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Europe Launches RoboEarth: 'Wikipedia for Robots'

January 17, 2014 10:08 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expectations are high for RoboEarth, a new European-funded system to speed the development of human-serving robots. Scientists from five major European technical universities have gathered in the Netherlands this week for its launch and to demonstrate possible applications...           

Google Contact Lens Could Be Option for Diabetics

January 17, 2014 10:04 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Brian Otis gingerly holds what looks like a typical contact lens on his index finger. Look closer. Sandwiched in this lens are two twinkling glitter-specks loaded with tens of thousands of miniaturized transistors...                  

Photos of the Day: Contact Lens for Diabetics

January 17, 2014 10:03 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Researchers also had to build in a system to pull energy from incoming radio frequency waves to power the device enough to collect and transmit one glucose reading per second. The embedded electronics in the lens don't obscure vision because they lie outside the eye's pupil and iris...            

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What’s Next for Wireless Networks in 2014?

January 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Morgan Kurk, Senior Vice President, CommScope | Blogs | Comments

The continued implementation of LTE and the ongoing data boom mean that most wireless operators are focused on modernizing and enhancing the capacity of their networks with the most efficient architectures and equipment. Increasing network capacity also intensifies their focus on metrocells and indoor coverage. With that said, here’s what I see as the major trends in wireless infrastructure for 2014...

Apple Agrees to Refund $32.5M for Kids' Purchases

January 16, 2014 8:16 am | by JENNIFER C. KERR, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plenty of parents have been there — handing over the iPhone or iPad to a child while waiting in the doctor's office, standing in line at Starbucks or sitting in the car for a long road trip with the family. The youngster is playing a game on a fun mobile app and then hands you the phone saying he needs your password...        

Woman to Testify against Google Glass Citation

January 16, 2014 8:12 am | by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A California woman believed to be the first cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass while driving says she was within her rights and violated no law...                                     

CES 2014: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 15, 2014 2:53 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every trade show has these — the oddball products, tech demos, and general weirdness that accompanies any large gathering of people vying for your attention. Sometimes, the exhibits exude innovation and leave a positive lasting impression...        

Top 10 from CES 2014

January 15, 2014 1:32 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

CES 2014 broke records, as CES seems to do every year, and with the massive amount of people and the overflowing number of vendors, it’s easy to miss a lot. That’s why editors Chris Fox and Jason Lomberg traveled to Las Vegas and compiled the Top Ten from CES 2014...

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Google Builds a 'Nest' for Future of Smart Homes

January 15, 2014 9:23 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation...                                  

Review: Niche Appeal in 2 New Android Phones

January 14, 2014 9:53 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There's a phone for you. Want cheap? There's one for you, too...                      

Google Says It Will Buy Nest Labs for $3.2B

January 14, 2014 9:50 am | by MARLEY JAY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Google will pay $3.2 billion to buy Nest Labs, which develops high-tech versions of devices like thermostats and smoke detectors, in its second-largest acquisition ever...                                   

HotSpot Episode 45: Augmented Reality Helmets Make Motorcycles Safer

January 13, 2014 10:38 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, another mother to tell you what to do; shrinking digital storage; capturing any color on any surface; and motorcycle helmets that creat an augmented reality...                                              

Photos of the Day: Superlens

January 12, 2014 3:46 pm | by Duke Pratt School of Engineering | News | Comments

On one side of the superlens, the researchers placed a small copper coil with an alternating electric current running through it, which creates a magnetic field around the coil. That field, however, drops in intensity and power transfer efficiency extremely quickly, the further away it gets...                 

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'Superlens' Extends Range of Wireless Power Transfer

January 12, 2014 3:44 pm | by Duke Pratt School of Engineering | News | Comments

Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now...                           

The Cyborgs Era Has Started

January 12, 2014 2:19 pm | by Kosta Schinarakis, KIT | News | Comments

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns...                                   

PennEngineering’s microPEM Inserts for Plastics

January 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

New microPEM thru-threaded brass inserts for plastics from PennEngineering introduce ideal fastener solutions to attach components in compact electronic assemblies. These fasteners promote secure and reliable attachment for devices ranging from hand-held consumer electronics to medical equipment, among many others...

Engineering Newswire 72: Tiny $7,000 Car Gets 84 MPG

January 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re wearing augmented reality contact lenses, relating to an emotionally concise intelligence that “feels,” and driving a $7,000 car/tricycle hybrid thing. This episode features ...    

Falling in Love With Your Phone

January 10, 2014 10:13 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Nowadays, users are consumed by technology. It’s on our clothes, in our cars, and making appearances in our home appliances, so maybe it is possible for some of us to develop deeper emotional attachments with certain technological advances...                         

Metal Ink Could Ease the Way Toward Flexible Electronic Books, Displays

January 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Scientists are reporting the development of a novel metal ink made of small sheets of copper that can be used to write a functioning, flexible electric circuit on regular printer paper. Their report on the conductive ink, which could pave the way for a wide range of new...            

Fast Organic Transistor Heralds New Generation of See-Through Electronics

January 9, 2014 1:30 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Two university research teams have worked together to produce the world's fastest thin-film organic transistors, proving that this experimental technology has the potential to achieve the performance needed for high-resolution television screens and similar electronic devices...          

Photo of the Day: See-Through Electronics

January 9, 2014 1:29 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

These innovations had the effect of depositing a denser concentration of the organic molecules into a more regular alignment. The result was a great improvement in carrier mobility, which measures how quickly electrical charges travel through the transistor...                 

Photo of the Day: Ultra-Thin Electronic Membrane

January 9, 2014 10:40 am | by Peter Rüegg, ETH Zürich | News | Comments

With this new form of thin-film technology, very flexible and functional electronics have been created...                                       

Eye-Catching Electronics

January 9, 2014 10:39 am | by Peter Rüegg | News | Comments

In Professor Gerhard Tröster’s Electronics Lab, scientists have been researching flexible electronic components, such as transistors and sensors, for some time now. The aim is to weave these types of components into textiles or apply them to the skin in order to make objects ‘smart’, or develop unobtrusive, comfortable sensors that can monitor various functions of the body...

Gadget Watch: Case Makes iPhone a BlackBerry Clone

January 9, 2014 10:19 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard...                            

Few 'Wearables' Balance Fashion and Function

January 9, 2014 10:09 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages...                             

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