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HotSpot: IMS2014 Top Ten

June 25, 2014 8:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

At this year’s IMS2014 event in Tampa Bay, FL, Wireless Design and Development saw a lot of cool and innovative new products, and we’re excited to provide you with our Top Ten list from the show. First up is Signal Hound. Signal Hound was this year’s ECN Impact Award winner in the test and measurement category....

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Engineering Live: Emerging Test & Measurement Tech in Wireless Communications

June 24, 2014 10:14 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Developing next-generation wireless communications technologies and specifications requires advanced test and measurement instrumentation that is not only capable of supporting advanced designs, but also legacy technologies that still exist in the market....

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Engineering Newswire: Urinal videogame is controlled by user's 'stream'

June 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

A new videogame has hit the market, and while it doesn’t require a controller, it’s not quite hands free. Yup, this video game is controlled entirely by your urine. After experimenting with many ideas including lasers, ultrasound, induction sensors, and even cameras which were ruled out on privacy grounds ...

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Engineering Update #63: Boeing's newest space ship

June 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

On June 9th, Boeing unveiled its CST-100 commercial space taxi. The company’s main goal is to restart the U.S. ability to get to the ISS and beyond without spending 60 million for a seat on a Russian soyez. The company is referring to this capsule as a “space taxi” due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness....

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HotSpot: How your private data is used online

June 16, 2014 4:33 pm | Comments

Researchers in the Decentralized Information Group (DIG) at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are developing a new web technology that would allow you to track how your private data is used online. The new protocol, “HTTP with Accountability,” or HTTPA ...

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Company profile: HARTING

June 13, 2014 12:45 pm | Comments

Almost 65 years ago, Wilhelm Harting invented the rectangular connector. Today, the company he founded is a global leader in industrial, communications and device connectivity, still owned and managed by his descendants. Many more HARTING innovations in connector design and termination technology have followed over the years....

Engineering Newswire: DARPA’s air-to-ground warfare

June 13, 2014 9:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

DARPA’s new Persistent Close Air Support program is providing warfighters with advanced digital tools for situational awareness and targeting in place of legacy communications systems and traditional paper maps. The system safely coordinates troop positions, while simultaneously providing close air support for ground forces....

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Engineering Update #62: The first commercial drone

June 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the first commercial drone, AeroVironment'S RQ-20A Puma AE, a small hand-launched UAS with endurance of 3.5 hours and the capability to extend its range with solar or fuel cell options. It also includes electro-optical and infrared cameras....

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Engineering Newswire 93: Jet-powered flying car reaches 550 mph

June 9, 2014 10:05 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

In other automotive news this week, Greg Brown and Dave Fawcett have announced plans for a jet-powered flying car, the GF7, and in a recent interview with Gizmag, the team explained that the vehicle will be able to reach heights of up to 38,000 feet, with a top speed of 550 mph....

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Engineering Update #61: A planet that shouldn’t exist

June 5, 2014 9:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Announced at a press conference at meeting of the American Astronomical society, was the discovery of a planet that is 17-times heavier than earth called Kepler-10c. The planet exists in the Draco constellation, about 560 light-years from earth. The latest smart phone security: If someone does something suspicious with a phone...

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Precision Guidance: Company developing autonomous Black Hawk helicopter

June 2, 2014 9:23 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

One of the biggest announcements from the recent Unmanned Systems expo in Orlando, Florida was the news that Sikorsky Aircraft is developing an autonomous version of the Black Hawk helicopter. The optionally piloted UH-60A Black Hawk leverages the company’s Matrix technology — a major research program for vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft....

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Bake your own robot

May 30, 2014 2:17 pm | by MIT | Comments

New algorithms and electronic components could enable printable robots that self-assemble when heated. The actuator — which would enable a robot to move — is a foldable coil, which would need to be augmented with a pair of iron cylinders that could be magnetized by an electrical current....

Engineering Newswire: Super-maglev train to reach 1,800 mph

May 30, 2014 9:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Comments

Magnetic levitation, or Maglev, trains use magnets to levitate above their tracks, which eliminates any friction, allowing for faster, quieter travel. Current maglev trains can reach speeds of up to 250 mph, but Researchers in China have successfully completed testing of the first manned megathermal superconducting maglev loop, which would go much faster....

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Engineering Update Episode 60 Bloopers

May 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Engineering Update 60: The most secure drone in the world

May 29, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Comments

DARPA has been developing a program called High Assurance Cyber Military Systems, which uses software to thwart all manner of cyber-attacks on drones. The project originated at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Washington, and according to the program manager for DARPA, the software is allegedly mathematically invulnerable to large classes of attack....

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