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The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I was recently in Barnes and Nobel (I still like to read words on paper), and I had the opportunity to purchase a quadcopter. With very little experience of flying one, I was tempted, but ultimately declined because it was a holiday shopping trip for ...

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Infographic: Smart Appliances & The Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Pennywell | News | Comments

From dishwashers with digital interfaces to smartphone apps that can manage entire home heating systems, this shift in home appliances means that the household of tomorrow will be drastically different to that of today. Enjoy this Infographic, courtesy of Pennywell (www.pennywell.ie)....

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Avnet Embedded named Dell OEM’s Americas OEM Partner of the Year

December 4, 2014 9:14 am | by Avnet | News | Comments

Avnet Embedded, a division of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc., today announced it has been named a winner in Dell OEM’s channel program Partner of the Year Awards for Dell’s Fiscal Year 2015. The annual awards ...

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"Bionic Bra" inches closer to reality

December 4, 2014 8:27 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A ‘Bionic Bra’ that automatically tightens in response to breast movement is one step closer to reality with the development of a new prototype. The bra, made using intelligent components, was discussed at the 9th Australasian Biomechanics ...

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The first artificially intelligent cat toy

December 3, 2014 5:39 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Three ECE ILLINOIS alumni are on their way to crowdfunding the first artificially intelligent cat toy. Dave Cohen, Michael Friedman, and David Jun have created Mousr, a robotic toy for cats that's taken the Internet by storm. The team's Kickstarter page ...

Ever tried a 'laser delicious' apple?

December 3, 2014 5:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The ability to detect when to harvest "climacteric" fruits -- such as apples, bananas, pears and tomatoes -- at the precise moment to ensure "peak edibleness" in terms of both taste and texture may soon be within reach for farmers, thanks to the work of a team of researchers from ...

Clothes can monitor and transmit biomedical info on wearers

December 3, 2014 5:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers have developed smart textiles able to monitor and transmit wearers' biomedical information via wireless or cellular networks. This technological ...

Motor controller features up to 48 watt continuous output

December 3, 2014 5:19 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

maxon motor (Switzerland) expands its offering of miniaturized controllers with its latest OEM plug-in module. This high-performance 4-quadrant PWM servo motor controller is designed to command permanent-magnet-activated brushed and ...

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Push-Pull circular connectors designed for military and medical applications

December 3, 2014 5:06 pm | Odu-Usa | Product Releases | Comments

ODU-USA (Camarillo, CA) announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors on the US market. The Push-Pull locking system allows the connection to secure itself when mated, and thousands of mating cycles are possible. The design prevents ...

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Million Women Mentors State Town Hall

December 3, 2014 4:21 pm | Events

In a Town Hall style format on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 2:00-3:00pm EST the Million Women Mentors, (MWM) team brings to you an esteemed panel of speakers.  You will hear from state leaders and representatives from Tennessee, Iowa, Texas, and Massachusetts along with MWM nonprofit partners American Association of University Women (AAUW)

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A smart anti-icing system for rotor blades

December 3, 2014 4:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A number of companies shy away from building wind-powered systems in northern regions, even though the wind blows with great power there. To begin with, weather conditions represent a Herculean challenge: Aerodynamic properties deteriorate when ...

Mouser empowers 'next great thing' with development tools center

December 3, 2014 4:02 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, announced today the launch of its new Engineering Development Tools Center on Mouser.com. This time-saving microsite allows ...

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Compact 500 watt power supply fits 4” x 6” footprint

December 3, 2014 3:59 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the GSP500 series of highly efficient 500 Watt AC-DC power supplies. Occupying a compact 4 x 6 inch footprint, these single-output forced air cooled units can continuously deliver the full output power across ...

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Hawking: Artificial intelligence could end mankind

December 3, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned that the rise of artificial intelligence could see the human race become extinct. In an interview with the BBC, the scientist said that while "primitive forms" of artificial intelligence have proved useful, if the technology ...

IBM helps you donate computer power to fight Ebola

December 3, 2014 3:51 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM has engineered a way for everyone to join the fight against Ebola — by donating processing time on their personal computers, phones or tablets to researchers. IBM has teamed with scientists at Scripps Research Institute in southern California on a ...

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