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Photos of the Day: Parrot’s Bebop Drone

November 19, 2014 12:38 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The Bebop is part remote-control flyer and part robot. It has a host of sensors — including pressure, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer — to help it fly stable, hover in the air, and take off and land smoothly without assistance. The AR.Drone has those, too, but Bebop adds a built-in GPS that tells Bebop where it ... 

Meet Parrot’s Powerful Bebop Drone and Crazy Optional Controller

November 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Lance Ulanoff, Mashable | News | Comments

Parrot’s latest drone the Bebop has an, at best, misleading name. There’s nothing boppy about this pro-level drone masquerading in a kid-friendly name (and colors). Unveiled on Tuesday in New York City, the Bebop drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 It does have at least one thing in common with ... 

Paper Electronics Could Make Health Care More Accessible

November 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Flexible electronic sensors based on paper -- an inexpensive material -- have the potential to some day cut the price of a wide range of medical tools, from helpful robots to diagnostic tests. Scientists have now developed a fast, low-cost way of making these sensors by directly printing conductive ink on paper. They published their advance ... 

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microPEM TackScrew Fasteners Integrate Proven Self-Clinching Technology

November 19, 2014 12:14 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

New microPEM TackScrew fasteners from PennEngineering integrate proven self-clinching technology for permanent sheet-to-sheet attachment while also incorporating a unique thread-like feature to allow fastener removal when necessary. This combination adds functionality to the original microPEM TackPin fastener product line for thin sheet ... 

Next Level Computer Vision Algorithm That Can Describe Photos

November 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Abate | News | Comments

Computer software only recently became smart enough to recognize objects in photographs. Now, Stanford researchers using machine learning have created a system that takes the next step, writing a simple story of what's happening in any digital image. "The system can analyze an unknown image and explain it in words and ... 

Scientists Get to the Heart of Fool's Gold as a Solar Material

November 19, 2014 11:40 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite -- a cheap compound that makes a common mineral known as fool's gold -- could do the job, but when it works at all, the conversion ... 

Electronica 2014 Top Ten

November 19, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show ...                          

Anritsu Demonstrates World’s First LTE Advanced Category 9 with 3x CA

November 19, 2014 10:47 am | by Anritsu Company | News | Comments

Anritsu Company has demonstrated stable peak data throughput for a Category 9 LTE device and network simulator using 3x Carrier Aggregation (3x CA) ...                   

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New ZigBee 3.0 Creates Single Open, Global Wireless Standard for Devices

November 19, 2014 9:22 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance, a non-profit association of organizations creating open, global standards that define the Internet of Things for use in consumer, commercial and industrial applications, announced the unification of its market-leading wireless standards to a single standard named ZigBee 3.0. This standard will provide interoperability among the ... 

A Manufacturing Equipment Solution to Mass Produce Flexible OLED Diplays

November 19, 2014 8:45 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Flexible consumer electronics products are closer to Main Street thanks to a new manufacturing tool from Kateeva. This week at the Printed Electronics USA conference in Santa Clara, Calif., the provider of technology-driven deposition equipment will introduce the YIELDjet FLEX, a high-performance mass-production solution for flexible ...

Will Smartwatches Tarnish Fitness Tracker Market?

November 18, 2014 3:53 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Thinking about a fitness tracker? In the future you may defer that purchase in favor of a smartwatch. According to a new report from Gartner, by 2015 fully 50 Percent of people in the market for smart wristband will choose a smartwatch instead. Gartner forecasts shipments of wearable fitness devices will hit ... 

Photos of the Day: The Race to Making Computer Components Smaller & Faster

November 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have engineered a nanowire system that could pave the way for this ability, combining two light waves to produce a third with a different frequency and using an optical cavity to amplify the intensity of the output to a usable level ...      

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 ... 

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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 ...

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.

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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