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Watch this fish drive his own tank around

February 10, 2014 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Do you ever feel like your fish is jealous of the cat and dog who can walk freely about the house just because they have the ability to “breathe oxygen”? Have you caught your fish eyeing the parrot and his high flying, free-wheeling ways? Is he jealous of the hamster in the ball who gets to roll around the house?

What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

February 6, 2014 3:23 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

There are all sorts of harsh environments where electronic components need to function perfectly regardless of the temperature, dirt, weather, or other challenges. So what's the best way to protect them? Here's a great opportunity to showcase your opinion and knowledge on the topic by answering the question below. Ready to give it a try?    

Wireless adaptor enables wired field instruments to function as ISA100 Wireless devices

February 6, 2014 2:27 pm | Yokogawa | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Newnan, GA) announces that it has developed a multi-protocol wireless adaptor that enables wired field instruments or analytical sensors to be used as ISA100 Wireless devices, and will release models in May and July that support communications based on the HART and RS485 Modbus standards.

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How true love opened the smart bra

February 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When Microsoft reported plans for a smart bra equipped with sensors to help keep track of your health and mood, I scoffed at the idea. The concept of smart bras seemed a passing gimmick, and the comments from other critics on my previous blog on the topic seemed to agree.

Feds want cars to be able to talk to each other

February 3, 2014 3:48 pm | by Joan Lowy, AP | Articles | Comments

 Raising hopes of preventing many deadly collisions, transportation officials said Monday they plan to propose requiring automakers to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that lets vehicles communicate with each other .

Companies back fast Internet-in-schools initiative

February 3, 2014 3:43 pm | by AP | Articles | Comments

The White House says it's lined up private support for President Barack Obama's pledge to connect 15,000 schools and 20 million students with high-speed Internet service over the next few years.A White House education event Tuesday will focus on his ConnectED initiative.

Power amplifier operates in the 1805 MHz to 1880 MHz frequency band

January 30, 2014 1:33 pm | Anadigics Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ANADIGICS (Warren, N.J.) introduced the AWB7222 power amplifier (PA), optimized for WCDMA, HSPA, and LTE small-cell applications. The new AWB7222 operates in the 1805 MHz to 1880 MHz frequency band, delivering an industry-leading combination of output power, linearity, power-added efficiency and thermal characteristics.

WLAN-enabled devices facilitate the connection of CAN busses over WLAN

January 28, 2014 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

PEAK-System complements its new gateway product family by two other WLAN-enabled devices. The PCAN Wireless Gateways facilitate the connection of CAN busses over WLAN. For this, CAN frames are wrapped in TCP or UDP message packages and forwarded from one device to another over the IP network.

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Mixed views on Samsung after stellar 2013

January 24, 2014 10:43 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For Samsung Electronics and its 270,000 employees across the globe, 2013 was the best year. One in every three smartphones sold carried the Samsung brand, with the company shipping more than 300 million of the devices. South Korea's best known company on the world stage rounded off the year with record annual revenue and profit.

App Watch: Will you be my Between? App for lovers

January 23, 2014 11:02 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

If ever in doubt about your guy's commitment to a relationship, ask him if he would commit to an app. A growing number of young couples in Asia are sharing special moments in the privacy of Between, a tight networking app that links only two people.

Module meets numerous certifications including Bluetooth SIG, FCC, IC, and ETSI

January 23, 2014 10:32 am | Mouser Electronics, Anaren Microwave Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the Anaren A2541 Bluetooth Module, a complete low-power Bluetooth system which comes with a PCB antenna, software stack, and DC/DC converter in a surface‑mount package about the size of a postage stamp. This module is compatible with the new Bluetooth SMART standard....

Turkeys inspire smartphone-capable early warning system for toxins

January 22, 2014 10:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals. But bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. This feature makes the sensors valuable detectors of toxins or airborne pathogens.

Which way WiFi?

January 20, 2014 3:52 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

WiFi users in densely populated urban locales experience signal interference from nearby unassociated WiFi networks. Additionally, significant growth in the number WiFi-enabled mobile devices has added to user dependency on WiFi channels and to the data traffic those channels carry.

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Advanced Mezzanine Card module designed for wireless processing applications

January 20, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

CommAgility today announced the AMC-V7-2C6670, a high performance Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) module with the processing power of a Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA and two TI TMS320C6670 multicore DSPs. The new AMC is designed for wireless processing applications including 4G, LTE, LTE Advanced and beyond.

Engineering Update #41: Talking to your appliances

January 16, 2014 2:16 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode sponsored by Mouser: Communicating with your smart appliances: The LG HomeChat service allows homeowners to more or less talk to any smart appliances in their home from a cell phone. NASA’s newest primate robot...

Bluetooth Smart for connected gadgets

January 14, 2014 4:56 pm | by Sid Shaw, worldwide business and marketing manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The introduction of Bluetooth low energy technology as part of the Bluetooth specification v4.0 has tremendously expanded the types of products using Bluetooth connectivity. Designed from the very beginning for ultra-low power, Bluetooth low energy uses short bursts of data transmission instead of a continuous stream....

Company releases world’s lowest profile active and passive antennas

January 14, 2014 11:21 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions and Parsec Technologies announced that a combination of the companies’ technologies results in the world’s lowest-profile companion solution for GPS receiver and antenna. For host devices able to accommodate higher volumetric symmetry, assembly of the components can be made to fit a 6x16x8mm volume.

'Superlens' extends range of wireless power transfer

January 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now, researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields over distances much larger than the size of the transmitter and receiver.

Gadget Watch: iPhone case lets you see heat

January 13, 2014 10:18 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Remember the alien with heat vision in the movie "Predator"? You, too, can now stalk people in the jungle by their heat signatures — or check your home's insulation for leaks, whichever is most useful to you. FLIR Systems Inc. is launching its first consumer product, an iPhone jacket that contains a heat camera.

Single Chip Wi-Fi SiP modules designed for the Internet of Things

January 10, 2014 2:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

eConais Inc., has announced the world’s smallest, most easily integrated, and lowest standby power single chip 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) modules for the Internet of Things, according to the company.  To help speed the design of products for the growing Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) markets, the eConais EC19D family of SiP modules enables product designers to quickly and easily connect their devices to 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.  At 8x8mm in size, the EC19D modules can be embedded in almost any product or application.  The EC19D will also include FCC, IC, and EC certifications to further simplify and speed up product design and production for use with Wi-Fi networks throughout the world.

Engineering Update #40: Augmented reality contact lenses

January 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s headlines: Wearable electronics take the spotlight at CES: Several companies are expected to unveil wearable computing devices at CES that are easier to use, extend battery life, and tap into the power of gestures, social networks, and cloud computing.  An open-source platform for mind-machine melding...

Few 'wearables' balance fashion and function

January 9, 2014 11:20 am | by By PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Gadget lovers are slipping on fitness bands that track movement and buckling on smartwatches that let them check phone messages. Some brave souls are even donning Google's geeky-looking Glass eyewear. For the technology industry, this is exciting time, but also a risky one. No one really knows whether the average consumer can be enticed to make gadgets part of their everyday attire.

Gadget Watch: Case makes iPhone a BlackBerry clone

January 9, 2014 11:19 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.

January 2014: Military

January 9, 2014 11:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three important issues in the industry and the news: defense spending, transportation and healthcare. In the United States, defense is a serious business with a serious budget.

Why I’m A-OK with Disney tracking me "NSA-style"

January 8, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program

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