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Ringing in the New Year with $5.1M in Funding

January 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Wearable technology startup Ringly raised $5.1 million in Series A, led by Andreesen Horowitz. Ringly creates gemstone rings that complement one’s smartphone, sending alerts via light or vibration ...             

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Preparing for the Robot Uprising

January 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Could artificial intelligence programs revolutionize human labor laws? Should autonomous weapons be programmed to comply with the Geneva Conventions? A speculative letter released on ...          

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NASA's CATS Installed on ISS by Robotic Handoff

January 26, 2015 9:37 am | by NASA | News | Comments

On Jan. 22, 2015, robotic flight controllers successfully installed NASA’s Cloud Aerosol Transport System aboard the International Space Station through a robotic handoff — the first time one robotic arm on station has worked in concert with ...

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Crowdfunding the Future

January 26, 2015 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The crowdfunding site Indiegogo was founded in 2008, and Kickstarter began a year later. Since then, millions of contributors have brought products just like Jibo, 'The World’s First Family Robot,' to life. A company representative states ...

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Navy Wants to Increase Use of Sonar-Emitting Buoys

January 26, 2015 9:19 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Navy wants to deploy up to 720 sonobuoys at least 12 nautical miles off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. The devices, about 3 feet long and 6 inches in diameter, send out sonar signals underwater so ...  

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January/February: Designing a Personal Robot

January 26, 2015 9:17 am | by PD&D Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

In this edition of PD&D, we are designing robots for the home, printing sensors on a variety of fabrics, and incorporating the IoT into medical devices. Also, in this month’s Brainstorm we ask industry experts about the future of ...

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Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

January 26, 2015 9:15 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the ...  

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Motorola Unveils 3 Smart Phones for Return to China

January 26, 2015 9:11 am | by Joe Mcdonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Motorola unveiled three smartphone models on Monday for its return to China following a two-year absence from the most populous mobile phone market. Motorola was a mobile phone pioneer in China but pulled out in ...     

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5 Ways Drones Could Affect the American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 9:06 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Drone technology, already used in ...

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Tech Improves Avalanche Gear for Backcountry Skiers

January 23, 2015 4:22 pm | by Brady McCombs, Associated Press | News | Comments

As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they've put a special emphasis on gear and equipment to ...   

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Siemens Touts Order for 21 Wind Turbines

January 23, 2015 3:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Siemens says it has received an order to supply 21 wind turbines to the Alexander wind project located 120 miles northwest of Wichita. The Hutchinson-based company announced Thursday in a news release that it has reached a deal with ...  

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Goodyear Recalls SUV Tires Due to Tread Cracks

January 23, 2015 3:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear is recalling about 48,500 SUV tires after finding small cracks in the tread during endurance testing. The move has forced General Motors to stop selling about 6,300 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and ...      

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Creating a Smarter Connection Between Man & Machine

January 23, 2015 2:17 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode ...   

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Today in Engineering History: Submersible Sets Depth Record

January 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1960, the U.S. Navy-operated bathyscaphe Trieste traveled more than 35,000 feet to the deepest known point in the Pacific Ocean. Jacques Piccard and Navy lieutenant Donald Walsh boarded the Trieste from a rubber raft ...

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Hot La-Z-Boys Among 3 Design Fails This Week

January 23, 2015 1:01 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

This week in recalls, La-Z-Boy control wands are overheating, weight machine attachments are detaching, and hunters’ stands are falling from trees ...                

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