This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing touch-free interfaces with a feedback feature, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, “what women want.”
Healthcare employees face a range of potential hazards on a daily basis; from infectious diseases to patient altercations in psychiatric and emergency departments. Boulder-CO based Spectralink has created a staff safety solution for Spectralink wireless handsets, Spectralink SAFE, which is designed to help solve the increasing safety issues for mobile workers within healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.
The need for sensory tags is growing exponentially, and the uses for them span across various industries and markets. From the construction history and condition of certain buildings, bridges, and roads, to recording patient medication consumption, sensory tags are important for validating the origin of any object, as well as verifying the environmental conditions to which that object has been exposed.
Taking a scientific approach to design, researchers from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are offering a new take on that debate. The same design elements that attract so much criticism, they report, can also make a visualization more memorable.
It’s easy to spot a “bad” data visualization—one packed with too much text, excessive ornamentation, gaudy colors, and clip art. Design guru Edward Tufte derided such decorations as redundant at best, useless at worst, labeling them “chart junk.” Yet a debate still rages among visualization experts: Can these reviled extra elements serve a purpose?
It's a symptom of a larger problem for women in so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — where men far outnumber women. Even women who have done pioneering work in these fields don't always get recognition. Since 2009, no woman has won a Nobel Prize in science.
The Commission has said it believes the South Korean company may have abused its patent portfolio to stifle competition in areas where its technology is dominant, using lawsuits to block rivals such as Apple from bringing products to market when it should be offering licenses to use the technology on reasonable terms.
Microsoft released its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs. Windows 8.1 still features the dual worlds that Windows 8 created when it came out last October.
The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.
Tactile feedback, often referred to as simple “haptics,” uses the sense of touch in a user interface design to provide information to an end user. This generally means the use of the system’s vibration alert system to denote that a button has been pressed. The resistive force that some “force feedback” joysticks and video game steering wheels provide is a form of haptic feedback.
Wireless designers continue to make tradeoffs among power, cost, size, and performance specifications. Engineers working in the consumer mobile market have difficult challenges due to its extremely competitive nature, as well as the time pressures to produce designs that work in some very difficult environments.
Janus Remote Communications and Exosite LLC announced that they have formed a partnership to provide end-to-end remote monitoring solutions to the M2M marketplace. Cooperatively named EmerJ Solutions, Janus and Exosite will offer customers an extensive list of EmerJ hardware, software, and service products to meet their customers’ remote monitoring end application requirements.
Tangoe announced the availability of its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Advisory Service. As part of Tangoe’s Mobile Lifecycle Advisory Service offerings, the BYOD Advisory Service provides global enterprises access to the company’s team of experts and intellectual property to help guide customers through the assessment, execution and transition phases of implementing a BYOD model.
Nomadix Answers Bandwidth Demand at Australia's Busiest Transportation Hub with Deployment of Internet Access GatewayOctober 16, 2013 2:09 pm | by Nomadix | News | Comments
To meet the growing demand for public Internet access at Sydney's Central Station, the New South Wales (NSW) government recently authorized the implementation of a new network infrastructure. Nomadix, Inc., the innovator and pioneer of public access gateways, was selected to provide a key piece of the equation with the deployment of its AG 5800 Internet access gateway.
Averna announced it has received a Broadband Technology Report (BTR) Diamond Technology Review ranking of 4 “Diamonds” for its DOCSIS Channel Emulator (DCE). Now in its ninth year, the BTR Diamond Technology Reviews is a renowned industry program that was developed to recognize some of the top products and solutions available to the cable industry...
Qualcomm has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros is deploying its QCA7000/7005 chips with customers that develop products utilizing a low power form of power line networking technology known as HomePlug Green PHY. The QCA7000/7005 chips are HomePlug Green PHY compliant and are implemented in a number of applications...
SensorData Technologies (SensorData) has announced the global market introduction of the BT400 Series Bluetooth Non-contact Radio-Coupled Rotary Flange Torque Sensor. This high-performance torque sensor provides radio transmission of measured data, requires relatively little space for installation...
Building on its commitment to bring more intelligence to the smart grid, Texas Instruments (TI) announced new innovations at European Utility Week 2013 in Amsterdam. The new technologies allow smart grid developers to make the next generation of products for smart metering, grid infrastructure and communication systems, including smart homes and the Internet of Things (IoT).
AACC has announced the launch of the Question Bank, an innovative online tool that will make it significantly easier for laboratory medicine trainees to prepare for U.S. and U.K. board examinations. Despite the pivotal role of board exams in a clinical student's career, most study aids fail to cover all categories of laboratory medicine...
A new system warns programmers when compilers — which convert high-level programs into machine-readable instructions — might simply discard their code. As strange as it may seem to nonprogrammers — or people whose only experience with coding is on small, tightly managed projects — large commercial programs are frequently full of instructions that will never be executed, known as “dead code.”
Recent headlines about sequestration and the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA2011) have amplified ongoing concerns about decreased spending on U.S. aerospace and defense programs. This downturn is of great interest to companies that provide test and measurement (T&M) hardware, software, and services to the aero/defense industry.
Plans to provide high-speed Internet access in vehicles, announced last month by Canadian telecommunications company Rogers Communications and American provider Sprint, could do with some sobering second-thought, says a researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto.
Data from a recent survey suggests how Wireless Design and Development (WDD) readers believe thermal stability, decreased aging, and low environmental dependence play the most significant roles in the future developments of oscillators and timing devices.
In an effort to provide remote monitoring solutions to doctors so they can be more efficient while minimizing costs and the consequences that come with waiting until a diagnosis is too late, San Francisco-based Qardio has introduced the QardioArm and QardioCore wearable monitoring devices.
In what ways is using USB-based modules over traditional bench instrumentation beneficial when performing fundamental RF measurements? As complexity increases, engineers want a simple and cost effective method for programming their test instruments. Vaunix offers a wide variety of easy-to-use drivers, along with sample programs that are easy for test engineers with even the most basic software background to use.