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HotSpot Episode 105: ESA's Proba-V Infrared Sensor

March 16, 2015 12:16 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, ESA’s Proba-V vegetation-scanning satellite that features a high-speed camera for monitoring vegetation, LTE best practices, the WonderCube, a small, all-in-one mobile solution for on-the-go generation, and the BeeRotor, a tethered flying robot that is able to adjust its speed and follow terrain with ... 

Ford Debuts App-Powered E-Bikes

March 12, 2015 2:06 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Ford debuted its smart e-bike prototypes at the 2015 Mobile World Congress last week as a part of its "Smart Mobility Plan." The MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro connect to your smartphone and give toy navigation feedback via the handlebar grips. The grips vibrate ...

Creating Cheaper Night Vision

March 12, 2015 2:04 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Semiconductor technology from the University of Texas at Dallas could pave the way for cheaper night vision, making it affordable for everyday use. Current technologies rely on image intensifiers which magnify natural light sources like the moon and the stars ... 

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China Sells Apple Watch Lookalikes

March 12, 2015 10:05 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A month before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch hits the market, China's thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies ...

Google Adds Ammunition to its Technological Artillery

March 12, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term that Google uses to describe secretly installed programs that can change a browser's settings without a user's permission ...

Stanford Launches Smartphone App to Study Heart Health

March 11, 2015 3:39 pm | News | Comments

A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple ...

Hackaball Inspires Kids’ Creativity & Imagination

March 11, 2015 10:45 am | by EditorMeghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I keep telling my daughter how jealous I am of all her generation’s toys. From the Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrone to LEGO Mindstorms, toys from my generation look pathetic, to say the least ...

SXSW Highlights Flying Cars & Robotic Petting Zoo

March 11, 2015 10:09 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Flying cars and a robot petting zoo. Mobile wallets and net neutrality. The most outlandish ideas of the future and tech trends shaping the world today will be in focus as the freewheeling South by Southwest Interactive Festival kicks off Friday ...

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Smart Home Security: Protecting Wirelessly Connected Endpoints from Cyber-Attacks

March 10, 2015 9:59 am | by Alan Grau, President and Co-Founder, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

The 1999 Disney Film “Smart House” depicts an intelligent, connected house in which everything within the home, from laundry and breakfast to the front door lock, is automated. In the film, the “Smart House,” named Pat, decides it knows what is best for its occupants and takes over ... 

App Lets You Create Animated Videos Starring You

March 9, 2015 1:23 pm | by Plotagon | News | Comments

Plotagon, the creative app that allows anyone to tell stories as 3D animated videos, will be at SXSW at booth #1147 from March 13 to 19th, to unveil an exciting new feature. Users will be able to create themselves, their friends, and famous people as 3D animated characters ...       

Think Your Email's Private? Think Again

March 9, 2015 12:32 pm | by Andy Yen, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It's just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use ...

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 ...

Photos of the Day: Human-Robot Teams Attempt Simulated Disaster Response

March 9, 2015 10:53 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

To qualify for the DRC Finals, the new teams had to submit videos showing successful completion of five sample tasks: engage an emergency shut-off  switch, get up from a prone position, locomote ten meters without falling, pass over a barrier, and rotate a circular valve 360 degrees ...

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ASU Researchers Explore New Energy Storage Technology

March 9, 2015 10:29 am | by Jenny Green, Arizona State University | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries are common in consumer electronics. They are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics, with a high energy density, no memory effect and only a slow loss of charge when not in use. Beyond consumer electronics, lithium-ion batteries have also grown in popularity for military, electric vehicle and aerospace applications ...

Apple Watch's Features & Functions Unveiled

March 9, 2015 10:07 am | by Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Apple Watch. CEO Tim Cook is expected to unveil the company's newest device and make the case for why it's a must-have gadget at a San Francisco event later Monday ...                              

Glasses That Prevent Facial Recognition

March 6, 2015 10:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now.

Internet Invades Everything at Gadget Fair in Barcelona

March 6, 2015 10:25 am | by JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The pervasive creep of the Internet from computers and phones to all kinds of objects is the theme of this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress wireless show. For those who couldn't join the tens of thousands in Barcelona for the four-day event, here is a look at some of the quirkiest innovations on display ...                

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 ...           

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 ...

DIY Printing Custom Touch-Sensitive Displays

March 5, 2015 2:48 pm | by Dr. Jürgen Steimle, Saarland University | News | Comments

The postcard shows a vintage automobile. With the push of a button, the rear axis and the steering wheel rod of the vehicle light up in the same color. This is made possible by two parts of a flexible touchscreen display that match up exactly with the shape of the car parts depicted. A team of computer scientists around Saarland University researcher Jürgen Steimle printed the display on a regular inkjet printer ...

Teardown: Globalstar Satellite Phone

March 5, 2015 2:08 pm | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, what's inside a 2000 vintage Globalstar GSP1600 Tri-Band Satellite Phone?

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 ...

Non-Volatile Digital-to-Analog Converter

March 4, 2015 4:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology has announced the expansion of its non-volatile digital-to-analog converter (DAC) product line with the MCP47FEBXX devices ...

Smart Garments Could Change How We Interact

March 4, 2015 12:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in a heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible. Editorial Director David Mantey talked about ... 

Energy-Generating Cloth Could Replace Batteries in Wearable Devices

March 4, 2015 12:32 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Scientists report the first durable, flexible cloth that harnesses human motion to generate energy. It can also self-charge batteries or supercapacitors without an external power source and make new commercial and medical applications possible ...

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