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CES 2015 will be the Internet of Things’ coming-out party

January 5, 2015 8:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

CES — now in its 48th year! — has always been the premier showcase for new and emerging technologies. While several heavyweights, including Microsoft, have bowed out (and Apple never had a presence), the show is bigger than ever with 150,000 attendees....

Design challenges for wearables

January 5, 2015 8:35 am | by Karen Lightman, executive director, MEMS Industry Group | Blogs | Comments

This holiday season, most of my friends/family received some form of wearable device as a gift. Even my 84-year-old dad is joining the wearable bandwagon and is finally giving himself what should probably be termed the original “wearable” -- a hearing aid. As executive...

The key to using Bluetooth Smart in asset tracking

January 5, 2015 5:45 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Asset tracking can conventionally mean many things but in general it’s about keeping track of objects, which could be anything from containers crossing the Atlantic Ocean safely to making sure fire extinguishers stay put at schools. How can Bluetooth® make asset tracking easier...

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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 | Blogs | 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 ...

How to build your own laser blaster

January 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Qfusion Labs | News | Comments

Stop the Grinch from reaching Santa! We love to build fun things and for this Christmas season, we spent a couple of hours creating this holiday-themed Laser Blaster game. How the gameplay works: Squeeze the trigger on the gun to start the game. The Grinch...  

'Super Grid' to disperse wind power across Europe

January 2, 2015 4:33 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

EU-funded researchers are involved in the development of a pan-European ‘super grid’ capable of dispersing wind power across Member States. This will bring more renewable energy into homes and businesses, help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and enable Europe to move closer towards achieving energy independence.

How do natural disasters affect your supply chain?

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

Home is where the Smart is: CES 2015

January 2, 2015 11:14 am | by Sander Arts, VP of Corporate Marketing, Atmel Corp. | News | Comments

It’s that time of the year again. The exciting rush right after the holidays as we await the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. As we look back at the last few years, the smart home category has always been prominent, particularly in 2013 and 2014. 

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11 Technologies that could shape the future

January 2, 2015 10:41 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When GE opened its first research center in 1900, it employed three people and fit inside a barn behind the chief engineer’s house in Schenectady, N.Y. It burned down a year later. The lab then relocated to “safer premises” and become a dynamo...  

Second missile defense radar deployed to Japan

January 2, 2015 10:33 am | by U.S. Department of Defense | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense and Japanese Ministry of Defense announced last week (Dec. 26) the deployment of a second Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance (AN/TPY-2) radar in Japan to Kyogamisaki to enhance sensor coverage for ballistic missile defense of Japan and the U.S. homeland.

Boeing completes successful 1st flight in KC-46 program

January 2, 2015 10:26 am | by Daryl Mayer, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | News | Comments

The KC-46 Pegasus development program completed its first flight of Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) aircraft #1 Dec. 28. EMD #1 is a provisioned 767-2C freighter and the critical building block for the KC-46 missionized aerial refueler. The maiden flight...

NACA's space legacy: The Cold War and beyond

January 2, 2015 10:19 am | by Mark Wright, NASA | News | Comments

Engineers from the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), who joined NASA after its creation, tested, developed, and recommended one of the most vital technologies that the United States needed in order to successfully launch the Saturn rockets in the 1960s.

2014: The year in ideas from TED Talks

January 2, 2015 10:10 am | by TED Talks | News | Comments

What were the most powerful ideas of 2014? Watch TED's 8-minute highlight reel of the Year in Ideas. Explore a fun, interactive playlist of the TED Talks of the year at http://yearinideas.ted.com/2014. Including: Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space 

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Poland to search for its famous WWII submarine

January 2, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Polish teams will search this year for the Polish submarine ORP Orzel, which disappeared in the North Sea in May 1940 during a mission with the Allies in World War II. The two searches will be conducted by the Culture Ministry and the Maritime Museum in the Baltic port of Gdansk.

Samsung TVs to use company's own Tizen software

January 2, 2015 10:01 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its Internet-connected televisions will this year use its internally developed operating system known as Tizen, in the company's latest attempt to boost its software power. The company said Friday that the first Tizen-equipped smart TVs will be unveiled next week at a trade show in Las Vegas...

iPhone user returns to BlackBerry

January 2, 2015 9:46 am | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The BlackBerry's blinking red light used to haunt me. Just when I thought I could relax, enjoy a nice dinner or go for a run, my BlackBerry would start blinking again, signaling a new message. I was an addict. Typing with one hand, hiding the BlackBerry under the dinner table...

Subminiature fuses feature highly compact surface-mountable packages

December 29, 2014 2:51 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced two new series of its popular NANO2 Subminiature Fuse, each of which provides surge tolerance and circuit protection against overload conditions for downstream components. Both feature highly compact ...

Key decisions on drones likely from congress

December 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is on the verge of proposing long-awaited rules for commercial drone operations in U.S. skies, but key decisions on how much access to grant drones are likely to come from Congress next year. Federal Aviation Administration officials have said ...

Wi-Fi range extenders boost coverage by up to 10,000 sq ft

December 29, 2014 2:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Amped Wireless (Chino Hills, CA) announced the debut of two new, first-of-their-kind, high power, ultra-fast AC1200 and AC1750, plug-in Wi-Fi range extenders. The REC22A and REC33A are easy to install; simply plug them into any wall outlet, and after ...

Universal PMIC offers up to 40V input

December 29, 2014 1:16 pm | Exar | Product Releases | Comments

Exar Corporation (Fremont, CA) introduced the XR77129, a quad output programmable Universal PMIC with an input operating voltage range of 6V to 40V. Its patented control architecture is well-suited for 40V inputs using a 17-bit wide PID voltage mode ...

Photos of the Day: 15 best drone images from 2014

December 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

The drone enthusiast community has been very inspired this year. With thousands of stunning pictures published on our platform, the future of photography is in good hands. Here are the best photos that drones took in 2014 all over the world....

Powerful enough for a gamer, made for an engineer

December 29, 2014 10:35 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that interacts with ...

Army takes another step toward self-sustainment

December 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

The Army took another step toward increasing self sustainment, while saving energy at its contingency bases overseas.Army researchers recently completed Demonstration 1, the first in a series of demonstrations looking at energy-saving technologies, which will ...

Giant blimp to patrol skies for missile threat

December 29, 2014 10:21 am | by C. Todd Lopez | News | Comments

The army plans to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base just north of Baltimore in late December, 2014.The aerostat, part of the "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor" system, referred to as JLENS for short ...

The 20 greatest engineering feats of 2014

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