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Wireless Minute: Smartphones vs. Wearables

February 13, 2015 3:50 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Wearable devices have received a lot of attention in the fitness world for tracking certain data and helping consumers improve whatever it is they need to improve ...                  

Telescopic Contact Lenses Give Hope for Better, Stronger Vision

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

An estimated 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Age-related macular degeneration alone is the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the Western world. But this week at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Eric Tremblay from EPFL in Switzerland unveils a new prototype of his telescopic contact lens ...

Teen’s Wearable Sensor Designed for Alzheimer's

February 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Kenneth Shinozuka, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

60 percent of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him ...

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Braille-Writer App Turns iPad into Invaluable Tool for the Visually Impaired

February 13, 2015 8:56 am | by Andrew Myers, Stanford | News | Comments

Three years ago, Sohan Dharmaraja was a Stanford engineering doctoral candidate in search of his next project when he visited the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, which helps blind and visually challenged students successfully navigate the world of higher education ...       

Celebrity Engineer Grant Imahara Tours Mouser’s Massive Distribution Center

February 13, 2015 8:40 am | by Mouser Electronics | Videos | Comments

Mouser Electronics has released a video with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, best known for his role on TV’s Mythbusters, touring Mouser’s state-of-the-art warehouse. To view the entertaining video, click here ...            

The Wonderful World of Internet of Things

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Blogs | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are ...  

3D Scanning 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

February 12, 2015 1:40 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D scanning “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, attempting to turn airports into spaceports with the help of DARPA, and taking a trip to the edge of space on a helium balloon ...      

New Study Explores Novel High-Power Microwave Generator

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Joan Robinson, Springer | News | Comments

High-power microwaves are frequently used in civil applications, such as radar and communication systems, heating and current drive of plasmas in fusion devices, and acceleration in high-energy linear colliders ...                  

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Photos of the Day: VP Gore's Brainchild Finally Soars to Space

February 12, 2015 9:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Gore — who dreamed up the idea for an environmentally conscious, Earth-gazing satellite 17 years ago — returned for the sunset launch. He was at the previous two attempts as well, eager to see his brainchild finally soar. Besides watching for solar outbursts, the observatory will provide continuous pictures of the full, sunlit side of Earth ...       

SpaceX Launches Environmentally Conscious, Earth-Gazing Satellite

February 12, 2015 9:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday ...                 

Octopart’s Common Parts Library for Connected Device Products

February 11, 2015 3:21 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Wireless Design and Development (WDD) sat down with Sam Wurzel, co-founder of Octopart to discuss the inspiration behind the CPL and what main benefits it provides for users ...                      

Intrinsically Safe Wireless Telemetry System Offers Remote Monitoring

February 11, 2015 1:51 pm | by SignalFire Wireless Telemetry | Product Releases | Comments

The SignalFire Remote Sensing System provides cost effective remote monitoring of well pad tubing and casing pressures in upstream oil and gas fields. The SignalFire Remote Sensing System (SFRSS) consists of a gateway and remote nodes that interfaces with a wide variety of ...

Electronics You Can Wrap Around Your Finger

February 11, 2015 10:59 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from South Korea have taken a new step toward more bendable devices by manufacturing a thin film that keeps its useful electric and magnetic properties even when highly curved. The researchers describe the film in ...               

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Futuristic Semiconductor Material for Extreme-Temperature Electronics

February 11, 2015 10:52 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered that molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a semiconductor material, may be a promising candidate to make thin-film transistors for extreme temperature applications ...                

Photos of the Day: Britain's Invasion of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Four types of autonomous vehicles under trial — including a shuttle that looks like a larger golf cart and a compact two-seater "pod" car — were unveiled in London. Officials and journalists tried out the shuttle at the event, taking short rides around a public square ...     

Apple's $850M Solar Energy Project

February 11, 2015 10:14 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California ...                     

Obama Creates New Agency to Coordinate Cyberthreat Intelligence

February 11, 2015 10:13 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyberthreat intelligence that currently is spread across the federal government. The agency will be modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center ...                    

Judge Sides with Government in Lawsuit Over Surveillance

February 11, 2015 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the government in a lawsuit alleging the National Security Agency is illegally engaging in the bulk collection of Internet and telephone records in the hunt for potential terrorists ...               

TE Connectivity Shows Future of VPX Connectivity at Embedded Tech Trends

February 10, 2015 11:48 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has presented at the 2015 Embedded Tech Trends Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Matthew McAlonis, new product development engineering manager, Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine at TE, presented on the topic of “The Future of VPX Connectivity ...”

Cortus Demonstrates Momentum for Its Low-Power IP Cores at Embedded World and Mobile World Congress

February 10, 2015 11:38 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Cortus will demonstrate momentum building for its low-power IP cores at two major industry events. Cortus will exhibit at Embedded World, in Nurnberg, Germany (February 24th to 26th) and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain (March 2nd to 5th) where it will announce a number of new software partners porting to the ...          

Auto Manufacturers Improve Cellular in Plants and Offices with TE Connectivity DAS

February 10, 2015 11:34 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) has announced that major auto manufacturers in North America are using TE’s FlexWave Prism and FlexWave Spectrum distributed antenna systems (DAS) to boost staff productivity with in-building mobile services. TE’s DAS solutions enable seamless mobile communications for tens ...      

Webcast: Sensor Signal Conditioning with Synchronous Demodulation

February 10, 2015 11:01 am | by WDD Staff | Events

In this webcast we will discuss the some of the basic concepts of synchronous demodulation and what benefits this technique brings to sensor signal conditioning. We will then examine real world examples to explore some of the subtleties of implementing systems using synchronous demodulation ...            

Softbank to Add Learning Technology to Empathetic Robot

February 10, 2015 10:03 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese mobile carrier Softbank said Tuesday it will incorporate artificial intelligence technology from IBM into its empathetic robot Pepper that will be available to Japanese consumers around midyear ...                        

TVs that Eavesdrop and Share Nearby Conversations

February 10, 2015 10:00 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Watch what you say in your living room. Samsung's smart TV could be listening. And sharing. Voice recognition technology in the South Korean company's Internet connected TVs captures and transmits nearby conversations ...                                 

Letting Hackers In to Prevent Cyberattacks

February 10, 2015 10:00 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul ...                         

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