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Real-time processing drives head-up display advances in cars

March 12, 2014 10:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s automobile driver receives an overwhelming amount of information pertaining to the safe operation of their car like no time before. Whether it’s a GPS system mapping out precise directions from point a to point b with countless detours along the way, rendering the old paper map to history...

This personal drone shocks intruders with 80,000 volts

March 12, 2014 8:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Who needs a gun when you have CUPID? And by Cupid, I don’t mean that fat cherub that comes out around February 14th to shoot people with arrows — though the shooting part isn’t that far off. This CUPID, which stands for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, is actually a personal security safety UAV.

The 10 most outlandish gadgets

March 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Most tech gadgets are nothing short of miraculous. But I think these are nothing short of ridiculous. 1. Wake'n Bacon, 2. Caffeine Machine, 3. Solar Hat, 4. Magic Wand Remote, 5. BeerPager, 6. iTypewriter, 7. WheelMate, 8. Spy Pen, 9. Text Message Chandelier, 10. iSmell.

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Why it’s time for a useful Internet of Things

March 11, 2014 11:41 am | by Matthias Poppel, Chief Operation Officer, EnOcean | Blogs | Comments

It was one of the hot trends at CES show: Communicating devices and objects. There were a toothbrush, a fridge, or even a garbage can that send information to the smart phone. It shows two things: First, there are many technical possibilities today to realize the Internet of Things.

Let’s shelve legislation for smart phone tracking in stores – for now

March 10, 2014 5:00 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s nothing new about being tracked online. Most Internet users have come to realize that’s the price they pay for free content and services online. But many people do not realize retailers like department stores and big box stores can track a customer’s movements via their cell phones.

Stamped spring pin achieves 14.3 gram actuation force per ball

March 10, 2014 3:01 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, Mn) recently introduced a new BGA socket addressing high performance requirements for testing BGA devices - CBT-BGA-7501. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 14.3 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 125,000 insertions.

Influential women in engineering

March 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Jenny Beswick, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Throughout history there has been female shining stars leading the way in engineering; from Hypatia who invented the Hydrometer in ancient Greece, to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, who developed the first compiler for a computer programming language in the 1950s....

New competition for top mobile OEMs

March 10, 2014 10:46 am | by Joe Madden, Mobile Experts | Blogs | Comments

Over the past year, Mobile Experts has conducted deep investigations into Macro Base Stations, Active Antenna Systems , Small Cells, Cloud RAN, Carrier Wi-Fi, and DAS. Every time that we talk to an enthusiastic young company about one of these new technologies...

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How to please everybody - ECN's new Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2014 10:54 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

You can’t ... thank you for reading. Before I begin shooting down the theory of every shiny, happy person in tireless pursuit of a society built upon shiny, happy people, let me formally introduce myself. I’m David Mantey, ECN’s new editor-in-chief, and, to exhaust the word in the second sentence, I couldn’t be happier to be here.

Blink your eyes or wag your tongue to operate this PC

March 7, 2014 8:39 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It's small, subtle, and appears to be a lot less distracting than other wearable tech seen today. It can be controlled by the blink of an eye or a twitch of the nose. The “Earclip-type Wearable PC,” hopefully a tentative name, is being developed and tested by Japanese engineers....

What would you do without your smartphone?

March 5, 2014 4:56 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Imagine a world without smartphones. Everybody you see is talking into thin air. Holograms of people are popping up everywhere. You bump into everything, not because you’re too busy texting but because you’re too busy looking at your glasses instead of through them. That world might soon become a reality.

Europe rethinks renewable energy standards

March 5, 2014 12:14 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

For the past decade or more, as Al Gore and the majority of climate-change scientists have insisted that the world is speeding headlong toward an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions, European countries have adhered to stringent emission controls....

Big-picture thinking from the DHS: A national license-plate tracking system

March 5, 2014 10:04 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Whenever you pass a license plate scanner, your whereabouts and personal information are likely being collected by the law enforcement agency of the state or municipality you’re in. Now, Washington is tipping its hand that it wants that information, too.

