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July/August 2014 – Stanford's Electroceutical Devices

July 30, 2014 12:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The July/August issue of Wireless Design and Development (WDD) focuses on electroceutical devices and wireless sensing systems for bridge infrastructure. It also features and article from Texas Instruments, and a new teardown of the Samsung Gear Live smartwatch...

Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

July 30, 2014 12:59 am | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment...

New Gadget Helps the Vision Impaired to Read Graphs

July 30, 2014 12:46 am | by Curtin University | News | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment...

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Wirelessly Charged Microchip Opens Doors into 'Electroceutical’ Devices'

July 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In their quest to integrate microchip technology with internal medical devices, a team of Stanford engineers, led by Professor Ada Poon, and John Ho, an electrical engineering student, have invented a groundbreaking solution for wirelessly charging devices implanted in the body...               

Wearable Device for the Early Detection of Common Diabetes-Related Condition

July 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication...

Talking to Mars with Commercial Orbiting Satellites

July 28, 2014 9:23 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HoSpot, real ocean broadband for the martime industry; Altech customized enclosures; a new mathematically-based technique that can make the Internet faster; and commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions...             

2W Rated Chip Resistors

July 25, 2014 8:39 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NIC Components has announced the addition of higher power rated thick film chip resistors with NRCW series. An upgrade from standard power rated version thick film chip resistors, the NRCW series is ideal for use in wide range of higher power applications...

Why This Remote-Controlled Birth Control Will Be the Next Big Thing

July 23, 2014 12:01 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman to turn the device on or off, depending on if she was looking to have a child or not...

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Meaghan's Minute: Microchip Tests for Diabetes

July 23, 2014 9:29 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Stanford researchers have developed a nanotech microchip to help diagnose type-1 diabetes...                             

Fly-Inspired Sound Detector

July 22, 2014 3:10 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Even within a phylum so full of mean little creatures, the yellow-colored Ormia ochracea fly is distinguished among other arthropods for its cruelty -- at least to crickets. Native to the southeastern U.S. states and Central America, the fly is a most predatory sort of parasite...

Meaghan's Minute: Remote Controlled Birth Control

July 22, 2014 11:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, MicroCHIPS of Lexington, Massachusetts has developed a wireless implant that can be turned on and off with a remote control, making it a perfect candidate for a new contraceptive...

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 11:14 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...                

Restoring Active Memory Program Poised to Launch

July 18, 2014 9:39 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA has selected two universities to initially lead the agency’s Restoring Active Memory program, which aims to develop and test wireless, implantable “neuroprosthetics” that can help servicemembers, veterans, and others overcome memory deficits incurred as a result of traumatic brain injury or disease...

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Making a Mental Match: Pairing a Mechanical Device with Stroke Patients

July 16, 2014 2:44 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The repetitive facilitation exercise is one of the most common rehabilitation tactics for stroke patients attempting to regain wrist movement. Stroke hemiparesis individuals are not able to move that part of their body because they cannot create a strong enough neural signal that travels from the brain to the wrist...

Novartis to Use Google Technology for Eye Care

July 15, 2014 6:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease. Terms of the agreement between the companies were not detailed in a statement released Tuesday by Novartis...

Virtual Finger Enables Scientists to Navigate and Analyze Complex 3D Images

July 15, 2014 12:55 am | by Edelman Public Relations | News | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a revolutionary new way to digitally navigate three-dimensional images. The new technology, called Virtual Finger, allows scientists to move through digital images of small structures like neurons and synapses using the flat surface of their computer screens..

Paint-On Skin for Concrete Structures

July 14, 2014 11:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an art auction where participants bid with their emotions; a blanket that measures plane passengers' brainwaves to help improve flying; an electrically conductive coat of paint that provides an early warning system for concrete strucutures; and determining the age of stars using ultrasound technology...             

Universal Calorie Counter Within Reach? These Researchers are Cracking the Code

July 7, 2014 11:03 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A few years ago, Matt Webster decided to dispatch with the annual birthday surprise dilemma and asked his wife whether she’d like as a gift an activity monitor. She was not impressed. The problem wasn’t him asking, but the technology itself...

Photos of the Day: GE’s Calorie-Counting Technology

July 7, 2014 11:02 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

A GE team together with researchers at Baylor University’s Department Electrical and Computer Engineering are testing a new calorie counting system on simple mixtures of oil, water and sugar. They have built a prototype, but the prize is...

HotSpot 70: Shark Detecting Buoy

July 7, 2014 10:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a new LED Bulb that can be controlled from anywhere; a wireless tool to help you hold hands at a distance; a remote tower for air traffic services; and a clever buoy that detects sharks before they attack...                          

Muscle-Powered Bio-Bots Walk on Command

July 2, 2014 1:51 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

A new generation of miniature biological robots is flexing its muscle. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking “bio-bots” powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses...

Cypress’ Asynchronous SRAMs with On-Chip Error-Correcting Code

July 2, 2014 1:43 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced the sampling of a 16 Mb Fast Asynchronous SRAM with Error-Correcting Code (ECC). The on-chip ECC feature enables the new SRAMs to provide the highest levels of data reliability...

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

July 1, 2014 1:24 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry. PD&D recently asked engineers ...

Football Mouthguard Senses Head Impacts

July 1, 2014 9:10 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service | News | Comments

A group of bioengineers at Stanford is working to understand the head trauma that footballers experience during a game and is making steps toward developing technology that reports dangerous hits in real time...          

HotSpot Episode 69: Wireless, Connected Chemistry Analyzer

June 30, 2014 11:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

First, we’re giving GameReality honorable mention... Sweden-based GameReality developed an IP-enabled first person shooter game that allows players to remotely control actual holonomic combat robots over the internet. Think first generation Gamer...

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