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New lab working on security shoe sole to ID people, experts say it raises privacy questions

July 23, 2012 8:38 am | by Kevin Begos, The Associated Press | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- High-tech security? Forget those irksome digital eye scans. Meet the biometric shoe.

Single-axis motion controller features compact unit

July 20, 2012 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Galil Motion Control announced their latest drive option for the DMC-30000 Pocket Motion Controller Series.

Smartphone app automatically detects and reports pothole locations to Boston city officials

July 20, 2012 8:43 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI Associated Press | News | Comments

The next time your car hits a pothole, a new technology could help you immediately tell someone who can do something about it.


Comprehensive HMI Systems and Components for Industrial Machines

July 19, 2012 3:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EAO Corporation offers custom designed and produced HMI Systems and Components for use in modern industrial machinery.  With over sixty plus years of international award-winning recognition, EAO is able to propose and integrate both intuitive and innovative HMI Systems and Components to meet the specific needs and challenges often found within these hazardous environments.   Market knowledge, experience, and specialization is applied to rigorous applications ranging from single purpose machines such as bending, cutting, forming, and extruding to more complex systems that can require intelligent communication systems.

Searching for 1,000 times the capacity of 4G wireless

July 19, 2012 2:45 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

NEW YORK, July 18, 2012 – Researchers at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) have assembled a powerful consortium of government and business support to advance beyond today's fourth generation (4G) wireless technologies toward 5G cellular networks that could potentially increase cell phone capacity by more than 1,000 times.

Harvard's Wyss Institute to develop smart suit that improves soldiers' physical endurance

July 19, 2012 2:43 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that it has received a $2.6 million contract (including option) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a smart suit that helps improve physical endurance for soldiers in the field. The novel wearable system would potentially delay the onset of fatigue, enabling soldiers to walk longer distances, and also potentially improve the body's resistance to injuries when carrying heavy loads.

Sprint to offer auto insurers tracking technology

July 19, 2012 2:04 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint (S.N) said on Thursday it will move into the hot market for tracking technology that lets auto insurers monitor how, where and when their customers drive.

McDonald's says staffers feared professor's digital specs violated privacy in Paris restaurant

July 19, 2012 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's workers in Paris who stopped a Canadian professor from wearing computerized eyeglasses feared he could be recording or photographing people in violation of their privacy, the company said Thursday.


Devices that seek “a small revolution of temperature measurement”, plus other noteworthy products

July 18, 2012 10:41 am | Articles | Comments

Here’s an item that’s been sitting in my “interesting” folder for a while, but thankfully it will still be news for at least a couple more years. Did you know that changes are expected for kelvin? Physikalisch-Technischen Bundesanstalt (PTB) – the counterpart to NIST in the U.S. -- along with the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM), are determining a new value of the Boltzmann constant, the conversion factor between thermal and mechanical energy. Research groups must rely on a fundamental constant in order to redefine the thermodynamic temperature scale kelvin. According to the PTB, “only if several groups obtain the same result with at least two independent methods will a "water-free" definition of the kelvin become possible.” This news came to my attention via the folks at Mahr Federal, whose MarForm MFU 110 WP reference formtester is being used in the project.

Australia's Qantas Airways drops Blackberrys for iPhones

July 18, 2012 8:47 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

Australia's Qantas Airways (QAN.AX), is the latest company to drop Research in Motion Ltd's (RIM.TO) Blackberry after employees voted in favor of Apple's (AAPL.O) iPhone in a survey.

New material breakthroughs to be presented at Asia event

July 17, 2012 2:00 pm | by Cathleen Thiele, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx | News | Comments

We are witnessing a rapid multiplication of available conductive materials for printed and large area electronics on the market. The different materials distinguish themselves by their conductivity, particle size, curing conditions, availability and cost. New material breakthroughs for the printed and large area electronics industry will be one of the main topics at IDTechEx's Printed Electronics Asia event, which will take place on October 2-3 in Tokyo, Japan.

