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Wireless Minute: NailO turns your fingernail into a tiny trackpad

April 28, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Dipierro, Janine Mooney | Videos | Comments

Whenever I'm cooking, it's always difficult to actually prepare the meal, hold seven hundred things in your hand, and then flip the page on the recipe book to see what the next step is. The NailO wants to help. A team at the MIT Media Lab is ...

This is Canada's new smart gun

April 22, 2015 7:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Our Canadian brethren take a lot of flack for their peacekeeping and polite stereotypes, but...

OSU innovation boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold

April 20, 2015 1:35 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the...

VCO achieves a control voltage range of 0.5V~4.5V

April 20, 2015 10:18 am | by Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-3000-3000 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 3000 MHz with a...

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Medical team leverages Wi-Fi, mobile health in combat operations settings

April 16, 2015 12:01 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Imagine arriving at a major medical center with a life-threatening medical condition. Imagine now, this facility has no paging or cell phone capability. How will the right doctor be alerted that you need treatment to save your life? The Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center's Mobile Health Innovation Center ...

Taking aim with precision-guided firearms

April 8, 2015 8:54 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Hunting requires a lot of patience and skill, and nothing can be more frustrating than a missed shot on a target a few hundred yards away. Austin-based TrackingPoint has developed a fully integrated, precision-guided firearm system that ...

And the winner of the Raspberry Pi 2 is...

April 7, 2015 10:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The characteristic that I love the most about the Raspberry Pi 2 was actually the one that made this competition so difficult to judge. The fact that people of ages and experience can use the board for so many different applications and  purposes is inspiring, but also a little daunting for judging.

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Narrow band transceiver offers a low-power, reliable data link

April 7, 2015 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Mini – MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) NiM1B-154.570-5-12.5-MURS is a frequency programmable narrow band transceiver that offers a low-power, reliable data link in a Lemos/Radiometrix transceiver standard pin out and footprint. It is suitable for licensed and unlicensed VHF allocations, FCC part 90 ...

Amazon's newest service will change your life (Maybe.)

April 6, 2015 8:14 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Restocking your pantry might soon be as easy as pressing a button. Seriously, push the button and presto, chango, your favorite toilet paper arrives in the mail. Amazon's newest release is the Amazon Dash button.

Facebook's Internet drones won’t have us all singing Kumbaya

March 31, 2015 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Facebook recently trialed the solar-powered drones which aim to fulfill the social network giant’s ambitious goal of connecting the entire world to the internet. The Internet.org initiative is an impressive engineering feat, relying on solar-powered UAVs to “beam” the Internet down to billions of people.

Want a free Raspberry Pi 2? We're giving one away

March 26, 2015 4:38 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

I'm a big fan of the Raspberry Pi. Newark Element14 was nice enough to send me one a while back and once I figured out what it was, I was absolutely fascinated by the idea that it's basically a grown-up(ish) version of a super sweet building toy.

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.  

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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.

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.

Wireless module enables Internet of Things communication

March 10, 2015 2:10 pm | by Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the first in a series of modules for the LoRa technology low-data-rate wireless networking standard, which enables Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) wireless communication with a range of more than 10 miles (suburban), a battery life ...

Wireless MCU platform helps customers go battery-less

March 9, 2015 10:58 am | by Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments announced the new SimpleLink ultra-low power wireless microcontroller (MCU) platform that helps customers go battery-less with energy harvesting or enjoy always-on, coin cell-powered operation for multiple years. With this industry-first technology ...

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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Programming tools designed for rotary encoders

March 3, 2015 3:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL is introducing powerful new programming capabilities and tools for their IXARC series of rotary encoders. With these new capabilities, the performance characteristics of these POSITAL encoders can be extensively modified through software changes, without requiring changes to physical components....

Charge your phone wirelessly with Ikea’s new furniture collection

March 3, 2015 8:38 am | 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 year, with major releases in the medical, fitness, and wellness markets, the industry only reached $14 billion. That’s a $56 billion dollar gap to be filled in less than ...

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

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

GE’s new 228-watt (W) quarter-brick QHHD019A0B isolated DC-DC converters are the latest addition to its Hammerhead series of DC-DC modules. The low-height converters provide a single, precisely regulated output voltage over an ultra-wide input voltage range of 18-75 volts DC. Cost-effective and energy- and space-efficient ...

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

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

The SRTAG NFC/RFID tags from STMicroelectronics combine the market’s widest memory range, best-in-class data retention and write-erase cycles, and the strongest data protection, opening new possibilities for short-range wireless connectivity in consumer electronics, computer peripherals, home appliances, industrial automation ...

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 ...

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 ...

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