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Charge your phone wirelessly with Ikea’s new furniture collection

March 2, 2015 4:38 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The new “Home Smart” furniture collection will, to start, include bedside tables, lamps, and a coffee table. They’ll also be selling individual charging pads for any surface. Much like all the other furniture Ikea sells, customers will have to put it together themselves....

HotSpot: Smart whiskey bottle provides consumers cocktail recipes

March 2, 2015 4:32 pm | by Eric Sorensen & Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Diageo and ThinFilm Electronics are changing the role of a bottle in the consumer experience,...

UC research partnership explores how to best harness solar power

March 2, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make...

Flightless jet engine to keep 900-year-old city warm

March 2, 2015 3:54 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

The picturesque Romanian city of Oradea dates back at least 900 years. Some locals joke their...

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Looking for the next (female) MacGyver

March 2, 2015 3:51 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think of engineering role models, you might think of a parent, teacher, sibling, a celebrity, or even just someone who comes in to speak at career day. But, there is another very important place that kids often look for role models and it's in every home in various forms.

Google Glass shows promising uses in plastic surgery

March 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery--with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015 issue....

An old-looking galaxy in a young universe

March 2, 2015 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of astronomers, led by Darach Watson, from the University of Copenhagen used the Very Large Telescope's X-shooter instrument along with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array to observe one of the ...

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Photos of the Day: The F-35's helmet-mounted display system

March 2, 2015 2:15 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The F-35's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), from Rockwell Collins, offers a 360-degree view that allows for unparalleled situational awareness. The 2.25kg carbon fibre-shelled helmet uses a form of x-ray technology to render the floor of the cockpit transparent....

A breakthrough in OLED technology

March 2, 2015 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are made from carbon-containing materials, have the potential to revolutionize future display technologies, making low-power displays so thin they'll wrap or fold around other structures, for instance....

Light source enables higher scanner throughput and process stability

March 2, 2015 1:16 pm | by Cymer, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Cymer announced the shipment of its first XLR 700ix light source. Enabling higher scanner throughput and process stability for 14nm chip manufacturing and beyond, the XLR 700ix provides improvements in bandwidth, wavelength and energy stability to reduce process variability and increase yield through improvements in wafer critical dimension....

These people are going To Mars

March 2, 2015 1:10 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

100 people are on track to be the first humans on Mars – if they can pass the next round of selection for the reality TV style Mars One project. The candidate pool has been narrowed down to 100 aspiring Red Planet explorers....

NASA astronauts on Space Station to speak live with Dallas students

March 2, 2015 1:02 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA astronauts on the International Space Station will speak with students and faculty from the School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG Magnet) at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Dallas at 12:15 p.m. EST (11:15 a.m. CST) Thursday, March 5....

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F-35B can’t fit full weapons load because of design flaw

March 2, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The hits just keep on coming for the Joint Strike Fighter, the problematic 5th-gen personification of “requirements creep.” The latest blow — the most flawed version of a thoroughly flawed program can’t fit all its weapons because of a design flaw....

Single Board Computer based on the Intel Atom E3800 processor series

March 2, 2015 12:41 pm | by Congatec, Inc. | Congatec, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

conga-PA3 is a new Pico-ITX Single Board Computer based on the Intel Atom E3800 processor series. The compact design with a footprint of 70x102mm makes the SBC highly versatile. Real-time capability and support for multiple operating systems allow use in demanding industrial applications....

7 teen inventors who are changing the world

March 2, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta + Larry Corby, Digital Artist | Blogs | Comments

As we've moved through Engineers week, we need to take a minute to celebrate kids who are, mostly without the formal training, creating incredible things and making large steps in the medical, consumer, and engineering fields.

How softwarization will affect the Internet of Things

March 2, 2015 11:55 am | by Antonio Manzalini, IEEE Member and Chair of the IEEE Software Defined Networks Initiative, and Senior Manager, Innovation, at Telecom Italia | Blogs | Comments

While Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are mutually beneficial, they are not dependent on each other.

Dual inductors offer a high operating temperature range to +155 °C

March 2, 2015 11:17 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced the first device in its new IHLD series of low-profile, high-current dual inductors. Offering two inductors in one 4032 package, the space-saving automotive-grade IHLD-4032KB-5A is the industry’s first dual inductor to offer a high operating temperature range to +155 °C....

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Current sensor ICs include internal resistance of 0.85 mΩ typical

March 2, 2015 9:47 am | by Allegro MicroSystems, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC announces two new current sensor ICs that are economical, high isolation solutions for AC or DC current sensing in industrial, commercial, and communications systems. Allegro’s ACS717 and ACS718 devices have a very small package that is ideal ...

Curiosity robot indicates methane in Mars' atmosphere which may confirm life

March 2, 2015 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase in the concentration of methane in Mars' atmosphere after an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 soles....

F-35's helmet-mounted display system will cost a small fortune

March 2, 2015 7:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

You’ve probably heard that the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will cost a few shekels. But we don’t usually talk about the other money pit sucking up taxpayer dollars — the F-35’s helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), pegged at an absurd $770,000 apiece....

From the Top: The past, present, and future of wearable technology

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

By 2025, the wearable technology market is forecasted to become a $70 billion industry. Last year, with major releases in the medical, fitness, and wellness markets, the industry only reached $14 billion. That’s a $56 billion dollar gap to be filled in less than ...

Network analyser supports a typical dynamic range of 120dB

February 27, 2015 1:12 pm | by Livingston | Product Releases | Comments

Livingston has further extended its broad portfolio of RF test equipment with the inclusion of the latest Rohde & Schwarz two-port vector network analyser. The R&S ZND is an entry level analyser product for evaluating the performance of RF systems and components in manufacturing facilities and development laboratories....

Engineering Newswire: Bicycle hybrid reaches 100 MPH

February 27, 2015 11:45 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

The Raht Racer is calling itself the fastest pedal ride in the world, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph. The vehicle even has air-conditioning, a rear seat and trunk, and is safer than a motorcycle, with a reinforced carbon fiber body, roll cage frame ...

Photos of the Day: The "Ghost Gunner" milling machine for AR-15 lower receivers

February 27, 2015 10:21 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The “Ghost Gunner” tabletop milling machine can “manufacture any mil-spec 80% AR-15 lower receiver that already has the rear take down well milled out ... lowers with non-mil-spec trigger guards that are otherwise mil-spec are also compatible”....

Why this student became a biomedical engineer instead of a doctor

February 27, 2015 9:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Divya Baji, a final year PhD student at the Centre for Doctoral Training, Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds working on a project to develop a novel methodology to test the performance of bone and cartilage substitutions in a natural knee joint using a knee simulator.

Mouser Electronics signs global agreement with Microsemi

February 27, 2015 8:57 am | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. announced it has entered into a global distribution agreement and partnership with Microsemi Corporation – a leading global provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability, and performance....

Could pilots fly aircraft using their minds?

February 27, 2015 8:12 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The BRAINFLIGHT project has an ambitious goal – complete control over aircraft (or a significantly reduced workload) using nothing but your mind. The team from Tekever and a collection of European researchers recently demonstrated their brain-computer interface (BCI) ...

Looking deeply into the universe in 3-D

February 26, 2015 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours, the new observations reveal the distances, motions and other properties ...

Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers

February 26, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year's model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older model had a fixed-focus lens that didn't ...

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