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The same headsets that give you mental powers can help you achieve inner peace

January 24, 2014 8:33 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Sitting on your butt is actually good for you. Technology is proving that there are more benefits to sitting still than you might believe — lucky for us couch potatoes and computer addicts. Electroencephalography, or EEG for short, is all about testing the power of your gray matter.

Engineering Update #42: The GoPro-carrying Pocket Drone

January 23, 2014 3:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's edition of Engineering Update: The GoPro-carrying Pocket Drone: The Pocket Drone is a miniature, foldable tricopter designed to carry a GoPro camera. SeeThru smart glasses: The newest in smart glasses is called SeeThru, from French company, Laster Technologies.

App Watch: Will you be my Between? App for lovers

January 23, 2014 11:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If ever in doubt about your guy's commitment to a relationship, ask him if he would commit to an app. A growing number of young couples in Asia are sharing special moments in the privacy of Between, a tight networking app that links only two people.

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Low-power design considerations to enable effective health and fitness bio-patch solutions

January 22, 2014 11:05 am | by Rafael A. Mena, Systems Manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Bio-patch solutions are sensors worn on the body to enable continuous (or semi-continuous) monitoring of physiological and cognitive parameters without tethering the patient or athlete to a wired hub. They are poised to revolutionize the health and fitness market and create new ways of providing healthcare in clinical and remote settings.

Turkeys inspire smartphone-capable early warning system for toxins

January 22, 2014 10:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals. But bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. This feature makes the sensors valuable detectors of toxins or airborne pathogens.

Top flops from CES 2014

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

What’s the only thing dorkier than a Segway? That’s right — Google Glass. They look like the drunken lovechild of the Borg and Jean Claude Van Damme from Universal Soldier. So naturally, they littered the CES show floor like weeds, belying the user’s fashion sense, professionalism, and any semblance of self-respect.

Mobility in medicine: Designing the personal health care experience

January 21, 2014 12:03 pm | by Rajeev D. Rajan, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm | Articles | Comments

The last decade has seen rapid growth and adoption of mobile computing devices, such as smartphones and tablets, by both consumers and enterprises, and the health care industry is no exception.  Health care providers, clinicians and medical device manufacturers are seeking new and innovative ways to leverage the power of mobile....

Low-priced "generic" home appliances gaining popularity

January 20, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

So-called "generic" home appliances have become popular among Japanese consumers placing priority on low prices and practicality over multiple functions and brands. Generic home appliances use older generations of technologies and have limited functions while maintaining basic features. The name "generic" is believed to have come from "generic" drugs.

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3D-printed chocolate as a midnight snack

January 17, 2014 4:08 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

I’ve always wanted to turn my desk into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, and now I’m one step closer. A recent partnership between 3D systems and Hershey will make it easier to satisfy your strongest candy cravings. You don’t even need to leave the house. Hershey’s new chocolate 3D printer is a pretty sweet project (pun very much intended).

3D printing: 2013’s biggest market disruptor

January 17, 2014 9:59 am | by Chris Fox, PD&D Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Perhaps you’ve heard: 3D printing is this astounding, brand-new technology that is taking the world by storm. Soon every household will have a 3D printer, and nobody will have to buy any physical thing at a store! Forgive my zealotry. In case you couldn’t sense the sarcasm bleeding from the screen as you read that, I don’t think anything terribly unexpected or astronomical happened....

3D printer can make a house in one day

January 16, 2014 4:09 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It sounds like an April Fool’s Day prank, but 3D printers have come a long way since the first models starting churning out little tchotchkes.  Nowadays we’re seeing 3D-printed (and functional) hearts, hands, and now houses. Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis at the University of Southern California wants to “scale up 3D-printing to building-scale” with the project “Contour Crafting.” We’re not talking about dollhouses, here.

Engineering Update #41: Talking to your appliances

January 16, 2014 2:16 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode sponsored by Mouser: Communicating with your smart appliances: The LG HomeChat service allows homeowners to more or less talk to any smart appliances in their home from a cell phone. NASA’s newest primate robot...

Half-baked products & junk clones

January 15, 2014 2:24 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Much like CES 2013, there were a few high points, a few low points, and lots of people. Too many people. Aside from the mass scale, International CES 2014 had an inherent problem. Reporting from the show floor for an engineering publication, I’m inclined to look for the truly innovative, mold-breaking, and disruptive technologies.

