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Making wearables effective is going to be a group effort

January 22, 2015 8:25 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

Americans are constantly looking for new methods to drop undesirable weight. Last week, MDT’s Sean Fenske discussed a recently-approved implantable device that helps to control your appetite, by way of vagus nerve stimulation. As he points out ...

Today in Engineering History: Supersonic airliner takes flight

January 21, 2015 12:56 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | News | Comments

On this day in history, 1977, the first Concordes with commercial passengers took flight from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris. The aircraft were 12 years in the making, a project that pitted English and French engineers against the USSR to ...

Google, Fidelity fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX with $1B investment

January 21, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a nearly 10 percent stake in SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California ...

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GM's new affordable electric car could upstage Tesla

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own. GM on Monday unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt....

N-channel power MOSFETs achieve industry’s lowest resistance

January 21, 2015 9:38 am | by Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced 11 new N-channel power MOSFETs to its NexFET product line, including the 25-V CSD16570Q5B and 30-V CSD17570Q5B for hot swap and ORing applications with the industry’s lowest on-resistance (Rdson) in ...

App creates fake boyfriends or girlfriends

January 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The reality show “Catfish” purports to expose fraud in the online dating world — a “catfish” creates a fake online identity to fool potential suitors. But a new app takes it one step further, conjuring boyfriends and girlfriends from thin air. The company claims that ...

Controller board provides Full HD resolution to panel PCs

January 21, 2015 8:56 am | by MEN Micro | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) now offers the CC10S, a multi-display controller board based on a Freescale ARM i.MX 6 Series processor. Providing full HD resolution to LCD TFT panel PCs from 7 to 15 inches , the CC10S combines powerful graphics and ...

Obama: Paid leave should be a right, not a privilege

January 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Blogs | Comments

New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave — which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality, competitive local broadband, and cybersecurity. At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the President will announce ...

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Photos of the Day: SpaceX rocket crash-lands on ocean barge

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

This image from video provided by SpaceX shows its booster rocket trying to land on a floating barge in the Atlantic after launch, in an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion. The video released Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows the rocket hitting ...

Signaling tester provides multi-operator support

January 20, 2015 2:00 pm | by Anritsu Company | Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company (Morgan Hill, CA) announces that its MD8475A signaling tester with SmartStudio Manager Windows-based control software now provides multi-operator support for Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) Carrier Acceptance Test (CAT) packages....

VCO features typical phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset

January 20, 2015 12:50 pm | by Crystek Crystal | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

The CVCO55CXT-5685-5780 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) from Crystek (Fort Myers, FL) operates from 5685 MHz to 5780 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and ...

Innovative smart home system lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 12:27 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company....

Navy to launch communication satellite Tuesday

January 20, 2015 10:43 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket....

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New privacy concerns over government's health care website

January 20, 2015 10:05 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers. It works like this: When you apply for coverage on ...

The myth of America's manufacturing renaissance

January 20, 2015 9:17 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Adams Nager, economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, has recently released a report entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." In the report, Nager discusses ..

Data analytics lend wireless sensors power to change lives

January 20, 2015 8:54 am | by David Allan, President, Virtuix Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Walking the aisles at CES, you were hard-pressed to find a single product that doesn’t contain at least one sensor. The latest iPhones add a barometric sensor to at least a dozen others. By some predictions, a trillion-sensor world is not far off. Yet what benefits ...

How to bridge the Open Compute gap when you’re not Facebook

January 20, 2015 7:12 am | by Ward Williams, ProLabs | Blogs | Comments

Engineers in the data-center business are probably following the Open Compute Project (OCP) closely. The Facebook-led project began in 2011 to build a data center from the ground up, scaling infrastructure more efficiently and economically. In short, it provides engineers...

University of Kentucky team wins student design competition

January 16, 2015 3:14 pm | by Fluke Corporation | News | Comments

The team from the University of Kentucky has been chosen the winner of the Fluke Connect™ Student Contest, which tested the skills, innovation, and business application of student teams enrolled in two and four year colleges, universities, trade/tech schools, and apprenticeship programs.

Don’t shake it like a Polaroid picture?

January 16, 2015 1:19 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

The Polaroid camera was my favorite camera growing up, all because of the required shake needed to expose the picture after it was taken. My friends and I took multiple photos and traded them like baseball cards when we hung out. We even wrote silly ...

From troubled teen to future robotics expert

January 16, 2015 12:03 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Freya Wilhelm, a senior at Lower East Side Preparatory High School, and captain of the FRC team, 4263, the Cyber Dragons. Wilhelm: "FIRST changed my life. First and foremost, it allowed me to come clean. In my old school, I realized art just wasn't what I wanted to do as a career. I became depressed and turned to substance abuse and escapism..."

This is what it will cost you for a vacation in space

January 16, 2015 10:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's the dream of many people to go to space (not this claustrophobic editor but other people), but only a few meet the rigorous academic and physical standards to become an astronaut and fulfill those dreams. Most of us just become accountants, engineers, writers, or opera...

Engineering Newswire: Ford’s carbon-fiber supercar

January 16, 2015 9:19 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

This week, Ford has unveiled its all-new GT featuring the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever — a new twin-turbocharged V6 that produces more than 600 horsepower. The engine will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for ...

The home of the future

January 16, 2015 8:43 am | by Cees Links, CEO, GreenPeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

The evolution towards the smart home and the day when sensors truly integrate intelligence with your house and your smart phone is well on its way. This process has been in progress for many years and can be broken down into three phases: The Connected Home ...

Notes from an IoT Forum

January 16, 2015 8:34 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

I recently attended an Internet of Things (IoT) forum in Cambridge, MA, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of presentation, the quantity of interaction, and the technical depth of discussion. For a meeting unaffiliated with a larger technical conference or trade show ...

Why quantum dots are the next big display technology

January 16, 2015 7:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Nestled in between the bloated 4K, 8K, and “Beyond 4K” TVs at this year’s CES was an older lighting technology that’s just now gaining traction with consumer display manufacturers — quantum dots. The inimitable display tech — essentially a semiconductor nanocrystal ...

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