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Organic Electronics Could Lead to Cheap, Wearable Medical Sensors

December 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at UC Berkeley. “There are various pulse oximeters already on the market that measure pulse rate and blood-oxygen saturation levels, but those devices use rigid conventional electronics, and they are usually ...

"SciGirls" TV Series Encourages Girls to Succeed in STEM

December 11, 2014 9:38 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The magic of life unfolds, but for adolescents Mimi, Izzie and Quinn, watching a monarch butterfly emerge from its cocoon and spread its wings is more than a fascinating moment--cameras are rolling! With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Richard Hudson and his team at Twin Cities Public Television are putting middle school girls ... 

Texas Instruments NFC Sensor Transponder

December 10, 2014 4:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the flexible high frequency 13.56 MHz sensor transponder family. The highly integrated ultra-low-power RF430FRL15xH system-on-chip (SoC) family combines an ISO 15693-compliant near field communication (NFC) interface ...       

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ERICSSON’s 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2015: Connectivity Integrated into Daily Life

December 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by Ericsson | News | Comments

The end of 2014 is approaching, and Ericsson ConsumerLab can now, in the fourth edition of its annual trend report, present the hottest consumer trends for 2015 and beyond. Michael Björn, Head of Research, Ericsson ConsumerLab ...             

Photos of the Day: Writting Graphene Microsupercapacitors with a Laser

December 10, 2014 10:25 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Under a microscope, what the researchers call laser-induced graphene (LIG) doesn't look like a perfect chicken wire-like grid of atoms. Instead, it's a jumble of interconnected graphene flakes with five-, six- and seven-atom rings ...                

Laser-Induced Graphene for Energy Storage & Electronics

December 10, 2014 10:24 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser. The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the need for hot furnaces and controlled environments, and it makes graphene that may be suitable for electronics or energy storage ...

'Make An Offer' Service Now Available on Amazon

December 10, 2014 9:59 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon wants you to make an offer sellers won't want to refuse. For the first time, the largest U.S. online retailer is letting some third-party sellers offer an option where interested buyers can make an offer on an item lower than the listed price....

Freescale Unveils Lightning-Fast Wireless Charging Chips

December 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Damon Poeter | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor on Monday unveiled a new family of wireless charging integrated circuits (ICs) designed to quickly power up "a variety of larger mobile devices including tablets, large-screen smartphones, and portable industrial and medical ...

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Design Engineer Reveals Robotic Dress at Fashion Show

December 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Jonathan Bloom | News | Comments

Wearable technology is about to get more wearable if some determined designers have their say.When design engineer Bruce Bateman makes a fashion statement, elegant may not be the first word that comes to mind. "I'm the wearable guy, actually I carry about ...

Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The ...            

Illinois Capacitor's Solid Conductive Polymer Chip Capacitors

December 9, 2014 11:17 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor XMPL Series polymer chip capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater size ...                

Detecting Gases with a Smartphone

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT | Videos | Comments

These inexpensive sensors could be widely deployed, making it easier to monitor public spaces or detect food spoilage in warehouses. Using this system, the researchers have demonstrated that they can detect gaseous ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and cyclohexanone, among ...               

New Sensor Wirelessly Detects Hazardous Chemicals

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone ...                                       

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Fused High CV Tantalum SMD Chip Capacitors

December 8, 2014 5:19 pm | by AVX | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has released a new series of fused high CV tantalum SMD chip capacitors with undertab terminations. The new F98-AS1 Series capacitors feature a proprietary lead-frame-less structure with precise dimensions and low stress packaging, an internal thin film fuse that protects against short ... 

Exclusive Interview with Mythbusters Star Grant Imahara

December 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Videos | Comments

WDD's Editor in Chief, Janine Mooney, interviews Grant Imahara from Mythbusters at Electronica 2014. Engineer and longtime Mouser Electronics' customer Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame is teaming up with the global distributor on an exciting new Empowering Innovation Together campaign. Together Mouser and Mr. Imahara will invite ... 

Volvo Introduces the World’s Most Powerful and Cleanest SUV

December 8, 2014 12:56 pm | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

The first Volvo designed from the ground up for plug-in/electrification compatibility, the XC90 T8 delivers all the performance of a luxury SUV, but with emission levels that even small hybrid cars struggle to match. When designing the XC90 T8, Volvo Cars chose not to compromise on performance, driving pleasure, efficiency or even ... 

Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology Applications

December 8, 2014 12:08 pm | by Jim O'Callaghan, President of EnOcean Inc. | Articles | Comments

The trend towards ultra-low power wireless communication is ongoing. It allows data communication wherever power-hungry standards like WiFi or GSM are not suitable. This is particularly interesting for high-density sensor networks that deliver information from hundreds or thousands of measuring points, enabling intelligent ... 

Digital TV Demodulator Supports DVB-S2X Specification

December 8, 2014 11:55 am | by Silicon Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced its next-generation digital TV demodulator family offering expanded support for the latest satellite, terrestrial and cable standards. The new Si218x family includes the world's first demodulators supporting the recently launched DVB-S2X specification, which adds new features and ...

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 ... 

Fuel to the Fire? Fuel Exports Soar Under Obama

December 8, 2014 11:08 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration makes headway at home in the fight against global warming, it has helped stoke record exports of fossil fuels that are contributing to rising levels of pollution elsewhere. U.S. exports of diesel and gasoline have doubled since President Barack Obama took office, and the carbon embedded in them has meet ... 

Corrupt Apple Executive Sentenced to 1 Year in Prison

December 8, 2014 10:48 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Apple executive who sold some of the iPhone maker's secrets to suppliers will serve a year in prison and repay $4.5 million for his crimes. Paul S. Devine was sentenced in San Jose federal court earlier this week, more than three years after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. The U.S. Attorney's office ... 

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 ...                               

Photos of the Day: Here's Your New Spacecraft, America

December 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bullseye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. The unmanned test flight ended 4½ hours after it began and achieved at least one record: flying farther and ... 

NIST Study 'Makes the Case' for RFID Forensic Evidence Management

December 5, 2014 11:28 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags--devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people--have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from automobiles being manufactured on an assembly line to zoo animals in transit to their new homes. Now, thanks to a new NIST report, the next beneficiaries ... 

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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