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InnoSwitch Family of Highly Integrated Switcher ICs Use FluxLink Technology

November 18, 2014 10:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The InnoSwitch family of highly integrated switcher ICs combines primary, secondary and feedback circuits into a single, worldwide safety-rated, surface-mount package. With InnoSwitch ICs, designers can easily exceed all global regulatory standards for efficiency and no-load consumption, while minimizing component count and providing highly accurate constant voltage and constant current up to ... 

Multi-Channel Driver and Inverter IPMs

November 17, 2014 12:53 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has further strengthened its portfolio of products for motor control applications with the introduction of two new solutions for a variety of industrial, white goods and consumer applications. The new LV8714TA is an extremely energy ...

A Bike Path Near Amsterdam Is Now Generating Solar Power

November 17, 2014 12:09 pm | by Randy Rieland | News | Comments

This week, in the Amsterdam suburb of Krommenie, a little stretch of bikeway officially opened to the public. It’s not all that long—not even three-quarters the length of an American football field—but it is perhaps a glimpse into the future for a country that has almost 22,000 miles ...

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Toyota's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Coming to the U.S. in 2016

November 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Stan Schroeder, Mashable | News | Comments

Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell car finally has a name and a rollout plan. The water-vapor-producing vehicle, called Mirai, was first unveiled in June 2014 (its name means “future” in Japanese). The four-door sedan is coming to northeastern U.S. in ...

HotSpot Episode 89: Digital 6th Sense

November 17, 2014 11:30 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung announces the Innovator Edition of its Gear VR headset; LTE Direct will be available in 2016; an app to help fix your slouching problem; and Mimosa Networks announces a hotspot-to-the-home-gateway ...                

New Form of Crystalline Order Holds Promise for Thermoelectric Applications

November 17, 2014 11:08 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) now reports that it has discovered an entirely new form of crystalline order that simultaneously exhibits both crystal and polycrystalline properties, which they describe as "interlaced crystals" ... 

Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

November 17, 2014 10:53 am | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and the system created completely new variants on those tricks ...

NASA Opens Registration for 2015 Exploration Rover Challenge

November 14, 2014 4:22 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has opened team registration for the 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. Organized by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the event will be held April 16-18, 2015, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, also in Huntsville.

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Wireless Solution Allows for Retail Transaction Upgrade

November 14, 2014 10:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Powa Technologies launched PowaTag providing access to a new way to transact with the connected consumer via mobile while keeping implementation costs low. A solution which enables shoppers to complete transactions anytime, anywhere in two taps with their smartphone.  

Cats Teach Robots How to Land on Their Feet

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Georgia Tech College of Computing | News | Comments

A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that’s how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well. To understand the way feline or human behavior during falls might be applied to robot landings, Liu, an associate professor...

Smart Phones Use QR Codes to Display 3D Images

November 14, 2014 9:18 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Quick Response (QR) codes -- the box-shaped symbols that appear on signs, posters, and even business cards -- are a convenient and efficient way of accessing specific web pages with a smartphone or other mobile device. However, new research published...

ECN's Engineering Live: How to Secure IoT

November 14, 2014 9:10 am | by WDD Staff | Blogs | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication.  

Carmakers Unite to Protect Consumer Privacy

November 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers...

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Review: No Cash, Cards, Just Mobile Pay for a Week

November 13, 2014 9:51 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Attempt at your own risk: For an entire week, I left all my cash and credit cards at home to see how well wallet-free mobile services work in the real world. Apple Pay has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks, but there are lots of other mobile...

You Have Zero Privacy, Get Over It

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP | News | Comments

It's been 15 years since Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy infamously quipped "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." You'd think we would have gotten the message by now, with all the news of online data breaches, revelations about broad...

Virtual Reality Teaches Self-Acceptance

November 13, 2014 9:35 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals...

Samsung Releases Developer Tools for Wearables, Smart Home

November 13, 2014 9:30 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Samsung is working to generate developer interest by releasing a handful of new tools for health, smart home, AR/VR and wearables. At the company’s developer conference Wednesday, Won-Pyo Hong, president of Samsung’s Media Solution Center...

Shazam Second-Screen Viewing Not Happening

November 13, 2014 9:26 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shazam CPO Daniel Danker said second-screen viewing is not going to catch—at least not in terms of engaging with a mobile device throughout the viewing experience. Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Danker said “in...

Qualcomm LTE Direct Proximal Discovery Service to Launch in 2016

November 13, 2014 9:23 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Qualcomm’s LTE Direct proximal discovery service is expected to become commercially available in 2016. Speaking Tuesday at the Open Mobile Summit, Mahesh Makhijani, senior director for Qualcomm Research, fit the technology in with Release 12...

$17 Billion to Maintain Verizon Wireless Network

November 12, 2014 3:29 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon will likely keep its spending for 2014 in the $17 billion range, according to CFO Fran Shammo. Speaking at an investor conference today, Shammo said that consistency in spending in necessary to maintain a wireless network. Speaking at...

Drone Sightings Up Dramatically

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by JOAN LOWY Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. It's a sharp increase...

Photos of the Day: The Hendo Hoverboard

November 12, 2014 10:02 am | by AP Photo/Jeff Chiu | Blogs | Comments

Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground. The creators believe their technology will someday be used to transport large...

Board Designed for Wearables and IoT

November 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Alexandru Voica Technology PR Specialist | News | Comments

Earlier this year I reported about Ingenic Newton, a new MIPS-based platform targeting a wide range of connected consumer devices, including wearables, smart appliances and e-health sensors. This board was powered by an Ingenic JZ4775 chip...

Optical Sensor Family Integrates Touchless Gesture Detection

November 12, 2014 9:39 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG released a new family of intelligent sensors that integrate six key sensing functions including gesture detection and Mobeam barcode emulation. The TMG399x product family is ideally suited for touchless gesture control and display...

Watch a drone take off from another drone

November 11, 2014 9:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, ECN Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we like to think you can never have enough drones. So, in the spirit of our drone obsession, I would like to present you with a video of a drone taking off from another drone. It's very meta. I like to think if Isaac Newton was still around, he...

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