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Smart Grid for Electric Vehicle Fleet

March 5, 2014 10:44 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

Being able to charge up to 30 electric cars at once requires some ingenious energy management. Researchers are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany’s largest charging station. The network of charging stations for electric vehicles is becoming more tightly meshed...

White Paper: Current Activity in 5G

March 4, 2014 3:54 pm | by Agilent Technologies | White Papers

Even as LTE and LTE Advanced (4th Generation cellular systems) are being deployed, work is already starting on their successor: 5G. This paper describes the needs that demand continued development of mobile and fixed-line communications systems, and explains...           

Industry’s First Digital Ultraviolet Index Sensors

March 4, 2014 1:55 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has introduced the industry’s first single-chip digital ultraviolet (UV) index sensor ICs designed to track UV sun exposure, heart/pulse rate and blood oximetry and provide proximity/gesture control for smartphone and wearable computing products...

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White Paper: Improving Cable Performance in Harsh Environments

March 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by GORE | White Papers

Cables are often the last component considered when designing an electronic system. However, cables are really the system’s lifeline — if a cable fails, the entire system can stop functioning. For example, if the cable system used for data transmission in a spacecraft fails, the communication between the...             

Advanced Power Electronics New Current Mode Step-Up Converter

March 4, 2014 11:51 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics has introduced a new current mode step up converter for small, low power applications. The input voltage of the APE1913-3 converter can range from 2.6 to 5.5 V...

Parker’s New Low Energy Wireless Monitoring Sensors

March 4, 2014 11:29 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Parker Hannifin has introduced a low energy wireless sensor platform for monitoring pressure, temperature, and humidity in liquid and gas applications. Parker’s SensoNODE Low Energy Wireless Monitoring Sensors and SensoNODE mobile iOS application puts data in the palms of users’ hands...

Voters Using Smartphones Made Fewer Errors in Mock Election

March 4, 2014 10:39 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Voters who cast their ballots via smartphones made fewer errors than they did when voting via traditional methods in a mock election, according to new research. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers examined how smartphone-based voting systems can be incorporated into the current large-scale voting process...

Photos of the Day: State-of-the-Art Toilets

March 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Katherine Roth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly underway...

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High-Tech Toilet Seats: No Hands or Paper Required

March 4, 2014 10:00 am | by Katherine Roth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every so often a revolution transforms something truly basic, rendering the status quo somewhat, well, primitive. First came covered sewers, then indoor plumbing and flush toilets. Now, one bathroom at a time, another major shift in toilet hygiene is quietly underway...

Apple Dials Up Effort to Meld iPhone with Cars

March 3, 2014 2:43 pm | by Michael Liedtke & Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva. The partnerships give Apple an early lead over Google's loosely knit family of Android phones...

HotSpot Episode 52: WiFi Virus Attacks Belfast and London

March 3, 2014 10:04 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a mobile network in a backpack for disaster situations; a WiFi virus attacks London and Belfast; a phone that place privacy and control directly in the hands of its users; and smart space spheres receive an upgrade...                    

Promise and Peril in an Ultra-connected World

March 3, 2014 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you...

Wearable Technology: The $70 Billion Picture

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technology mainly concerns devices and apparel/textiles. Devices are discrete electronic and electrical hardware sold on its own for bodywear. It may be utilized by being attached to apparel or by constituting worn accessories such as electronic watches and...                     

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How to Profit from Forward-Looking Strategies

February 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by Corning | Events

By 2015 there will be 6 billion things connected to the Internet. How will the commercial building industry best meet this challenge?                                     

Agilent Technologies and Distributors Present Free Seminar Series for Hands-on Electronic Test Challenges

February 28, 2014 11:23 am | by Agilent Technologies | Events

Agilent’s complimentary A+ Seminar Series, given by its technical expert distributors, is designed to provide hands-on labs, working sessions, tips, techniques, best practices and skills development...                       

Virtual Orchestra

February 28, 2014 11:07 am | by Mendelssohn – Bartholdy museum | Videos | Comments

The Mendelssohn – Bartholdy museum in Leipzig has recently installed a virtual orchestra, Effektorium...                                  

Shaky Hand, Stable Spoon: Device Helps Essential Tremor

February 28, 2014 10:48 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

For people whose hands shake uncontrollably due to a medical condition, just eating can be a frustrating and embarrassing ordeal – enough to keep them from sharing a meal with others. But a small new study conducted at the University of Michigan Health System suggests that a new handheld electronic device can help...

Engineering Newswire 79: AirMule UAV Is a Flying Donkey

February 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving 270 miles per hour at Kennedy, in a car, engineering face melting metal, and saving lives in a flying donkey ...              

Meaghan's Minute: Gesture Recognition to All Devices

February 28, 2014 10:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

University of Washington computer scientists have built a low-cost gesture recognition system that runs without batteries and lets users control their electronic devices hidden from sight with simple hand movements...                       

Gadget Watch: Fastlane in Nokia X Shows Promise

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

By design, Nokia's new Android smartphones will underwhelm users of high-end phones. The Nokia X line was created with emerging markets in mind, so the company emphasized keeping prices low, meaning the user interface is relatively simple. The home screen resembles the one on Nokia's Windows-based Lumia...

Smartphone Cameras Step Closer to High-end Power

February 28, 2014 10:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year. Samsung has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone photos...  

Peregrine Semiconductor Introduces UltraCMOS Global 1

February 27, 2014 4:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor has announced UltraCMOS Global 1, the first reconfigurable RF front end (RFFE). For the first time, 4G LTE platform providers and OEMs will be able to save time and money by creating a single-SKU design for global markets. To support over 40 frequency bands...

Dramatic Shifts for Test Equipment

February 27, 2014 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by API Technologies, next generation mobile devices are becoming more powerful and more complex...                          

Cypress’s TrueTouch Touchscreen Controllers Support Touch Sensors from Cima NanoTech

February 27, 2014 10:38 am | by Felicia Chia, Cima Nanotech | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has announced its TrueTouch capacitive touchscreen controllers support designs with SANTE silver nanoparticle touch sensors from Cima NanoTech. Cima NanoTech’s SANTE FS200 Touch Films is the first silver nanoparticle-based touch sensor compatible with Cypress’s TrueTouch controllers. The companies are collaborating to leverage the unique strengths of SANTE...

Noting Tech Needs, Mining Companies Seek Graphite

February 27, 2014 10:32 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say the promise of expanded uses for "pencil lead" in lithium-ion batteries — used in cars, cellphones and tablet computers — as well as a decrease in supply from China has helped touch off the largest wave of mining projects in decades...                 

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