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HotSpot Episode 27: Smartphone-Powered Quad

August 26, 2013 9:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Wireless Design and Development, an autonomous quadcopter that is powered by an off-the-shelf smartphone; a new stylus that can move content from one screen to another; connecting the world via the Internet; and a field-portable device for common kidney tests.

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HotSpot Exclusive: The Seal Drowning Detection System

August 23, 2013 2:50 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Drowning is responsible for more deaths among children 1 to 4 years old than any other cause except congenital anomalies, or birth defects. Among those, 1 to 14, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths behind motor vehicle crashes.

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Boeing's Laser Weaponry and Samsung's Secret Smartwatch

August 23, 2013 9:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

A new technology known as "ambient backscatter," developed by engineers at the University of Washington, could make the Internet of Things a reality. The technology uses TV and cellular signals to provide power and medium for battery-free communication.

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Student's Epic Speech Stuns New Freshmen

August 22, 2013 12:27 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Georgia Institute of Technology student Nicholas Selby is a force to be reckoned with. The sophomore is a Mechanical Engineering major, co-leads Team Solar Jackets -- Georgia Tech's team that built and raced a solar-powered car in the Formula Sun Grand Prix -- and is a president's scholar, representing the top 2% of enrolled students at the university.

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Engineering Newswire 52: NASA Crashes Helicopters

August 22, 2013 11:01 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re building armadillo cars, crashing helicopters, landing the Grasshopper, and testing the first practical flying car.

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HotSpot Episode 26: Spoofing an $80M Yacht

August 20, 2013 10:16 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, xPico Wi-Fi helps consumers leverage mobile solutions; spoofing an 80 million-dollar yacht; bulk metal foil COTS resistors; and a synthesized RF signal generator from Saelig.

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Elon Musk and the Hyperloop

August 19, 2013 2:35 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In a story that has everyone talking, Elon Musk of Paypal, Tesla Motors, and Space X fame has announced his newest plan for revamping the world of public transportation. The system is called Hyperloop and it would allow passengers to travel the 350 miles from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes.

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Engineering Newswire 51: The First Navy Infrared Camera Saves the Whales

August 15, 2013 12:54 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower Corporation, the premier supplier for power system components with a one week manufacturing lead-time and over 4 million parts in stock, we’re hacking yachts, stopping trash can spies, creating feelings with Disney research, and putting the first Navy Infrared Camera in the crow’s nest.

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HotSeat Episode 7: Developing Mobile Applications

August 14, 2013 4:05 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Comments

Rachel has over 15 years in the mobile industry, with experience working for companies ranging in size from startups to multinational corporations. She was recently the vice president for product management at DeviceAnywhere, before it was acquired by Keynote. Rachel has also managed the wireless data quality products at Telephia, which is now part of Nielsen.

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Engineering Update: Bringing Immersive Entertainment to the Bathroom

August 14, 2013 10:39 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In this week's headlines: AquaTop Display brings immersive entertainment to your bathroom: Researchers at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications are exploring new territory in the field of natural user interface design with their AquaTop Display.

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Kickstarter of the Week: One Ring to Open All Doors

August 12, 2013 3:18 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Comments

This week on Kickstarter of the Week, we are unlocking doors and sharing information with the NFC Ring, a near field communication device designed by software engineer, John McLear. This wearable technology is based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology which makes communication with devices such as digital door locks possible.

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HotSpot Episode 25: Game-Changing EMC Shielding Product

August 12, 2013 12:06 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In this week’s WDD HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, I’m covering some of the most exclusive and innovative products that I saw at the 2013 IEEE EMC Symposium in Denver, CO, including Empower RF's new amplifier platform, CIMA Nanotech's SANTE EMI Shielding Film, Rhode & Schwartz's EMC Pocket Guide, and Agilent Technologies' product showcases.

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Engineering Newswire 50: Big Bertha Tunnels to Downtown Seattle

August 8, 2013 2:25 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re digging ditches with Big Bertha, using self-cleaning super glass, making a mini Mona, and electrifying hydrogels to make soft robots.

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Engineering Update #18: NASA's 3D Printer and BMW's Electric Car

August 5, 2013 4:47 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on Engineering update, an impossible material made possible; a 3D printer gets sent to space; and BMW builds its first all-electric hatchback cakk the i3.

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HotSeat Episode 6: ZigBee and the Connected Home

August 5, 2013 3:43 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Comments

Tobin Richardson, Chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, will discuss the ZigBee Alliance and the progress it is making towards the Internet of Things, especially as it relates to the connected home. He will also touch base on the new Home Automation standard, as well as other "flavors" of ZigBee that go beyond the Home Automation Standard.

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