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Kickstarter of the Week: Turn Your Smartphone into a Laptop

May 22, 2013 10:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

A self-proclaimed nerd by trade, John Andrus, Founder of Livi Design, is turning ordinary smartphones into laptops with the launch of the Casetop. After the iPhone debuted, Andrus knew that smartphones were going to become a disruptive technology. So why not do more to harness the devices power? After asking this question, he sat down and started designing his idea.

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Why Google Glass?

May 20, 2013 5:35 pm | by TED Talk, Sergey Brin | Comments

It's not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers -- not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.

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HotSpot Episode 13: Samsung Announces 5G

May 20, 2013 10:38 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

  In this week’s episode of the HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Samsung announces 5G mobile communications; a Japanese company announces an iPhone attachment that produces smell; a new wireless data transmission record is set; and o-synce puts the answer to the challenge of exercise motivation in front of your eyes.

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HotSeat Episode 1: IP Network Validation

May 17, 2013 10:26 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Comments

In this episode, Joe Zeto, Director of Product Marketing for Ixia, discusses some of the major challenges in regards to network architecture design; prominent security issues associated with wireless networks; and trends he sees occurring within the industry.

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Engineering Newswire 38: Lockheed Laser Shoots Down Drones

May 16, 2013 11:51 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 kicking turtles to make new shapes, enhancing our senses, printing on the Afinia 3D printer, and shooting down drones, with lasers.

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HotSpot Episode 12: 3D Microbatteries

May 13, 2013 10:47 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, Casetop from Livi Design is a netbook-like combo that uses a smartphone for its computing power; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created new microbatteries, sought to achieve a more favorable balance between energy and density; and SM Instrument Company and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have created a sound camera, the SeeSV-S205.

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Engineering Newswire 37: Boeing Makes Hypersonic History

May 10, 2013 11:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Pivot Point, the leading designer and manufacturer of non-threaded fastener solutions, we're improving Artificial Intelligence with sensors, flying robotic bees, making hypersonic history, and getting ready to launch GOES-R.

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HotSpot Episode 11: Biometric Payment Terminal

May 6, 2013 10:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

 This week on the HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, students at Carnegie Mellon University have developed the ZoomBoard system, a full miniature QWERTY keyboard for stand-alone smartwatches; a biometric payment terminal from Paytouch; interactive sleepwear that have bedtime stories digitally hidden in them; and miniature medical devices that tap the power of the smartphone.

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Engineering Newswire 36: Electric Car Charge Time Cut in Half

May 2, 2013 10:50 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 bending cellphones, electrifying motorcycles, cutting electric vehicle charge time in half, and riding a screw-propelled snowboard. This week's episode features...

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If Cars Could Talk, Accidents Might Be Avoidable

April 30, 2013 11:11 am | by TED Talk, Jennifer Healey | Comments

When we drive, we get into a glass bubble, lock the doors and press the accelerator, relying on our eyes to guide us -- even though we can only see the few cars ahead of and behind us. But what if cars could share data with each other about their position and velocity ...

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10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips

April 30, 2013 11:08 am | by TED Talks, David Pogue | Comments

David Pogue is the personal technology columnist for the New York Times and a tech correspondent for CBS News. He's also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, with titles in the For Dummies series and his own line of "Missing Manual" books.

HotSpot Episode 10: Numi, The King of Toilets

April 29, 2013 10:34 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, Kohler announces their feature-packed toilet, Numi; Zivix’s JamStik is a compact portable practice/learning guitar mad for the mobile generation; another interesting app for mobile devices is Touch Bionic’s iLimb...

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Engineering Newswire 35: Gag Gifts Sold As Bomb Detectors

April 26, 2013 9:39 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Pivot Point, the leading designer and manufacturer of non-threaded fastener solutions, we’re sweeping the sky with inspection robots, exploring hidden tombs with autonomous robots, and using gophers to detect bombs in the Middle East.

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The Key to growth? Race with the Machines

April 25, 2013 10:49 am | by TED Talk, Robert Gordon | Comments

As machines take on more jobs, many find themselves out of work or with raises indefinitely postponed. Is this the end of growth? No, says Erik Brynjolfsson -- it’s simply the growing pains of a radically reorganized economy. A riveting case for why big innovations are ahead of us...

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Txtng is killing language. JK

April 23, 2013 10:16 am | by TED Talk, John McWhorter | Comments

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news. Linguist John McWhorter thinks about language in relation to race, politics and our shared cultural history.

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