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HotSpot 78: Smart Skin for Aircraft

September 2, 2014 10:15 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, a tiny eye implant for those who are battling glaucoma; a ‘smart skin’ concept that enables aircraft to continually monitor their health; a high-performance, fashion-forward Polo Tech shirt; and mannequins enabled with a wireless technology called VMBeacon...                         

The Downfall of Interactive Restaurant Technology

September 2, 2014 9:47 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

The Interactive Restaurant Technology system, designed by Ukrainian tech firm Kodisoft, allows restaurant patrons to use multitouch tables to peruse food and drink menus and learn detailed information about these choices ...   

Real Tremors, or Drug-Seeking Patient? New App Can Tell

September 1, 2014 12:31 am | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

A 42-year-old investment banker arrives at the emergency department with complaints of nausea, vomiting, anxiety and tremor. He drinks alcohol every day—often at business lunches, and at home every evening. Worried about his health, he decided to quit drinking and had his last Scotch...

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Cellphone Addiction an Increasingly Realistic Possibility

September 1, 2014 12:21 am | by Baylor University | News | Comments

Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones and men college students spend nearly eight, with excessive use posing potential risks for academic performance, according to a Baylor University study on cellphone activity published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions...

Socially-Assistive Robots Help Children With Autism

September 1, 2014 12:08 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

This week, a team of researchers will share results from a pilot study on the effects of using humanoid robots to help children with autism practice imitation behavior in order to encourage their autonomy. The pilot study focuses on how robotics can help those with various special needs...

Startups Offer Banking for Smartphone Users

September 1, 2014 12:02 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The latest banks are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Startups, such as Moven and Simple, offer banking that's designed specifically for smartphones, enabling users to track their spending on the go. Some things haven't changed. Like traditional banks...

Google Building Fleet of Package-Delivering Drones

August 28, 2014 11:52 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com...

Visual Search to Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?

August 28, 2014 11:37 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them. It's a great idea — but it doesn't quite work ...

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Photo of the Day: Which 4 Unknown Geeks Secretly Rule the Tech World?

August 28, 2014 11:37 pm | by Who Is Hosting This? | News | Comments

We’ve all heard of tech giants Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jeff Bezos (Amazon), and Elon Musk (Paypal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors). They seem to be at the forefront of all cutting edge software, their names and faces on every technology news ...

New Samsung Smartwatch Won't Need Companion Phone

August 28, 2014 11:18 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung has unveiled a computerized wristwatch that can do more without a smartphone to go with it, while LG has one with a round design. Thursday's announcements come as technology companies prepare for the holiday shopping season ... 

Obama Highlights New Program Aimed at Developing Novel Therapies

August 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

The body’s peripheral nervous system constantly monitors the status of internal organs and helps regulate biological responses to infection, injury or other imbalances. When this regulatory process goes awry due to injury or illness, peripheral nerve signals can actually exacerbate a condition, causing pain, inflammation or immune dysfunction...

Stanford Eye Implant Could Lead to Better Glaucoma Treatments

August 28, 2014 1:07 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Lowering internal eye pressure is currently the only way to treat glaucoma. A tiny eye implant developed by Stephen Quake's lab could pair with a smartphone to improve the way doctors measure and lower a patient's eye pressure. For the 2.2 million Americans battling glaucoma, the main course of action for staving off blindness involves...

Engineering Newswire 105: BAE Makes Planes More Human

August 28, 2014 12:26 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D printing bump keys to pick locks, taking electrical prescriptions, and spraying smart skin onto airplanes ...                

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Digi-Key to Distribute Embedded UHF RFID Modules

August 27, 2014 5:02 pm | by Trimble | News | Comments

Trimble announced a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, to offer Trimble's ThingMagic Mercury  6e Series and Mercury  5e Series of embedded UHF RFID modules. The ThingMagic family of award winning embedded RFID modules is used worldwide to reduce development costs...

Internal Reference Buffers with a Wider Dynamic Range

August 27, 2014 2:16 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products announced the MAX11905, a 20-bit, 1.6 Msps successive approximation register analog-to-digital converter...

New Smartphone App Can Detect Newborn Jaundice in Minutes

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Newborn jaundice: It’s one of the last things a parent wants to deal with, but it’s unfortunately a common condition in babies less than a week old. Skin that turns yellow can be a sure sign that a newborn is jaundiced and isn’t adequately eliminating the chemical bilirubin...

Everyday Cybercrime — and What You Can Do about It

August 27, 2014 1:42 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

How do you pick up a malicious online virus, the kind of malware that snoops on your data and taps your bank account? Often, it's through simple things you do each day without thinking twice. James Lyne reminds us that it's not only the NSA that's watching us, but ever-more-sophisticated cybercriminal...

Ready Wireless Charging & NFC Reference Design

August 27, 2014 11:28 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis launched an automotive grade NFC (Near Field Communication) transceiver of Melexis with Freescale Semiconductor’s wireless charging technology...

Carrier Grade Switch to 8 W

August 27, 2014 10:59 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announced design and sales support for Peregrine Semiconductor’s PE42424, a SPDT switch operating from 100 MHz to 6GHz...

A Glucose Meter of a Different Color Provides Continuous Monitoring

August 27, 2014 12:04 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. The researchers developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, and the wavelength shift is so precise that doctors and patients may be able to...

San-tron’s Low-Pin Mini-DINs

August 26, 2014 1:28 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

San-tron has added high-performance 4.1/9.5 mini-DIN connectors and adapters to their growing line of low-PIM SRX products...                                     

Low EVM and Current

August 26, 2014 1:21 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology has announced its latest 2.4 GHz 256-QAM RF high-power amplifier, the SST12CP21, which offers ultra-low EVM and current consumption for 256-QAM and IEEE 802.11n systems...                 

A Closer Look: Reading Tablets Decent, but Needed?

August 26, 2014 9:44 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

E-book readers are great for reading books, but they can't be used get directions or watch videos of people dumping ice over their heads. Tablets can. In partnership with Samsung, Barnes & Noble released a reading-centric tablet last week, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook...

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems with Serializer/Deserializer Chipsets

August 25, 2014 5:15 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated’s automotive Serializer/Deserializer (SerDes) chipsets enable both shielded twisted pair and coax cabling, maximizing design flexibility...

In Our Digital World, Are Young People Losing the Ability to Read Emotions?

August 25, 2014 5:10 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | News | Comments

Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better...

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