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CES 2014: The weird, strange, and unique

January 15, 2014 2:19 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor, photography by Melissa Spivak | Blogs | Comments

Every trade show has these — the oddball products, tech demos, and general weirdness that accompanies any large gathering of people vying for your attention. Sometimes, the exhibits exude innovation and leave a positive lasting impression on all who beheld its splendor. And ... sometimes they become the butt of jokes for years to come. The following is the weirdest, strangest, and otherwise unique products I saw at CES 2014.

Top 10 from CES 2014

January 15, 2014 1:13 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

CES 2014 broke records, as CES seems to do every year, and with the massive amount of people and the overflowing number of vendors, it’s easy to miss a lot. That’s why editors Chris Fox and Jason Lomberg traveled to Las Vegas and compiled the Top Ten from CES 2014.

Photos of the Day: Google builds a 'Nest' for future of smart homes

January 15, 2014 8:51 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation. This imagined future is still a few years away, but Google is already preparing with its $3.2 billion acquisition of high-tech thermostat and smoke-detector maker Nest Labs.

Bluetooth Smart for connected gadgets

January 14, 2014 4:56 pm | by Sid Shaw, worldwide business and marketing manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The introduction of Bluetooth low energy technology as part of the Bluetooth specification v4.0 has tremendously expanded the types of products using Bluetooth connectivity. Designed from the very beginning for ultra-low power, Bluetooth low energy uses short bursts of data transmission instead of a continuous stream....

Off-line PWM controllers features integrated power MOSFET

January 14, 2014 3:41 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduces a new family of off-line PWM controllers that incorporate both a sense MOSFET and a current mode PWM controller IC. This new series is offered by Allegro and manufactured and developed by Sanken Electric Co., Ltd. in Japan.

Hot tech at CES: Sensor hub solutions

January 14, 2014 1:34 pm | by Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hillcrest Labs (www.HillcrestLabs.com) | Hillcrest Labs | Articles | Comments

Hillcrest Labs believes sensor hubs will be all the rage in consumer electronics this year and will be seen in mobile, wearable and Internet of things (IoT) devices. Let’s explore why. The latest generation of smartphones uses sensor-based functionality such as motion gestures as key differentiating features.

Design tool app enables selection of the best inductor

January 14, 2014 1:02 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft has announced its new RF and Power Inductor Product Finder App for Apple and Android smart phones. This free application enables users to quickly select the best inductor for their design and order free evaluation samples, all from their mobile phone.

What is the Smart Home? What is the Really Smart Home?

January 14, 2014 11:01 am | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Articles | Comments

We are currently experiencing the first phases of the Smart Home with much more to come as the Really Smart Home finally becomes a reality. The adaption of ZigBee remote controls and ZigBee set top boxes by most of the world’s cable TV and broadband service providers is the launching platform for the rolling out of various Smart Home-Connected Home services....

China video sites confident public will pay

January 14, 2014 9:56 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

When media studies student Liu Zhiqi settles down to watch a movie or TV drama at the home of the San Francisco family she lodges with, she misses the convenience of downloading content for free like in China. For Liu, an on-demand streaming service such as Netflix isn't worth the $7.99 a month subscription. "As a Chinese, I am not used to paying to watch TV..."

Reference design kit includes a complete API

January 13, 2014 3:14 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Movea, Xm-Squared, and Texas Instruments (TI) demonstrated their new G-series high-performance multisport wearable solution at the Movea stand during CES. The G-series takes user experience to the next level with this energy-optimized solution for highly accurate activity tracking and advanced sports and sleep monitoring....

The hottest gadgets of CES: 3-D printers to 4K TVs

January 13, 2014 10:28 am | by PETER SVENSSON & RYAN NAKASHIMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The biggest gadget trade show in the Americas wrapped up on Friday in Las Vegas after swamping the city with 150,000 attendees. This year, "wearable" computing was big, along with various 3-D technologies, especially 3-D printing. Wearable devices in the shape of smartwatches and head-mounted displays have been a staple of the show for a long time...

Gadget Watch: iPhone case lets you see heat

January 13, 2014 10:18 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Remember the alien with heat vision in the movie "Predator"? You, too, can now stalk people in the jungle by their heat signatures — or check your home's insulation for leaks, whichever is most useful to you. FLIR Systems Inc. is launching its first consumer product, an iPhone jacket that contains a heat camera.

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