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Wiliot’s chip sensor is the first of its kind and has the ability to communicate with devices enabled by Bluetooth Low Energy. Wiliot’s concept for their Bluetooth chip. (Photo via Wiliot)   A new startup called WIliot is getting a lot of attention and funding from some big-name companies. Wiliot makes semiconductors that harness ambient nanowatts of electromagnetic energy from cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth networks allowing it to function without batteries or other traditional ...
Toyota Mobility Foundation has revealed the five finalists from their competition to find a way to pair smart technology with mobile technology. Qolo is just one of the ways the future of assisted mobility is being reimagined (Concept image by Simon Mckeown with Craig McMullen)   As technology advances, we start to rethink objects from refrigerators to cars in hopes to make them “smarter” and more efficient. Toyota hopes to do the same thing for wheelchairs. In 2016, Toyota Mob ...
The decision has been in the works for several years now (Photo via Associated Press)   I kind of live for news like this. Recently, scientists voted to change the definition of the kilogram along with the ampere, the Kelvin, and the mole. The decision was made at the General Conference on Weights and Measurements in Versailles, France.   So what exactly does this mean? The measurements will now be based on “fundamental constants of nature,” which are more precise than t ...
The first photo InSight sent of its successful landing; the lens is covered with bits of dust (Photo from NASA)   NASA recently made a major breakthrough in Mars exploration. On Monday (Nov. 26), the NASA InSight mission landed on Mars. Originally launched in May, the InSight spent seven months traveling before sending the official signal to NASA letting them it was still functioning. It even included a picture of the red planet’s surface to show where it landed.   InSight or ...
Project Impossible highlights groundbreaking engineering projects that are solving some of the world’s most pressing issues. The projects featured on the show were once thought to be impossible to achieve. (Photo via The History Channel)   Back in September, the History Channel premiered their latest original show called Project Impossible. Created by Radiant Features, the series looks at engineering projects that were once considered impossible only a few years ago. Each episode tak ...
Over the last several months, there have been some science-based news headlines that have caught my attention just for their topics alone. They strayed from the norm, offered unique insight about a particular topic, or were just straight-up unusual. Others were groundbreaking, or innovative within their respective fields. At any rate, this roundup will highlight those exciting news stories, which at the least, deserve another read-through, or at best, will provide a story you may have missed. & ...
The company will drop $10-million in Closed Loop Fund to increase recycling rates across the US. (Image credit: Amazon)   According to a recent report from Statista, the world is on track to generate nearly 50-tons of e-waste this year alone, and the numbers are expected to rise. You only need to look at the number of mobile devices, computers, IoT devices, monitors, and other electronics we buy and discard every year, and those rising numbers become self-explanatory.   In order to he ...
Don Coleman took his Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa) project to the Maker Faire and revealed exactly how well the board performs among the elements. (Image via Don Coleman GitHub)   UPDATE before it's posted: I liked the LoRa system so much, I am planning a project built around the tech you'll see soon here on element14. Now, on to the post.     I was able to see LoRa in action at Maker Faire. The following is what I gleamed from the faire.   Arduino’s new MKR WAN 1300 boar ...
Demo A new feature, called Dynamic Power Control (DPC), controls antenna current, RF power, and the related waveforms to deliver optimized RF performance, even under detuned conditions. It maximizes transmitter current during detuned conditions and thereby compensates for any negative effects generated by nearby metal, cards, or phones.   Features Optimizes NFC performance under detuned conditions Assures performance for all payment form factors Key feature of the PN5180 NFC frontend so ...
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology used epidural electrical stimulation to help those paralyzed regain some of their movement. A man is back on his feet after an electrical implant. (Photo via Swiss Federal Institute)   An amazing new study by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology may be a huge breakthrough for helping those who are paralyzed walk again. In the study, three wheelchair-bound men were able to regain movement after they were implanted ...
(Image credit: Pixabay)   Stephan Hawking shed his mortal coil back in March of this year, but the theoretical physicist’s breakthrough work with black holes, relativity, and quantum mechanics will live on. He published several books about his work throughout the years, including the bestsellers “A Brief History of Time,” and “The Universe in a Nutshell.” His final publication, “Brief Answers to Big Questions” was released a few days ago (Oct. 16), ...
Artist Trevor Paglen is launching his latest work of art in space and is meant to be visible to the naked eye. The sculpture will inflate into an elongated diamond shape. (Photo from Trevor Paglen and Nevada Museum of Art)   It's rare to have high technology come together with high art. This November, one artist has big plans for unveiling his latest work of art. He’s going all the way to space. Artist Trevor Paglen will launch his “Orbital Reflector,” a sculpture made of ...
The $1 billion fund recently revealed seven more startups it will invest in to help solve energy problems. The fund features investments from Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Michael Bloomberg. (Photo from Getty Images)   Some of the biggest and most lucrative names in technology and business are teaming up for a major investment. Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg and more are investing in nine energy startups that aim solve the biggest energy problems via their new $1 billion fund, Bre ...
  You can always expect to see some amazing homemade projects at the Maker Faire. The 9th Annual Maker Faire in NYC did not disappoint. Check out some of my highlights below.   1. Rideable Robot Horse   2. Stellar Star Wars Cosplay (Rey)   3. K-9 Robo-Dog   4. Kermit’s Robotic Lollipop Delivery Service   5. Pit Droid (Star Wars)   6. Totoro   7. Robot Band   8. Blue Bird that Can Read Your Emotions   9. Ta ...
This post originally appeared on the Dragon Innovation Blog. Manufacturing companies face any number of hurdles and issues on the path from an idea to a viable product. The success of your manufacturing company depends very much on how fundamental these issues are, and how you address them. Situations vary, of course. But over the years, I’ve found that most of the issues that derail manufacturers tend to fall into three categories: Cost, Quality and Schedule Cost: “Cash flow is king ...