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Improving consumer experience through enhanced mobile connectivity

January 4, 2015 3:11 pm | by Vikas Paliwal, Senior Business Development Manager, Mixed-Signal Business Unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components | Comments

With the advent of multiple mobile connectivity solutions, users have come to realize the benefits of a range of wireless technologies — each tailored to perform the specific task at hand in the best possible manner. Although 2015 will continue to be ...

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How do natural disasters affect your supply chain?

January 2, 2015 4:03 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Comments

Supply chains must be dependable, quick, and affordable, but real life often gets in the way and supply chains can be disrupted by human error, natural disasters, or even something as simple as a truck breaking down. It’s a balancing act between price and efficiency, but sometimes it’s a fight against nature itself.

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The 20 greatest engineering feats of 2014

December 29, 2014 9:58 am | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Comments

As we’ve done in 2012 and 2013 we’re bringing you what we think were this year’s biggest engineering feats. But, as our writer Kal astutely pointed out, “2014 is, like, a whole year. A lot of stuff happened.” So we’ve expanded from our previous lists of ...

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Drones afoot: It’s going to be a very unmanned 2015

December 29, 2014 7:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Drones, drones, and more drones. It’s going to be a very merry, very unmanned 2015. OK, and there’s probably a few other technologies on the verge of a breakout year. ECN has spilled voluminous quantities of ink (digital and otherwise) trumpeting ...

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Why Beacon is the next big thing in wireless

December 29, 2014 5:35 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Comments

During the year of 2014, the word beacon was redefined. If you know the word iBeacon technology, you probably know what I’m talking about. I could spend many pages describing the various opportunities with beacons although allow me to try to summarize the most ...

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Leading the bionic age

December 23, 2014 3:13 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Comments

The bionic age is no longer the workings of a far-fetched sci-fi movie; it’s here, now. We have experienced the first bionic eye and limbs. These technologies merge human capabilities with machines. They transform how we live, and who we are. They are ...

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How to connect the "other 3 billion" people

December 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

For those of us who are constantly connected to the grid, living without the Internet may be a difficult concept to grasp, but the reality is that more than three billion people lack the proper access to the Internet. In attempts to connect the “other three billion" ...

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Innovators beware: Dangerous intersection ahead

December 22, 2014 8:42 am | by Neal Thornberry, Ph.D. | Comments

Innovation is not for the faint of heart, as Galileo learned when he said that the Earth revolved around the sun. He was scorned, threatened with death and eventually put under lifetime house arrest. Innovators are not always welcome guests even ...

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How you can replace wires with Bluetooth Smart

December 22, 2014 5:30 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Comments

Wires, piles of dusty dirty wires. There is no love for wires. The solution is obviously to get rid of them. Or more easily, replace them by using wireless connectivity solutions instead. There are many wireless protocols to reliably compensate for the loss of the expensive copper...

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What led an architect's daughter to a neural lab

December 19, 2014 3:09 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Meet Meghan Burkhart, a student working on research at Missouri State University.I work under Dr. Younger and Dr. Redd on research with neural networks for analog computers at Missouri State University. I am currently seeking a dual degree of Physics and electrical engineering ...

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Finally, a wearable that works

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Being a crossfit junkie, I regularly plan my meals a week at a time, check labels for complicated, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, and track my workouts in a journal. I’ve tried several fitness monitoring apps available on my phone, but have been left ...

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NIR drills into the energy industry

December 18, 2014 8:39 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Comments

Hydrocarbon exploration by definition is the search by geologists or geophysicists for hydrocarbon deposits beneath the Earth’s surface, such as oil (petroleum) and natural gas. In such exploration, the oil and gas industry drills holes into the Earth’s surface to ...

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The best apps for holiday shopping

December 18, 2014 8:09 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Comments

I’m all for keeping my apps to a minimum—and I delete apps regularly to keep my phone “clean,” what I like to think of as highly “efficient.” If I haven’t opened the app in over a month, boom—it’s deleted. So trust me when I tell you that these three apps are ...

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How much are medical companies outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 11:14 am | by Sean Fenske Editor MDT and Eileen Whitmore Art Director | Comments

"I started with a qualifier question. Simply, I asked, “Does your company outsource any of the processes in the development and manufacture of medical devices?” I got back the response of “No” from 36 percent of the survey participants. This number was staggering to me...

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Do you Need that Part? Or, is it Just Habit?

December 16, 2014 2:51 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

At the moment, I'm working on an Arduino compatible clock. Like most of my Arduino compatible boards, this one uses an Atmega32U4, with USB built in. With the Atmega32U4, I sacrifice a little in program memory and SRAM, but gain...

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