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'Green' technology developed at Louisiana Tech University earns company LA StartUp Prize

September 30, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Alchemy Geopolymer Solutions (AGS), an innovative concrete technology company that emerged from geopolymer research conducted at Louisiana Tech University, has won the inaugural LA StartUp Prize. Presented as "the most amazing entrepreneurial....

My internship experience with ECN Magazine

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It was exciting, nerve-wracking, and a priceless learning experience. My time as the brand new...

Smart glasses and the evolution of human-computing interfaces

September 30, 2014 9:38 am | by James Mongomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

Within the emerging category of wearable computing, arguably the most characteristic product to...

Home automation: Conserving energy, lowering your bills

September 29, 2014 2:16 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Home automation is typically discussed in the context of convenience, but the engineers taking...

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Photos of the Day: A drone's-eye view of the world

September 26, 2014 9:47 am | by Dronestagram | Blogs | Comments

We're very familiar with the idea of the military using drones, but drones can also be used to capture the beauty of a place. Dronestagram is a social network that collects images and video all captured by multirotors and all sent in by regular people. It's definitely an interesting view of the world. 

Mechanized human hands: System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage

September 26, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission....

Mechanized human hands: System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage

September 26, 2014 9:10 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body.

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Apple stock falls amid new iPhone glitches

September 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's stock fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending. The stock decline led a broader decline in technology shares. ...

iPhone 6 advances display technology; Panel shipments to exceed 100 million in 2014

September 25, 2014 12:33 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Since the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 9th, Apple’s new smartphone has captured attention around the world. Not only loyal Apple fans, who can be expected to wait on lines to purchase any new Apple product, but other consumers are willing to pay to switch from other...

Miniature SMT tactile switches offer multiple profile heights, actuation force options

September 25, 2014 10:37 am | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has developed a new series of SMT top-actuated, momentary action tactile switches with a miniature footprint, several color-coded actuation force options, and an optional ground pin configuration.

Bluetooth modules transmit audio data up to 650 ft.

September 25, 2014 10:24 am | Radicom Research, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Radicom Research (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its RB540 family Bluetooth modules that support Bluetooth BLE V3.0 and Classic standards.  The RB540 series features a Class 1 Bluetooth data with simultaneous audio module for ...

Cyber experts warn of 'Bash' bug

September 25, 2014 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New warnings are emerging of a security flaw known as the "Bash" bug, which cyber experts say may pose a serious threat to computers using Unix-based operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X. The Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team issued a warning about the vulnerability this week.

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Drones for moviemaking face likely FAA approval

September 25, 2014 9:59 am | by JOAN LOWY Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, said attorneys and a company official familiar with the decision.

Review: Samsung Alpha big on design, short on tech

September 25, 2014 9:55 am | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple filled a gaping hole in its product lineup with new iPhones boasting larger screens like Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphones. Now, Samsung is coming out with a smaller phone that looks and feels more like an iPhone. The new iPhones measure 4.7 inches...

New iPhones run into software, bending complaints

September 25, 2014 9:52 am | by BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's new iPhones have run into some glitches as users complained that a new software update blocked their calls, while a widely circulated video showed the larger of the two new models is vulnerable to bending. Late Wednesday, Apple offered users a way to manually reverse the update provided earlier in the day.

Engineering Update #77: A portable artificial kidney

September 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Because kidney failure can mean being attached to a non-mobile machine for three times a week for up to four hours at time, the wearable artificial kidney could offer a more normal lifestyle to those dealing with the condition. The 10 pound unit ...

MOSFET driver addresses technology advances in battery operated tools

September 24, 2014 12:45 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC4606, a 85V Full Bridge MOSFET driver that features Adaptive-Dead-Time and Shoot-Through Protection. The device is part of Micrel's highly successful 85V MOSFET Driver family first launched in 2013....

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High-voltage MOSFETs provide ultra-low gate charge of 57 nC

September 23, 2014 4:28 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced the first MOSFETs in a new 500 V family that features the same benefits of low conduction and switching losses as the company's 600 V and 650 V E Series devices. The low on-resistance ...

Paraffins to cut energy consumption in homes

September 23, 2014 3:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thermal energy storage is a common strategy in energy production systems in which the period of production does not coincide with that of consumption. This happens with the production of hot water by means of solar thermal panels, for example....

King Kong lives

September 23, 2014 2:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

King Kong made his film debut in 1933. The “giant terror gorilla,” as he was referred to in his debut, then endured multiple digital remakes until 50 years later, when he was reimagined once again to make his stage debut at the Regent Theatre....

Compact fuse allows faster charging of today’s smartphones and tablets

September 23, 2014 12:47 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the compact 777 Series Fuse to provide protection for higher-wattage wall-mount chargers for battery-powered electronic equipment. Although chargers for earlier generations of mobile phones ...

This is what an iPhone 6 Plus in liquid nitrogen looks like

September 23, 2014 9:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is that it doesn’t actually look as bad as you might think. For all of the advantages of an iPhone, one drawback is they generally have to be handled fairly daintily. Apparently, that’s not how RatedRR thinks it should be. He’s made....

Hotspot: Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This ultra-compact drone controlled by smartphone flies indoors, and can perform acrobatic tricks, which are available on a free app. This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor....

Engineering Update Episode 76 : A cheap 3D-printed drone

September 19, 2014 11:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Virginia have created a military-grade 3D-printed UAV with off-the-shelf parts, an Android brain, and the ability to tote a 1.5-pound payload. We’ve seen flying 3D-printed creations before, but this one can be ...

Video games could dramatically streamline educational research

September 19, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"Seeking educational curriculum researchers. Humans need not apply." A Washington State University professor has figured out a dramatically easier and more cost-effective way to do research on science curriculum in the classroom – and it....

Metal foil current sense resistors offer 1 percent tolerances

September 18, 2014 9:41 am | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) CSNL Series uses metal foil technology, which allows it to offer 1 percent tolerances and 50 ppm TCR in resistance values down to 0.5 milliohms. The series is appropriate for a variety of power control and …

Wireless charging receiving coil delivers high efficiency for 10-W applications

September 17, 2014 10:38 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new powdered-iron-based, WPC-compliant (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging receiving coil designed for 10-W applications. Offering a ...

A new sensor development could aid those suffering from Alzheimer’s

September 17, 2014 9:23 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

SmartThings is a DIY home automation system that connects sensors and smart devices with a wireless hub. In addition to sensors, the system can loop in smart thermostats, smart plugs, door locks, and surveillance cameras. Now there isn’t a constant....

Home automation tackles daily to-do lists

September 16, 2014 12:27 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Americans have busy schedules, forcing them to constantly be on the run. According to ABC News, one study found 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. population is “consistently late," particularly when it comes to work. Simple tasks are often overlooked when in a hurry.

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