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Why it’s Time for a Useful Internet of Things

March 5, 2014 2:26 pm | by Matthias Poppel, Chief Operation Officer, EnOcean | Blogs | Comments

It was one of the hot trends at CES show: Communicating devices and objects. There were a toothbrush, a fridge, or even a garbage can that send information to the smart phone. It shows two things: First, there are many technical possibilities today to realize the...                 

Facebook Looks to Buy Solar Drone Company

March 4, 2014 3:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, to step up its efforts to provide Internet access to remote parts of the world, according to reports from technology blog Techcrunch and financial news outlet CNBC. Both websites cited anonymous sources who are familiar with the deal...

Photos of the Day: March of the CubeSats

March 4, 2014 3:38 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a CubeSat! With so many small, relatively inexpensive satellites deploying lately from the International Space Station, it may seem like the area referred to as low-Earth orbit, between 100 and 1,240 miles above the planet, is full of these compact cubes...

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Space Station Deploys CubeSats

March 4, 2014 11:05 am | by NASA | News | Comments

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a CubeSat! With so many small, relatively inexpensive satellites deploying lately from the International Space Station, it may seem like the area referred to as low-Earth orbit, between 100 and 1,240 miles above the planet, is full of these compact cubes...

Freescale's First 11 RF Power Products for Defense Market Applications

March 3, 2014 2:40 pm | by Freescale Semiconductor | News | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor has announced the availability of 11 new commercial RF power LDMOS products that can meet the requirements of U.S. defense electronics applications. This is the first set of products released as part of the company’s strategic defense initiatives for its RF power business, announced in June 2013...

HotSpot Episode 52: WiFi Virus Attacks Belfast and London

March 3, 2014 10:04 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a mobile network in a backpack for disaster situations; a WiFi virus attacks London and Belfast; a phone that place privacy and control directly in the hands of its users; and smart space spheres receive an upgrade...                    

Wearable Technology: The $70 Billion Picture

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technology mainly concerns devices and apparel/textiles. Devices are discrete electronic and electrical hardware sold on its own for bodywear. It may be utilized by being attached to apparel or by constituting worn accessories such as electronic watches and...                     

Egypt Army 'AIDS Detector' Instead Finds Ridicule

February 28, 2014 10:58 am | by Maggie Michael, Associated Press | News | Comments

Egypt's military leaders have come under ridicule after the chief army engineer unveiled what he described as a "miraculous" set of devices that detect and cure AIDS, hepatitis and other viruses. The claim, dismissed by experts and called "shocking to scientists" by president's science adviser...

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Engineering Newswire 79: AirMule UAV Is a Flying Donkey

February 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving 270 miles per hour at Kennedy, in a car, engineering face melting metal, and saving lives in a flying donkey ...              

High Power GaN Switches for Wideband Applications

February 27, 2014 3:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for a pair of high power GaN SPDT switches from TriQuint. The TGS2352-2-SM covers frequencies from 500MHz to 12GHz and handles input power up to 20W while the TGS2353-2-SM extends frequency coverage to 18GHz and handles up to 10 watts of input power...

Photos of the Day: NASA Sends Greetings from Minamitane

February 27, 2014 10:58 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Minamitane Town is one of only a few small towns located outside of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space Center, where the launch of an H-IIA rocket carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory will take place in the next week...                  

Pentek Introduces Talon Extreme Rackmount Recorders

February 25, 2014 5:46 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek has introduced a new line of extreme environment recorders: the Talon RTX Rackmount series. These recorders are designed to provide a combination of high performance and large storage capacity in a military-specified rackmount chassis...

US Officials at Odds Over Cellphone Use on Planes

February 21, 2014 5:03 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like the U.S. government is more conflicted about cellphones on planes than most American travelers. Even as one federal agency considers allowing the calls, another now wants to make sure that doesn't happen. Passengers — particularly those who fly often — oppose allowing calls in flight, polls show...

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Photo of the Day: Revolutionary Helmet-mounted Display for Soldiers

February 21, 2014 4:28 pm | by BAE Systems | News | Comments

The Q-Warrior— the latest iteration of our helmet-mounted display technology, looks like a pilot's head-up display but has been specially designed for the soldier who needs unique capabilities, such as identifying hostile and non-hostile forces, as well as co-ordinating small unit actions...

World's First 'Head-up Display for Soldier' in Field Testing

February 21, 2014 4:00 pm | by BAE Systems | News | Comments

The Q-Warrior— the latest iteration of our helmet-mounted display technology, looks like a pilot's head-up display but has been specially designed for the soldier who needs unique capabilities, such as identifying hostile and non-hostile forces, as well as co-ordinating small unit actions...

Smart SPHERES Are about to Get a Whole Lot Smarter

February 21, 2014 10:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Smart devices – such as tablets and phones – increasingly are an essential part of everyday life on Earth. The same can be said for life off-planet aboard the International Space Station. From astronaut tweets to Google+ Hangouts, our reliance on these mobile and social technologies...

Photos of the Day: NASA's Smart SPHERE Satellites

February 21, 2014 10:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Smart devices – such as tablets and phones – increasingly are an essential part of everyday life on Earth. The same can be said for life off-planet aboard the International Space Station. From astronaut tweets to Google+ Hangouts, our reliance on these mobile and social technologies...

Engineering Newswire 78: Airbus Bionic Plane Fuselage Mimics Bone

February 21, 2014 9:17 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're putting holograms in electronic devices, seeing if animals actually do it better, and creating a bionic fuselage that mimics bone structure ...                     

Satellite Reaches California for Next Sea Launch

February 19, 2014 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A communications satellite built for France-based Eutelsat has arrived in California to be prepared for liftoff from Sea Launch AG's oceangoing rocket pad. The companies said Wednesday that the Eutelsat 3B spacecraft built by Airbus Defense and Space was flown from Toulouse to Long Beach Airport...

Engineering Newswire 77: BAE Unveils Britain’s Super-Drone

February 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re teaching UAVs to fly on their own, visualizing tumors during surgery, and unveiling Britain’s new super-drone ...                                  

All a Board to 2014

February 19, 2014 9:14 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

2013 was a very exciting year. After I joined the Wireless Design & Development (WDD) team, we launched three new video products, and created a fresh look for our daily newsletter and print issue. But we aren’t finished yet as WDD has great things in store for...

The World is One Big Dataset

February 19, 2014 8:36 am | by Dan Berkenstock, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and...                             

HotSpot Episode 50: Blinking Beacons Help Planes Miss Wind Turbines

February 18, 2014 10:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a low-power, signal-processing chip that could lead to a chochlear implant with not external hardware; synthetic motors that live inside human cells; a sensor solution for blinking beacons on wind turbines; and a clever detector array...                    

US Navy Ready to Deploy Laser for 1st Time

February 18, 2014 9:57 am | by David Sharp, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year...

NASA Tests New Technologies for Robotic Refueling

February 14, 2014 1:17 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

It's corrosive, it's hazardous, and it can cause an explosion powerful enough to thrust a satellite forward in space. Multiple NASA centers are currently conducting a remotely controlled test of new technologies that would empower future space robots to transfer this dangerous fluid into the propellant tanks of spacecraft in space today...

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