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Charge your phone wirelessly with Ikea’s new furniture collection

March 2, 2015 4:38 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The new “Home Smart” furniture collection will, to start, include bedside tables, lamps, and a coffee table. They’ll also be selling individual charging pads for any surface. Much like all the other furniture Ikea sells, customers will have to put it together themselves....

From the Top: The past, present, and future of wearable technology

March 2, 2015 7:00 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Videos | Comments

By 2025, the wearable technology market is forecasted to become a $70 billion industry. Last...

DC-DC converters provide input voltage range of 18-75 volts DC

February 25, 2015 1:55 pm | by Ge Energy | Product Releases | Comments

GE’s new 228-watt (W) quarter-brick QHHD019A0B isolated DC-DC converters are the latest addition...

NFC/RFID tags achieve best-in-class data retention

February 25, 2015 9:52 am | by Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

The SRTAG NFC/RFID tags from STMicroelectronics combine the market’s widest memory range, best-...

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Game of Phones: Etiquette is coming

February 20, 2015 8:07 am | by www.workfront.com | Blogs | Comments

In the land of office phone etiquette, war is coming.

Wireless Minute: Why Google Glass died

February 19, 2015 3:43 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, Google Glass has become the popular death knell many in the industry are now sounding, loudly. Maybe it’s just bad design, or maybe it’s the same shot that sunk analog glass, you know, before the hipster resurrection....

New NIST tools to help boost wireless channel frequencies and capacity

February 19, 2015 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones and tablets are everywhere, which is great for communications but a growing burden on wireless channels. Forecasted huge increases in mobile data traffic call for exponentially more channel capacity. Boosting bandwidth and capacity could speed ...

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Engineering Update #98: The FAA’s proposed rules for commercial drones

February 19, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Domestic drones represent a potential goldmine – quite possibly the greatest business opportunity since the automobile – and a plethora of different companies have proposed various commercial applications. But one of the biggest roadblocks to any sort of mass deployment ...

Codec includes GPS receiver and incremental encoder

February 9, 2015 1:46 pm | by Sensoray Co., Inc. | Sensoray Co., Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sensoray announces that its Model 2253P A/V Codec with GPS Receiver and Incremental Encoder Interfaces brings incredible performance in the compact design necessary for pipeline inspection, mining, robotics and more. In addition, all operating power is supplied by ...

Engineering Update #96: China's drone delivery service

February 4, 2015 4:26 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While we struggle with domestic drone regulations, China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is moving forward with a similar service as Amazon’s vaunted drone delivery system. Ya know, the difference being that Alibaba isn’t mired in seemingly endless red tape and regulatory hurdles....

The Fine Print: Unlimited data plans have limits

February 4, 2015 11:58 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With cellular-data plans, unlimited doesn't really mean unlimited. Some carriers threaten to slow down speeds after heavy use or curb how much you can stray from their own networks. So I wasn't surprised to learn that the nation's largest prepaid wireless company ...

Driverless cars are not high-speed trains

February 4, 2015 9:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars not driven by human beings would be much safer than those operated by machines...

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Module stores the last 30 daily total flows

January 30, 2015 11:43 am | by SignalFire Wireless Telemetry | Product Releases | Comments

With a built-in user-configurable, real-time clock, the wireless Totalizer Module stores the last 30 daily total flows. Data can be accessed wirelessly when connected to the SignalFire Modbus-in-a-Stick, a rugged, integrated device combining ...

Brain-wave headset crowdsourced

January 26, 2015 11:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of Jan. 27....

Obama: Paid leave should be a right, not a privilege

January 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Blogs | Comments

New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave — which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality, competitive local broadband, and cybersecurity. At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the President will announce ...

Signaling tester provides multi-operator support

January 20, 2015 2:00 pm | by Anritsu Company | Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company (Morgan Hill, CA) announces that its MD8475A signaling tester with SmartStudio Manager Windows-based control software now provides multi-operator support for Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) Carrier Acceptance Test (CAT) packages....

VCO features typical phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset

January 20, 2015 12:50 pm | by Crystek Crystal | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

The CVCO55CXT-5685-5780 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) from Crystek (Fort Myers, FL) operates from 5685 MHz to 5780 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -102 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and ...

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Data analytics lend wireless sensors power to change lives

January 20, 2015 8:54 am | by David Allan, President, Virtuix Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Walking the aisles at CES, you were hard-pressed to find a single product that doesn’t contain at least one sensor. The latest iPhones add a barometric sensor to at least a dozen others. By some predictions, a trillion-sensor world is not far off. Yet what benefits ...

Top 10 from CES 2015: Quantum dots are for real

January 14, 2015 9:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Show is arguably the single most important event of the year. And with 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, 3,600 exhibitors, and more than 170,000 attendees — every one of which we got to dodge en route to each appointment ...

iPhone separation linked to physiological anxiety

January 9, 2015 11:45 am | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Cell phone use has become a common part of life as mobile devices have become one of the most popular ways to communicate. Even so, very little research exists on the impact of cell phone usage and specifically what happens when people are separated from their phones.

Why we should trust autonomous cars

January 9, 2015 11:43 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor PDD, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Every year, automotive manufacturers push the envelope of vehicle autonomy.  However, the general public climate toward these vehicles has been cloudy and divided. The comments section of many articles centered on this topic are filled with phrases such as ‘precursor to robot tanks...

Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology

January 9, 2015 9:18 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development...

Govt considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

January 9, 2015 9:16 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars. People may be asked to fill out their census forms on the Internet instead of sending them through the mail.

Do engineers use counterfeit components?

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Counterfeit components continue to make it into designs as companies try to reduce prices and make smart business decisions. While a counterfeit component might lower the initial cost, the long term consequences of using grey market products can result in more expensive...

Engineering Update #92: CATS in space

January 8, 2015 2:01 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The International Space Station is getting a shipment of CATS. I know what you’re thinking, but sadly, these are CAT modules. The CATS are sensors that will be operational on the ISS for at least six months and up to three years. Their task is to offer researchers a better...

You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks

January 7, 2015 2:14 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Seriously. OK, let me be very clear here. You can now wirelessly charge your phone at Starbucks if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area. But wait. Everyone else—don't leave yet! It's coming to your location, too. Eventually. Duracell Powermat and Starbucks announced that they...

The evolution of wireless networks

January 6, 2015 4:09 pm | by NJIT | Blogs | Comments

Over the years wireless signals have advanced from theoretical observations to a readily applied science that plays a major role in many aspects of modern life. Wireless communication became possible thanks to the discovery of radio waves in 1880, which led to the first...

AT&T not worried about network impact from connected cars

January 6, 2015 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The connected car is catching on and AT&T has an early lead in the space. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said he expects within the next year or so that AT&T will hold a 50 percent share of the new connected car market. That’s a lot of new radios...

If you talk to your thermostat, will it listen?

January 6, 2015 9:06 am | by Vineet Ganju, Conexant | Blogs | Comments

Interacting with the devices in a Smart Home using voice is a trend that has the biggest players in the consumer electronics space taking notice. From speakers that hear and respond to commands to intelligent thermostats and home appliances, a completely ...

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