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UK paraplegic woman first to take robotic suit home

September 5, 2012 8:39 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

A British woman paralyzed from the chest down by a horse riding accident has become the first person to take home a robotic exoskeleton that enables her to walk. Although bionic exoskeletons have been used in hospitals and rehabilitation centers,

Power supplies designed for compact spaces

September 4, 2012 2:23 pm | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the new TDK-Lambda ZWS-BP series of single output, PCB-type AC-DC power supplies. Based on the popular ZWS series, the ZWS-BP is 30 percent smaller than its predecessor, thus simplifying equipment design and is offered in two mid-power output models – ZWS150BP (150W) and ZWS240BP (240W). With a 200% peak power capability, the ZWS-BP is ideal for use in electromechanical equipme

Integrated light engine modules produce up to 104 lumens per watt

September 4, 2012 2:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas Research Products is pleased to announce that their LED Core series of integrated light engine modules have exceeded 100 lumens per watt. The TR-SS1 series LED Core Garage Modules feature Type V DLC Compliant optics.

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Molded chip scale package ideal for ultra-portable applications

September 4, 2012 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited introduced the AOC2403 – the industry’s first Molded Chip Scale Package (MCSP) in a tiny 0.97mm x 0.97mm x 0.3mm power package. Compared to existing Chip Scale Package (CSP) solutions,

A millimeter-scale, wirelessly powered cardiac device

September 4, 2012 9:05 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Stanford electrical engineers overturn existing models to demonstrate the feasibility of a millimeter-sized, wirelessly powered cardiac device A team of engineers at Stanford has demonstrated the feasibility of a super-small, implantable cardiac device that gets its power not from batteries

'Magic carpet' could help prevent falls

September 4, 2012 9:04 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Plastic optical fibres, laid on the underlay of a carpet, can bend when anyone treads on it and map, in real-time, their walking patterns.Tiny electronics at the edges act as sensors and relay signals to a computer. These signals can then be analysed to show the image of the footprin

Scientists test new marine robot hurricane-hunters

September 4, 2012 9:02 am | by Harriet McLeod, Reuters | News | Comments

As Tropical Storm Isaac was on its path through the Caribbean before becoming a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico this week, U.S. scientists were testing an experimental new weather spy tool - an unmanned, marine robot about the size of a surfboard that can gather storm data at sea level.

Exclusive: Amazon teams with Nokia, snubs Google for maps - sources

August 31, 2012 9:03 am | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc's new Kindle Fire will have mapping services via a tie-up with Nokia Oyj, according to two people familiar with the situation, filling a gap in the tablet's capabilities while snubbing Google Inc's popular service.

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From smart to genius: Will design define future gadgets?

August 31, 2012 9:01 am | by Jeremy Wagstaff, chief Asia technology correspondent, Reuters | News | Comments

In a pre-iPhone age, mobile phones came in all shapes and sizes. Remember the clamshell, candy bar, swivel, backflip, slider, dual-slider, lipstick, and, of course, the taco? Nowadays, most phones have a touch screen, rows of icons and are rectangular.

University of Tennessee Space Institute researchers make clinical trials a virtual reality

August 30, 2012 1:39 pm | News | Comments

Clinical trials can be time-consuming, expensive and intrusive, but they are also necessary. Researchers at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed an invention that makes clinical trials more efficient by moving them into the virtual world.

A guide to enjoying the (inevitable) robot takeover

August 30, 2012 11:02 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Let's face it: Robots are better than people.They’re more dependable than humans (i.e. no sick days), they’re usually cheaper, and they don’t complain. The downside is pretty obvious as well, at least with the primitive robots we have today:

Review: Incompatibility with competing mobile payment systems makes plastic more convenient

August 30, 2012 9:07 am | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For many of us, plastic has replaced cash for everyday shopping. If some technological wizards have their way, your phone will replace plastic one day. We're still far from such a world, yet I was intrigued enough to try using my phone to make payments.

