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Ensuring the Usability of your Design: The Case for User Research

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Victor Yocco, PhD vyocco@intuitivecompany.com | Blogs | Comments

Wireless product design is complex and constantly evolving. The usefulness of any wireless product only extends as far as its usability. User research allows wireless design and development teams to ensure products are usable, and to identify trouble areas that might require redesign or more focused user training ...        

Tagging Drugs to Fight Counterfeit Medicines

February 25, 2015 10:59 am | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The U.S. and other countries are enacting rules to clamp down on the sales of fake pharmaceuticals, which pose a public health threat. But figuring out a system to track and authenticate legitimate drugs still faces significant obstacles, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society ...

Photo of the Day: X-Ray Study Points to Higher Energy Yields

February 25, 2015 10:55 am | by Thomas Zoufal, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | News | Comments

Magnetic nanoparticles can increase the performance of solar cells made from polymers - provided the mix is right. This is the result of an X-ray study at DESY's synchrotron radiation source PETRA III. Adding about one per cent of such nanoparticles by weight makes the solar cells more efficient, according to the findings of a team of scientists ...    

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How U.S. Immigration Laws Affect Engineering

February 25, 2015 10:40 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

As I’ve stated in previous blogs, I’m not one for arguing politics – meaning, I’m good at keeping my mouth shut on issues concerning personal beliefs; however, this particular topic caught my attention after conducting an interview with the alumni members of the Falcon robotics team at Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, AZ, who provided the inspiration for the movie “Spare Parts ...”

Ultra-Thin Nanowires Trap Electron 'Twisters' that Disrupt Superconductors

February 25, 2015 9:42 am | by Phil Sneiderman, Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Superconductor materials are prized for their ability to carry an electric current without resistance, but this valuable trait can be crippled or lost when electrons swirl into tiny tornado-like formations called vortices. These disruptive mini-twisters often form in the presence of magnetic fields, such as those produced by electric motors ...

New Electrolyte Solution Rids Batteries of Short-Circuiting Fibers

February 25, 2015 9:35 am | by Franny White, DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new electrolyte for lithium batteries that's described in Nature Communications eliminates dendrites while also enabling batteries to be highly efficient and carry a large amount of electric current ...             

New Pebble Watch has Color E-Paper Display, Revamped Interface

February 24, 2015 11:40 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Articles | Comments

Pebble has announced a new smartwatch with a color e-paper display and a new timeline interface ...                      

Electrical-Balance Duplexers Pave the Way to Integrated Solution for TX-to-RX Isolation

February 24, 2015 11:05 am | by Imec, Murata, Huawei | News | Comments

At next week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain (MWC2015), imec, Murata and Huawei will present a stand-alone multiband electrical-balance duplexer in 0.18µm SOI CMOS. This type of duplexer is a promising alternative to the fixed frequency surface-acoustic wave (SAW) filters implemented in mobile phones providing transmit-to-receive (TX-to-RX) isolation ...

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CommScope Revolutionizes Wireless Network Testing with Groundbreaking PIM Solution

February 24, 2015 10:53 am | by CommScope | News | Comments

CommScope is changing the way operators test for a costly source of interference in advanced wireless networks called passive intermodulation (PIM), turning what is a reactionary procedure into a proactive process with its innovative Optical PIM Tester ...    

ARQ Names Experienced Telecommunications Executive as Director of Business Development

February 24, 2015 10:47 am | by ARQ | News | Comments

Phillip Ohler, an experienced telecommunications executive based in Las Vegas, has assumed the role of director of business development for ARQ, an award-winning company that designs, installs and maintains indoor and outdoor wireless solutions ...

IAR Embedded Workbench used by adidas for MiCoach Elite Team System

February 24, 2015 10:39 am | by IAR Systems | News | Comments

IAR Systems has announced that adidas AG Germany has selected IAR Systems’ tools for development of their product adidas miCoach Elite Team System: an advanced system for monitoring personal physiological data in real time. For several years, adidas has been using the development toolchain ...

The New Gold: Getting the Most out of Spectrum with Carrier Aggregation

February 24, 2015 9:55 am | by Wireless Week | Events

As the AWS-3 Auction revealed, spectrum is being bought and sold at a premium. That said, operators are looking at novel ways to make the most efficient use possible of their airwaves. Carrier aggregation (CA), a feature of LTE-Advanced, is just one way that wireless operators are hoping to put every last shred of their precious spectrum to use ...

