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Do Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors Really Work?

September 17, 2014 10:32 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | News | Comments

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and ...

3D Face Mapping Puts Players in the Game

September 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | News | Comments

The developers of an interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to...

A Tech Fix for Texting While Driving

September 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

By now, almost everybody with a cellphone and a car knows that it's a bad idea to text while you...

Silicon's Serious New Contender

September 17, 2014 9:35 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet...

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The Future Face of Molecular Electronics

September 17, 2014 9:23 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take ...

Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Jaw Movements

September 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale ...  

Making Quantum Dots Glow Brighter

September 17, 2014 9:08 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending ...  

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HotSpot: Space Rotation Algorithm

September 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot:  A recent unprecedented digital mapping project led by the University of Birmingham in conjunction with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, has discovered a ...

Internet of Things: The Future of Manufacturing

September 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Events

According to a recent report in Forbes, the Internet of Things (IoT) is literally transforming manufacturing. The idea that every person, device, and piece of machinery can be equipped with intelligence and collaborative functions means that ...

SolderStar APS Solves Manufacturing Problems in Smart Production

September 16, 2014 12:57 pm | by SolderStar | News | Comments

With production volumes of mobile phones and tablet PCs growing, and indeed the predicted growth of 'wearables', the need to decrease development cycles and improve capacity is ever more important. SolderStar a manufacturer in ...   

Rugged Infineon XMC1000 Industrial MCUs In Stock at Mouser

September 16, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics is now stocking the XMC1000 ARM Cortex-M0 32-bit Industrial Microcontrollers from Infineon Technologies. With this new product offering, Mouser Electronics is now the first to stock the entire Infineon XMC family of ...

Print a Cellphone Microscope for Pennies

September 16, 2014 11:42 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape. Pulling it ...

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Anti-Blue Light Tech Protects Eyes While at Computer

September 16, 2014 11:06 am | by AOC | News | Comments

AOC is rolling out an innovative and patent-pending, solution called Anti-Blue Light technology to protect users against the damaging effects of blue light from LED-backlit computer screens. Like Ultra-Violet light waves (UV) from ...  

Apple Sells 4M iPhones in 24 Hours

September 16, 2014 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout ...

The History of 3D Printing

September 16, 2014 9:28 am | by Dana Goldberg, Line/Shape/Space | Articles | Comments

What’s 30 years old but looks brand new? Believe it or not, it’s 3D printing. Yep, additive manufacturing technology has been around since the Reagan era. Here’s a brief tour through the history of 3D printing ...     

Elusive Quantum Transformations Found Near Absolute Zero

September 16, 2014 9:19 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Heat drives classical phase transitions - think solid, liquid, and gas - but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, where quantum mechanics ...  

'Squid Skin' Project Yields Vivid Color

September 15, 2014 5:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

The new full-color display technology uses aluminum nanoparticles to create the vivid red, blue and green hues found in today's top-of-the-line LCD televisions and monitors. The technology is described in a new study that will be ...  

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Novel Method Developed for Working with Nanotubes

September 15, 2014 5:12 pm | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of researchers led by North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has devel­oped a novel method for con­trol­lably con­structing pre­cise inter-​​nanotube junc­tions and a variety of nanocarbon struc­tures in carbon nan­otube arrays. The method ...

New Technique for Controlling the Surface Tension of Liquid Metals

September 15, 2014 5:00 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique for controlling the surface tension of liquid metals by applying very low voltages, opening the door to a new generation of reconfigurable electronic circuits, antennas ...

'Minecraft' Could Boost Microsoft's Mobile Reach

September 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company. But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the ...

Hexagon Metrology Releases TIGO SF Coordinated Measuring Machine

September 15, 2014 4:15 pm | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Hexagon Metrology has announced the release of the TIGO SF coordinate measuring machine (CMM) for the North American market. The TIGO SF is a compact 3D CMM specifically designed for use on the ...

TI Develops Bluetooth Microcontroller for Industrial Applications

September 15, 2014 3:52 pm | by PD&D Staff | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments has announced the SimpleLink Bluetooth low energy CC2540T, a low power wireless microcontroller (MCU) that offers an extended temperature range of -40° to 125°C and USB connectivity for ...

Reducing Traffic Congestion, Remotely

September 15, 2014 12:29 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress last week, MIT researchers received one of the best-paper awards for a new system, dubbed RoadRunner, that uses GPS-style turn-by-turn directions to route drivers around congested ...

Photos of the Day: Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 15, 2014 11:46 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than ...

Options for Selling Used Mobile Phones

September 15, 2014 10:03 am | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple's latest iPhones begin shipping later this month, a move bound to inspire many fans of the popular smartphone to ditch their current models in favor of the bigger, sleeker iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. It's a ritual familiar by now to most ...

Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Order Demand Overwhelms Supply

September 15, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it had more than 4 million pre-orders of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 24 hours, exceeding its initial pre-order supply. The company says the phones will be delivered to customers starting Friday and throughout September, but ...

China Creates No-Cellphone Sidewalk Lane

September 15, 2014 9:30 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, seemingly offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the ...   

Samsung Accuses LG Execs of Damaging Its Products

September 14, 2014 7:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives of domestic rival LG Electronics Inc. of intentionally vandalizing its washing machines at retail stores in Germany and has asked for an official investigation. In a statement Sunday, Samsung ...

Will Apple's Digital Wallet Kill the Card Swipe?

September 13, 2014 10:37 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check. On Tuesday, the company announced Apple Pay, a digital payment system that lets people pay for retail store purchases using their phones rather than cash or credit cards ...

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