The most overdesigned shower ever created

August 29, 2012 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you’ve been dying to run your business empire without ever leaving your shower, but hadn’t found a good way to do that, you should probably check out Fei Chung Billy Ho’s ‘Le Terme.’

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App calculates semi-conductor power losses

August 27, 2012 4:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Easily calculate the semiconductor power losses of your 3-phase inverter. Created for the Android, the new PowerSim app from Powerex can be used to calculate power losses and temperature rises of Powerex power semiconductors in 2-level, 3-phase inverters, based on operating conditions provided by the user.

German consumer group sets Facebook privacy ultimatum

August 27, 2012 3:23 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

Germany's biggest consumer lobby group believes Facebook is violating privacy laws with its new app centre and has set a deadline for the social network operator to fix it, or potentially face legal action.

What Apple's $1 billion victory over Samsung in smartphone case means for consumers

August 27, 2012 3:21 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's $1 billion court victory over Samsung poses a lot of questions for consumers. Will Samsung phones still be available for sale? Will they be more expensive? Will owners of existing phones need to worry? A federal jury in San Jose, Calif.,

Why Nikola Tesla deserves a museum

August 27, 2012 9:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Nikola Tesla is arguably one of the most underappreciated scientists in history. He was a very cool, brilliant guy, but money wasn’t really his strong suit. He built a laboratory called the Wardenclyffe Tower in Shoreham, New York, which he lost due to his financial problems. The tower that Wardenclyffe was named for was destroyed in 1917, 15 years after it was built.

Apple jurors grappled with complex patent issues that some say should rest with judges

August 27, 2012 8:48 am | by By PAUL ELIAS Associated Press | News | Comments

The youngest juror, a 24-year-old whose favorite court attire was T-shirts bearing names of rock bands, chose a Beatles sweatshirt for Friday's dramatic unveiling of the $1.05 billion verdict in favor of computer titan Apple Inc.

IBC 2012: Mini-camera with maxi-brainpower

August 23, 2012 3:01 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Just a few more meters to the finish line. The mountain biker jumps over the last hill and takes the final curve, with the rest of the competition close at his heels. At such moments, you do not want to just watch, you would really love to put yourself in the same shoes as the athlete.

The keyboard you can wash

August 23, 2012 11:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Keyboards are one of those objects that get incredibly dirty but are also really annoying/impossible to clean. So, whether it’s your kid’s sticky fingers or your mom’s habit of spilling tea (sorry, Mom), it might be time to check out the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310.

Design issues in modern warfare

August 23, 2012 9:31 am | Videos | Comments

Counter insurgency warfare demands split-second decision making and real time information. In this episode, Vince and Allison review the design of a throwable reconnaissance robot.Engineering.com tackles the idea of Design Issues in Modern Warfare

Hypersonic "Waverider" Aircraft Breaks Apart

August 23, 2012 9:28 am | by Engineering.com | Videos | Comments

This Week in Engineering - Tiny cubesat thrusters; hypersonic Waverider crashes; bird-friendly glass; robot inchworm; room-temperature masers; and DNA data storage.  Hypersonic "Waverider" Aircraft Breaks Apart

LG Display’s tablet panel sales revenue more than doubles in Q2

August 22, 2012 4:02 pm | News | Comments

LG Display more than doubled its tablet display sales revenue in the second quarter compared to the first, thanks to panel shipments for Apple Inc.’s iPad, according to the IHS iSuppli Small and Medium Display Service from information and analytics provider IHS. During its most recent results announcement with industry analysts, LGD said its tablet panel revenue reached

M 12 Cat 6A connector system delivers desirable signal integrity up to 10 Gbps

August 22, 2012 3:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated introduced the Brad Micro-Change M12 Cat6A connector system designed for vision systems and other high-speed data transfer applications in harsh environments. Conforming to TIA and ISO/IEC Cat 6A specifications for high-speed Ethernet signal integrity up

'Electronic nose' prototype developed

August 22, 2012 8:44 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Research by Nosang Myung, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering, has enabled a Riverside company to develop an "electronic nose" prototype that can detect small quantities of harmful airborne substances.

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