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Using Light Instead of Wires inside Computers

December 4, 2014 4:51 pm | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford engineers have designed and built a prism-like device that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles, a development that could eventually lead to computers that use optics, rather than electricity, to carry data ...                       

Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:30 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re turning our arms into touchscreens, communicating with Stephen Hawking with upgraded sensors and software, and taking a ride on the bio-bus ... powered by poop ...       

Law Enforcement Tests Smart Pistols

December 4, 2014 1:48 pm | by CBS Evening News | Videos | Comments

Law enforcement in California is testing smart pistols equipped with technology that alerts police dispatchers whenever their gun is unholstered or fired ...                          

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Smart Clothes to Monitor Wearers' Biomedical Information

December 4, 2014 1:48 pm | by Jean-Francois Huppe, Université Laval | News | Comments

Researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers have developed smart textiles able to monitor and transmit wearers' biomedical information via wireless or cellular networks ...                       

Wireless Brain Sensor to Unchain Neuroscience from Cables

December 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by David Orenstein, Brown University | News | Comments

In a study in the journal Neuron, scientists describe a new high data-rate, low-power wireless brain sensor. The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with cabled connections ...                    

Store Beacons Communicate with Shoppers Just in Time for the Holidays

December 4, 2014 1:35 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?                       

Nanorod-Nanotube Film Provides Basis for Prosthetic Retina

December 4, 2014 1:34 pm | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a new light-sensitive film that could one day form the basis of a prosthetic retina to help people suffering from retinal damage or degeneration ...                         

Photo of the Day: Artificial Retinas for Visually Impaired

December 4, 2014 1:34 pm | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the inner surface of the eye. Composed of light-sensitive nerve cells, it converts images to electrical impulses and sends them to the brain ...                            

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Galileo Satellite Completes Corrective Maneuver

December 4, 2014 1:29 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says a navigation satellite that ended up in the wrong orbit has completed a corrective maneuver ...                              

Photos of the Day: The White House's 3D-Printed Holiday Ornaments

December 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The White House (in partnership with the Smithsonian) organized a holiday ornaments 3D printing contest and the winners were announced on Wednesday. The move is part of a so-called "Maker Movement" that's apparently happening in the White House to encourage (we can assume) students and innovators to get excited about STEM ... 

Ultrasonics May Soon Let You Touch What You See in Virtual Reality

December 4, 2014 10:35 am | by Adario Strange, Mashable | News | Comments

At this point it seems like it's just a matter of time before every device shown on Star Trek becomes a reality and, thanks to a new innovation, the holodeck could be next. A UK company called Ultrahaptics has developed a method of providing haptic feedback for holographic imagery by using ultrasonic technology. Originally developed ... 

The White House's 3D-Printed Holiday Ornaments

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Rex Santus, Mashable | News | Comments

The White House is pretty hip, you guys — its cool factor even shows in the ornaments. In an effort to prove it's in touch with the modern times, the White House (in partnership with the Smithsonian) organized a holiday ornaments 3D printing contest and the winners were announced on Wednesday. The move is part of a ...   

Voice Control: Coming Soon to a House Near You

December 4, 2014 9:17 am | by Rachel Metz, Mashable | News | Comments

It's not unusual to find yourself talking to an uncooperative appliance or gadget. Soon, though, it could be more common for those devices to actually pay attention. A startup called Wit.ai plans to make it easy for hardware makers and software developers to add custom voice controls to everything from smartphones and smart watches to ... 

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High-Tech Pizza Menu Picks Toppings For You By Tracking Eye Movements

December 3, 2014 4:59 pm | by Rex Santus, Mashable | News | Comments

If we really do eat with our eyes first, then this new high-tech Pizza Hut menu might just be the future of ordering in restaurants. The chain is calling it the first "subconscious menu," and it acts as a stand-in for the paper menu you'd usually get when dining at a Pizza Hut. It tracks your eye movements and selects toppings based on ... 

Novelda Secures $12M in Financing for Vital Signs Detection Sensors

December 3, 2014 12:39 pm | by Novelda | News | Comments

Novelda has announced the closing of a $12M Series A financing round to secure delivery and further development of its XeThru sensor technology. The first XeThru sensors are designed to detect movement and human body vital signs such as ...                 

Understanding IP2

December 3, 2014 12:27 pm | by Plextek RFI | Videos | Comments

In this video tutorial, Andy includes an explanation of intermodulation products in microwave amplifiers. An understanding of second order intercept point (IP2) is presented, along with the second harmonic intercept point (SHI) ...                        

TE Connectivity's Antennas for Consumer Devices, Connected Home & IoT

December 3, 2014 11:40 am | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has introduced two standard antenna extensions — the 5 GHz antenna, which accommodates the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, and the 4G LTE antenna. These new embedded antennas address customers’ increasing needs for more compact components ...                             

Molex Partners with NuCurrent to Expand Wireless Power Antenna Capabilities

December 3, 2014 11:10 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated announced it has signed a definitive agreement as a strategic partner and investor in Chicago-based NuCurrent, a developer of wireless power antenna technology. NuCurrent created a breakthrough in novel structures for low resistance antennas, initially for the medical device market. It now offers custom design ...

Photo of the Day: Internet Privacy in the Digital Age

December 3, 2014 10:52 am | by Champlain College | News | Comments

As Internet usage continues to grow all across the world, security risks have become a reality for businesses. Irrespective of the size and type of your business, you cannot ignore the possibility of Internet security risks. Online security risks pose a major threat to businesses as evidenced by the following recent events ...

IBM Helps You Donate Computer Power to Fight Ebola

December 3, 2014 10:10 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

IBM has engineered a way for everyone to join the fight against Ebola — by donating processing time on their personal computers, phones or tablets to researchers. IBM has teamed with scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California on a project that aims to combine the power of thousands of small computers, to each attack ... 

Penn Research Shows Way to Design ‘Digital’ Metamaterials

December 3, 2014 9:53 am | by Penn News | News | Comments

Metamaterials, precisely designed composite materials that have properties not found in natural ones, could be used to make light-bending invisibility cloaks, flat lenses and other otherwise impossible devices. Figuring out the necessary composition and internal structure to create these unusual effects is a challenge but new research from the University of Pennsylvania presents a way of ... 

Can Cockpit Automation Cause Pilots to Lose Critical Thinking Skills? Research Says Yes.

December 3, 2014 9:37 am | by The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

In the wake of recent airline crashes, major news networks have aired concerns about pilots’ ability to accurately fly “by hand” when the airplane’s cockpit automation systems fail. Although many of these concerns have centered on manual skills such as operating the airplane’s controls, new human factors/ergonomics research suggests that pilots’ thinking skills, such as navigating ... 

Engineers Take Big Step Towards Using Optics to Transmit Data in Computers

December 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford engineers have designed and built a prism-like device that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles, a development that could eventually lead to computers that use optics, rather than electricity, to carry data. They describe what they call an "optical link" in an article in Scientific ...

Digi International and Mouser Reach Agreement for Global Distribution

December 2, 2014 4:59 pm | by Digi International, Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Digi International and Mouser Electronics have announced they have entered into a global distribution agreement ...                         

Laird Accelerates Time to Market for Embedding Wireless Connectivity

December 2, 2014 4:55 pm | by Laird, Future Electronics | News | Comments

Laird has announced that it has signed a distribution partnership with Future Electronics. Through its dedicated wireless business unit, Future Connectivity Solutions, Future will promote and sell Laird Embedded Wireless Solution’s extensive line of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy and Proprietary wireless modules across North America, Europe, and APAC ...

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