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Green-Power Initiative

March 26, 2015 3:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks  introduces a step-down, DC-DC converter for automotive, distributed power, industrial, and medical applications that features ...

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...

TGAC's Take on the First Portable DNA Sequencing 'Laboratory'

March 20, 2015 9:04 am | by Hayley London, The Genome Analysis Centre | News | Comments

One of the first research Institutes to be part of MAP, TGAC plans to use the miniaturized...

Smart Bandage Detects Invisible Wounds

March 20, 2015 8:39 am | by Roxanne Makasdjian and Phil Ebiner | Videos | Comments

Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, Berkeley engineers, in collaboration with colleagues...

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‘Smart Bandage’ Detects Bedsores Before They are Visible to Doctors

March 20, 2015 8:39 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes – and while recovery is still possible ...

HotSpot Episode 105: ESA's Proba-V Infrared Sensor

March 16, 2015 12:16 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, ESA’s Proba-V vegetation-scanning satellite that features a high-speed camera for monitoring vegetation, LTE best practices, the WonderCube, a small, all-in-one mobile solution for on-the-go generation, and the BeeRotor, a tethered flying robot that is able to adjust its speed and follow terrain with ... 

Wireless, Magnetic Brain Stimulation

March 13, 2015 10:30 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles — a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety of neurological diseases, without ... 

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Stanford Launches Smartphone App to Study Heart Health

March 11, 2015 3:39 pm | News | Comments

A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple ...

Photos of the Day: Finger-Mounted Reading Device for the Blind

March 10, 2015 9:30 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have built a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. The device provides feedback — either tactile or audible — that guides the user’s finger along a line ... 

Biophotonics Poised to Make Major Breakthroughs in Medicine

March 9, 2015 12:26 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Imagine having the ability to manipulate light waves in order to see through a skull right into the brain, or being able to use lasers to diagnose a bacterial infection in a matter of minutes. At the Center for Biophotonic Sensors and Systems (CBSS) at Boston University, you might say that technologies ... 

HotSpot Episode 104: Boeing Launches First All-Electric Propulsion Satellites

March 9, 2015 11:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a portable monitoring system for Parkinson's patients; a smart lock that needs a secret knock password to open; Boeing launches the first all-electric propulsion satellites; and a prototype prosthetic ankle that features a low-cost camera and a computer-controlled actuator ...

Human Hearts on A Chip Aid Drug Screening

March 9, 2015 10:24 am | by Sarah Yang, University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

A group of researchers are presenting a network of pulsating cardiac muscle cells housed in an inch-long silicone device that effectively models human heart tissue, and they have demonstrated the viability of this system as a drug-screening tool by testing it with cardiovascular medications ...

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Goddess of Strategic War Blasts a Hole Through a Truck

March 5, 2015 1:10 pm | by David Mantey, Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re replacing nurses with bear-shaped robots, running marathons with edible wearables, and blasting a hole through a truck with the goddess of strategic war ...

Energy-Generating Cloth Could Replace Batteries in Wearable Devices

March 4, 2015 12:32 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Scientists report the first durable, flexible cloth that harnesses human motion to generate energy. It can also self-charge batteries or supercapacitors without an external power source and make new commercial and medical applications possible ...

Physicians, UW-Milwaukee Web Developers Team Up to Improve Treatment

March 4, 2015 10:14 am | by Medical College of Wisconsin and UW-Milwaukee | News | Comments

Health care professionals may soon have a new tool to help treat patients – a pocket-sized technology created by teams from the Medical College of Wisconsin and UW-Milwaukee ...

Hearing Aids Tune into a Wireless World

March 4, 2015 10:10 am | by Aidan Moore, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

These are exciting times for hearing aid technology. If you haven’t looked at what’s available in hearing aids recently, you may be surprised to find a level of sophistication that was missing in previous generations ...

7 Teen Inventors Who Are Changing the World

February 27, 2015 9:43 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta + Larry Corby, Digital Artist | News | Comments

As we move through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields ...

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Do You Have the Right to Be Disconnected?

February 26, 2015 9:14 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

We are all connected people according to panelists brought together for Engineering Live: The Connected Person on Feb. 25, but the way we balance connectivity and privacy is still being determined by our technology and our society. Engineering Live hosted three experts on the ... 

Tagging Drugs to Fight Counterfeit Medicines

February 25, 2015 10:59 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The U.S. and other countries are enacting rules to clamp down on the sales of fake pharmaceuticals, which pose a public health threat. But figuring out a system to track and authenticate legitimate drugs still faces significant obstacles, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society ...

Tracking Parasites with Satellites

February 24, 2015 9:18 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Scientists are teaming up to use satellite data to target deadly parasites to help predict patterns of parasitic diseases such as malaria, worms and hydatids ...            

Photos of the Day: Maximizing Human Sensorimotor Function

February 24, 2015 8:56 am | by Norifumi Miyokawa, Hiroshima University | News | Comments

A prototype for wearable equipment to support human motion has been developed at Hiroshima University, Japan. This wearable equipment, called the Sensorimotor Enhancing Suit (SEnS), enhances sensorimotor functions by reducing the muscle load of the upper limbs ...

Could Your Product Win the “Oscars of Invention?”

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Entry is now open for the expanded 2015 R&D 100 Awards, organized by R&D Magazine. This competition marks the most innovative, cutting-edge technologies and services of 2014, and this year has widened its scope to include manufacturing, design engineering and consumer markets as well as science, academia and government ...

Doctors Say Fitness Trackers, Health Apps Can Boost Care

February 20, 2015 2:23 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? ...

Cortical Modem Implant Promises Cyborg Vision

February 19, 2015 3:59 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is taking wearable technology to the next level with its recent cortical modem concept. This tiny implant plugs into users’ DNA and visual cortex to help cure vision loss by exhibiting a heads-up display in front of their eyes ...

Wireless Minute: Why Google Glass Died

February 19, 2015 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, Google Glass has become the popular death knell many in the industry are now sounding, loudly. Maybe it’s just bad design, or maybe it’s the same shot that sunk analog glass, you know, before the hipster resurrection ...              

Wireless Minute: The Wearable Artificial Kidney

February 18, 2015 9:27 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK) is a concept that promises patients suffering from kidney failure an alternative to conventional dialysis. The tool-belt sized prototype has been granted approval for human testing in the United States by the FDA with clinical trials ... 

5 Smart Careers for Future Engineers

February 17, 2015 10:58 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech applications to high school students. For younger readers ... 

Taking Technology From the Lab to the Patient

February 17, 2015 10:18 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

After finishing his PhD in molecular genetics in the late 1990s, Daniel Anderson found himself conflicted about what to do next: He enjoyed science, but wanted to find a way to have a direct impact on human health. He considered several paths, including pursing an ... 

Wireless Minute: Keep Beat Sports Bra Keeps You Motivated

February 17, 2015 9:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

One British design student created an amazing sports bra… yes, you heard that correctly; the bra aims to make running easier and more fun by matching your music to your heart rate. Victoria Sowerby, a student at Northumbria University, created the Keep Beat ... 

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