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DARPA Launches Robots4Us Video Contest

February 12, 2015 10:13 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA's new Robots4Us student video contest asks high school students to address these issues creatively by producing short videos about the robotics-related possibilities they foresee and the kind of robot-assisted society in which they would like to live ...        

Snail Shells to Improve Li-Ion Batteries

February 12, 2015 10:07 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, Biophysical Society | News | Comments

Scientists are using biology to improve the properties of lithium ion batteries. Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have isolated a peptide, a type of biological molecule, which binds strongly to lithium manganese nickel oxide ...

Inkjet-Printing Enables Mass Production of OLED Displays

February 12, 2015 9:58 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Flexible smartphones and color-saturated television displays were some highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Showcase, held in January in Las Vegas ...              

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New Study Explores Novel High-Power Microwave Generator

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Joan Robinson, Springer | News | Comments

High-power microwaves are frequently used in civil applications, such as radar and communication systems, heating and current drive of plasmas in fusion devices, and acceleration in high-energy linear colliders ...                  

SpaceX Launches Environmentally Conscious, Earth-Gazing Satellite

February 12, 2015 9:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday ...                 

Octopart’s Common Parts Library for Connected Device Products

February 11, 2015 3:21 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Wireless Design and Development (WDD) sat down with Sam Wurzel, co-founder of Octopart to discuss the inspiration behind the CPL and what main benefits it provides for users ...                      

Professor Wins an Academy Award for Software that Digitizes Destruction

February 11, 2015 2:38 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A Stanford professor has won an Academy Award for helping put the crunch and devastation into blockbuster movies ...                 

Electronics You Can Wrap Around Your Finger

February 11, 2015 10:59 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from South Korea have taken a new step toward more bendable devices by manufacturing a thin film that keeps its useful electric and magnetic properties even when highly curved. The researchers describe the film in ...               

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Futuristic Semiconductor Material for Extreme-Temperature Electronics

February 11, 2015 10:52 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered that molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a semiconductor material, may be a promising candidate to make thin-film transistors for extreme temperature applications ...                

Photos of the Day: Britain's Invasion of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four types of autonomous vehicles under trial — including a shuttle that looks like a larger golf cart and a compact two-seater "pod" car — were unveiled in London. Officials and journalists tried out the shuttle at the event, taking short rides around a public square ...     

Britain Starts Public Trial of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain began testing driverless cars in four cities Wednesday, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology ...                                

Apple's $850M Solar Energy Project

February 11, 2015 10:14 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California ...                     

Obama Creates New Agency to Coordinate Cyberthreat Intelligence

February 11, 2015 10:13 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyberthreat intelligence that currently is spread across the federal government. The agency will be modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center ...                    

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Judge Sides with Government in Lawsuit Over Surveillance

February 11, 2015 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the government in a lawsuit alleging the National Security Agency is illegally engaging in the bulk collection of Internet and telephone records in the hunt for potential terrorists ...               

TE Connectivity Shows Future of VPX Connectivity at Embedded Tech Trends

February 10, 2015 11:48 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has presented at the 2015 Embedded Tech Trends Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Matthew McAlonis, new product development engineering manager, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine at TE, presented on the topic of “The Future of VPX Connectivity ...”

Signal Hound’s “Spike” Software Boosts Performance for All Its Products

February 10, 2015 11:45 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Signal Hound has announced a significant software upgrade—called Spike—that will integrate all of its SA-series spectrum analyzers and TG-series tracking generator models, past and present, under the same open source Graphical User Interface (GUI) platform as the Signal Hound BB60C spectrum analyzer ...

Cortus Demonstrates Momentum for Its Low-Power IP Cores at Embedded World and Mobile World Congress

February 10, 2015 11:38 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Cortus will demonstrate momentum building for its low-power IP cores at two major industry events. Cortus will exhibit at Embedded World, in Nurnberg, Germany (February 24th to 26th) and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain (March 2nd to 5th) where it will announce a number of new software partners porting to the ...          

Auto Manufacturers Improve Cellular in Plants and Offices with TE Connectivity DAS

February 10, 2015 11:34 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has announced that major auto manufacturers in North America are using TE’s FlexWave Prism and FlexWave Spectrum distributed antenna systems (DAS) to boost staff productivity with in-building mobile services. TE’s DAS solutions enable seamless mobile communications for tens ...      

Softbank to Add Learning Technology to Empathetic Robot

February 10, 2015 10:03 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to Japanese consumers around midyear ...                        

TVs that Eavesdrop and Share Nearby Conversations

February 10, 2015 10:00 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company's Internet connected TVs captures and transmits nearby conversations ...                                 

Letting Hackers In to Prevent Cyberattacks

February 10, 2015 10:00 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul ...                         

Battery-Less Bomb-Sniffing Stickers Detect Explosives

February 10, 2015 9:49 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A tiny sticker inspired by the molecular structure of butterfly wings could detect the smallest traces of chemicals and explosives at airports, shipping ports, and other heavily trafficked areas, GE said ...                     

Intersil's Rad-Hard ICs Blast off on Orion's Flight Test

February 9, 2015 3:56 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Intersil Corporation has announced that 16 of its radiation-hardened ICs were onboard the Dec. 5, 2014 maiden voyage of NASA's Orion spacecraft, also known as the uncrewed Exploration Flight Test 1. The Orion spacecraft is designed to go where no man has gone before, including astronauts exploring...             

Presto Engineering Enters Joint Collaboration to Develop New 4G Automotive Connectivity Test Solutions

February 9, 2015 3:40 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Presto Engineering has announced that it is collaborating with several France-based organizations to reduce the cost of test of 4G RF devices ...                                   

Connect One Introduces New Broadcom-Enabled IoT and M2M Wi-Fi Modules

February 9, 2015 3:30 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Connect One, the Device Networking Authority, has announced a collaboration with Broadcom Corporation to enable Connect One’s G2 Wi-Fi modules for the M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) market ...                        

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