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HotSpot Episode 8: A Sneak Peek of the Xbox 720

April 15, 2013 10:43 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, Germany-based Hama, has announced their WiFi data reader; a 56-page document titled “Xbox 720-9-24 Checkpoint Draft 1” has shown up on Scribd; Civil Rights Defenders in Stockholm has launched the Natalia Project: a wireless assault alarm system...

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Engineering Newswire 33: Boston Dynamics Tests Mustard Gas & Sarin on PETMAN

April 11, 2013 2:03 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PD&D TV, we're building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. To help test the durability of hazmat suits, Boston Dynamics has unveiled its PETMAN...

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Engineering Update #8: Glasses-Free 3D & a Near Replacement For Knight Rider

April 11, 2013 1:50 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Engineering Update from ECN, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, Mobile 3-D, Without the Glasses; Capturing Energy From Waste Heat; New Lightweight Electric Car; and Longer-Lasting Batteries, and Charging Phones Without Electricity ...

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A Mini Robot – Powered by Your Phone

April 10, 2013 2:17 pm | by TED Talk | Comments

Your smartphone may feel like a friend -- but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.

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HotSpot Episode 7: The Future of Apple's iPhone

April 8, 2013 10:18 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a recent Kickstarter campaign, MiiPC, allows parents to monitor and control what their kids are doing online; a new release by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office might just provide a glimpse of the future of Apple's...  

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Engineering Newswire 32: iWorm Straps to Your Back

April 4, 2013 11:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re building an internal suspension system for your brain, designing an endoscope as thin as a hair, and using a worm to go hands-free.

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The Technology of Touch

April 2, 2013 9:15 am | by TED Talk | Comments

As we move through the world, we have an innate sense of how things feel -- the sensations they produce on our skin and how our bodies orient to them. Can technology leverage this? In this fun, fascinating TED-Ed lesson, learn about the field of haptics...

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HotSpot Episode 6: Phantom Quadcopter

April 1, 2013 11:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Wdd’s HotSpot, DJI’s new GPS equipped Phantom makes one nifty little radio-controlled aircraft; digital music performer, Omni Infinity, creates a guitar-shaped prototype that houses a smartphone for wireless touchscreen control of music and art software on a remote computer...

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Engineering Update #7: Self-Healing, Laser-Resistant Chips

March 29, 2013 11:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're talking about self-healing, laser resistant chips, New York City's new interactive, touchscreen subway maps, and BMW and Continental's new project into developing "co-pilot" driving technology.

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Engineering Newswire 31: Superdome Fiasco, Relay to Blame

March 28, 2013 10:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re talking to virtual heads, firing sexists in Silicon Valley, investigating a super-sized power outage, and fishing far flung space garbage from the bottom of the ocean. The University of Cambridge has unveiled Zoe, a virtual talking head that is capable of expressing lifelike facial expressions.

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Fingernail Display Technology for Future Touch Screens

March 27, 2013 10:38 am | by Thomas Reuters | Comments

Researchers in Taiwan are developing a remote control system that will turn finger-nails into mini-display screens. Using wirelessly-enabled, light emitting diodes, the team says the technology could revolutionise the way we control and use devices such as smart phones and tablets. Ben Gruber reports.

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Virtual Choir Live

March 26, 2013 10:37 am | by TED Talk | Comments

Composer and conductor Eric Whitacre has inspired millions by bringing together "virtual choirs," singers from many countries spliced together on video. Now, for the first time ever, he creates the experience in real time, as 32 singers from around the world Skype in to join an onstage choir.

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HotSpot Episode 5: Robo Cloud

March 25, 2013 10:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Green Peak’s Open Smart Home Framework connects the ZigBee network to the Internet; Rapyuta allows robot’s data-processing functions to be performed in the cloud; Fujitsu and IT/Logistics’ Kidtrack help keep track of kids who take the bus...

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The Internet Could Crash. We Need a Plan B

March 22, 2013 9:08 am | by TED Talk | Comments

Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn't designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on if -- or when -- the Internet crashes.

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Engineering Newswire 30: Augmented Reality Recognizes Your Friends

March 21, 2013 10:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re testing experimental grasshopper rockets, making smooth jazz on the seaboard, and making the Sphero do everything.

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