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Promise and Peril in an Ultra-connected World

March 3, 2014 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you...

Wearable Technology: The $70 Billion Picture

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Dr. Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx | Blogs | Comments

Wearable technology mainly concerns devices and apparel/textiles. Devices are discrete electronic and electrical hardware sold on its own for bodywear. It may be utilized by being attached to apparel or by constituting worn accessories such as electronic watches and...                     

How to Profit from Forward-Looking Strategies

February 28, 2014 2:14 pm | by Corning | Events

By 2015 there will be 6 billion things connected to the Internet. How will the commercial building industry best meet this challenge?                                     

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High-reliability Cellular 4G Communication and Monitoring System

February 28, 2014 12:21 pm | by B&B Electronics | News | Comments

B&B Electronics has provided Quatro Electronics with a high-reliability Cellular 4G communication and monitoring system for the oversight of equipment in remote locations. Founded in the UK in 1996, Quatro Electronics have been trusted to protect, manage and monitor remote and vulnerable sites...

Virtual Orchestra

February 28, 2014 11:07 am | by Mendelssohn – Bartholdy museum | Videos | Comments

The Mendelssohn – Bartholdy museum in Leipzig has recently installed a virtual orchestra, Effektorium...                                  

Engineering Newswire 79: AirMule UAV Is a Flying Donkey

February 28, 2014 10:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re driving 270 miles per hour at Kennedy, in a car, engineering face melting metal, and saving lives in a flying donkey ...              

Photos of the Day: AllSee Enables 'Internet of Things'

February 28, 2014 10:27 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Mute the song playing on your smartphone in your pocket by flicking your index finger in the air, or pause your "This American Life" podcast with a small wave of the hand. This kind of gesture control for electronics could soon become an alternative to touchscreens and sensing technologies...

Meaghan's Minute: Gesture Recognition to All Devices

February 28, 2014 10:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

University of Washington computer scientists have built a low-cost gesture recognition system that runs without batteries and lets users control their electronic devices hidden from sight with simple hand movements...                       

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Battery-Free Technology Brings Gesture Recognition to All Devices

February 28, 2014 10:20 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Mute the song playing on your smartphone in your pocket by flicking your index finger in the air, or pause your "This American Life" podcast with a small wave of the hand. This kind of gesture control for electronics could soon become an alternative to touchscreens and sensing technologies...

Gadget Watch: Fastlane in Nokia X Shows Promise

February 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

By design, Nokia's new Android smartphones will underwhelm users of high-end phones. The Nokia X line was created with emerging markets in mind, so the company emphasized keeping prices low, meaning the user interface is relatively simple. The home screen resembles the one on Nokia's Windows-based Lumia...

Smartphone Cameras Step Closer to High-end Power

February 28, 2014 10:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Expect sharper, clearer selfies this year. Samsung has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone photos...  

Yokogawa Develops Multi-Protocol Wireless Adaptor

February 27, 2014 3:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it has developed a multi-protocol wireless adaptor that enables wired field instruments or analytical sensors to be used as ISA100 Wireless devices, and will release models in May and July that support communications based on the HART and RS485 Modbus standards...

High Power GaN Switches for Wideband Applications

February 27, 2014 3:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for a pair of high power GaN SPDT switches from TriQuint. The TGS2352-2-SM covers frequencies from 500MHz to 12GHz and handles input power up to 20W while the TGS2353-2-SM extends frequency coverage to 18GHz and handles up to 10 watts of input power...

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New 3850 MHz VCO from Crystek

February 27, 2014 2:33 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The CVCO55CC-3850-3850 VCO from Crystek operates at 3850 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V. Engineered and manufactured in the USA, the model CVCO55CC-3850-3850 is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5-in. x 0.5-in. SMD package...

Photos of the Day: NASA Sends Greetings from Minamitane

February 27, 2014 10:58 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Minamitane Town is one of only a few small towns located outside of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space Center, where the launch of an H-IIA rocket carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory will take place in the next week...                  

Dramatic Shifts for Test Equipment

February 27, 2014 10:48 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by API Technologies, next generation mobile devices are becoming more powerful and more complex...                          

Noting Tech Needs, Mining Companies Seek Graphite

February 27, 2014 10:32 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say the promise of expanded uses for "pencil lead" in lithium-ion batteries — used in cars, cellphones and tablet computers — as well as a decrease in supply from China has helped touch off the largest wave of mining projects in decades...                 

Smartphone Cameras Step Closer to High-End Power

February 27, 2014 10:21 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone photos, ubiquitous nowadays because of social media such as...              

The Beginning of the End of Full-Body Scanners?

February 26, 2014 2:22 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Standing in a full-body scanner at an airport isn't fun, and the process adds time and stress to a journey. It also raises privacy concerns. Researchers now report in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters a more precise and direct method for using that "terahertz" technology to detect explosives from greater distances...

Fingerprint Security Convenient, but Not Flawless

February 26, 2014 1:57 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal. The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones...

Meaghan's Minute: LTE Broadband Internet Access

February 26, 2014 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Coming straight from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Altair Semiconductor and WNC have launched a new router designed to offer high-speed internet connectivity over 3.5GHz LTE bands in markets where wired Internet connections such as cable or DSL are not feasible or economical...

Meaghan's Minute: Millions More Connected Devices Are Coming

February 25, 2014 1:28 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today at Embedded World 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany, Sierra Wireless introduced the Legato platform, an open source embedded platform built on Linux and designed to simplify the development of M2M applications from the device to the cloud...

Smartphone-Based Voting Technology May Lead to Fewer User Errors

February 25, 2014 1:13 pm | by Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | News | Comments

Many U.S. counties have incorporated electronic voting technology, largely in response to well-publicized challenges related to older mechanical and punch-card models. Although these updated systems have solved some usability problems, they present a new set of issues for voters unfamiliar with the technology...

Phone Makers Look to Emerging Markets for Growth

February 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Here's the rub for companies: A good part of the key markets they serve already own smartphones and use them to connect various Internet services. How do you grow from there? Companies from Facebook to Firefox are looking to emerging markets for the next few billion people...

Nokia Targets Emerging Markets with Android Phones

February 24, 2014 2:37 pm | by Anick Jesdanun & Joseph Wilson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia is targeting emerging markets with three low-cost smartphones that use Google's Android operating system rather than the Windows Phone software from Microsoft, which is about to take over Nokia's handset business. Nokia will ditch many of the Google services that come with Android...

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