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Flush-mountable infrared LED offers high radiant intensity

April 8, 2014 9:54 am | by ECN Staff | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors now enables remote control functionality to be incorporated in a lower profile than ever before thanks to the first flush-mountable infrared LED. The compact side-looking T-shaped Midled SFH 4140 offers high radiant intensity....

Personal touch signature makes mobile devices more secure

April 7, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Passwords, gestures and fingerprint scans are all helpful ways to keep a thief from unlocking and using a cell phone or tablet. Cybersecurity researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have gone a step further. They've developed a new security system....

Low-power microcontrollers come in 2.0 x 2.2 x 0.3 mm package

April 7, 2014 12:42 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling developers to save valuable board space, Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) announced it has expanded the availability of tiny package sizes to several new families of ultra-low power MSP430 microcontrollers (MCUs). Developers can now design smaller products....

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Engineering Newswire: World's fastest bullet car

April 7, 2014 9:09 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're fixing the government with sixth grade math, printing invisibility cloaks, and racing the world's fastest RC Car. This week's episode features the World's fastest RC bullet car. Nic Case entered the RC world after a motorcycle crash left him searching for a thrilling but safer hobby....

Samsung dupes Obama: Why “selfie advertising” needs to stop

April 4, 2014 2:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

What do President Obama, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Lawrence have in common? They’ve all become unwitting props in a viral Samsung advertising campaign that relies on spontaneity, selfies, and tricking people — including the most powerful man in the world — into becoming brand ambassadors....

April 2014: Digital ICs

April 4, 2014 12:17 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the April issue, ECN is proud to announce the 2014 ECN IMPACT Award Finalists chosen to recognize the top products, tools, and services from 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The finalists were picked by our panel of esteemed judges selected for their expertise in one or more product category. We’ll announce the winners on May 6 at the EDS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Engineering Update #52: Secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit for 469 days

April 3, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications....

Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature

April 3, 2014 10:09 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices Wednesday as it seeks to gain traction in a highly competitive and lucrative market for smartphones. The assistant, Cortana, is named after an artificial-intelligence character in the company's "Halo" video games....

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Photos of the Day: Computers teach each other Pac-Man

April 3, 2014 9:35 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method for computers to teach other computers in a teach-student sort of relationship. The robots – called agents – were able to teach each other video games Pac-Man and Starcraft....

8-bit MCU family includes intelligent analog and core independent peripherals

April 2, 2014 1:35 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology’s (Chandler, AZ) PIC16(L)F170X and PIC16(L)F171X family of 8-bit MCUs combine intelligent analog and core independent peripherals along with cost-effective pricing and the company’s eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology....

Wire-to-board connector system serves thin-screen LED televisions and monitors

April 1, 2014 2:53 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) introduces its IllumiMate 1.00 and 1.25 mm pitch wire-to-board connector system, offering today’s flat-panel LED television and PC monitor manufacturers more mating styles, voltage ratings, circuit sizes and locking types than any similar connector system....

Photos of the Day: The Oculus Rift VR headset

April 1, 2014 1:38 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Oculus first unveiled the Oculus Rift VR headset in 2012, and the tech world has been giving it rave reviews. Originally posited as a Kickstarter campaign, the Oculus Rift met all its goals (and then some). The latest developer kit has been shipping with resolution of 1920×1080 (960×1080 per eye)....

Another Apple-Samsung skirmish heads to court

March 31, 2014 12:22 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between the two tech giants....

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Stop the madness! Facebook’s purchase of Oculus won’t trigger Armageddon

March 31, 2014 8:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The alternate title for this piece could’ve been “The Internet entitlement mentality” (part II), because that’s what Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus has triggered in millions of disgruntled techies and industry analysts. On Tuesday, March 25, Facebook acquired Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion....

Photos of the Day: A solar-powered toilet

March 27, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

The Sol-Char Toilet was a product of the Reinvent the Toilet initiative, launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal was to "develop waterless, hygienic toilets that do not require a sewer connection or electricity and cost less than five cents per user per day"....

In search of a few good apps

March 26, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While the Food and Drug Administration has released guidelines for the regulation of mobile health (mHealth) apps that act as medical devices or as accessories to medical devices, the vast majority of mHealth apps remain unregulated and unevaluated.

Feds reach out to kids over online predators

March 25, 2014 12:46 pm | by AMY TAXIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal agents are reaching out to children to get them to use street smarts online in a nationwide push to prevent sexual exploitation cases. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will send agents to school auditoriums and community centers across the country....

Common mode choke targets for USB 3.0, HDMI, IEEE 1394 and LVDS applications

March 25, 2014 12:12 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s (Cary, IL) 0603USB Series common mode chokes virtually eliminate common mode noise in high-speed, differential mode signal transmission applications such as USB 3.0, HDMI, SATA, IEEE1394 and LVDS, supporting

Wearable electronics to drive additional $70 million in battery revenue during next four years

March 25, 2014 10:01 am | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

The global market for batteries used in wearable electronics will grow more than tenfold in just four short years, propelled by portable new products especially suitable for active sports and fitness lifestyles, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

Watch a snowman explode at 4500 frames per second

March 25, 2014 8:35 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Though the first day official day of spring has come and gone, those of us still looking at snow piles while waiting for another storm to hit this week aren’t celebrating just yet. In fact, about 99 percent of the conversations I have seem to be about people being “over” winter and “tired of snow”....

Louisiana Tech, Cyber Innovation Center partner to create cyber consortium

March 24, 2014 4:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Louisiana Tech University, in collaboration with the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, La., is pleased to announce the establishment of the Louisiana Cyber and Data Consortium (LACDC).  The Consortium represents a broad range of constituencies with interests in the security and protection of cyber assets....

With a few finger taps, draw genetic pedigrees at point of care with new app

March 24, 2014 4:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

CHOP's bioinformatics team develops digital tool for family history diagrams: Long before next-generation sequencing technology ushered in today's data-intensive era of human genome information, clinicians have been taking family histories by jotting down pedigrees....

Scientists develop world’s first light-activated antimicrobial surface that also works in the dark

March 24, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at UCL have developed a new antibacterial material which has potential for cutting hospital acquired infections. The combination of two simple dyes with nanoscopic particles of gold is deadly to bacteria when activated by light - even under modest indoor lighting....

Photos of the Day: Lego bot solves Rubik's Cube in record-breaking time

March 24, 2014 9:55 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

  The Cubestormer 3 robot, made of Legos, earned a Guinness world record at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK for solving a Rubik’s Cube in 3.253 seconds. Designed by David Gilday, a principle engineer at ARM, the smartphone is powered by an Exynos 5 Octa application processor....

Interpreting neuroimages: The technology and its limits

March 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Neuroimages play a growing role in biomedical research, medicine, and courtrooms, as well as in shaping our understanding of what it means to be human. But how helpful are they at answering complex questions such as: What is depression? Is a defendant lying? Do we have free will? These are among the topics explored....

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