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LoRa Alliance Poised to Make LPWAN a Reality for M2M

April 20, 2015 4:45 pm | by Chris Downey, Product Director, Laird Embedded Wireless Solutions | Articles | Comments

Wireless M2M solutions have traditionally only had three different technologies that they could rely on for communication. They could accept the limited range of standards-based local area technologies (such as Wi-Fi, ZigBee, and Bluetooth), pay the costs for wide-area cellular ... 

Is 2015 the Year of Smart?

April 20, 2015 4:08 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

As if you didn’t already know, smart technology is all around us, and it’s quickly creeping into...

Why Latency Management Will Decide the Future of the IoT

April 15, 2015 1:47 pm | by Fergal Toomey, Chief Scientist & Co-Founder of Corvil | Articles | Comments

Acceptable response times on the web have steadily been decreasing. While 10 seconds used to be...

March/April 2015 — Distributed Antenna Systems Sack Network Issues

April 15, 2015 11:35 am | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The March/April issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of content from...

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Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning

April 13, 2015 8:50 am | by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported research. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford ... 

In the HotSeat: Mike Fahrion, B+B SmartWorx

April 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MTZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Wireless Design and Development (WDD) sat down with Mike Fahrion, vice president of IoT Technologies for B+B SmartWorx to discuss the news strategies and roadmaps the company has put in place to be a leading force in the industrial IoT (IIoT) space ...

Smart Cities: How M2M will Affect Major Urban Areas

April 9, 2015 10:28 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Articles | Comments

By 2050, the United Nations projects 67 percent of the global population will live in cities. The rapid urban growth will require cities to become more sustainable, safer, and even interactive. In many places, the only way to handle this population influx ...

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Photos of the Day: Apple Watch isn't the Only Gadget out this Week

April 9, 2015 9:25 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Here are five new devices and services targeting your wallet ...

When it Comes to Drones, the Sky is the Limit

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

The purpose of drones and their opportunity for growth appears to be unconstrained. “Seed-bombing” drones could soon be used to save billions of trees worldwide. The upstart United Kingdom-based ...

Taking Aim with Precision-Guided Firearms

April 7, 2015 11:22 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Austin-based TrackingPoint has developed a fully integrated, precision-guided firearm system that is ideal for predator control and herd management ...

Marine Corps Leadership Pleased with 1st Successful Demo of DARPA’s PCAS

April 7, 2015 11:07 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program focuses on technologies to enable sharing of real-time situational awareness and weapons systems data through approaches designed to work with almost any aircraft ...

Photos of the Day: DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support System

April 7, 2015 11:06 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

PCAS envisions more precise, prompt and easy air-ground coordination for CAS and other missions under stressful operational conditions and seeks to minimize the risk of friendly fire and collateral damage by enabling the use of smaller munitions to hit smaller, multiple or moving targets ... 

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HotSpot Episode 108: Festo Reveals Chameleon Tongue Gripper

April 6, 2015 11:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the most ridiculous cookie jar; a chameleon tongue gripper that can pick up several objects in a single gripping process and put them down together; an interactive, motion-sensitive exhibit; and Amazon's dash button enables consumers to reorder products at the push of a button ...

AI is Learning to See the Forest in Spite of the Trees

April 2, 2015 1:48 pm | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

Stefan Weitz, Microsoft's Director of Search, explains that the future of machine learning consists of teaching artificial intelligence to identify patterns. This will allow, for instance, a search engine to ...

Robot Takes a Pounding in Dodgeball Barrage

April 2, 2015 11:31 am | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we starting up the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, grabbing objects with a giant tongue gripper, and playing dodgeball with a bipedal robot ...

Researchers Build Brain-Machine Interface to Control Prosthetic Hand

April 1, 2015 10:37 am | by Jeannie Kever, University of Houston | News | Comments

A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts ...

Better Traffic Signals Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 31, 2015 9:10 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Sitting in traffic during rush hour is not just frustrating for drivers; it also adds unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Now a study by researchers at MIT could lead to better ways of programming a city’s stoplights to reduce delays, improve efficiency, and reduce emissions ...

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HotSpot Episode 107: FAA Loosens Grip on Commercial Drone Flights

March 30, 2015 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a speedometer that prevents you from speeding; the FAA loosens its grip on commercial drone flights; the world's smallest hydropower plant; and the priciest wearable is a piece of jewelry ...            

Internet Outages Reveal Gaps in U.S. Broadband Infrastructure

March 30, 2015 9:53 am | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

When vandals sliced a fiber-optic cable in the Arizona desert last month, they did more than time-warp thousands of people back to an era before computers, credit cards or even phones. They exposed a glaring vulnerability in the nation's Internet infrastructure: no backup systems in many places ...

Photo of the Day: DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel

March 27, 2015 10:26 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) program seeks to develop a new type of unmanned surface vessel that could independently track adversaries’ ultra-quiet diesel-electric submarines over thousands of miles. One of the challenges that the ACTUV program is addressing is development of autonomous behaviors for complying with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, known as ...

Photos of the Day: Cutting-Edge Mars Landing Technologies

March 26, 2015 10:14 am | by Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA | News | Comments

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been developing cutting-edge technologies that would enable spacecraft to land at a specific location on Mars -- or any other planetary body -- with more precision than ever before. In collaboration with Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, they have recently tested these technologies on board a high-tech demonstration vehicle called the ...

JENN-AIR's Dual Convection Smart Oven

March 23, 2015 3:33 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

JENN-AIR is releasing a dual convection oven which can be completely operated via a mobile app ...

HotSpot Episode 106: A New App that Animates Your Life

March 23, 2015 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a ring that provides a shortcut to everything; using virtual reality to decorate your home; making health insurance easy with a new mobile app; and animate your life with Plotagon ...

Tag Heuer Brings Swiss Craftmanship to Silicon Valley

March 20, 2015 4:08 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

TAG Heuer plans to bring a little bit of Swiss craftsmanship to Silicon Valley, as the watchmakers gears toward smartwatches ...

Wireless Minute: Terminal Navigation for the Blind

March 20, 2015 10:18 am | by Eric Sorensen, Alex Shanahan, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

A new technology could help the blind navigate around busy subway stations. Anything for neurotic claustrophobes?    

I Was Kidnapped at South by Southwest

March 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so I wasn’t really kidnapped, but I was picked up by a white van with tinted windows on the corner of a city that I’ve never been to before. The experience was organized by Vinli and Gemalto to promote the innovative Vinli aftermarket device that plugs into an OBD-II port ...

Creating New Senses for Humans

March 20, 2015 9:04 am | by David Eagleman, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that ... 

Remote-Controlled Beetle

March 19, 2015 9:36 am | by Nanyang Technological University Singapore | Videos | Comments

Cyborg insect research led by engineers at UC Berkeley and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is enabling new revelations about a muscle used by beetles for finely graded turns ...

Cyborg Beetle Research Allows Free-Flight Study of Insects

March 19, 2015 9:33 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations | News | Comments

Hard-wiring beetles for radio-controlled flight turns out to be a fitting way to learn more about their biology. Cyborg insect research led by engineers at UC Berkeley and Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is enabling new revelations about a muscle used by beetles for finely graded turns ...

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