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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...

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...

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...

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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 ...             

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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 ... 

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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 ... 

Infrared LED Enables Biometric Unlocking at a Glance

December 12, 2014 2:52 pm | by Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Biometric identification methods are becoming increasingly popular. Biometric unlocking of cell phones and tablet computers is the principal application of the new IR Oslux SFH 4780S, the first infrared emitter from Osram Opto Semiconductors with a wavelength of 810 nanometers (nm). With a height of only 2.4 mm ... 

Fuel Cells A Long Way From Mainstream, Despite Toyota Launch

December 12, 2014 11:10 am | by Neil Winton, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

You would think that when an automotive giant like Toyota declared its fuel cell car ready for prime time, questions about hydrogen technology had been laid to rest. You’d be wrong. The loudest critics of fuel cells may have axes to grind. Electric car maker Telsa Motors’ CEO Elon Musk says hydrogen is more suitable for the upper stage of rockets than ... 

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How Can We Build Safer Infrastructure?

December 12, 2014 11:04 am | by Brigham A. McCown, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

The excavation and construction efforts required to maintain and manage the complex web of underground infrastructure is a laborious activity, invisible to most. This work helps ensure the reliability of infrastructure vital to bringing the natural gas, electricity, and data services to homes and businesses in every ... 

Blrt App Helps You Get Work Done Without Unnecessary Meetings

December 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Jason Lim, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

Work often gets done through meetings, whether they are face to face or over programs like Skype. Meetings help us share and present ideas, debate topics and get in sync. But many times, you are probably sitting there wondering why you need to be there, some of you may have even fallen asleep. According to research by ... 

New Theory Could Make for More Flexible Digital Communication

December 12, 2014 9:57 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with a precise number of bits. If sender and receiver — say, a computer and a printer — are off by even a single bit relative to each other, communication between them breaks down ... 

Eye-Tracking Subconscious Menu

December 11, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

Solid-State Transistors Re-Invent the Microwave

December 11, 2014 2:57 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

We’re all familiar with the microwave. It has changed the way we cook meals by allowing families to rapidly heat food that, before, took some time to prepare ...                                  

Tracking What Students Grasp with Mobile Devices

December 11, 2014 1:28 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

As a teaching assistant at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2010, Amit Maimon MBA ’11 witnessed the origins of a technological phenomenon: Smartphones and tablets had started creeping into the classroom in the hands of students ...                

Revolabs to Distribute Yamaha UC Microphone and Speaker System

December 11, 2014 1:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Revolabs announced that the Yamaha YVC-1000 unified communications (UC) microphone and speaker system will be available through all of its certified sales channels in North America and Europe beginning January 2015. The UC solution is Yamaha's first since the company's acquisition of Revolabs earlier this year. "Revolabs' product lines are the ... 

High Resolution, HD Quality LCDs with Wide Viewing Angles

December 11, 2014 11:11 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America (TNAM) and Tianma Microelectronics USA have announced the introduction of new 4.66” and 5.7” 720 x 1280 (720 HD) TFT display modules. The TM046JDHP01 and TM057JDHP04 modules offer HD quality imaging and wider viewing angles. Both modules utilize a-Si TFT display technology with SFT for wide ... 

n-Hub Designed to Meet Global Demand for M2M Healthcare Solutions

December 11, 2014 11:05 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NetComm Wireless Limited (Lane Cove, AU) will enter the health industry with the launch of its NetComm Wireless n-Hub (NTC-20) at the 2014 mHealth Summit in Washington, DC. Designed to meet rising global demand for M2M healthcare solutions, the n-Hub connects diverse Bluetooth and WiFi enabled mHealth devices ... 

Changing the Face of the Tech Industry

December 11, 2014 10:44 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Despite all their wealth and brainpower, technology companies realize they need help identifying and recruiting more women, blacks, and Latinos who can write computer code, design websites, and build mobile applications ...                          

Survey Shows Internet's Broadening Political Role

December 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Would-be 2016 presidential candidates take note: the Internet may potentially make or break your campaign. More Internet users than ever view online efforts as key to political campaigns, according to a survey released Thursday by the University of Southern California ...                 

Affordable Internet Access should Be a Human Right

December 11, 2014 10:27 am | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are increasing ...          

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