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Industry’s Smallest USB 3.0 Hub Controller

December 22, 2014 12:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, CA) announced a small package option for its EZ-USB® HX3™ USB 3.0 hub controller. The 6 mm x 6 mm ball grid array (BGA) package saves board space for Ultrabook™ devices, tablets, portable port replicators, and other mobile and consumer devices, adding to the HX3 controller’s ... 

HotSpot Episode 94: U.S. Navy Tests Shark Robot UAS

December 22, 2014 11:53 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, the Ford SYNC 3, Mirco Location: the new ScenSor chip, the KipstR: Eat, Sleep, Wear, and the Robo Shark. Ford has introduced its new communications and entertainment system, SYNC® 3. SYNC 3’s more conversational voice recognition technology, a more smartphone-like touch screen and ... 

Sony on Shelving 'The Interview': 'We Had No Choice'

December 22, 2014 11:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release. Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in dropping "The Interview." However, the studio ... 

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Are Driverless Cars Safe? California's Regulators Weigh Pros and Cons

December 22, 2014 11:34 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to balance consumer ... 

Double Amputee Becomes First to Control Two Robotic Arms with Only His Mind

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Alyssa Bereznak, Yahoo! Tech Columnist | News | Comments

This summer, 40 years after losing both of his arms in a freak electrical accident, Colorado resident Leslie Baugh got two new bionic limbs. And after just 10 days of training, he began using them to move objects from shelf to shelf, controlling them with only ...

The Internet of People Before the Internet of Things

December 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague ... 

Americans Skeptical of the Benefits of the Drone Revolution

December 19, 2014 8:53 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll ...             

Drones to Show How Tornadoes Form

December 18, 2014 10:08 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form ...                          

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Photos of the Day: Smart Products for the Home

December 18, 2014 9:50 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

To give you a feel for what that connectivity brings, here's a closer look at a few "smart" products for the home. There are plenty more if you look around ...                                          

Gift Guide: Home Products Come with Connectivity

December 18, 2014 9:49 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?                     

Editor's Letter: New Year, Better You

December 17, 2014 3:09 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

With 2014 wrapping up, we’re gearing up to bring you another year full of great things! That being said, the beginning of a new year can be both exciting and overwhelming. It's one of the most challenging times of year for many, whether it be holiday hosting, traveling, or just an overfull schedule. You become consumed ... 

November/December 2014 — Micro-Windmills: From Lab to Market

December 17, 2014 2:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The November/December issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of great content from Micro-Windmills to Connected Hospitals, Digital Pre-Distortion to Powering Underground Wireless Sensors, and beyond. Find out what our top industry leaders have to say about IoT impacting the cost of ...

The Best Apps for Holiday Shopping

December 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

I’m all for keeping my apps to a minimum—and I delete apps regularly to keep my phone “clean” and what I like to think of as highly “efficient.” If I haven’t opened the app in over a month, boom—it’s deleted. So trust me when I tell you that these five apps are actually worth a download. Feel free to delete the ...

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Photos of the Day: 10-Degree Brain Control of a Prosthetic Device

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

The findings by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, describe, for the first time, 10-degree brain control of a prosthetic device in which the trial participant used the arm and hand to reach, grasp, and place a variety of objects ...           

New Findings from Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Project Published

December 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes ...

Kaprica Security Chosen by DARPA to Help Improve Vehicle Security

December 16, 2014 5:12 pm | by Kaprica Security | News | Comments

Kaprica Security, an expert in the field of cyber security, mobility and cloud software, has been awarded a Department of Defense (DOD) contract to strengthen U.S. military-vehicle and related connected-car security systems ...                    

Tweets of City Dwellers

December 16, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dave Troy, TED | Videos | Comments

Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has ...             

5 Digital Health Trends You'll See in 2015

December 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Leyl Master Black, Mashable | News | Comments

2014 has been a huge year for health tech. According to digital health incubator StartUp Health, digital health funding in the first three quarters of 2014 has already surpassed $5 billion, close to double what was invested in all of 2013 ($2.8 billion). "Digital health funding for the year is on track to double last year's ... 

Student Seeks to Harness the Power of the Immune System to Combat Cancer

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT News Correspondent | News | Comments

When Elliot Akama-Garren was in high school and tried to envision his future, his path was by no means clear to him. “Growing up, I was interested in nearly every subject,” he says. “I could see myself becoming a historian, a journalist, a scientist, a physicist, or a chemist,” he says ... 

Sony Threatens to Sue for Publishing Stolen Emails

December 16, 2014 9:44 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment is warning news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company ...                

Free Product Catalog App: Gems Sensors & Controls Connect

December 15, 2014 6:49 pm | by Gems Sensors & Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Gems Sensors & Controls (Gems) has introduced its “Gems Sensors & Controls Connect”, a free mobile application download for Android, iPhone and iPad devices. “Gems Sensors & Controls Connect” ...                    

HotSpot Episode 93: Stuffing Bras with Actuators and Sensing Tech

December 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, researchers are stuffing bras with actuators and sensing technologies; Berkeley engineers are building organic optoelectronic sensors that can be slapped on like a Band-Aid; Wii’s are rehabbing stroke survivors; and a new technology is significantly lowering UAV costs ... 

Stanford Combines Logic and Memory to Build a 'High-Rise' Chip

December 15, 2014 11:36 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

For decades, the mantra of electronics has been smaller, faster, cheaper. Today, Stanford engineers add a fourth word - taller. At a conference in San Francisco, a Stanford team will reveal how to build high-rise chips that could leapfrog the performance of the single-story logic and ... 

Photo of the Day: Smart Appliances and the Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 15, 2014 9:22 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Experts predict that by 2019 the market value for smart appliances is set to exceed $25 billion. Some of those smart appliances are on the market today, with more to come. Pennywell, a distributor of granite countertops in Ireland, offers this infographic that examines some of the best ... 

Improving Power Efficiency in Mobile Devices

December 12, 2014 3:00 pm | by Phyllis Cosentino, Senior Product Manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

We rely heavily on mobile devices for a wide range of our needs, from serving as our primary method of communication to being a flashlight or alarm clock. The last thing any user wants is a dead battery. To extend battery life and improve efficiency, designers are focused on the power efficiency of the radio, particularly for modern communication ... 

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