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Engineering Newswire 75: First Porsche Ever Made Found 115 Years Later

January 31, 2014 8:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re printing multi-material in color, detecting mines with our shoes, cutting catalytic converter costs, and riding the first Porsche ever made. This episode features ...                      

Self-Aligning DNA Wires for Application in Nanoelectronics

January 30, 2014 3:45 pm | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Since continuous miniaturization in microelectronics is already starting to reach the physical limits, researchers are seeking new methods for device fabrication. One promising candidate is the DNA origami technique in which individual strands of the biomolecule self-assemble into arbitrarily shaped nanostructures...

Nintendo Chief Stays On, Health Business Planned

January 30, 2014 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nintendo has been unable to arrest a slide in console sales as more people play games on smartphones and tablets. The company's apparent solution? A move into health care. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata vowed Thursday to stick to the company's old ways, refused to resign or cut product prices despite its dismal earnings...

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Photos of the Day: Surgeons Implant First 'Bionic Eye'

January 30, 2014 9:59 am | by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | News | Comments

Retina surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have performed the first — and second — surgeries in the United States to implant an artificial retina, or “bionic eye,” since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the device last year. The surgeries were performed on patients with retinitis pigmentosa...

First 'Bionic Eye' Retinal Prosthesis Implanted

January 30, 2014 9:23 am | by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | News | Comments

Retina surgeons at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center have performed the first — and second — surgeries in the United States to implant an artificial retina, or “bionic eye,” since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the device last year. The surgeries were performed on patients with retinitis pigmentosa...

HotSpot Episode 47: Having Sex with Glass

January 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a solution for gamer rage; a control system that makes robots more intelligent; spicing things up with Google Glass; and a Wi-Fi product that allows users to control any device from their smartphone...                   

Live Feed into Our Bodies

January 27, 2014 9:21 am | by Sonia Fernandez, University of Santa Barbara, California | News | Comments

A device that can monitor the levels of specific drugs as they flow through the bloodstream may soon take the guesswork out of drug dosing and allow physicians to tailor prescriptions to their patients’ specific biology. Developed by UC Santa Barbara researchers...                  

Near Error-Free Wireless Detection Made Possible

January 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Sarah Collins, University of Cambridge | News | Comments

The accuracy and range of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, which are used in everything from passports to luggage tracking, could be vastly improved thanks to a new system developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge...                          

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Strengthening the Electrotechnical Sector by Participating in IEC Standardization

January 20, 2014 3:32 pm | by S. Joe Bhatia, President & CEO American National Standards Institute | Blogs | Comments

Nearly every aspect of modern life is connected to the electrotechnical industry. From telecommunications, multimedia, medical equipment, and energy production and distribution, to e-mobility, fiber optics, nanotechnology, and consumer ...

Hotspot Episode 46: Robot-Controlled Sperm: The Future of Fertilization

January 20, 2014 11:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, LG is taking advantage of Natural Language Processing to allow customers to communicate with their appliances; a micro-windmill has been designed to generate wind energy that could potentially charge cell phones; "spermbots" made up of live sperm cells in little tubes that can be magnetically controlled; and 5,000 bees in Australia are being tagged with tiny RFID sensors...    

CEA Joins Industry Groups in Sponsoring Educational Series

January 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

ArlThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced its sponsorship of an educational program series called the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow: Managing App Development under FDA Regulation,” joining a consortium of six leading universities, more than a dozen industry trade...            

Google Contact Lens Could Be Option for Diabetics

January 17, 2014 10:04 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Brian Otis gingerly holds what looks like a typical contact lens on his index finger. Look closer. Sandwiched in this lens are two twinkling glitter-specks loaded with tens of thousands of miniaturized transistors...                  

Photos of the Day: Contact Lens for Diabetics

January 17, 2014 10:03 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Researchers also had to build in a system to pull energy from incoming radio frequency waves to power the device enough to collect and transmit one glucose reading per second. The embedded electronics in the lens don't obscure vision because they lie outside the eye's pupil and iris...            

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CES 2014: The Weird, Strange, and Unique

January 15, 2014 2:53 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Every trade show has these — the oddball products, tech demos, and general weirdness that accompanies any large gathering of people vying for your attention. Sometimes, the exhibits exude innovation and leave a positive lasting impression...        

HotSpot Episode 45: Augmented Reality Helmets Make Motorcycles Safer

January 13, 2014 10:38 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, another mother to tell you what to do; shrinking digital storage; capturing any color on any surface; and motorcycle helmets that creat an augmented reality...                                              

Tweaking MRI to Track Creatine May Spot Heart Problems Earlier

January 13, 2014 10:01 am | by Steve Graff, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | News | Comments

A new MRI method to map creatine at higher resolutions in the heart may help clinicians and scientists find abnormalities and disorders earlier than traditional diagnostic methods, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania suggest in a new study published online today in Nature Medicine...                  

Ultrasound Directed to the Human Brain Boosts Sensory Performance

January 13, 2014 10:00 am | by Paula Byron, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Whales, bats, and even praying mantises use ultrasound as a sensory guidance system — and now a new study has found that ultrasound can modulate brain activity to heighten sensory perception in humans...               

The Hottest Gadgets of CES: 3D Printers to 4K TVs

January 13, 2014 9:21 am | by PETER SVENSSON, Associated Press RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest gadget trade show in the Americas wrapped up on Friday in Las Vegas after swamping the city with 150,000 attendees. This year, "wearable" computing was big, along with various 3D technologies, especially 3D printing...                   

PennEngineering’s microPEM Inserts for Plastics

January 10, 2014 12:56 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

New microPEM thru-threaded brass inserts for plastics from PennEngineering introduce ideal fastener solutions to attach components in compact electronic assemblies. These fasteners promote secure and reliable attachment for devices ranging from hand-held consumer electronics to medical equipment, among many others...

Engineering Newswire 72: Tiny $7,000 Car Gets 84 MPG

January 10, 2014 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re wearing augmented reality contact lenses, relating to an emotionally concise intelligence that “feels,” and driving a $7,000 car/tricycle hybrid thing. This episode features ...    

The Internet-Connected Toothbrush

January 9, 2014 10:08 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Armbands that track how much you move have become popular ways to motivate people to get fit. But how fit are your teeth? Are you lazy about brushing them...                              

November/December - Origami Antennas Reshape Industry

January 8, 2014 5:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The November/December issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics. Check out the HotSeat interview section, and read about the design and test challenges for 8x8 MIMO devices for LTE advanced, and article contributed by Agilent Technologies.

HotSpot Episode 44: Easy Way to Detect Dangerous Heart Rhythms

January 6, 2014 11:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Texas Instruments is showing us some KoolThings; a wireless mouse trap; a small adhesive wireless device that track dangerous heart rhythms; and a wrist band for climbers...               

Wave of Wearable Gadgets Expected at CES Event

January 6, 2014 10:31 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Several companies are expected to unveil wearable devices that are easier to use, extend battery life, and tap into the power of gestures, social networks and cloud computing...                                     

The Best Way to Get Seed Money Through Crowdfunding

January 2, 2014 9:58 am | by Jerry Barach, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem | News | Comments

Early on in our careers, many of us were tutored as to how to best write an effective and attention-getting curriculum vitae in looking for a job. But in today's world, many are looking not for just a job, but are engaged in wide searches for...

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