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Meaghan's Minute: Wireless Pressure Sensor

October 14, 2014 10:19 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Keysight Technologies, Stanford engineers have invented a wireless pressure sensor made by placing a thin layer of specially designed rubber between two strips of copper strips that act like radio antennas...                    

Can it Be Real? Augmented Reality Melds Work, Play

October 14, 2014 9:55 am | by BY SALIM ESSAID, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

A new set of Epson Moverio B200 glasses allow an entire world of virtual characters, objects, and structures to overlay and interact with users' real environment through so-called "augmented reality...                             

South Korea Identity Thefts Forces ID Overhaul

October 14, 2014 9:55 am | by KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press | News | Comments

After an avalanche of data breaches, South Korea's national identity card system has been raided so thoroughly by thieves that the government says it might have to issue new ID numbers to every citizen over 17 at a possible cost of billions of dollars...                

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Review: Music Player Learns Your Tastes Over Time

October 14, 2014 9:55 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it's a lazy Sunday morning. It then plays what it thinks you're in the mood for...               

Navy to Commission Amphibious Assault Ship America

October 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Department of Defense News | News | Comments

The Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, USS America (LHA 6), during a 1 p.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, October 11, 2014, in San Francisco, California. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus will deliver the ceremony's...                                  

Sandia Invents Sensor to Make a Better Prosthesis

October 14, 2014 8:54 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

As an amputee walks on a prosthetic leg during the day, the natural fluid in the leg shifts and the muscles shrink slightly. Now imagine the problem that poses for the fit of the prosthesis. There’s a growing need for a solution. The national Amputee Coalition says nearly 2...    

RACO Cloud-Based SaaS Solution for OPC Connectivity

October 13, 2014 5:22 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RACO Manufacturing and Engineering has introduced AlarmAgent.info, a new SaaS application for the AlarmAgent.com wireless, web-based RTU. The addition of AlarmAgent.info makes the system OPC-compatible, enhancing its existing real-time reporting features by sharing data communication with HMI / SCADA software and third-party customized applications...

New Wafer Level RF Testing for E-band Semiconductor Products

October 13, 2014 4:47 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Presto Engineering announced the launch of its new wafer-level E-band RF testing service for semiconductor products. Demand for testing in the 71-86 GHz band is being driven by rapid growth in the telecom backhaul segment..

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TrueTouch Gen5 Touchscreen Controller Delivers New Features

October 13, 2014 4:29 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced that its TrueTouch Gen5 touchscreen controller family for large-screen superphones, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers now delivers multiple new advanced features, including gloved-finger tracking on capacitive touchscreens...

Canada's Wearable Tech Conference

October 13, 2014 1:49 pm | Events

Hear how wearable tech is changing the game of sports and entertainment from a stellar lineup of speakers including adidas, Intel, Golden State Warriors (NBA), Dwayne De Rosario (Former MVP in the MLS, Toronto FC), US Olympics, Recon, Push, Skulpt, Bionym, CFC...            

R&S Compact Instruments for Fast RF Component Testing

October 13, 2014 10:48 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz has developed two new instruments for production testing of wireless communications components...

Photos of the Day: Setting a Speed Record for Molecular Fluorescence

October 13, 2014 10:42 am | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | News | Comments

When fluorescent molecules are placed near intensified light, the molecules emit photons at a faster rate through an effect called Purcell enhancement. The researchers found they could achieve a significant speed improvement by placing fluorescent molecules in a gap between the nanocubes and a thin film of gold...           

'Smart' Lithium-Ion Battery Warns of Fire Hazard

October 13, 2014 10:42 am | by Mark Shwartz, Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University. | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones...                  

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Millions of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

October 13, 2014 10:34 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords...                           

Banks Harvest Callers' Voiceprints to Fight Fraud

October 13, 2014 10:25 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two major U.S. banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co., use voice screening, also known as voice biometric blacklists, according to three people familiar with the arrangements, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity because the system was meant to remain secret...                   

Meaghan's Minute: Helping Stroke Victims Communicate

October 13, 2014 10:12 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghans' Minute, brought to you by Keysight Technologies, researchers at East Tennessee State University have shown that a brain-computer interface (BCI) device can be beneficial to patients who have suffered a brainstem stroke and are experiencing “locked-in” syndrome...                    

Pin Shaped Battery to Power Wearable Devices

October 13, 2014 10:10 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week in WDD's HotSpot, a pin shaped lithium ion battery to power wearable devices; a giant modular displayed made from smaller displays; the ultimate data storage protection; and one credit card for all...                             

IFI Solid State Pulse Amplifier

October 10, 2014 11:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Instruments for Industry a unit of AMETEK Compliance Test Solutions, now offers a dual-mode, solid-state amplifier that combines continuous and pulse operating modes. The new S31-500-900P amplifier has been optimized for performing...

Skyworks Introduces Single Control, SOI SP2T Switch for WLAN Applications

October 10, 2014 11:18 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions has unveiled a single control, SOI, single-pole-double-throw switch. The compact, 0.01 – 6.0 GHz SKY13453-385LF is intended for mode switching in pre-power amplifier cellular and dual-band WLAN transmit/receive applications...

Wireless Systems Expand DARPA’s Drone Horizons

October 10, 2014 10:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Some of the most exciting wireless technology applications are currently being implemented aboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Where wireless design has traditionally been labeled a niche field, new military applications are now relying on wireless components to take technology where it has never gone before. However, with new demands comes many challenges, as wireless systems are called upon to provide greater versatility...

Emergency Locator Transmitters

October 10, 2014 10:12 am | by Tony Paese, WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

Since 1948, 83 aircraft have been reported as officially missing worldwide, and almost all of them (77) have not been found to this day.1 This includes the recent Malaysian Airline Flight 370, which an extended multi-national effort has yet to recover...                   

September/October 2014 — Emergency Locator Transmitters

October 10, 2014 9:51 am | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The September/October issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) focuses on emergency locator transmitters and preventative maintenance of wireless infrastructure. It also features and article from FreeWave Technologies on unmanned systems, and a new Brainstorm that focuses on Electronica...                    

With Z3, Sony Brings Phones to US Faster

October 10, 2014 9:49 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony is launching its new Xperia Z3 waterproof smartphone through Verizon and T-Mobile. The phones are hitting U.S. stores on the heels of their unveiling last month at a trade show in Berlin, as Sony ramps up efforts to expand its tiny market share by getting to the American market faster...

Command & Control

October 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by Phil Linker, Senior Product Manager, FreeWave Technologies | Articles | Comments

Unmanned vehicles are at the forefront of an evolution, especially with the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). After decades of serving mission-critical applications in government and defense, the command and control (C2) capabilities of advanced wireless machine-to-machine...             

Commercializing RF Components

October 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

Many companies specialize in high reliability products that can withstand extreme conditions. The products are often used in military and aerospace applications. As these companies look to grow, they require a way to commercialize the products, making them more applicable and cost effective for other markets where high volume sales are more attainable...         

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