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Why Astronomers Want to Put a Kibosh on the iRobot Lawn Mower

April 23, 2015 2:10 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

iRobot, maker of the Roomba, the vacuum cleaning robot, is battling astronomers due to their newly proposed product, the robotic lawn mower. Now let me make it clear, iRobot isn't the first to make (or attempt to make) a robotic lawn mower, but according to a recent FCC ... 

Google Officially Launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 9:55 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program...

Google's Wireless Service Rumored to Launch Soon

April 22, 2015 1:31 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Apparently Google, the tech giant that is dabbling in what seems like everything these days, is...

Is 2015 the Year of Smart?

April 20, 2015 4:08 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

As if you didn’t already know, smart technology is all around us, and it’s quickly creeping into...

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Amazon's Drone Delivery Service Cleared for Testing (Again)

April 13, 2015 12:09 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Remember last July when Amazon petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to begin testing its drones? Well it might actually be happening (this time). Last month, the FAA gave Amazon the OK to start testing a delivery drone prototype for its Prime ... 

Aluminium-Ion Battery Can Charge a Smartphone In One Minute

April 10, 2015 2:46 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Scientists say they have invented a cheap, long-lasting and flexible battery that is made of aluminum. The ultrafast rechargeable aluminium-ion battery was designed to be used in smartphones and researchers claim that it can be charged ... 

Wearable of the Week: Moto 360 Android Wear Watch

April 8, 2015 4:48 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Before I even starting reviewing the Moto 360 I had to attempt to "build mine," per Motorola's suggestion on the website. The Moto 360 Android Wear Watch is lighter than I thought it was going to be, at 1.7 ounces. It sits nicely on your wrist and is actually pretty ...

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No One Likes Goodbyes

April 8, 2015 9:29 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

It is with great excitement, and also deep sadness, that I announce my departure from the design and engineering world to pursue an opportunity in academia ...

Keeping Engineers Better Informed

April 2, 2015 10:46 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I wanted to reach out and share some of the new things that we’re doing in Advantage Business Media’s Design Engineering Group to make sure that you are the industry’s most informed design engineers at every stage of the development process ...

EMC Trends and Solutions to Reduce or Eliminate EMI

April 1, 2015 4:16 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The 2015 IEEE Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility and Signal Integrity (EMC&SI 2015), held in Santa Clara, covered topics from EMC measurements, EMC management, and EMI control, to low frequency EMC, electromagnetic environments, and ... 

When Is the Right Time for Parents to Buy Their Children A Smartphone?

March 30, 2015 10:18 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

My daughter Annabelle is at the age (11-years-old) where she needs to have everything that her friends have, including a smartphone, or her social status will suffer and the world will come to an apocalyptic end. Her dad and I keep telling her that if she learns more responsibility – e.g. picking up her room without me screaming at her – then maybe we’ll think about getting her a phone ...

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 ...

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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 much time in the exhibitor area, but I did sit in on some interesting discussions that highlighted data privacy, artificial intelligence, and mind clones. Check them out ... 

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 professionals over the next five years. Because of this, a new BBC initiative has been launched. BBC's Make it Digital initiative is providing all year 7 students across the UK with a ... 

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 of its "Smart Mobility Plan." The MoDe:Me and MoDe:Pro connect to your smartphone and give toy navigation feedback via the handlebar grips. The grips vibrate ...

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 ... 

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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 ...”

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 ... 

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 ...                            

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 ... 

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