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New jet-powered UAV is the future of asymmetrical warfare

March 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While politicians and privacy advocates squabble over regulations for domestic drones, General Atomics has been hard at work developing the next unmanned terror of the skies for America’s foreign adversaries. Meet the Predator C Avenger, the future of asymmetrical warfare.

Watch kids react to rotary phones

March 4, 2014 10:52 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Watching kids befuddled by legacy technology is like shooting fish in a barrel — easy, but oddly enjoyable. And the “Kids React” series on YouTube runs with that premise, and one of their latest subjects — rotary phones — will make even 30-something college grads feel old.

This is what happens when you put a go-pro on a pelican’s beak

March 4, 2014 7:53 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There have been some insane advances in the technology behind video cameras in the past few years. Video cameras have caught onto the miniaturization trend, but as the size shrinks, the capabilities grow. This means lighter cameras that are able to shoot and store videos with high-quality images.

Photos of the Day: The AirMule UAV flying donkey

March 3, 2014 9:09 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Proving that looks aren’t everything, the AirMule UAV, developed by Israel’s Urban Aeronautics, is designed for cargo transport, medical evac, and troop supply missions. The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV was unveiled in 2008, completed its maiden flight in 2010, and is scheduled for deployment this year.

Airport lights are watching you

March 3, 2014 8:00 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Because I needed another reason to be skeptical of flying.... The newly installed LED lights in Terminal B of Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey don’t just provide clean, bright light for people waiting to catch their flights. They’re part of another installment in the “things that watch us without our knowledge” saga....

7 things I’ll need for my house in 2025

March 3, 2014 7:47 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I can’t wait to live in GE’s home of the future. (Last week, I talked about the car I must have, so it seems fitting that my next topic be about my dream house. As with the car, this is assuming an unlimited budget and available technology.) Last week, I headed to Allentown, PA to the Da Vinci Science Center in order to see an exhibit called Home 2025.

Electric drive vehicles don’t reduce emissions

February 28, 2014 9:26 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A study was recently released by North Carolina State University that provides evidence supporting the fact that electric drive vehicles (EDVs) have little impact on reducing emissions. As an engineering audience that knows efficiency when they see it, most PD&D readers will throw their hands in the air having known this for some time.

Hotel smartphone "keys" are a horrible idea

February 27, 2014 8:53 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

One forward-thinking hotel chain wants to replace those easy-to-lose, plastic room keys with a smartphone app. It’s a horrible idea. OK, let’s back up. That chain is Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which is one of the savvier hotel options out there. Starwood is smart about making the most of new and popular technology.

Connector features 500 contact points/inch

February 26, 2014 11:21 am | Fujipoly America | Product Releases | Comments

Fujipoly’s (Carteret, NJ) 2005 Zebra Connector is constructed from alternating layers of conductive carbon and non-conductive silicone that are as thin as 0.0004” (0.010mm). This unique construction allows for 500 conductive layers per inch making it ideal for densely packed boards.

Five messengers beyond WhatsApp

February 26, 2014 8:34 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Facebook’s recent acquisition of WhatsApp has the technology world abuzz about messaging apps. This begs some questions: What are some other messaging apps? What makes them special? And, with standard texting and calling already built into most cell phones, what exactly can fancy messaging apps do for you? 

Teddy bears or touchscreens? Playthings of the digital age

February 26, 2014 7:26 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Kids these days play more with tablets and touchscreens than traditional toys, according to a recent survey. The same survey shows this trend is poised to continue— could tech replace toys altogether? The Michael Cohen Group (MCG), child education specialists...

Wearable technology: 6 effects you never thought of

February 26, 2014 7:11 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

We know that wearables will transform our lives, but how? Giving tech access to workers who can't use handheld devices, living healthier lives, boosting retail shopping and sales, protecting employees, enabling cheating on tests, and revolutionizing both solving and committing crime.

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