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I Was Kidnapped at South by Southwest

March 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so I wasn’t really kidnapped, but I was picked up by a white van with tinted windows on the corner of a city that I’ve never been to before. The experience was organized by Vinli and Gemalto to promote the innovative Vinli aftermarket device that plugs into an OBD-II port ...

Data Privacy, Artificial Intelligence & Mind Clones

March 16, 2015 9:15 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

My first time at South by Southwest (SXSW) and I am happy to report, I survived. I didn’t spend...

One Million Kids Learn to Code

March 13, 2015 12:57 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The UK is currently facing a skills shortage with a projected need for 1.4 million digital...

Ford Debuts App-Powered E-Bikes

March 12, 2015 2:06 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Ford debuted its smart e-bike prototypes at the 2015 Mobile World Congress last week as a part...

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Hackaball Inspires Kids’ Creativity & Imagination

March 11, 2015 10:45 am | by EditorMeghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I keep telling my daughter how jealous I am of all her generation’s toys. From the Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrone to LEGO Mindstorms, toys from my generation look pathetic, to say the least ...

Charge Your Phone Wirelessly with Ikea’s New Furniture Collection

March 2, 2015 2:07 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant, has unveiled a range of furniture with built-in wireless charging spots for your smartphone. The new “Home Smart” furniture collection will, to start, include bedside tables, lamps, and a coffee table. They’ll also be selling individual ... 

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 ...”

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Capture and Stream Whiteboard Notes Using the Equil Smartmarker

February 19, 2015 2:18 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Picture this: you're in a meeting or lecture listening. JUST listening. No notebook or pen to take notes, no phone to take a picture of what the speaker or teacher is jotting down on the whiteboard. But how on earth will you ever remember everything, the key points, the ... 

Top 3 STEM Toys from 2015 Toy Fair

February 18, 2015 3:59 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

This year's Toy Fair was apparently filled with pretty awesome stuff for kids. Obviously we're all engineers over here so what does the Toy Fair have to do with us? Remember STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)? Well a ton of toy companies were focused on ... 

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 ...

Drones to Deliver Food and Drinks in Crowded Restaurants

February 13, 2015 3:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Infinium Robotics, a Singapore company, is developing drones for restaurant chain Timbre. The drones will transport food and drinks from the kitchen to a wait station near customers’ tables, and they're hoping to have them ready by the end of the year. Each night before they open, the ... 

The Level Forces Subtle Movement While Working

February 10, 2015 11:53 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

I'm sure you've heard of the standing desks, or even better yet, the treadmill desk (which I'm still waiting for...), all which are supposed to help get you up (and some moving) because as we all know, sitting all day is bad for, well,  everything. Fluidstance, a California-based startup is questioning, though, is standing still all the time that much ... 

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Smart Luggage Has Location Tracking and Built-In Phone Charger

January 23, 2015 4:41 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The future of travel is here and it’s packaged up quite nicely. No, this is not about a change in airplane seating or Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft, this is something else. Something brilliant! Delsey, a French luggage manufacturer, is protoyping a connected smart bag known as Pluggage. The bag links ... 

Try Wearable Fitness Gadgets Before You Buy Them

January 22, 2015 11:40 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Everybody loves wearable fitness gadgets, gear, trackers, etc., but choosing the right one for you, and your lifestyle, can be difficult. If you’re anything like me, before purchasing an item like this, you’ll surf the web for the answer to your seemingly never-actually-fully-answered question. Your google searches ... 

STEM Stars in 'Spare Parts'

January 20, 2015 10:49 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

One of the reasons I like my job is I get to see many new devices and concepts before they hit the market. This past weekend it branched into Hollywood/the movies, as I had the privilege of screening “Spare Parts” before it hit the theaters ...                         

Don’t Shake It like a Polaroid Picture?

January 16, 2015 11:23 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

The Polaroid camera was my favorite camera growing up, all because of the required shake needed to expose the picture after it was taken ...                                          

Patient Leaves Hospital without His Heart

January 15, 2015 9:40 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

If you ever check the back of my driver’s license, you’ll notice my signature in the Anatomical Gift Statement. When I was thirteen, I unfortunately lost my niece, Reaghan. Her loss devastated to our family, but it opened our eyes to the world of organ donation ...                            