Tracking Parasites with Satellites

February 24, 2015 9:18 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Scientists are teaming up to use satellite data to target deadly parasites to help predict patterns of parasitic diseases such as malaria, worms and hydatids ...            

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Photos of the Day: Maximizing Human Sensorimotor Function

February 24, 2015 8:56 am | by Norifumi Miyokawa, Hiroshima University | News | Comments

A prototype for wearable equipment to support human motion has been developed at Hiroshima University, Japan. This wearable equipment, called the Sensorimotor Enhancing Suit (SEnS), enhances sensorimotor functions by reducing the muscle load of the upper limbs ...

Could Your Product Win the “Oscars of Invention?”

February 24, 2015 8:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Entry is now open for the expanded 2015 R&D 100 Awards, organized by R&D Magazine. This competition marks the most innovative, cutting-edge technologies and services of 2014, and this year has widened its scope to include manufacturing, design engineering and consumer markets as well as science, academia and government ...

Guerrilla RF Announces Completion of $500,000 Funding Round

February 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Guerrilla RF Inc. | News | Comments

Guerrilla RF has announced the closing of a $500,000 funding round led by Charlotte Angel Fund. Also participating were Piedmont Angel Network and a growing list of individual angel investors ...                

Interop Technologies Selects Taqua for VoWiFi & VoLTE

February 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Interop Technologies, Taqua | News | Comments

Taqua has announced that Interop Technologies has selected Taqua’s Virtual Mobile Core and Mobile Client to power the Interop Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service offerings ...               

DARPA Seeks to Remove Communication Barrier Between Humans and Computers

February 23, 2015 1:42 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

The lifelong human imperative to communicate is so strong that people talk not only to other people but also to their pets, their plants and their computers. Unlike pets and plants, computers might one day reciprocate. DARPA's new Communicating with Computers (CwC) program aims to develop technology to turn computers into good communicators ...

Radio Chip for the 'Internet of things'

February 23, 2015 1:36 pm | by Abby Abazorius, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

This week, at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' International Solid-State Circuits Conference, Chandrakasan's group will present a new transmitter design that reduces off-state leakage 100-fold. At the same time, it provides adequate power for ...             

Apple’s Overseas High-Tech Data Hubs

February 23, 2015 12:49 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday ...      

Superfish Points Fingers over Ad Software Security Flaws

February 23, 2015 12:46 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A little-known Silicon Valley startup was caught in a firestorm of criticism this week for making software that exposed Lenovo laptop users to hackers bent on stealing personal information. But Superfish Inc. has also won praise for producing visual search technology that many ...                 

HotSpot Episode 102: Military Smart Gun is More Accurate

February 23, 2015 10:46 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a military gun that integrates smart electronics for better accuracy; an engineer’s survival kit provided by ARC Technologies; a project that enables cars to share information about conditions that relate to road friction; and an interview with the original Falcon's robotics team ...             

Infographic: Wireless at the Office

February 20, 2015 3:50 pm | by CommScope | News | Comments

Although indoor wireless coverage has traditionally been supplied by outdoor signals from major carriers, the bandwidth required by modern wireless devices demands a more dedicated approach ...

Digi-Key to Showcase EDA Tools via Hands-On Demos at Embedded World 2015

February 20, 2015 3:21 pm | by Digi-Key | News | Comments

Digi-Key will feature hands-on demonstrations of its design tools and other online engineering resources at next week’s Embedded World conference in Nuremberg, Germany. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Digi-Key booth - Hall 4A, Stand 631– to experience the company’s complete range of web-based tools ...          

Wireless Communication Standards for the Internet of Things

February 20, 2015 2:56 pm | by Cees Links, CEO GreenPeak Technologies | White Papers

For the sake of argument and to keep it simple, I have left out the cellular standards, although we do recognize that they do play an important role in the IoT (and the so-called M2M business). I also left out RFID, which can be quite useful for the IoT for security purposes, but is less contentious as it is more an electronic bar code replacement instead of doing real (two-way) communication as such ...                     

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