This week on WDD’s HotSpot,brought to you by Components Corporation:

  • A California-based film crew recently-completed their indie psychological thriller, Uneasy Lies the Mind, filming the entire movie with just the iPhone. The film’s cinematographer, Ricky Fosheim, achieved certain effects by attaching a Turtle Back lens adapter to the phone. By using the Filmic Pro app, Fosheim controlled parameters such as white balance, exposure, frame rate, and compression. Some of the challenges the film crew faced during production include short battery life when shooting outdoors in the winter, and insufficient shooting in dim tungsten lighting. For more information on this iPhone movie, click on the link below.
  • TE Connectivity has announced a new power fiber cable system, which eliminates the complexities of small cell installation, and allows small cell devices to be placed exactly where they are needed for maximum 4G wireless coverage. The new system combines power and optical fiber communications into one system, and incorporates everything needed to power and communicate with a small cell, including a power supply, a hybrid cable, and a remote powering unit that corrects for DC line loss to eliminate the need for electrical design calculations.
  • Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have recently tested for the most-effective magnitude and frequency when applying an external low-amplitude electric field to vascular cells, which are vital to healing chronic wounds. Hard-to-heal wounds, like diabetic ulcers, fester because of insufficient blood supply at the wound site. The application of a high-frequency electrical stimulus, similar to that generated by cell phones and Wi-Fi networks, can promote the growth of blood vessels by manipulating the body’s naturally occurring electricity and increasing the blood supply to the wound by as much as 50 percent. The application of electrical stimulus could replace or reduce the need for drug-based treatments.
  • California-based Logbar is taking finger gestures to the next level with their new smart ring. This ring lets you control everything – text messaging, controlling home appliances, and paying your bills. To activate the device, users simply tap the touch sensor located on the outer edge of the ring, otion sensors embedded within the Ring identify the gesture being made by the index finger. Using GPS and Apple's iBeacon technology, the Ring can also be used to make payments at stores and restaurants with a tick gesture.

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