Windows is still far from perfect. It continues to come across as a work in progress. But Windows 8.1 shows Microsoft is listening. People who already have Windows 8 will find digital life more pleasant with the update. Microsoft's tile and touch approach will take time to get used to, even with Windows 8.1.
This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing touch-free interfaces with a feedback feature, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, “what women want.”
Healthcare employees face a range of potential hazards on a daily basis; from infectious diseases to patient altercations in psychiatric and emergency departments. Boulder-CO based Spectralink has created a staff safety solution for Spectralink wireless handsets, Spectralink SAFE, which is designed to help solve the increasing safety issues for mobile workers within healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.
The need for sensory tags is growing exponentially, and the uses for them span across various industries and markets. From the construction history and condition of certain buildings, bridges, and roads, to recording patient medication consumption, sensory tags are important for validating the origin of any object, as well as verifying the environmental conditions to which that object has been exposed.
The Commission has said it believes the South Korean company may have abused its patent portfolio to stifle competition in areas where its technology is dominant, using lawsuits to block rivals such as Apple from bringing products to market when it should be offering licenses to use the technology on reasonable terms.
The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.
Tactile feedback, often referred to as simple “haptics,” uses the sense of touch in a user interface design to provide information to an end user. This generally means the use of the system’s vibration alert system to denote that a button has been pressed. The resistive force that some “force feedback” joysticks and video game steering wheels provide is a form of haptic feedback.
Wireless designers continue to make tradeoffs among power, cost, size, and performance specifications. Engineers working in the consumer mobile market have difficult challenges due to its extremely competitive nature, as well as the time pressures to produce designs that work in some very difficult environments.
Recent headlines about sequestration and the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA2011) have amplified ongoing concerns about decreased spending on U.S. aerospace and defense programs. This downturn is of great interest to companies that provide test and measurement (T&M) hardware, software, and services to the aero/defense industry.
Data from a recent survey suggests how Wireless Design and Development (WDD) readers believe thermal stability, decreased aging, and low environmental dependence play the most significant roles in the future developments of oscillators and timing devices.
In an effort to provide remote monitoring solutions to doctors so they can be more efficient while minimizing costs and the consequences that come with waiting until a diagnosis is too late, San Francisco-based Qardio has introduced the QardioArm and QardioCore wearable monitoring devices.
Imagine giving a presentation to a roomful of important customers when suddenly the projector fails. You whip out your smartphone, beam your PowerPoint presentation onto the conference room screen, and are back in business within seconds. This career-saving application and others like it are the promise of a new generation of ultra-small projectors.
Extension of cable-based telecommunication networks requires high investments in both conurbations and rural areas. Broadband data transmission via radio relay links might help to cross rivers, motorways or nature protection areas at strategic node points, and to make network extension economically feasible.
A recent study led by researchers of the ICFO (Institute of Photonic Sciences) demonstrates that a single nano-diamond can be operated as an ultra-fast single-emitter optical switch operating at room temperature. The scientific results of this study have been published in Nature Physics.
An Israeli nonprofit group has awarded a $1 million prize to a U.S.-based research team that is developing technology that allows paralyzed people to move things with their thoughts.Israel Brain Technologies presented the award on Tuesday to BrainGate. The group is based at Brown University in Rhode Island and collaborates with Massachusetts General Hospital and other institutions.
Sony says its new computerized wristwatch will sell for $200 in the U.S. and will work with a variety of Android phones. Sony's SmartWatch 2 hasn't gotten as much attention as Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Gear, but it's cheaper and compatible with a broader range of phones.
The G2 and the G Pad 8.3, the flagship smartphone and tablet from LG Electronics, are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. But making an impressive device is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultra-competitive mobile phone market.
A growing category of devices and software applications promises to measure the mundane details of our daily lives: calories burned, diaper changes, how much and how well we sleep, caffeine intake, kids' studying habits, household chores, even whether a baby is nursing more frequently on Mom's left breast versus her right.
When a large manufacturing facility with 70 rooftop air conditioning units in Grand Terrace, California wanted to address the need for an automated demand reduction solution for the purposes of allowing their utility to unload portions of their load from the grid, a collaborative solution pairing wireless and wired, was the perfect solution.
Stanford engineers have helped create what may be the next big thing in particle accelerators – and it fits on a fingertip. This “accelerator on a chip” was reported September 27th in the journal Nature. The project included scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, a linear accelerator two miles long.
At your neighborhood coffee shop, you can order your beverage in small, medium, or large. Now, you can do that with phones, too. HTC is introducing a larger version of its popular HTC One phone, becoming the latest phone maker to offer its flagship device in three sizes — and, of course, three prices.
Apple said Tuesday that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, who used technology to drive a remarkable turnaround at her luxury fashion house, will take charge of the company's expansion plans and retail operation. Bailey, who will become Burberry CEO on Ahrendts' departure, live-streamed his catwalk shows to fans worldwide through online channels like Twitter.
On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, brought to you by National Instruments, we are counting down the days until we die with Tikker, the death watch that wants you to think about life. Smart watches keep you connected to your email, but this death watch counts down your remaining years to the second that you will die.
When a natural disaster strikes and too many people take to their mobile phones at once, cellular networks easily overload. But a University of British Columbia graduate student has developed a solution to ensure that calls don’t get dropped and texts make it to their destination.
This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by OKW Enclosures, Nest Labs is back with their new Nest project smoke and carbon monoxide alarm; the 66th and final antenna has been delivered to the ALMA observatory; detecting Alzheimer's disease at an early stage; and a portable smartphone attachment for sophisticated field testing.