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App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 1:05 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or answers a question with which the user may need help ...                                

HotSpot Episode 99: Gestured-Controlled Dinosaurs

February 2, 2015 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, controlling dinosaurs with hand gestures; a smart motorcycle helmet with augmented intelligence; a cloud-connected scooter that allows users to customize their ride; and a smart mattress that helps consumers fall asleep faster, and wake up at the right moments ...                  

Smart Devices That Track Hand-Washing in Hospitals

February 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

General Sensing — co-founded by MIT Media Lab alumni Jonathan Gips SM ’06 and Philip Liang SM ’06 — is using smart devices to monitor hand hygiene among hospital staff and ensure compliance with WHO guidelines ...                                     

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AT&T, Verizon Spend Billions In Airwave Auction

February 2, 2015 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.The additional airwaves, or spectrum, will allow wireless companies to offer more ...                              

The Biggest Shake-Up to the Telecommunications Industry

February 2, 2015 8:43 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather ...          

The Quest for Efficiency in Thermoelectric Nanowires

February 2, 2015 7:35 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Efficiency is big in the tiny world of thermoelectric nanowires. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say better materials and manufacturing techniques for the nanowires could allow carmakers to harvest power from the heat wasted by exhaust systems or lead to more ...                     

Kevlar Used to Make Batteries Tougher

January 30, 2015 9:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We usually picture Kevlar as the synthetic fiber used for ballistic vests, combat helmets, and other applications for personal armor. But the same material famed for its ability to stop bullets could also prevent batteries from catching fire and exploding. One of the reasons the batteries caught fire in the Boeing 787 ... 

Wireless Minute: Bluewire Bluetooth Headset Can Record Your Calls

January 30, 2015 9:28 am | by Amber Ziegenfus, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, the Bluewire Bluetooth 4.0 headset designed to record up to 1,000 hours’ worth of calls. The device can record both sides of a user’s conversation, is wireless charging-enabled, and includes a built-in flashlight and “find my phone” feature. The headset ... 

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SXSW Names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:26 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet of Things, wearables, art, security, and more on March 17 in Austin, Texas ...        

Wireless Minute: Multitouch Smart Coffee Table Runs Both Windows 8 and Android

January 29, 2015 9:39 am | by Amber Ziegenfus, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, the Duet, a new multitouch smart coffee table from Ideum, brings Windows 8 and Android computers into a single unit. You can easily switch between the two operating systems, and the hardware itself is pretty rugged. The smart table contains ... 

Former Samsung Engineer Develops File Sharing App

January 28, 2015 4:24 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A former Samsung semiconductor design engineer has developed a file-sharing mobile app that is gaining ground in the United States, and has been a boon for Samsung, too. Nicole Kim worked for Samsung for six years, then took her career to smaller companies in the fields of engineering and product management ... 

Google Awards Moon Prizes

January 28, 2015 3:43 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Google awarded $5.25 million in total to five teams in the Google Lunar X-Prize, the goal of which is to land a private spacecraft on the Moon ...                                           

Misfit Wants This Wristband to Synch with Your Smart Home

January 28, 2015 12:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker.  On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a partnership with Nest and several other smart home apps and hardware ...                   

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CommScope to Buy TE Connectivity's Telecom for $3B

January 28, 2015 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CommScope is buying TE Connectivity's telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion, which will help diversify its operations and broaden its geographic reach ...                            

What's Next for Apple after Record iPhone Sales?

January 28, 2015 10:06 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally Wednesday ...                               

Wireless Minute: Augmented Reality Goggles for Skiing

January 28, 2015 10:02 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a new Israel-based startup called RideOn has developed augmented reality (AR) goggles for skiing and snowboarding ...                                      

New Search Engine Lets Users Look for Results Faster

January 27, 2015 3:29 pm | by Tuukka Ruotsalo, Aalto University | News | Comments

The SciNet search engine is different because it changes internet searches into recognition tasks, by showing keywords related to the user's search in topic radar. People using SciNet can get relevant and diverse search results faster, especially when they do not know exactly what they are looking for or how to formulate a query to find it ...                 

More Wireless Means Better Wires – the Case for NBASE-T

January 27, 2015 2:08 pm | by Larry O’Connell, Vitesse Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Enterprise LANs, service providers and other network operators are experiencing a sharp rise in the demand for wireless connectivity driven by the growing use of mobile devices. The wireless half of the solution is to deploy high-capacity Wi-Fi access points, which support the new IEEE 802.11ac Wave-2 standard ...                

Basketball Drills, Passing Fads, and How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 10:13 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | Comments

Fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise ...                                   

Brain-Wave Headset Crowdsourced

January 26, 2015 2:21 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity ...                                        

EPFL Research Brings Reconfigurable Electronic Microchips Closer to A Reality

January 26, 2015 12:04 pm | by Leo Mc Gilly, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

EPFL researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to create conductive pathways several atoms wide in a material, to move them around at will and even to make them disappear. Their research is the subject of a recent article appearing in Nature Nanotechnology ...                   

Sheriffs Pressure Google to Disable Police-Tracking App

January 26, 2015 11:53 am | by EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked ...            

Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

January 26, 2015 11:40 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games, and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access ...               

Photo of the Day: 5 Ways Drones Could Affect American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 10:33 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union ...                                

Wireless Minute: Smart Shoes Sends Real-Time Data to Runners Via Smartphone

January 26, 2015 10:12 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Athletic shoemaker, Altra, and wearable technology company, iFit, are teaming up to create a smart shoe for runners ...                                            

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