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New Materials for Future Green Tech Devices

July 15, 2014 5:35 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

From your hot car to your warm laptop, every machine and device in your life wastes a lot of energy through the loss of heat. But thermoelectric devices, which convert heat to electricity and vice versa, can harness that wasted heat, and possibly provide the green tech energy efficiency that's needed for a sustainable future...

Virtual Finger Enables Scientists to Navigate and Analyze Complex 3D Images

July 15, 2014 12:55 am | by Edelman Public Relations | News | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a revolutionary new way to digitally navigate three-dimensional images. The new technology, called Virtual Finger, allows scientists to move through digital images of small structures like neurons and synapses using the flat surface of their computer screens..

Samsung Suspends China Supplier over Child Labor

July 14, 2014 9:20 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics...

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Paint-On Skin for Concrete Structures

July 14, 2014 11:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an art auction where participants bid with their emotions; a blanket that measures plane passengers' brainwaves to help improve flying; an electrically conductive coat of paint that provides an early warning system for concrete strucutures; and determining the age of stars using ultrasound technology...             

Test Solution for USB 3.1 Receivers

July 14, 2014 9:44 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced an accurate test solution for characterizing USB 3.1 receivers. Using the Agilent USB 3.1 receiver test set, design and test engineers in the semiconductor and computer industry can now accurately characterize and verify USB 3.1 receiver ports in ASICs and chipsets...

Photos of the Day: Robot Plays Angry Birds

July 14, 2014 12:59 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities...

Your Next Angry Birds Opponent Could Be a Robot

July 14, 2014 12:54 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities...

Inventor Pushes Solar Panels for Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 12:38 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear...

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Amazon Asks FAA for Permission to Fly Drones

July 14, 2014 12:32 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent shares of the nation's largest e-commerce company up nearly 6 percent on Friday. The online retailer created a media frenzy...

San Francisco Parking Spot App Shuts down Service

July 14, 2014 12:23 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Italian company whose mobile app allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has temporarily shut down the service following an order from the city attorney. Despite saying last month that it wouldn't stop, MonkeyParking said in a blog post Thursday...

Drive-Ins Use Creativity to Afford Digital Switch

July 14, 2014 12:20 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the U.S. have made the expensive conversion...

iPad Causes Rash

July 14, 2014 12:13 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones...

Projecting a Three-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 5:39 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3-D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional reality, may soon be rendered obsolete with the introduction of...

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Google Picks 5 Charities to Create Ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers...

Kids Studying Abroad Are Now Never out of Touch

July 9, 2014 1:29 pm | by Beth J. Harpaz, AP Travel Editor | News | Comments

A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp...

GaN, 5G & IoT Big at IMS2014

July 9, 2014 11:32 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Now that the dust has finally settled, I am able to gather my thoughts on this year’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS2014). I was impressed with everything that I saw...                            

Collisions with Robots – without Risk of Injury

July 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Teamwork between humans and robots will be the motto of the future. But robots may not injure humans at all. When does contact cause an injury, though? Researchers are exploring this for the first time in a study. Everybody has experienced this: You aren’t careful for just one moment and suddenly...

Silicon Sponge Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

July 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material. Researchers developed the porous material to replace the graphite traditionally used in one of the battery's electrodes...

Photos of the Day: Seeing Eye Ring Aids the Blind

July 8, 2014 8:54 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living...

MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

July 8, 2014 8:45 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader...

The New Atomic Age: Building Smaller, Greener Electronics

July 7, 2014 7:03 pm | by University of Alberta | News | Comments

In the drive to get small, Robert Wolkow and his lab at the University of Alberta are taking giant steps forward.The digital age has resulted in a succession of smaller, cleaner and less power-hungry technologies since the days the personal computer fit atop a desk...

Some US-Bound Air Travelers Must Turn on Phones

July 7, 2014 6:49 pm | by Will Lester, Associated Press | News | Comments

Passengers at some overseas airports that offer U.S.-bound flights will soon be required to power on their electronic devices in order to board their flights. The measure is intended to enhance aviation security at a time of increased threats...

Universal Calorie Counter Within Reach? These Researchers are Cracking the Code

July 7, 2014 11:03 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few years ago, Matt Webster decided to dispatch with the annual birthday surprise dilemma and asked his wife whether she’d like as a gift an activity monitor. She was not impressed. The problem wasn’t him asking, but the technology itself...

Photos of the Day: GE’s Calorie-Counting Technology

July 7, 2014 11:02 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A GE team together with researchers at Baylor University’s Department Electrical and Computer Engineering are testing a new calorie counting system on simple mixtures of oil, water and sugar. They have built a prototype, but the prize is...

HotSpot 70: Shark Detecting Buoy

July 7, 2014 10:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a new LED Bulb that can be controlled from anywhere; a wireless tool to help you hold hands at a distance; a remote tower for air traffic services; and a clever buoy that detects sharks before they attack...                          

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