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This watch keeps you awake

February 12, 2015 4:31 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness bands are intended to keep people moving, but what about an application for more sedate times? Spark, a smartwatch currently being funded on Kickstarter, gently vibrates using a 12V vibration motor if its suite of motion trackers notice ...

What exactly is Earth System Science?

February 12, 2015 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Annalysha Lafferty, a student at University of California, Irvine working towards a B.S. in Earth System Science with the specializations of Hydrology and Terrestrial Ecosystems and Oceanography.

Engineering Update #97: Promoting STEM with Students 2 Science

February 12, 2015 10:22 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Here at ECN, we like to get out into the field and meet as many engineers as possible, but last week ECN's Kasey Panetta took a very special field trip to visit our friends at Students to Science. This organization is designed ...

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Dripping molten metal on an iPhone is surprisingly boring

February 12, 2015 9:17 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

In this edition of destroying expensive things, Ukrainian YouTube star TechRax, who has been "smashing technology since 2011", takes on the iPhone 6. By takes on, I mean he drips molten aluminum onto a very expensive piece of technology. I'll admit, as an Apple fan, it's a little soul crushing.

How robots teach kids to empathize

February 11, 2015 1:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A middle school teacher in Hawaii is filling his classroom with robots. They play pool, lick stamps, wax surfboards, and pick up food with chopsticks, and Robert Walker has been introducing them to his classes since 2011....

Students 3D-print rocket for NASA contest

February 11, 2015 12:57 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

High school students partnered with a local 3D printing facility to create lighter, stronger parts for the rocket they’ll take to a NASA competition in April. St. Vincent- St. Mary in Akron, Ohio was one of eight high schools selected for ...

Apple building big solar energy farm in California

February 11, 2015 11:22 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California. The tech company will be the biggest ...

Top Navy officer: Stealth is "overrated"

February 11, 2015 11:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Military and civilian leaders are pulling out all the stops to promote the F-35, including tarring A-10 proponents — who speak to Congress — with charges of treason. Which makes it particularly disturbing ...

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New clean diesel cars see a future in Paris

February 11, 2015 9:53 am | by Diesel Technology Forum | News | Comments

The Diesel Technology Forum issued the following statement today on the adoption of the energy transition law by Le Conseil de Paris in France. “This week, government leaders in Paris have taken bold and decisive action to ...

Independent smartwatches lead market predictions

February 10, 2015 1:26 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Android leads the charge as the global smartwatch market grows. The market is predicted to reach $32.9 billion by 2020, a growth of 67.6 percent in six years, said a report from Allied Market Research. Extension smartwatches, those like the Pebble Steel ...

Air Force accused of cooking the books to smear the A-10

February 10, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The A-10 has become the face of the F-35 hullabaloo, and the tumult is about to get uglier. Mere weeks after Gen. James Post warned officers that praising the A-10 to politicians amounted to “treason,” a watchdog group accused the Air Force of fudging casualty data to make ...

Why security is the key to IoT

February 10, 2015 11:11 am | by By Martin Nuss, Vice President, Technology and Strategy and Chief Technical Officer, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Cybersecurity and identity theft continue to occupy national media attention these days, particularly with the recent attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment and the United States military’s Central Command (CENTCOM) social media accounts. However, such threats are no longer ...

MEMS technology enables innovative functions for portable HD projection

February 10, 2015 9:41 am | by Anshul Jain, Broad Market and Worldwide Applications Manager, Texas Instruments DLP Products | Articles | Comments

Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) display technology, renowned for its excellent image quality, is used in more than 80 percent of the world’s digital cinemas. Recent innovations in size, efficiency and brightness now enable this same proven technology to be incorporated into ...

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Smart meters and the data-directed grid

February 10, 2015 8:57 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Smart meters are physically located on the periphery of smart grids but, from a data perspective, they are at the heart of data-driven electric-energy distribution systems. Indeed, at a time when computational resources are small, cheap, readily available, and easily deployed, smartness isn’t really ...

Chinese company limits drone flights over Washington after crash

February 10, 2015 8:02 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Apparently, FAA regulations weren’t enough. Shenzhen-based Da-Jiang Innovations (DJI), which designed the drone that crashed on White House grounds, has designed a software update that will prohibit its “Phantom” drone from flying anywhere near ...

Student winners of Space Tools Challenge announced

February 9, 2015 2:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A multipurpose maintenance tool designed by a high school student will be 3D printed on the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Space Tools Challenge. Winner Robert Hillan of Enterprise, Ala. designed the Multipurpose Precision Maintenance Tool (MPMT)....

3 trends in passives for 2015

February 9, 2015 1:08 pm | by Larisa Miles, Newark element14 | Articles | Comments

Like any evolving technology, in recent years the electronic components industry has seen a shift toward passive components that are smaller, more reliable and more powerful. Distributors and manufacturers alike are investing heavily in the development of these features, and we ...

Comparing touch switch technologies

February 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Steve Sheard, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

The specifying of touch switches as an alternative to conventional electro-mechanical devices, such as pushbuttons, toggles or membrane switches, is now becoming increasingly commonplace in a broad spectrum of modern system designs within domestic, office, medical, and industrial ...

The drone delivery system is officially here (sort of)

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The drone delivery service that everyone has been dreaming of (or dreading) is finally here. Well, sort of. Though Amazon was the American front runner in the drone delivary world, it's Alibaba via their online marketplace Taobao that has taken the steps to becoming the world's first drone delivery service.

Navy's electromagnetic railgun launches projectiles up to Mach 7

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled its electromagnetic railgun for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO last week. And with the ability to launch a hyper-velocity projectile (HVP) up to Mach 7 in less than a second, it’s a doozy....

5 smart careers for future engineers

February 6, 2015 12:35 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech ...

Photos of the Day: Railguns, robots, and shark drones at the Naval Future Force Expo

February 6, 2015 11:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

ECN’s Digital Editor, Jason Lomberg, paid a visit to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC yesterday, and this is what caught his eye. In particular, the Navy unveiled their electromagnetic railgun to the public for the first time, along with showcasing ...

Engineering Newswire: The Navy’s firefighting robot

February 6, 2015 10:39 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today, New York startup Robotbase concluded its successful Kickstarter campaign, more than tripling its original goal to bring the Personal Robot into your home. The robot isn't just another pretty fake face as it combines facial, object, and emotion recognition....

A bright future for outdoor displays

February 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Rick Ho, North America Regional Marketing Manager, Dow Corning | Articles | Comments

Outdoor LED displays represent a global market that is on track to more than double by 2020, from $5 billion in 2015 to $12 billion, according to Transparency Market Research. The prevailing technology is based on through-hole technology (THT) LED modules, but demand ...

Information security: A growing need for international commerce

February 6, 2015 9:09 am | by University of Alabama at Birmingham | News | Comments

As businesses large and small become more dependent on electronic data, a major focus has shifted towards information security.  Businesses are investing more than ever to protect themselves from dozens of security threats, from malware infections to financial fraud....

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