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HotSpot: Gestured-Controlled Music

April 15, 2014 1:33 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, perpetual power reserve using revolutionary WySips Crystal technology; Google Glass assists Parkinson's patients; MIDI gloves that allow gestured-controlled music composition; and a gamer controller that taps into players' emotions ...

Zebra to Spend $3.45B on Motorola Business

April 15, 2014 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola...

Invention Loves Collaboration at Milan Show

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Collaboration drove invention during Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral...

Photos of the Day: The World's Largest Design Fair

April 15, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

This Monday, April 7, 2014 file photo shows Du Pont Corian creations displayed...

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What Engineers Need from Today’s Research Outlets

April 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Gabriela Lupulescu, Product Manager, Knovel | Articles | Comments

Baby Boomers are now retiring at a rate of 8,000 per day according to the AARP, creating demand to fill the newly empty senior engineering positions. However, thanks to the size of the Baby Boomer population, there simply aren’t enough ...

Photos of the Day: Predicting the Future in 1964

April 14, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The millions of visitors who attended the New York World’s Fair that opened in 1964 were introduced to a range of technological innovations and predictions. Some of those turned out to be right on the money and others, perhaps thankfully, were ...

Visions of 1964 World's Fair Didn't All Come True

April 14, 2014 9:46 am | by Deepti Hajela, Associated Press | News | Comments

Video phone calls? Yeah, we do that. Asking computers for information? Sure, several times a day. Colonies on the moon and jet packs as a mode of everyday transportation. OK, maybe not. The New York World's Fair of 1964 ...    

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Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 14, 2014 8:21 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"Yay, it's Nick! How can I help?" Thanks for asking, Cortana. And thanks for making the Windows phone software better, Microsoft. With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way ...

Through the Mist to Technology of the Future

April 11, 2014 12:42 pm | by Joanne Fryer, University of Bristol | News | Comments

A tabletop display with personal screens made from a curtain of mist that allow users to move images around and push through the fog-screens and onto the display, will be unveiled ...           

A New Thermoelectric Generator on Glass Fabric

April 11, 2014 11:48 am | by Lan Yoon, KAIST | News | Comments

Wearable computers or devices have been hailed as the next generation of mobile electronic gadgets, from smart watches to smart glasses to smart pacemakers. For electronics to be worn by a user, they must be ...       

Google to Sell Glass to Bigger Pool of Consumers

April 10, 2014 7:21 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion. Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an ...

We’re Not Out of Engineers Yet

April 10, 2014 3:47 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

According to several outlets, a dearth of science and engineering students, coupled with the underqualified workforce unable to fill current need, is leading to the intellectual downfall of the nation. If you strike up a conversation with ...

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Head Of German NSA Inquiry Quits Over Snowden Row

April 10, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of a German parliamentary inquiry into surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency has resigned, citing tensions over whether to seek testimony from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. All four parties in Germany's lower house, the Bundestag, agreed ...

Review: S5 Features Useful, Less About Gimmicks

April 9, 2014 6:21 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's a lot to like about Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone —among them, its relative lack of features. Don't get me wrong. The company's new flagship smartphone has plenty of innovations, including water resistance, a heart rate sensor and ...

Creativity & Innovation Need to Talk More

April 9, 2014 11:53 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Creativity and innovation are not sufficiently integrated in either the business world or academic research, according to a new study by Rice University, the University of Edinburgh and Brunel University. The findings are the result of the ...

Ultra-Fast Electrical Circuits Using Light-Generated Tunneling Currents

April 9, 2014 11:49 am | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Researchers have successfully designed and fabricated electrical circuits that can operate at hundreds of terahertz frequencies, which is tens of thousands times faster than today’s state-of-the-art microprocessors ...     

Infographic: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea

April 9, 2014 11:41 am | by Kylee Swenson Gordon, Line/Shape/Space | News | Comments

Are you a product designer, inventor, and/or entrepreneur excited to bring an idea to life, yet regularly discouraged by stumbling blocks along the way? It’s not so easy to manufacture a product and bring it to market, is it?   

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Using Google Glass to Map the Future of Medical Testing

April 9, 2014 11:37 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

A team of researchers at UCLA has transformed Google Glass into a powerful, wearable medical testing laboratory. Aydogan Ozcan and his team developed an application that reads dozens of different types of diagnostic tests for malaria ... 

Investors Shed Tech, Biotech Stocks

April 8, 2014 7:19 pm | by Ken Sweet - AP Markets Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Wall Street's cool kids have been booted from the lunchroom. Technology and biotechnology companies, high-flying stocks over the last two years, have been beaten down the last three weeks. Many are now ...       

Crowdfunding Is Killing the Hardware Revolution

April 8, 2014 4:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

While the prototyping process may be cheap, it has become increasingly common for companies to launch crowdfunding campaigns without a basic understanding of the manufacturing process. In turn, they have failed to ...    

China OKs Nokia-Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the 5.4 billion-euro ($7.3 billion) deal. The Finnish company says it expects the transaction to ...

High-Tech Items Giving Deaf-Blind Online Access

April 8, 2014 9:48 am | by Frank Eltman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tanisha Verdejo loves to surf the Internet for shopping deals. She chats on Facebook, learns about new recipes and enjoys sending emails to friends and family. Verdejo, who can't see or hear, could do none of that a year ago ...   

Supreme Court Rejects Early Appeal of Surveillance Ruling

April 7, 2014 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records. Conservative lawyer Larry Klayman persuaded a federal judge in December to ...

Why Google’s Modular Smartphone Might Actually Succeed

April 7, 2014 12:24 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Google believes open hardware innovation could help it find industries and markets for its software and services. In a two-story building in an industrial district of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ara Knaian shows off prototypes of what could be the industry’s first ...

Photos of the Day: Inside the Ultimate Workshop

April 7, 2014 10:44 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, @melfass | Autodesk Inc, Epilog Laser, Omax Corporation | News | Comments

This past week I had the opportunity to tour the Autodesk Workshop at Pier 9 in San Francisco. The facility, spanning 27,000 square feet, houses some of the most advanced subtractive, and additive manufacturing tools in the business ...  

Nest Labs Disables Feature On Smoke Alarms

April 7, 2014 8:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The high-tech home monitoring device company Nest Labs is disabling a feature on its smoke alarms due to the risk that owners could unintentionally turn off the device with the wave of a hand. Nest was acquired this year by Google for ...

Review: Ups & Downs with Google Glass Apps

April 7, 2014 8:13 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while I was making carrot and ginger soup. I've been using Google's Web-connected eyewear over the past few months. Spending a day trying to ...

5 Questions to Ask an LTE Chip Maker

April 6, 2014 5:57 pm | by Eran Eshed, Co-Founder & VP, Marketing & Business Development at Altair Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

One of the components of your future device is a cellular chip. There are many chip providers from which to choose, all eager to help bring your product to market. The decision to partner with a chipset vendor is ...      

Samsung Adding Anti-Theft Solutions to Smartphones

April 4, 2014 7:21 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday. The world's largest mobile-phone maker said users will be able to ...   

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