This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, UC Santa Barbara scientists translate electrical quantum states to optical quantum states; Stanford School of Engineering researchers have created the first theoretical framework that includes semiconductors made from plastics; a flying robot to help guide people through complex environments; and nanomaterial made from plastic bags.
A SpaceX rocket carrying a Canadian satellite intended to track space weather launched from the California coast Sunday in what was billed as a test flight. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at 9 a.m. under clear skies, eventually reaching its intended orbit.
Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them. These new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight. Extra legroom, early boarding and access to quiet lounges were just the beginning. Airlines are now renting Apple iPads preloaded with movies, selling hot first class meals in coach and letting passengers pay to have an empty seat next to them.
Seven midsize vehicles earned the top rating in a new insurance industry test of high-tech safety features designed to prevent front-end collisions. The Cadillac ATS and SRX, Subaru Legacy and Outback, Mercedes C-Class and Volvo S60 and XC60 won "superior" ratings in tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Researchers performed a test of the Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) prototype technology -- which can locate individuals buried in disasters -- at the Virginia Task Force 1 Training Facility in Lorton, VA. The device uses radar technology developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a first-of-its-kind portable radar device to detect the heartbeats and breathing patterns of victims trapped in large piles of rubble resulting from a disaster. The prototype technology, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER) can locate individuals buried as deep as 30 feet (about 9 meters) in crushed materials.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're microwaving rubble with a portable radar device, expanding access to space with reusable unmanned vehicles, designing elastic OLEDs ro make displays like windows, and flying tinker toys to space.
Internally-matched, 600 W Power Transistor Provides High Gain, Efficiency, and Ruggedness over the 1,030 to 1,090 MHz Bandwidth.
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has resumed a trek of many months toward its mountain-slope destination, Mount Sharp. The rover used instruments on its arm last week to inspect rocks at its first waypoint along the route inside Gale Crater. The location, originally chosen on the basis of images taken from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, paid off with investigation of targets that bear evidence of ancient wet environments.
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a low voltage, miniature TCXO; a satellite with the mission to clean up space; EnerSys Buys Purcell Systems for $115M; and resistive switching devices.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re wearing scalp sensors in space, pouring drinks with one-armed robotic bartenders, flying a scorpion prototype, and dancing between a designer’s dream and an engineer’s nightmare.
Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, research scientists and engineers of the United States’ NRL have demonstrated an open-circuit voltage of 692 millivolts – the highest recorded to date. The Solution process ability coupled with the potential for multiple exciton generation processes make nanocrystal quantum dots...
MIT researchers are investigating the effects of space weather — such as solar flares, geomagnetic storms, and other forms of electromagnetic radiation — on geostationary satellites, which provide much of the world’s access to cable television, Internet services and global communications.
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, a new radar-based technology that detects heartbeats under cement; a superior technique that makes sense of the vast quantities of video; a new high-speed cellular solution designed to fast track M2M application development on mobile networks; and a secure safety network for children.
With love as its starting point, a new startup, BeLuvv has combined wearable devices with software applications and created Guardian, the world’s first wearable designed specifically for children and their safety. Featuring replaceable outer cases, Guardian wearables come in vibrant colors to match children’s clothing. Not only does Guardian represent milestone in children’s safety, it is also a fashion statement.
NASA's Voyager 1 probe has left the solar system, boldly going where no machine has gone before. Thirty-six years after it rocketed away from Earth, the plutonium-powered spacecraft has escaped the sun's influence and is now cruising 11 1/2 billion miles away in interstellar space, or the vast, cold emptiness between the stars, NASA said Thursday.
Lantronix announced a marketing and sales partnership with Wyless -- a global M2M wireless connectivity solution provider -- to provide customers with a bundled 3.5G wireless solution.
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re watching Gabrielle with a hawk, calling out curiosity, testing a McLaren P1 in the Arctic Circle, and riding a motorcycle, at 400-miles per hour.
The National Security Agency set it in motion in 2006 and the vast network of supercomputers, switches, and wiretaps began gathering Americans' phone and Internet records by the millions, looking for signs of terrorism. But every day, NSA analysts snooped on more American phone records than they were allowed to.
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Linear Technology’s LTC5551 ultra-high, dynamic range RF down converting mixer; a wristband, which uses the unique cardiac rhythm of consumers to authenticate their identity; a thin, wireless touch interface; and an inflatable antenna.
One-time entry authentication methods, such as passwords, iris scanners and fingerprint recognition are fine for simple entry whether to a protected building or a private web page. But, a continuous biometric system is needed in some circumstances such as authenticating drivers of vehicles carrying valuable commodities and money, and even public transport vehicles and taxis
This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re working out with RoboSimian, exploring the deepest place on earth, saving brains, and we’re locked and loaded with a semi-automatic needle gun.
In an effort to provide remote monitoring solutions to doctors so they can be more sufficient while minimizing costs and the consequences that come with waiting until it is too late, San Francisco-based Qardio has introduced the QardioArm and QardioCore wearable monitoring devices.
RFMW has announced design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor’s integrated limiter/LNA multi-chip module TGM2543-SM. The TriQuint TGM2543-SM is targeted at the Radar market where 4 to 20 GHz frequency coverage in a surface mount package offers cost and performance benefits.
This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Components Corporation, Samsung's 3D Vertical-NAND flash memory is fabricated using an innovative vertical interconnect process technology; a surgeon uses live, point-of-view video via Google Glass; a man wants to replace the knife with a scanner in autopsies; and the importance of successful vibration testing.