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Never Run Out of Milk or Eggs Again

January 12, 2015 4:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

ChillHub is putting an end to the days of reaching into your fridge only to realize that you’ve run low (or completely out of) milk, eggs, or quite frankly, anything. The open-source smart refrigerator debuted last week at CES 2015. With built-in WiFi and two integrated USB hubs with 8 USB ports, your fridge can successfully ... 

This WiFi Extending Light Bulb Will Change Your "Connected" Life

January 8, 2015 5:03 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Even in my less-than-1000-square-foot apartment, I often find myself cursing at my electronics when they fail to “reach” the wireless home network (aka my WiFi). I’ve considered purchasing a WiFi extender, but honestly the thought of hooking up yet another electronic device in my humble abode sounds like a ... 

You Can Now Charge Your Phone Wirelessly at Starbucks—for Free.

January 6, 2015 5:09 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Duracell Powermat and Starbucks announced that they have begun a national rollout of Powermat wireless charging in Starbucks beginning with stores in San Francisco's Bay Area. From WiFi and the in-store Digital Network to mobile payment and digital music downloads, Starbucks hopes to anticipate their ... 

Sense by Hello: One of the Year's Most-Backed Kickstarter Projects

January 6, 2015 10:13 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it's a place where creators and "backers" make projects come to life. The creators set a funding goal and deadline and if backers like the project, they can pledge money to help get the ball rolling. Kickstarter funding is an all-or-nothing type deal, meaning if the projects don't hit ... 

The Home Automation Gift Guide

December 22, 2014 4:20 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

In the ‘90s, installing home automation devices required a lot of hard work—and a ton of knowledge (and research, and wires). When they worked, they were very cool. But when they didn’t work, which was often, they were near impossible to fix (unless, of course, you were a dedicated geek). Omit the installation of a central hub and all ... 

Editor's Letter: New Year, Better You

December 17, 2014 3:09 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

With 2014 wrapping up, we’re gearing up to bring you another year full of great things! That being said, the beginning of a new year can be both exciting and overwhelming. It's one of the most challenging times of year for many, whether it be holiday hosting, traveling, or just an overfull schedule. You become consumed ... 

The Best Apps for Holiday Shopping

December 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

I’m all for keeping my apps to a minimum—and I delete apps regularly to keep my phone “clean” and what I like to think of as highly “efficient.” If I haven’t opened the app in over a month, boom—it’s deleted. So trust me when I tell you that these five apps are actually worth a download. Feel free to delete the ...

Drone Danger in An Unlicensed Airspace

December 2, 2014 5:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Wireless Design and Development has a lot of coverage on drones. And why not? They incredible feats of technology that are finding new applications in a variety of markets – and they’re really fun to play with. However, a recent reader comment on “Drone Sightings up Dramatically” caught my attention ...          

Top 5 Turkey Day Trinkets

November 26, 2014 7:39 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Thanksgiving is around the corner, which means stores are prepping their shelves with Black Friday specials. Preparing for the big meal isn’t always an easy task, especially if are cooking for a large group, so here are five turkey day trinkets to help make the process easier ...        

5 Kitchen Gadgets You Need for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014 3:20 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Thanksgiving is the best time of year for friends, family, cooking, and technology. Yes—you read that right. Thanksgiving obviously revolves around the food, and, of course, what you're thankful for—like Grandma's stuffing, Mom's pecan pie, and Aunt Ginger's homemade Limoncello. Right. So back to the food ... 

Wanderung Electronica

November 19, 2014 3:17 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

For my very first time outside of the United States I had the privilege to attend electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. While I experienced many many great new designs, here are some of the best new products that I saw on my trip overseas ...                           

3 Reasons Why You Should Use Apple Pay

October 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Could Apple Pay really be as revolutionary as it sounds? Is it going to work? Will it even catch on? Here are three reasons why you should use (or at least try) Apple Pay today.  

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