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Super-Thin Membranes Clear the Way for Chip-Sized Pumps

October 29, 2013 9:10 am | by Peter Iglinski, University of Rochester | News | Comments

The ability to shrink laboratory-scale processes to automated chip-sized systems would revolutionize biotechnology and medicine. For example, inexpensive and highly portable devices that process blood samples to detect biological agents such as anthrax are needed by the U.S. military...

HotSpot Episode 36: Smart Knockers Give Breast Implants a Brain

October 28, 2013 10:42 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Sandisk, a stand-alone smart sensor label; smart breast implants that make medical care easier; Google's browser extension, uPoxy, provides more secure routes to the Internet; and i-Air touch technology...

Portable Vision Screening Devices Identify Vision Problems

October 25, 2013 9:26 am | by Debbie Jacobson, American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

Portable screening devices allow pediatricians to successfully screen children for vision problems, including amblyopia, according to an abstract presented Oct. 25 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

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Meaghan's Minute: Teeny Tiny Pacemaker

October 22, 2013 10:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Nanostim, a secretive California start-up has developed a tiny, wireless pacemaker that has been approved for sale in the European Union. It’s about the size of a triple A battery, and gets directly inserted into the heart in a non-invasive procedure.

September/October 2013 – The Qardio Monitoring System for Smarter Healthcare

October 21, 2013 3:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The September/October issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics, including an article by Cavendish Kinetics concerning new design space for mobile antenna designers, a Brainstorm on Test & Measurement, and Sacrificing Conversation for Connection from the editor.

Salmonella Sensing System

October 21, 2013 10:19 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

As anyone who has ever consumed bacteria-contaminated food and experienced "food poisoning" can tell you, it's a miserable experience. Yet it's an all-too-common one, with foodborne illnesses making 1 in 6 Americans -- or 48 million people -- sick each year. Of these people sickened, 128,000 end up in the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while 3,000 die.

Photo of the Day: Detecting Food Contamination

October 21, 2013 10:19 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

What sets this biosensing system apart from traditional detection methods is a design that involves using a magnetoelastic biosensor -- a low-cost, wireless acoustic wave sensor platform -- combined with a surface-scanning coil detector. The biosensors are coated with a bacteria-specific recognition layer containing particles of "phage," a virus that naturally recognizes bacteria.

HotSpot Episode 35: 50-Year Old Computer Gets New Life

October 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Vanderbilt University is restoring surgeons' sense of touch; Brown University wins a million dollar prize for their brain technology; a 50-year old computer gets brought back to  life; and the University of Washington created a new Kinect-based program to help those who can't see participate in Yoga exercises.

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Wireless Safety in the Workplace

October 17, 2013 2:25 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

Healthcare employees face a range of potential hazards on a daily basis; from infectious diseases to patient altercations in psychiatric and emergency departments. Boulder-CO based Spectralink has created a staff safety solution for Spectralink wireless handsets, Spectralink SAFE, which is designed to help solve the increasing safety issues for mobile workers within healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.

Qardio Monitoring System for Smarter Healthcare

October 16, 2013 12:05 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

In an effort to provide remote monitoring solutions to doctors so they can be more efficient while minimizing costs and the consequences that come with waiting until a diagnosis is too late, San Francisco-based Qardio has introduced the QardioArm and QardioCore wearable monitoring devices.

WiFi Platform for Secure, Dual-Band Connectivity

October 16, 2013 10:52 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&B Electronics has launched its next generation AirborneM2M 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi platform to provide secure, dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) WiFi connectivity to rugged and mission-critical M2M networks...

U.S. Research Team Wins $1M Prize in Israel

October 16, 2013 8:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Israeli nonprofit group has awarded a $1 million prize to a U.S.-based research team that is developing technology that allows paralyzed people to move things with their thoughts.Israel Brain Technologies presented the award on Tuesday to BrainGate. The group is based at Brown University in Rhode Island and collaborates with Massachusetts General Hospital and other institutions.

Need Motivation? There's an App or Gadget for That

October 16, 2013 8:50 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A growing category of devices and software applications promises to measure the mundane details of our daily lives: calories burned, diaper changes, how much and how well we sleep, caffeine intake, kids' studying habits, household chores, even whether a baby is nursing more frequently on Mom's left breast versus her right.

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HotSpot Episode 34: Safety that’s Not Annoying

October 14, 2013 10:41 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by OKW Enclosures, Nest Labs is back with their new Nest project smoke and carbon monoxide alarm; the 66th and final antenna has been delivered to the ALMA observatory; detecting Alzheimer's disease at an early stage; and a portable smartphone attachment for sophisticated field testing.

How will ZigBee Open Up the Sentroller Markets for Smart Home Device Developers?

October 14, 2013 10:27 am | by Elly Schietse, General Manager, GreenPeak Belgium | Articles | Comments

According to a recent report from Nextmarket Insights, the current home automation systems and services market is about 3.6 billion and is forecast to grow to around 15 billion by 2017. This market growth will be driven by a newly emerging homes service market where various cable MSOs,  broadband service providers, and telcos will be offering a variety of new home automation and connected home services.

Photo of the Day: Bionic Man

October 14, 2013 9:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of engineers has assembled a robot using artificial organs, limbs and other body parts that comes tantalizingly close to a true "bionic man." For real, this time. The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts.

'Bionic Man' Walks, Breathes with Artificial Parts

October 14, 2013 9:50 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The artificial "man" is the subject of a Smithsonian Channel documentary that airs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. Called "The Incredible Bionic Man," it chronicles engineers' attempt to assemble a functioning body using artificial parts that range from a working kidney and circulation system to cochlear and retina implants.

Meaghan's Minute: A New Microfluidic Approach

October 11, 2013 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a new approach with applications in materials development for energy capture and storage and for optoelectronic materials.

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2014

October 10, 2013 4:58 pm | by Gartner, Inc | News | Comments

Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.

Northwestern Researchers Develop Compact, High-Power Terahertz Source at Room Temperature

October 10, 2013 9:08 am | by Manijeh Razeghi, Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

Terahertz radiation — radiation in the wavelength range of 30 to 300 microns — is gaining attention due to its applications in security screening, medical and industrial imaging, agricultural inspection, astronomical research, and other areas. Traditional methods of generating terahertz radiation, however, usually involve large and expensive instruments.

Video of the Day: Can Technology Solve Our Big Problems?

October 8, 2013 10:03 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.

HotSpot Episode 33: Smart Brewing App for Beer Aficionados

October 7, 2013 12:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this week's episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smart brewing appliance that customers can control and monitor using their very own smartphone; STMicroelectronics has introduced the LSM303C eCompass; redefining wireless power; and wireless batteries with Bluetooth technology.

Naked Jets of Water Make a Better Pollutant Detector

October 4, 2013 10:45 am | by Lyndsay Meyer, The Optical Society | News | Comments

When you shine ultraviolet light (UV) through water polluted with certain organic chemicals and bacteria, the contaminants measurably absorb the UV light and then re-emit it as visible light. Many of today's more advanced devices for testing water are...

New X-Ray Vision Can Reveal Internal Structure of Objects

October 4, 2013 10:36 am | by Aeron Haworth, University of Manchester | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new kind of 'X-ray vision' that is able to peer inside an object and map the three-dimensional distribution of its nano-properties in real time. University of Manchester researchers say the novel imaging technique could...

Engineering Newswire: Personal Jetpack Redesign Saves Pilot from Catastrophic Failure

October 4, 2013 10:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re re-designing the Martin Jetpack, sending MIT students to space, tailoring toothbrushes for your teeth, and riding in one great big ...                   

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