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New Compact Panel PCs from Beckhoff

August 7, 2014 11:26 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

To best serve the HMI hardware needs of cost-sensitive machine builders and manufacturers, Beckhoff Automation has introduced the new CP6606-0001-0020 “Economy” Panel PC...

Sweat Sensors Sniff Out Fatigue, Stress, Even Fear

August 7, 2014 4:02 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Sweat can be a smelly messenger, but one that also carries a trove of valuable information about how our bodies are feeling. Scientists at several labs are now trying to pick its lock with nanotechnology, including know-how transferred from ...

Outdoor Enthusiasts Use Gadgets to Stay Plugged In

August 7, 2014 3:48 pm | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | News | Comments

It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can. As a result, companies are catering to hikers, bikers, skiers and paddle boarders by making an expanding number of products that protect smartphones...

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LTETM Base Station Transceivers in Small Cell eNodeB Design

August 7, 2014 10:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Asahi Kasei Microdevices will demonstrate their complementary LTETM small cell radio transceiver and Cavium’s integrated LTETM small cell processors...

Review: Amazon Phone Better for Info Than Shopping

August 6, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

My buying habits have yet to change in my nearly three weeks with Amazon's shopping-centric Fire phone. Rather, I've found the phone's Firefly scanning feature to be far more useful as an information-gathering tool. The idea behind Firefly is a smart one: Use it to keep track of what you see and hear around you...

Picture It: Facial Recognition to Find Lost Dogs

August 6, 2014 2:42 pm | by Sue Manning, Associated Press | News | Comments

Any worried pet owner who has spent days hanging posters, making phone calls and knocking on neighbors' doors hopes there's a more scientific way to find a lost dog. That became a reality when facial recognition technology successfully reunited a pet at San Diego County Animal Services with its owners....

3-in-1 Optical Skin Cancer Probe

August 6, 2014 2:33 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

As thousands of vacationers hit the beach this summer, many of them will expose their unprotected bare limbs to direct UV sunlight, potentially putting them at risk of skin cancer later in life. To fight back, scientists can also turn to light, designing optical devices that may ...

Pleora Makes Wireless Video a Reality for Real-Time Imaging Systems

August 5, 2014 11:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pleora Technologies unveiled the world’s first embedded hardware solution for delivering real-time video over a standard IEEE 802.11 wireless link...

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B&B Electronics Launches the Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform

August 5, 2014 11:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics introduced its Wzzard Intelligent Sensing Platform. Wzzard is an easy to use, complete wireless sensor connectivity platform for the rapid deployment of scalable, intelligent, reliable Internet...

Chance Hospital Encounter Sends Engineer on Improbable Mission

August 5, 2014 11:16 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

One sunny Thursday afternoon last October, Lyman Connor climbed on his bicycle and pedaled from his Roanoke, Va., home for a ride along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. He didn’t make it back that day. Riding down one of the ...  

Photos of the Day: Reinventing the Bionic Hand

August 5, 2014 11:14 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Lyman Connor, a GE engineer who writes software for turbines and power plants, has always been a tinkerer. Among the tools in his garage is a 3D printer, which he decided to use to build a low-cost bionic hand ...    

New PCI Express Mini Card from MEN Micro

August 5, 2014 1:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro now offers the PX4, a mobile phone voice interface PCI Express Mini Card. The new card provides cost-effective wireless audio transmissions in rugged, mobile applications...

A Closer Look: Secure Your Phone without Passcodes

August 4, 2014 5:41 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Passcodes are outdated. They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more...

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No-Power Wi-Fi Connectivity Could Fuel IoT Reality

August 4, 2014 5:25 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it – all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home could track minute-by-minute temperature changes...

NFL Sideline Tech Inches Forward, Still No Video

August 4, 2014 10:24 am | by Rachel Cohen, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

NFL teams used to take Polaroid pictures of plays from atop the stadium during games then send them down to the field on a rope. Technology improved so that an automated camera could deliver the images to a printer on the sideline, creating that familiar sight of a quarterback...

A Market for Emotions

July 31, 2014 12:09 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Emotions can be powerful for individuals. But they’re also powerful tools for content creators, such as advertisers, marketers, and filmmakers. By tracking people’s negative or positive feelings toward ads — via traditional surveys and focus groups — agencies can tweak and tailor their content to better satisfy consumers...

Review: 3Doodler Is Fun but Quirky '3D Pen'

July 31, 2014 9:27 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

3-D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3-D object out of plastic. It's a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3-D printer...

July/August 2014 – Stanford's Electroceutical Devices

July 30, 2014 12:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The July/August issue of Wireless Design and Development (WDD) focuses on electroceutical devices and wireless sensing systems for bridge infrastructure. It also features and article from Texas Instruments, and a new teardown of the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch...

Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

July 30, 2014 12:59 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment...

New Gadget Helps the Vision Impaired to Read Graphs

July 30, 2014 12:46 am | by Curtin University | News | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment...

Escaping Email: Inspired Vision or Hallucination?

July 30, 2014 12:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work...

Testing Times in the Continuing Evolution of WLAN

July 29, 2014 3:52 pm | by Yu Qian, Marketing Engineer, Keysight Technologies | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) — forecast by some companies to host up to 50 billion wirelessly-connected devices by 2020 — demands yet more network capability and capacity. Equipment based on the 802.11 wireless LAN (local area network) standard is forecast to fulfill a major part of this need...                 

Wearable Device for the Early Detection of Common Diabetes-Related Condition

July 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication...

Bluetooth Smart Arduino Solution

July 28, 2014 9:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced that Hong Kong-based Arduino specialist, RedBear Company Ltd, has developed a Nordic nRF8001 Connectivity IC-based single board Bluetooth Smart Arduino solution...

Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 28, 2014 1:38 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies often blend old products to give you something new. This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has a screen that measures 5 inches diagonally...

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