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Platinum Tools to Debut Tone and Probe Set

February 17, 2015 3:49 pm | by Platinum Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Platinum Tools (Newbury Park, Calif.) is proud to announce that it will launch a new Tone and Probe Set during 2015 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition. The Tone and Probe Set (P/N TP150) is shipping in March with an MSRP of $29.95. The probe features a recessed push-button which activates tone scanning when needed, the tapered tip allows easy penetration of cable ... 

Smart Gaming Blocks & Consumer Drones

February 17, 2015 10:53 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In 2011, alumni David Merrill SM ’04, PhD ’09 and Jeevan Kalanithi SM ’07 had turned a Media Lab project into a popular gaming platform, Sifteo Cubes: plastic blocks, about an inch and a half on each side, equipped with color touch displays. Sensors detect the blocks’ movements ...     

Photos of the Day: Commercial Drone Regulations

February 17, 2015 10:04 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration released a variety of proposed requirements for commercial operators to meet, such as passing a knowledge test administered by the agency as well as a federal security check ...         

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Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Have Been Set

February 17, 2015 10:03 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away ...           

Smart TVs that Pay Attention to Personal Conversations

February 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Everything is getting smarter. Coffee pots brew the perfect cup of java at the precise moment you wake up. Thermostats learn behaviors and adjust the temperatures within households to be more efficient. Cars have the abilities to self-brake and park, and now televisions can capture and transmit nearby conversations ...

HotSpot Episode 101: Hedgehog-Inspired Body Airbag

February 13, 2015 3:51 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, snowboard bindings that help boarders visualize their balance; a new method of processing signals via fiber optic cable; a new car technology for making driving safe; and a full-body airbag for motorcyclists, bikers, skiers, and other hobbyists and professionals ...           

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...      

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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 ...                  

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 ...               

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 ...”

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