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This mouse of the future requires your whole body

October 22, 2014 3:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you thought Leap Motion was going to be the mouse of the future (ok, I thought it was) then you should brace yourself for what could be the next big thing in the world of the mouse. The Dynamic Chair is a full-body chair designed to replace the traditional mouse....

Is Apple Pay really all that?

October 22, 2014 2:50 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Blogs | Comments

The hype around Apple Pay is overblown. I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream...

Grid-connected signal controller designed for IoT applications

October 22, 2014 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor (Melbourne, Australia) announced its new SM2480. A single-chip, grid...

The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly...

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Photos of the Day: The world's first hoverboard

October 22, 2014 10:20 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Hendo Hoverboard, created by Jill and Greg Henderson, uses a similar technology as MagLev trains to create lift. The prototype can only be used over a non-ferrous metal surface like copper or aluminum, though production versions could solve that issue....

Our cups runneth over – the hoverboard is real!

October 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of nerd fantasies has come true — the hoverboard is real! Next year is 2015, which means we’ve finally caught up to Back to the Future II — and its quasi-plausible vision of the future. How’d it do? Well, we don’t have flying cars....

HotSpot: The problem with electric cars

October 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

What’s the problem with electric cars? Well the recharging time can be somewhat ridiculous, and the range just isn’t there. They also aren’t the cheapest cars to purchase ... well at least I can’t afford them. In a novel approach, Takashi Ohira at Toyohashi University ...

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What ‘Terminator’ and ‘Avatar’ can teach us about IoT

October 21, 2014 10:49 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

What’s the best place to see “futuristic” technology in action? Sometimes, you’ll see a demo or paper that explains it well, but often Hollywood (and science fiction in general) is the best source. In the case of IoT (Internet of Things), there are two essential movies....

"Big Brother" in the palm of your hand?

October 20, 2014 11:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The new wave of implantables would combine tech like radio-frequency identification (RFID) with the convenience of ubiquitous computing. Contactless payment systems like ExxonMobile’s Speedpass or the voluminous contactless credit cards ...

In-dash receivers include enhanced smartphone integration

October 20, 2014 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

JVC Mobile (Long Beach, CA) announced it is shipping four in-dash receivers from its anticipated 20 new-for-2015 products. The immediate availability of two multimedia centers and a pair of CD receivers gives retailers and consumers the latest technology....

Engineering Newswire: Industrial keyboard goes through the wringer

October 20, 2014 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Man and Machine introduced a new keyboard at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this year. Dubbed the, Really O’Cool, The keyboard has laser etched keys and a sealed silicon design. The company also offers optional features....

Check here for safety: Facebook creates 'Safety Check' tool

October 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called "Safety Check," will be available worldwide to the social network's 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic "feature" phones many people still use to access Facebook, especially in developing countries.

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When cadavers beat computers

October 17, 2014 10:12 am | by Michigan State University | Blogs | Comments

Despite the growing popularity of using computer simulation to help teach college anatomy, students learn much better through the traditional use of human cadavers, according to new research that has implications for health care. Cary Roseth, associate professor of educational psychology at Michigan State University, said the study suggests cadaver-based instruction should continue in undergraduate human anatomy...

Personalized vaccines for ovarian cancer

October 17, 2014 10:09 am | by University of Connecticut | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found a new way to identify protein mutations in cancer cells. The novel method is being used to develop personalized vaccines to treat patients with ovarian cancer. UConn bioinformatics engineer Ion Mandoiu, associate professor of computer science and engineering, collaborated..

Designing the antibiotics of the future

October 17, 2014 10:06 am | by The University of Bristol | News | Comments

Scientists have used computer simulations to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics – a breakthrough which will help develop drugs which can effectively tackle infections in the future. Researchers at the University of Bristol focused on the role of enzymes in the bacteria, which split the structure of the antibiotic and stop it working, making the bacteria resistant.

Apple shows off new gadgets, but Pay is bigger bet

October 16, 2014 5:19 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant's bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn't know you...

TVS diode array provides five channels of ESD protection

October 16, 2014 3:39 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes), a miniature, five-channel 6.5pF, 15kV bidirectional TVS array for general-purpose electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. The SP1012 Series packs five ESD diodes....

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20% of U.S. broadband households to get smart home devices in next year

October 16, 2014 11:44 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

A new survey released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parks Associates shows continued strong growth of smart home products in U.S. homes, as 20 percent of households with broadband intend to acquire one or more smart home ...

Engineering Update #81: Mysterious robot plane returns to earth

October 16, 2014 9:06 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The US government gets to do a lot of things that might get your average citizen in trouble, including having a super-secret, super cool, autonomous spy plane with absolutely zero intention of ever talking about what in the world its doing....

This is what the dumbest umbrella design looks like

October 15, 2014 8:08 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Umbrellas are one of those things you probably wouldn’t think would ever pop up on a technology/engineering website, but this one is so dumb, it must be written about. Umbrellas are a fairly simply, cost-effective ($10 at any NYC bodega) method....

Engineering Update 80: China’s hypersonic glide vehicle could evade US missile defense

October 14, 2014 11:01 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Pentagon recently announced that China has successfully tested a hypersonic glide vehicle which can evade US missile defense systems and deliver nuclear warheads before we have time to react. The missile delivery system, codenamed the WU-14 ...

Touchscreen controller delivers industry’s best gloved-finger tracking

October 13, 2014 10:24 am | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, CA) announced that its TrueTouch Gen5 touchscreen controller family for large-screen superphones, smartphones, tablets, and e-readers now delivers multiple new advanced features, including the world’s best....

Watch a hawk attack a quadcopter ... and win

October 13, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The US military may roam the skies with impunity in foreign lands, but in domestic airspace, an altogether different Predator enjoys aerial superiority. A hobbyist discovered that first-hand when his quadcopter came under attack by a hawk....

Banning plastic bags may be bad science

October 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the Manufacturing.net comment boards blew up when California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a state-wide plastic bag ban, also known as SB270. The new ban puts plastic bags provided at grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store, and liquor shop....

From wearables to implantables to ... what’s next?

October 9, 2014 2:35 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was underwhelming to say the least....

Choosing the right processor for multimedia, display, and IoT applications

October 8, 2014 1:45 pm | by Amanda McGregor, Freescale Product Marketing Manager | Articles | Comments

Consumers use a wide range of devices on a daily basis. This familiarity has led to high user expectations surrounding devices and a high bar for engineers. Even traditional embedded designs are undergoing transformation with new connectivity....

A world full of sensors: a good idea?

October 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Harmke De Groot, program director at Holst Centre/imec | Articles | Comments

Most of us can’t imagine a life without computer, smartphone or tablet. The next thing? Devices talking with each other and making our lives more comfortable. In this article, find out how sensors may change our life and what researchers are working ...

Compact sensor improves fitness monitoring

October 7, 2014 2:30 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has developed a new optical sensor for automatic fitness tracking. The SFH 7050 is Osram’s first integrated optical sensor. It is designed for use in mobile devices, such as smart watches and fitness armbands....

Scientist strives for superhuman vision

October 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Leda Zimmerman, MIT Spectrum | News | Comments

All through his childhood, Ramesh Raskar wished fervently for eyes in the back of his head. “I had the notion that the world did not exist if I wasn’t looking at it, so I would constantly turn around to see if it was there behind me.” Although this head-spinning habit faded ...

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