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Latest self-driving Google car heading to public streets

May 15, 2015 10:02 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

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Emails show FBI privacy concerns about license-plate readers

May 15, 2015 10:00 am | by ERIC TUCKER and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in license-plate reader technology, but it halted a purchase order at least temporarily after lawyers raised privacy concerns about the surveillance three years ago, according to emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press.

4-in-1 I/O device features up to 32 GB of data logging

May 15, 2015 9:57 am | by Moxa Technologies | Moxa Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Moxa is significantly lowering the overall cost of industrial data management with the introduction of its ultra-efficient ioLogik 2500 4-in-1 smart data acquisition solution that combines I/O functionality, an Ethernet switch, serial/Modbus connectivity, and up to 32 GB of data logging into a single remote device.

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Broadcast rack design provides versatile, robust construction

May 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Elma Electronic Inc. | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Optima Stantron has released an innovative broadcast rack design that features a modular frame. The rugged, customizable design helps reduce installation costs, upgrade requirements and service time. Offering a professional appearance along with its flexibility, versatility and strength, the new 12-gauge steel frame endures ...

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Engineering Newswire: Army M249 Squad Automatic Weapon sheds the pounds

May 15, 2015 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

U.S. Army engineers redesigned and lightened the M249 machine gun, taking it down from 17.5 to 9.2 pounds. The M249, formerly known as the Squad Automatic Weapon has even taken a different name – the Cased Telescoped Light Machine Gun, or CT LMG.

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2015 IMPACT Awards Market Disruptor Winner

May 15, 2015 9:16 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

This award is designed to highlight any product from any category as one that forever changed the electronic engineering industry or a particular vertical within the industry. No matter what the specific product is, the focus should be on industry impact.

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CCD camera designed for high-speed machine vision applications

May 15, 2015 8:49 am | by Chromasens GmbH | Product Releases | Comments

Chromasens announces the allPIXA pro, the world's fastest, most powerful color line scan CCD camera for high-speed machine vision applications on the market today. The allPIXA pro, with line rates up to 92kHz in standard models and up to 156 kHz in special OEM configurations, allows for a maximum 300% increase in ...

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ECN proudly presents the 2015 IMPACT Award Winners

May 15, 2015 8:40 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

On May 13th, 2015, ECN announced the winners of the 2015 IMPACT Awards in a lavish ceremony that took place in conjunction with EDS. ECN would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this year's event a smashing success....

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Within colors of bees and butterflies, an optical engineer’s dream is realized

May 15, 2015 8:03 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

Evolution has created in bees, butterflies, and beetles something optical engineers have been struggling to achieve for years — precisely organized biophotonic crystals that can be used to improve solar cells, fiber-optic cables, and even cosmetics and paints....

Robot Rodeo at Sandia Labs showcases bomb squad expertise

May 15, 2015 8:02 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Bomb squads from across the country saddled up their robots and are duking it out at the ninth annual Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise at Sandia National Laboratories. The five-day event offers a challenging platform for civilian and military bomb squad teams...

Optical diagnostics researcher at Sandia wins DOE Early Career award

May 15, 2015 8:02 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Christopher Kliewer has won a $2.5 million, five-year Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science for his fundamental science proposal to develop new optical diagnostic tools to study...

1.9W amplifier delivers high SPL and extends battery life

May 14, 2015 9:56 am | by Diodes, Inc. | Diodes, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Aimed at smartphones operating from a single-cell lithium-ion battery, the PAM8905 from Diodes Incorporated is a 1.9W class-D audio amplifier designed for audio systems that need to deliver a high sound pressure level (SPL) output from a low supply voltage. It achieves this with a built-in boost converter that generates the voltage rail for the output stage while...

Engineering Update #110: A VTOL plug-in hybrid-electric flying car

May 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

It’s fair to say that flying cars have excited the public’s imagination since at least the 1920s when Henry Ford produced a flimsy aircraft that garnered press but ultimately killed its pilot. And the excitement continued throughout the 20th century....

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Study: Six times more expensive to travel by car than by bicycle

May 13, 2015 10:50 am | by Lund University | News | Comments

It is six times more expensive for society - and for you individually - if you travel by car instead of cycling. This has been shown in a Lund University study of Copenhagen, a city of cyclists. It is the first time a ...

New device could greatly improve speech and image recognition

May 13, 2015 9:59 am | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Sciences have successfully demonstrated pattern recognition using a magnonic holographic memory device....

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