Can worldwide communication ever be fully secure? Quantum physicists believe they can provide secret keys using quantum cryptography via satellite. Unlike communication based on classical bits, quantum cryptography employs the quantum states of single light quanta (photons) for the exchange of data.
This week on Wdd’s HotSpot, DJI’s new GPS equipped Phantom makes one nifty little radio-controlled aircraft; digital music performer, Omni Infinity, creates a guitar-shaped prototype that houses a smartphone for wireless touchscreen control of music and art software on a remote computer...
In this episode of Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're talking about self-healing, laser resistant chips, New York City's new interactive, touchscreen subway maps, and BMW and Continental's new project into developing "co-pilot" driving technology.
A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists, these generally small, unmanned aircraft will help farmers more precisely apply water and pesticides to crops, saving money and reducing environmental impacts. They'll help police departments find missing people ...
Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re talking to virtual heads, firing sexists in Silicon Valley, investigating a super-sized power outage, and fishing far flung space garbage from the bottom of the ocean. The University of Cambridge has unveiled Zoe, a virtual talking head that is capable of expressing lifelike facial expressions.
Before that can become reality, the Federal Aviation Administration last month put out a call to test fly drones at half a dozen to-be-determined sites before they can share the same space as commercial jetliners, small aircraft and helicopters.
For most of its existence, the U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) could be termed the fishbowl agency. Unlike the Department of Defense or nuclear-related branches of the Department of Energy, virtually everything NASA did, built, or planned has been publicly available to anybody who asked.
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Green Peak’s Open Smart Home Framework connects the ZigBee network to the Internet; Rapyuta allows robot’s data-processing functions to be performed in the cloud; Fujitsu and IT/Logistics’ Kidtrack help keep track of kids who take the bus...
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re testing experimental grasshopper rockets, making smooth jazz on the seaboard, and making the Sphero do everything.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company, and a fully reusable rocket.
Curiosity remained in contact with ground controllers, but it can't zap rocks, snap pictures or roam around until the problem is fixed. Rover team members had expected to resume activities Monday, but they now have to wait a bit longer — perhaps until the end of the week.
This week on WDD's HotSpot, Neurowear has adapted its brainwave-reading technology to create Micro Headphones; the newly EU-funded Mindwalker project is routing brain signals directly to a robotic exoskeleton; Qualcomm is putting wireless charging platforms through real-world tests...
In this episode of Engineering Update, Spiderman gets a new suit; Thimble Bioelectronics creates a portable pain patch; and MIT develops a running cheetah robot; and Scientists at Northwestern University create a stretchy silicone elastomer.
This year, though, chatter focused on hardware rather than software, and on big ideas rather than coming out parties. The most-used mobile app was the festival's own application, which helped attendees keep track of South By Southwest's barrage of panels, talks, meet-ups and parties.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC delivering technology solutions that transform the way you create and service your products, we're kick starting low-cost robotics, using a 3D printing vending machine, and having a cup of coffee, in the sky.
This week on WDD's Hotspot, Samsung's new Galaxy S IV will feature eye-tracking technology; Overdrive Robotics' smartbot is a smartphone and robot in one; LIFEBeam engineers create heart rate-monitoring SMART bicycle helmet; and Thimble Bioelectronics provides portable pain relief.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re building trikes with BMW engines, separating Oreos with scrap parts, and designing Titanic II, because, you know, that’s necessary.
Researchers at MIT and the Santa Fe Institute have found that some widely used formulas for predicting how rapidly technology will advance — notably, Moore’s Law and Wright’s Law — offer superior approximations of the pace of technological progress.
Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC; delivering technology solutions that transform the way you create and service your products, we’re building robotic hands that feel, studying shark suckers to make adhesives, and developing flexible electronics that read your brain.
In this episode of the HotSpot, Thalmic Labs introduces its wearable gesture-controlled arm band; Hewlett-Packard re-enters the tablet market; Microchip announces its BodyCam technology; and InfoMotion Sports Technologies unveils its 94Fifty sensor basketball.
Curiosity landed last summer in Gale Crater near the Martian equator to examine whether environmental conditions were favorable for microbes. It recently drilled into a rock and transferred a pinch of powder to its onboard laboratories to study the chemical makeup. It won't be able to finish the analysis until its systems are back to normal.
In this episode of Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, researchers at the University of Michigan are studying cockroaches in order to advance robotic technology; 3D wearable, wireless, thumb-activated, space recognition, Bluetooth 4.0 low-energy protocol mouse called Mycestro.
In the popular imagination, satellites are imperiled by impacts from ‘space junk’ – particles of man-made debris the size of a pea (or greater) that litter the Earth’s upper atmosphere – or by large meteoroids like the one that exploded spectacularly over Chelyabinsk, Russia last week.
This week on WDD's Hotspot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, ASUS releases a pocket router; Oxford University creates an autonomous navigational system; and CA-based Second Sight receives U.S. market approval from the FDA; and MIT develops a processor chip.
LCR Electronics, Inc. has Zoltan Puskas as the new Western Regional Sales Manager for EMI Filters and Electronic Products. Zoltan is based in Santa Barbara, California and is responsible for LCR’s sales in the western territory including California, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Hawaii.