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Self-Cleaning, Self-Powered Smart Keyboard Can Identify You

January 21, 2015 10:16 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In a novel twist in cybersecurity, scientists have developed a self-cleaning, self-powered smart keyboard that can identify computer users by the way they type. The device, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers. Zhong Lin Wang and colleagues ... 

Obama: Paid Leave Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege

January 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave—which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality, competitive local broadband, and cybersecurity.  At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the President will announce several initiatives to promote paid medical and family ... 

Innovative Smart Home System Lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 1:49 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company, which will ... 

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STEM Stars in 'Spare Parts'

January 20, 2015 10:49 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

One of the reasons I like my job is I get to see many new devices and concepts before they hit the market. This past weekend it branched into Hollywood/the movies, as I had the privilege of screening “Spare Parts” before it hit the theaters ...                         

HotSpot Episode 97: Orrb Pods Provide a Positive Work Culture

January 20, 2015 10:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, developing a positive work culture through the use of pods; a folding portable keyboard that makes professional-grade typing as easy to carry as a pen; a wireless headset that cancels out 95 percent of background noise; and bringing back instant print cameras ...                     

Chiming in with Robotic Conversations

January 20, 2015 8:11 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations ...                      

Infographic: Bringing Our Schools into the 21st Century

January 20, 2015 8:03 am | by Nova Southeastern University | News | Comments

Internet, mobile devices, computers and so many more electronic devices have changed our day-to-day lives. One area that has been left relatively untouched is in our schools. There has not been a drastic change in the methods of presenting information to students in the last 10 years ...                   

Snowplow Tracking Apps Hold Cities Accountable for Cleanup

January 19, 2015 12:28 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Like an increasing number of snowbound city dwellers, she had a ready tool at hand: an app that tracks hundreds of city snowplows in close to real time ...                                 

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Photo of the Day: System Encourages Creativity, Makes Robot-Design Fun

January 16, 2015 4:25 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A new cardboard-robotic toolkit allows children to create custom robots they control wirelessly with hand gestures without formal education in programming or electronics. The system, called HandiMate, uses motorized "joint modules" equipped with wireless communicators and micro-controllers. Children create robots by ... 

NOAA and NASA Say 2014 Warmest Year on Record

January 16, 2015 4:12 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and ... 

Floating Foam Car Claims Superior Safety

January 16, 2015 2:32 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re battling diabetes with temporary tattoos, testing out Ford’s all-new carbon-fiber super car, and floating a foam car ...              

Don’t Shake It like a Polaroid Picture?

January 16, 2015 11:23 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

The Polaroid camera was my favorite camera growing up, all because of the required shake needed to expose the picture after it was taken ...                                          

Photo of the Day: Huge 3D Displays Without 3D Glasses

January 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Public screenings have become an important part of major sports events. In the future, we will be able to enjoy them in 3D, thanks to a new invention from Austrian scientists. A sophisticated laser system sends laser beams into different directions. Therefore, different pictures are visible from different angles. The angular resolution is ... 

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"A Better Siri" - Software That Knows the Risk

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by MIT News | News | Comments

Imagine that you could tell your phone that you want to drive from your house in Boston to a hotel in upstate New York, that you want to stop for lunch at an Applebee's at about 12:30, and that you don't want the trip to take more than four hours. Then imagine that your phone tells you that you have only a 66 percent ... 

Google Predicts 2-to-5-Year Timeframe for Commercial Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years ...                                                     

A Hybrid Motorcycle for U.S. Special Forces

January 16, 2015 8:58 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people, a fully electric car is about as affordable as it is practical, but Chevy has taken on at least one of those problems with it’s newest reveal of a fully-electric Bolt for just $30,000. Based on lessons learned from Chevy’s hyprid Volt and Spark ...

Google Glass Sales Stopped for Redesign

January 16, 2015 8:56 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device ...                                

Funding Boom Shows Power of Tech Startups, Raises Concerns

January 16, 2015 8:54 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven't been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001 ...                                         

Rising Chinese Smartphone Manufacturer Takes Aim at Apple iPhone

January 15, 2015 10:02 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultra-low-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that chairman Jun Lei said ...                             

Booking Hospital Visits with a Smartphone

January 15, 2015 9:58 am | by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings ...                       

Why a Samsung Takeover of Blackberry Could Make Sense

January 15, 2015 9:52 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Propelled by the arrival of the Apple Watch, the global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is set to attain a gargantuan 3,000 percent expansion this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. Global revenue this year from shipments of wireless power receivers and transmitters in wearable application ... 

Photos of the Day: The 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra is Unveiled

January 14, 2015 10:42 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays homage to the classic Shelby Cobra in celebration of the racing ... 

CES 2015: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 14, 2015 10:16 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. As the premier showcase for the consumer electronics industry —and electronics in general — CES plays host to countless weird, strange, and unique exhibitions designed to grab your attention ... 

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum Dots Are For Real

January 14, 2015 9:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. And with 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to dodge en route to each appointment ...

Research Finds Computers are Better Judges of Personality Than Friends and Family

January 14, 2015 9:19 am | by Clifton B. Parker | News | Comments

Computers can judge personality traits far more precisely than ever believed, according to newly published research. In fact, they might do so better than one's friends and colleagues. The study, published Jan. 12 and conducted jointly by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Cambridge, compares ... 

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