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Connecting machinery to the IoT

December 11, 2014 4:30 pm | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Comments

Everything is about Internet of Things (IoT) nowadays. What does that really mean? Fundamentally, it means that a device, a thing, can connect to the Internet. This opens up many opportunities for a product. For industrial application, as an example, it means that machinery can...

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Watch the Navy blow up boats with their new laser

December 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

It's official. The U.S. Navy has deployed its newest laser weapon prototype to the Persian Gulf and (as an added bonus) has released footage of the laser being used to blow things up. Your government tax dollars at work, folks. But on a more serious note, the LaWS Laser Weapons ...

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Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

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Bra stops sexual assault with 3,800 kilovolt electric shock

December 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

I’ve seen numerous devices and ideas for empowering women — pepper spray, tasers, self-defense courses, firearms — but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bra used as a weapon. Engineering students Manisha Mohan, Niladhri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi ...

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The key to STEM education

December 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Nick Soggu, Founder and President of Silvertech | Comments

There is a constant challenge for educators and communities to find new ways to promote and encourage science, technology, engineering, and math interests to students at young ages as well as throughout a child’s educational development. My commitment to STEM education and personal interests and experiences with technology businesses drives my support for STEM learning and other educational community initiatives.

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Bionic Bra proves necessity is apparently not the mother of invention

December 9, 2014 11:12 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering ... why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them....

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This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

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Exploding batteries among 4 design fails this week

December 8, 2014 3:45 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

Horizon Hobby is recalling its HobbyZone Super Cub S radio-controlled aircraft due to a fire hazard. Manufactured in China, the power supply units and chargers can overcharge the battery. The company has received 18 incident reports, including reports ...

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How to use Bluetooth Smart in industrial lighting

December 8, 2014 9:02 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Comments

ECN will be hosting a 6-part series from Texas Instruments about the benefits of using BlueTooth Smart in industrial applications. Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that focus on composing the ...

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This is what happens when an editor gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the...

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Why being a lifelong learner makes engineering a perfect career

December 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Alexis Noelli Peña, a student at Syracuse University focusing in biomedical engineering.

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The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | 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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Why the Navy hasn’t discovered the Holy Grail of energy independence

December 3, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

A while back, the Navy announced plans to turn seawater into fuel, thereby eliminating our dependence on fossil fuels — and despotic regimes — and discovering the Holy Grail of energy independence. And no one’s talking about it. Well ... turns out ...

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Catch Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM?

December 3, 2014 8:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students, we are experiencing a surge in the...

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Smartgun system calls for police backup in dire situations

December 2, 2014 3:55 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Previous smartguns have focused on personalization options that restrict the weapon to authorized users or require a companion bracelet or other trinket to operate it. But Yardarm Technologies is taking a slightly different approach — a tracking module ...

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