This week on WDD’s HotSpot: 

  • Music Hands: Cornell University doesn’t have the whole world in its hands, but they do have music hands with its new electronic musical instrument, Aura. To play the Aura, users wear gloves fitted with sensors that report the position and orientation of their hands in a magnetic field. Closing the fingers activates flex sensors and muffles the sound, and twisting the hands adds distortion. Through an interface created by Ndubuisi, hand positions are converted to signals in the universal MIDI language for electronic instruments and fed to a synthesizer.
  • Cuff ‘Em: Who says wearable technology can’t be fashionable? With the new CuffLinc from Cuff, users aren’t just making a fashion statement, but they’re keeping safe as well. By providing a direct link to family and friends, the CuffLinc creates a protective circle. With a simple push of a button, users can get all the relevant information needed to help in a particular situation.
  • Cancer Vision: The Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has developed high-tech glasses that may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear. The technology incorporated into the glasses includes: custom video technology, a head-mounted display and a targeted molecular agent that attaches to cancer cells, making them glow when viewed with the glasses.
  • Vehicle-to-Vehicle: The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute has received funding to design the delivery integration framework that will allow vehicles to “talk” with their drivers and with other automobiles on the roadway. According to the Institute, the goal is to design, test, and disseminate the initial recommended framework that controls how motorists receive communications while driving. The focus will be placed on the communication’s format, visual or audible, and the order and timing of such messages.

Speaking of vehicle-to-vehicle communication, this year at IMS 2014, Wireless Design and Development will be hosting a live, panel discussion on Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel.

This discussion will focus on the wireless technologies and components needed to make car-to-car communication possible. It will also concentrate on the infrastructure, possible design challenges, and market penetration. 

For more information on this discussion go to, or email me at For those of you attending the show, make sure to stop by booth #1556.

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