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Wireless neckband allows first voiceless phone call

November 19, 2009 6:54 am | by ecnmagazine | Videos | Comments

A neckband that intercepts nerve signals allows you to talk on the phone without emitting a sound. Footage courtesy of Texas Instruments, recorded at the TI Developer Conference 2008, Dallas.

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Laird exhibit-booth presentation at the 2009 Embedded Systems Conference

November 19, 2009 6:54 am | by ecnmagazine | Videos | Comments

This is a video of a product presentation at their exhibit booth at the 2009 Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, MA.

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Do You Buy Clean Electricity From Your Utility?

November 19, 2009 4:52 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

This week, John discussed buying clean electricity from your utility. If you can't set up a small renewable energy system of your own, buying clean electricity is a great way to support the use of renewable energy.

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Electronic Health Records: Challenges for Patient Privacy and Security

November 19, 2009 4:24 am | Podcasts | Comments

Electronic health records (EHRs) are possibly the most complicated area of IT today, more difficult than defense.  

Pinpoint Utility Meter

November 19, 2009 4:18 am | Podcasts | Comments

Why can you get itemized bills for credit cards and telephone calls but not electricity and water?  A new technology promises that possibility.

Engines of Prosperity

November 18, 2009 11:16 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

In my last post I discussed Forth as a language.  A language that is based on a virtual machine. What if that virtual machine was turned into a real machine? Good things. For one operations can be done in parallel. Returns can be automatically initiated at the end of an instruction cycle.

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Incandescent ban highlights issue of forced obsolescence

November 18, 2009 10:12 am | Articles | Comments

The mad scramble to obtain incandescent bulbs ahead of the EU ban highlights a controversial practice—the forced obsolescence of old technologies. R&D, combined with market forces, often collude to bury legacy tech. But should government speed up this process? How important is consumer choice?

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Advancing Use of Telehealth Solutions

November 18, 2009 10:00 am | Articles | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will educate both health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies as part of a new liaison agreement announced today.

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Temperature Control in Large Enclosed Spaces

November 18, 2009 9:58 am | by Marc Dugré, President, Regulvar | Articles | Comments

Temperature control in large enclosed spaces - such as goods warehouses or aircraft hangars – presents a huge challenge to conventional technologies. As such, this type of environment is very expensive to heat or cool and uncomfortable to work in. Innovative wireless technology can provide the answer.

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California Targets TVs to Lower Electricity Demand

November 18, 2009 9:54 am | News | Comments

The most power-hungry television sets could soon be banned from store shelves in California as state energy regulators on Wednesday consider a first-in-the nation mandate intended to lower electricity demand.

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IBM 'Pussyfoots' Towards a Thinking Machine

November 18, 2009 9:52 am | News | Comments

A computer with the power of a human brain is not yet near. But this week researchers from IBM Corp. are reporting that they've simulated a cat's cerebral cortex, the thinking part of the brain, using a massive supercomputer.

Shuttle Docks at Space Station

November 18, 2009 9:50 am | News | Comments

Space shuttle Atlantis arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday for a weeklong stay, delivering a load of spare parts needed to keep the outpost running for another decade.

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Reading the future

November 18, 2009 9:49 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Recently the number of book-related applications in the iPhone App Store has surpassed the number of game apps in sales, sending rumbles throughout the nascent eBook reader marketplace. Will the smartphone unseat the e-reader before it can even begin its reign?

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LED Backlight Shipments Skyrocket as CCFLs and EEFLs Lose Ground

November 18, 2009 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) will become the dominant large-area TFT LCD backlight unit light source by 2011 with a 56% share, according to the most recent DisplaySearch Quarterly LED & CCFL Backlight Report. [...]

Building Panels Protect, Provide Comfort

November 18, 2009 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The exterior skin of NREL's newest building will do more than keep the weather out. The concrete panels actually will be part of the Research Support Facilities' heating and cooling system. It's an old idea brought back to life in the name of energy efficiency.

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