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HotSpot: Smart whiskey bottle provides consumers cocktail recipes

March 4, 2015 8:32 am | by Eric Sorensen & Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Diageo and ThinFilm Electronics are changing the role of a bottle in the consumer experience, with a prototype JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL “smart bottle” that will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, taking place March 2-5, 2015. The connected “smart bottle” ...

Programming tools designed for rotary encoders

March 3, 2015 3:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL is introducing powerful new programming capabilities and tools for their IXARC series of rotary encoders. With these new capabilities, the performance characteristics of these POSITAL encoders can be extensively modified through software changes, without requiring changes to physical components....

Smart garments could change how we interact

March 3, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in their heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible....

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Looking for the next (female) MacGyver

March 3, 2015 8:51 am | 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.

Charge your phone wirelessly with Ikea’s new furniture collection

March 3, 2015 8:38 am | 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....

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 ...

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) ...

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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NFC/RFID tags achieve best-in-class data retention

February 25, 2015 9:52 am | by Stmicroelectronics | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The SRTAG NFC/RFID tags from STMicroelectronics combine the market’s widest memory range, best-in-class data retention and write-erase cycles, and the strongest data protection, opening new possibilities for short-range wireless connectivity in consumer electronics, computer peripherals, home appliances, industrial automation ...

Here's what it takes to to win a robotics competition

February 24, 2015 4:12 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think college campus, you might think classes, parties, and dorms, but for some students at the University of Illinois at Chicago the college experience is all about the robots. Well, maybe not ALL about the robots, but there is a serious devotion to robotics among the members of the Chicago Engineering Design Team.

Monitoring fitness ... in the bedroom

February 23, 2015 10:08 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

I’ve said it before, wearable fitness tracking devices all seem to do the same thing. They monitor your heart rate, count steps and calories burned, and spit out data to be analyzed in order to refine your workouts – I’ve heard it all before....

This drone delivery service is less efficient than Amazon’s

February 23, 2015 8:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

So if the FAA regulates your business from existence, the answer is to make it even less efficient? Huh? In case you haven’t heard the news (or saw the firestorm on this site), the FAA belatedly released its suggested rules for domestic drones....

PCI Express Mini card designed for harsh and rugged environments

February 20, 2015 2:12 pm | by ACCES I/O Products, Inc. | ACCES I/O Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., is pleased to announce the release of a new family of mini PCI Express (mPCIe) multi-port serial communication cards—the mPCIe-COM Series. These small, low-priced, PCI Express Mini cards feature a selection of 4 or 2-ports of software selectable RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 ...

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Engineering Newswire: The next-gen smart gun

February 20, 2015 1:27 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Since 2009, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has been waiting for their new and improved Smart Gun. Until last week when Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and Colt Canda, unveiled the new prototype. The main weapon contains ...

Game of Phones: Etiquette is coming

February 20, 2015 8:07 am | by www.workfront.com | Blogs | Comments

In the land of office phone etiquette, war is coming.

Would you volunteer to die alone on Mars?

February 19, 2015 3:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Has it always been a dream of yours to die alone on Mars? Perhaps you enjoy working 20-hour days and then returning to the living quarters you will share with the same 24 people for the rest of your life?

Why space exploration rarely includes women

February 19, 2015 3:19 pm | by Vincent Hyman, Mars One volunteer | Blogs | Comments

Mars One will be assembling and training teams for its settlement. We have much work to do before the teams are ready, and getting a good match of skills and personalities is part of that work.

Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind

February 19, 2015 12:48 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along. One of my frustrations with early smartwatches has been how little ...

Engineering Update #98: The FAA’s proposed rules for commercial drones

February 19, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Domestic drones represent a potential goldmine – quite possibly the greatest business opportunity since the automobile – and a plethora of different companies have proposed various commercial applications. But one of the biggest roadblocks to any sort of mass deployment ...

Juggling too many remotes? Try this touch screen

February 19, 2015 8:52 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR? The Ray Super Remote wants to declutter your coffee table and become the central nervous system of all ...

7 engineering advances that could change the world

February 18, 2015 11:38 am | by Ohio University | Blogs | Comments

Advances in computer and electrical engineering have been revolutionary over the past few decades, changing the way we live, work and play. From new advances in medicine to automotive technology and biotechnology, electrical and computer engineering has made great strides when it comes to improving the overall quality of life.

Engineering Newswire: 3D-scanning 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

February 13, 2015 8:26 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D scanning “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, attempting to turn airports into spaceports with the help of DARPA, and taking a trip to the edge of space on a helium balloon....

This watch keeps you awake

February 12, 2015 4:31 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness bands are intended to keep people moving, but what about an application for more sedate times? Spark, a smartwatch currently being funded on Kickstarter, gently vibrates using a 12V vibration motor if its suite of motion trackers notice ...

Dripping molten metal on an iPhone is surprisingly boring

February 12, 2015 9:17 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

In this edition of destroying expensive things, Ukrainian YouTube star TechRax, who has been "smashing technology since 2011", takes on the iPhone 6. By takes on, I mean he drips molten aluminum onto a very expensive piece of technology. I'll admit, as an Apple fan, it's a little soul crushing.

Oculus Rift Alternative Immersis VR raises $101,000 on Kickstarter

February 12, 2015 8:39 am | News | Comments

French Virtual Reality startup successfully funds its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign of $100,000 for Immersis. Virtual reality immersion has become one of the most discussed technology subjects since Oculus Rift debuted on ...

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