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Your IoT device: How much data should it collect?

March 31, 2015 12:37 pm | by Noah Gamer, Trend Micro | Blogs | Comments

As smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) devices have proliferated, data collection has skyrocketed. In fact, sensor technology on smart devices collects 30 percent of the world’s data. Much of that data helps product manufacturers understand their customers, improve ...

North Korean black-market consumer darling becomes legal

March 27, 2015 11:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

In a nation where you can go to jail for not crying hard enough at your leader’s death, this is...

Photos of the Day: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 27, 2015 8:23 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Its creators describe the XM42 as the “world’s first fully handheld, grab and go portable...

Engineering Update #103: The world’s first commercial flamethrower

March 26, 2015 10:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Now here’s a weapon I can almost guarantee that you’ve seen more at the local multiplex than in...

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Our soon-to-be-relevant and indispensable wearable companions

March 25, 2015 8:59 am | by Bruno Ayme, Consumer Business Development, Freescale Microcontrollers | Blogs | Comments

Beyond having the opportunity to see the next generation of wearable tech first hand, spending last week at the Wearables TechCon strongly reaffirmed the palpable excitement around wearable applications. This market promises extraordinary things, from preventing illness ...

HotSpot: A new app that animates your life

March 23, 2015 4:19 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Plotagon is a new app that allows users to animate their lives. You can choose from a variety of scenes and characters to create your very own cartoon series. You also have the option to customize a character to look like you! You can use animated videos for presentations ...

Three key markets for smart surfaces

March 20, 2015 12:36 pm | by NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

NanoMarkets believes an emerging opportunity for advanced materials, sensors firms and others is presented by so-called smart surfaces. Smart surfaces are most broadly defined as any material surfaces that re-arrange their morphology or composition ...

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Enhanced LED lamps feature nearly double the intensity

March 20, 2015 12:33 pm | by DELO Industrial Adhesives | Product Releases | Comments

DELO has nearly doubled the intensity of its 400 nm LED area lamps. The DELOLUX 20 and DELOLUX 202 can now reach an intensity up to 600 mW/cm². With the increased intensity, the 400 nm area lamps allow for much faster curing of many different adhesives. The higher intensity also allows for easier bonding ...

Engineering Newswire: Bulletproof laptop bag could save your life

March 20, 2015 10:22 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Andrew Berg, Ben Munson | Videos | Comments

If you need to stop speeding projectiles but bulletproof vests are just too bulky, maybe a bulletproof laptop bag is the next best thing. The MTS Multi-Threat Shield by Force Training Institute should have you covered, literally. It’s a three-foot ballistic shield ...

Here's what Buzz Aldrin thinks about a trip to Mars

March 18, 2015 12:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

News outlets everywhere have been drooling over the idea of the Mars One mission, despite a few massive holes--financial and technological--in the plan, but it's always interesting to read how die-hard space fans feel about it.

How ethernet will save the connected car

March 18, 2015 10:59 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Mobility is a given in today’s hyper-connected world. This is especially true in cars where, at least in the U.S. – the second largest automobile market...

What's your best idea for Sci-Fi inspired technology?

March 18, 2015 10:47 am | by Sagar Jethani, Head of Content, element14 | Blogs | Comments

What’s your favorite science fiction movie? Maybe it’s a classic, like Star Wars: Episode IV, or a more modern film like Interstellar.

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Engineering Live: How Do We Keep Students in STEM? (On Demand)

March 18, 2015 8:11 am | Videos | Comments

In our latest Engineering Live discussion focused on How Do We Get Kids into STEM?, we discussed how to get students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Engineering Newswire: Elio unveils engine prototype for 3-wheel, 84 MPG car

March 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

The tiny 3 wheeled Elio has a projected top speed of more than 100 mph, and a goal of up to 84 mpg. Now, the company has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype. And with the goal of ...

Engineering Update #101: Air traffic control for drones

March 12, 2015 1:35 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

When the FAA ruled that drones had to be kept in line sight of the pilots, it put a definite damper on the UAV jubilee, but it wasn’t long before people started coming up with creative ideas to get around the draconian law. These ideas included things like a potential loophoop in onboard real time cameras ...

From the Top: The future of wearables

March 11, 2015 10:54 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In the final part of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California discuss the future of the wearables market and its place in the industry.  

From the Top: The best location for innovation

March 11, 2015 10:51 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

In part two of this three part series, Editorial Director David Mantey and Nick Langston, (@NickLangstonJr) the head of electronic manufacturer, TE Connectivity’s Wearable Team based out of Menlo Park, California  discuss the importance of the location and set up of the TE lab.

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Smartphones and wearables top shopping lists in 2015

March 11, 2015 8:43 am | News | Comments

FatWallet.com announced results from its annual Electronics Shopping Survey and INFOGRAPHIC. The study revealed 75% of consumers will buy new electronics this year (up 4% from 2014) and 36% will spend $500 or more (up 19% from 2014) ...

Would you buy a $17,000 Apple Watch?

March 10, 2015 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

To answer the question, I definitely would not drop $17,000 on a watch, but I would definitely spend $350 on an Apple Watch.

Early Look: How does Apple Watch stack up vs rival watches?

March 10, 2015 1:20 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple made a strong case for how you can use its upcoming Apple Watch, and the device stacks up well against the competition. If you've waited for the Apple Watch to decide on a smartwatch, here are some things to consider in weighing ...

Integrated UV light sensor incorporates a photo-pin-diode

March 9, 2015 4:23 pm | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new integrated ultraviolet (UV) light sensor featuring Filtron UV technology for high UV sensitivity and linearity. Designed to convert solar UV light intensity to digital data in consumer, medical, and industrial applications ...

3 reasons Apple's watch will -- or won't -- change the game

March 9, 2015 9:32 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

No one can argue that Apple has changed the way people live their lives. The company's iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide....

Clock generators can produce up to 12 programmable output frequencies

March 6, 2015 1:51 pm | by Cypress | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor Corp. introduced a high-performance programmable clock generator family that simplifies the design of consumer and networking systems. The new CY27410 4-PLL (phase-locked loop) clock generator can generate up to 12 programmable output frequencies on a single chip ...

Apple supplier to open $1.4 billion factory

March 6, 2015 1:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Japan Display, the company allegedly tapped to supply smartphone screens for upcoming Apple products, will be opening a $1.4 billion factory, according to Reuters sources. The factory in Ishikawa, Japan is expected to start working in 2016....

Cebit 2015: DIY printing custom touch-sensitive displays

March 6, 2015 10:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The researchers are presenting their award-winning approach at the computer trade show Cebit in Hanover from March 16th to March 20th (Hall 9, Booth 13). The postcard shows a vintage automobile. With the push of a button ...

Size matters: Phones as big as they can get for easy use

March 5, 2015 12:12 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There was a time you could count on phones getting larger each year. Samsung's runaway success with the big-screen smartphone even spurred Apple to release a supersized model last fall.

Engineering Update #100: The world’s first 3D-printed jet engine

March 5, 2015 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

To date, we’ve seen 3D-printed drones, 3D-printed model airplanes, and while major airlines like Airbus are exploring the idea of futuristic, 3D-printed passenger jets, we haven’t seen rapid prototyping applied on so large a scale — until now.

5 STEM toys you must buy for your kid

March 5, 2015 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes you have to buckle down and do the dirty work and other times you get to assemble toys at work.

Internet invades everything at gadget fair in Barcelona

March 4, 2015 1:41 pm | by JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The pervasive creep of the Internet from computers and phones to all kinds of objects is the theme of this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress wireless show. For those who couldn't join the tens of thousands in Barcelona ...

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