Sensor device offers custom motion-recognition capabilities

July 17, 2012 12:09 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics announced a miniature 6-axis sensor device with custom motion-recognition capabilities. ST’s latest iNEMO inertial module enhances user experience and motion-sensing realism in today’s space-constrained and power-hungry portable consumer devices and shortcuts the path to wearable sensor applications in sports, fitness and healthcare diagnostics.    

Artificial football manager hoping to top the fantasy football league

July 17, 2012 8:39 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A team of academics from the University of Southampton is set to take on the rest of the English Fantasy Football League when the new Barclays Premier League season kicks off next month (August).


Google's hardware makeover to get uneasy welcome on Wall Street

July 17, 2012 8:35 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Wall Street has a long-running love affair with Google the search engine. But will it feel the same way about Google the hardware maker?

Open access science debate shifts to EU after UK government backing

July 17, 2012 8:33 am | by Chris Wickham, Reuters | News | Comments

The debate over free access to publicly-funded scientific research will shift to the European Commission after the UK government backed a report calling for financial support for researchers to use so-called 'open access' science journals.

Google searching for human traffickers, drug cartels, to break up illicit networks

July 17, 2012 8:30 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, The AP | News | Comments

Forget videos of cute kittens or good deals on iPads. For the past few months, Google has been quietly turning its search capabilities to something far more challenging: criminals.

Carbon-based transistors ramp up speed and memory for mobile devices

July 16, 2012 4:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

As silicon technology gets smaller, creating a large and powerful memory grows harder, say PhD candidate Elad Mentovich and his supervisor Dr. Shachar Richter of TAU's Department of Chemistry and Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Working with carbon molecules called C60, Mentovich has successfully built a sophisticated memory transistor that can both transfer and store energy, eliminating the need for a capacitor.

Human eye inspires clog-free ink jet printer invented by MU researcher

July 16, 2012 4:19 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Clogged printer nozzles waste time and money while reducing print quality. University of Missouri engineers recently invented a clog-preventing nozzle cover by mimicking the human eye.

Solve 3.3-V relay design issues

July 16, 2012 3:04 pm | by Kalyan Cherukuri, Texas Instruments, | Articles | Comments

Today’s telecommunications industry is trending towards the use of 3.3-V relays in their end applications. Traditionally, only discrete components were available to switch and drive low-voltage relays. Each relay requires one transistor, one resistor, and in some cases a diode. Data routing applications need to switch and drive four-to-seven relays, requiring eight to 21 discrete components. Additionally, these applications often need

Symmetrical adapters can handle up to 300 watts of power at 2.7 GHz

July 16, 2012 2:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated and Radiall announced the continued collaboration and expansion of their cost-effective SMP-MAX series with new symmetrical adapters and RF coaxial interconnect solutions for board-to-board, module-to-module and panel-to-panel telecom applications.  As a second source, Molex is designing, manufacturing and marketing these connectors for global customers.

Could Wii nunchucks make screen time healthier?

July 16, 2012 9:48 am | by Natasja Sheriff, Reuters | News | Comments

Active video games might help people burn more calories than couch-based screen time, but those who play active games tend to undo most of the difference if there's junk food available, says a new study.

Politics, economics weight on moguls' minds at Sun Valley

July 16, 2012 9:46 am | by Lisa Richwine and Liana B. Baker, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - The 30th edition of the renowned Allen & Co media conference came to a close on Saturday with executives focused on the impending U.S. election as they heard from business and political leaders, including a finale with Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett.

The brave new world of tomorrow's tablets

July 16, 2012 9:44 am | by Poornima Gupta and Noel Randewich, Reuters | News | Comments

Reuters) - Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality -- the stuff of science fiction may be coming to a store near you.

Chip maker Nvidia says up to 400,000 users' encrypted passwords compromised in attacks

July 16, 2012 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. semiconductor maker Nvidia Corp. says up to 400,000 users of its forums have had their encrypted passwords compromised in attacks dating back to early July.

What’s the deal with Apple’s environmental policy?

July 16, 2012 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

You may have heard that Apple recently asked environmental watchdog EPEAT to remove 39 of its products from its registry and informed the organization it will no longer submit its computers for testing. It seems like an odd request, considering Apple helped create EPEAT in 2006 along with the government and several other big computer players.

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