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Coating Batteries for Consumption & Dropping Bombs for Safety

November 6, 2014 1:34 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re dropping bombs for safety, coating batteries for consumption, and saying goodbye to our bearded friend ...                                  

Infrared Technology for Touchscreens

November 6, 2014 11:26 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive ...

Photo of the Day: Cockroach Cyborg to Help Emergency Personnel

November 6, 2014 11:16 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

The biobots are equipped with electronic backpacks that control the cockroach’s movements ...                                                           

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Cockroach Cyborgs Use Microphones to Detect, Trace Sounds

November 6, 2014 11:13 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster ...                     

New 3D Display Technology Promises Greater Energy Efficiency

November 6, 2014 11:01 am | by Lyndsay Meyer, The Optical Society | News | Comments

The ultra-thin LCD screen described in a paper in The Optical Society’s (OSA) journal Optics Letters is capable of holding three-dimensional images without a power source ...                                         

Projecting a Robot’s Intentions

November 6, 2014 10:55 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT’s Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind ...                          

Cybersecurity Firm IDs New Apple-Targeting Malware

November 6, 2014 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new form of malware that may have affected hundreds of thousands of Apple mobile device users, largely in China ...                            

Icon Labs Announces The Internet of Secure Things Initiative

November 5, 2014 2:22 pm | by Icon Labs | News | Comments

The Internet of Things has become a ubiquitous term to describe the tens of billions of devices that have sensing or actuation capabilities, and are connected to each other via the Internet. Until recently, security has not been a high priority for these devices. It is now time to establish The Internet of Secure Things ...

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Space-Time Adaptive Processing for Radar

November 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by Artech House | News | Comments

Artech House has announced the publication of Space-Time Adaptive Processing for Radar, Second Edition by J.R. Guerci. Space-time adaptive processing (STAP) is an exciting technology for advanced radar systems that allows for significant performance enhancements over ...                      

Laird Accelerates Time to Market for Embedding Wireless Connectivity

November 5, 2014 1:28 pm | by Laird Technologies, 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 ...            

Cubic Telecom Signs Global Agreement with China Unicom to Deliver M2M Solutions

November 5, 2014 1:01 pm | by Cubic Telecom, China Unicom | News | Comments

Cubic Telecom has announced that it has signed a global agreement with China Unicom to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions to enterprises across mainland China and Hong Kong ...                              

Fairview Microwave Launches Brand New RF and Microwave eCommerce Website

November 5, 2014 12:16 pm | by Fairview Microwave | News | Comments

Fairview Microwave has launched its all new RF/Microwave eCommerce website featuring a powerful specification-based navigation, enhanced site search capabilities and a newly designed user interface ...                                 

Semtech Launches IoT Revolution Ecosystem with Key Partners at Electronica

November 5, 2014 11:56 am | by Semtech Corporation | News | Comments

Semtech Corporation is partnering with IBM Research, Microchip, and their distribution partners, to demonstrate the most powerful and advanced technology for Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) ...                           

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Photos of the Day: SkySense Pad Charges Your Drone the Moment it Lands

November 5, 2014 10:42 am | News | Comments

SkySense is developing a landing pad that doubles as a wireless charging station and promises yet another layer of automation. The SkySense Charging Pad is a gold-plated dock with a 100-240 V power input and a 10 A charge rate. Using the pad to recharge a drone is as simple as landing on it, the company ... 

New and Innovative Solutions for Industrial and Medical Markets to Be Showcased at Electronica 2014

November 5, 2014 10:21 am | by Maxim Integrated Products | News | Comments

At electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany, Maxim Integrated Products showcases several new and innovative solutions for the industrial and medical markets ...                                             

SkySense Pad Charges Your Drone the Moment it Lands

November 5, 2014 10:16 am | by Nick Lavars | News | Comments

In addition to shotguns, regulations and laser defense systems, limited battery life is an obstacle that drone companies need to contend with in driving widespread adoption. Berlin-based startup SkySense is looking to play a part, developing a landing pad that doubles as a wireless charging station and promises yet ... 

Innovative Magnetometer for Applications Such as Medical Imaging

November 5, 2014 9:51 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | News | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an innovative magnetometer that can replace conventional technology in applications such as neuroimaging, mineral exploration and molecular diagnostics. Its manufacturing costs are between 70 and 80 per cent lower than those of traditional technology, and the device is not as sensitive to external ... 

Spielberg Uses 3-D Printing to Build Everything from Nanoscale Chips to Houses

November 5, 2014 9:43 am | by Julia Sklar, MIT News Correspondent | News | Comments

At age 13, Nathan Spielberg — now an MIT senior — began building his first guitar, a process that consumed his attention for eight hours a day, every weekend, for 3 1/2 years. Reminiscing now, he calls it a full-time hobby, but it was also pure inspiration: Strumming away on what was once a mere block of wood, Spielberg grew to ...

Entries Open for Wireless Design & Development EDGE Awards

November 5, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Today, Wireless Design & Development announced the call for entries across 14 product and service categories, three special recognition categories, as well as one custom manufacturing (CM) Innovation category. The deadline for entries is January 19, 2015, and the official awards ceremony will take place on ... 

MINER Shines in Urban Emergency Response Exercise

November 4, 2014 12:17 pm | by Patti Koning, Sandia | News | Comments

A nuclear device has been hidden in a high-rise building in a major metropolitan area. Emergency responders have intelligence that narrows down the location to a single city block, but it isn’t safe to search door-to-door. Can they identify the exact location of the device quickly without the culprits realizing a search is on? ...         

Photos of the Day: Coated Battery Solution Prevent Electrical Current Damage

November 4, 2014 11:52 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

To help prevent such injuries, researchers at MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to coat batteries with a special material that prevents them from conducting electricity after being swallowed. In animal tests, they found that such batteries did not damage the gastrointestinal (GI) tract at all ...

New Way to Make Batteries Safer after Ingestion

November 4, 2014 11:45 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

Every year, nearly 4,000 children go to emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries — the flat, round batteries that power toys, hearing aids, calculators, and many other devices. Ingesting these batteries has severe consequences, including burns that permanently damage the esophagus, tears in the digestive tract, and in some cases, even death ...

Fighting the Fakes: Algorithmic Security Combats Counterfeit Batteries

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Tom Bush, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialized equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus ...            

Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

November 4, 2014 11:12 am | by Rachel Berkowitz, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you’re a step ahead of the game toward achieving new and exciting metamaterial properties. But traditional thermodynamic -driven colloidal assembly of these metamaterials, which are materials defined ...               

Better Bomb-Sniffing Technology

November 4, 2014 11:06 am | by Vince Horiuchi, University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs ...                                     

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