; an atomic memory with outstanding parameters; American Certification Body announces agreement with ART-FI and EMTREK; and inventory robots that track product ...                               

Optical Links to Transfer Data Faster

December 4, 2014 4:51 pm | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

The optical link is a tiny slice of silicon etched with a pattern that resembles a bar code. When a beam of light is shined at the link, two different wavelengths (colors) of light split off at right angles to the input, forming a T shape ...                         

Using Light Instead of Wires inside Computers

December 4, 2014 4:51 pm | 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 ...                       

Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning our arms into touchscreens, communicating with Stephen Hawking with upgraded sensors and software, and taking a ride on the bio-bus ... powered by poop ...       

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Technology Breakthrough Reveals Cellular Transcription Process

December 4, 2014 10:42 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

A new technology that reveals cellular gene transcription in greater detail has been developed by Dr. Daniel Kaufmann of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the research team he directed. "This new research tool offers us a more profound view of the immune responses that are involved in a range of diseases, such as ... 

Ultrasonics May Soon Let You Touch What You See in Virtual Reality

December 4, 2014 10:35 am | by Adario Strange, Mashable | News | Comments

At this point it seems like it's just a matter of time before every device shown on Star Trek becomes a reality and, thanks to a new innovation, the holodeck could be next. A UK company called Ultrahaptics has developed a method of providing haptic feedback for holographic imagery by using ultrasonic technology. Originally developed ... 

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 ...

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 ...                                   

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 ...              

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