Britain’s Electric Car Revolution: Smart But at What Cost?

(DGIwire) – In July 2017, the British government announced a ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans in that country starting in 2040. The aim, according to a Reuters report, is to reduce air pollution and to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. However, this […]

Professional Power Tool Users: Time to Look Beyond Lithium-Ion

(DGIwire) – Reliable power tools are crucial to maintaining the reputations of electrical, cable and telecom companies. However, as recently reported in Utility Products magazine, engineers and field technicians are bound by the technical limitations of Lithium-ion battery packs, which present a series of drawbacks. For example, if there has been insufficient time to recharge […]

Beyond Lithium-Ion: What’s Next for Battery Technology?

(DGIwire) – Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the current industry standard—but it’s starting to look as if they might not be around forever. Although they are capable of holding a charge for a relatively long time, Li-ion batteries are expensive and—as several recent high-profile news items have shown the world—they have a tendency explode and put […]

Fidget Spinners in Flames: Mishaps Show Need for New Power Options

(DGIwire) – The last thing anyone wants from a fidget spinner is a third-degree burn. Unfortunately, the risk seems to be a real one. As recently reported in The Telegraph, multiple cases have arisen of Bluetooth fidget spinners—variants of the popular toys with inbuilt speakers that play music streamed from a mobile phone—were found to […]

Protecting Private Property in the Drone Age

(DGIwire) – As drones become increasing popular, a disturbing trend is taking off: unauthorized flights over private property. Whether it’s a prison yard, a military installation or a corporate campus, the risk of terror attacks or espionage is high. In response to this threat, lawmakers are increasingly calling for measures to keep the problem at […]

Flight Fright: Lithium-Ion Fires on Planes Reveal Need for Innovation

(DGIwire) – On May 30, 2017, a lithium battery in a passenger’s backpack caught fire aboard a cross-country flight, reported the Federal Aviation Administration. According to CNN, nobody was injured on the flight, which was traveling from New York City to San Francisco but was diverted to Grand Rapids, Michigan. The lithium battery began to […]

Suffering from Low Battery Anxiety? Look Out for This Product

(DGIwire) – For many folks, seeing their smartphone’s battery getting low will leave them panicked, annoyed and hunting for a spare charger. According to a recent article in the Daily Mail, this condition has been dubbed “low battery anxiety” by a major smartphone manufacturer. After surveying 2,000 adult smartphone users in the U.S. in 2016, […]

A Smartphone’s Departure Puts New Focus on Batteries

(DGIwire) – January 5, 2017 was the last day many owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone were able to use their devices. As widely reported, the phone is under a worldwide recall after many overheated and caused fires. On January 5, Verizon and AT&T rolled out a software update to prevent the phone […]

3D Printing: A Bright Future for Orthopedics

(DGIwire) – For anyone undergoing orthopedic surgery, a common concern is a complication called aseptic loosening. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, this occurs where the bond between an implant and bone doesn’t hold, requiring patients to be taken back to surgery after a joint replacement. Now a team of researchers from the […]

How Prisons Can Keep Their Skies Drone-Free

(DGIwire) – Prisoners don’t usually expect contraband to drop from the skies. But on July 29, 2016, that’s just what happened at Mansfield Correctional Institution in Mansfield, OH. According to CNN, a drone flew over the prison yard and dropped a package containing 144.5 grams of tobacco, 65.4 grams of marijuana and 6.6 grams of […]

Preventing Drone Crashes: When National Security Depends On It

(DGIwire) – Keeping small drones from smashing into things is a big challenge. According to a recent article in IEEE Spectrum, these flying devices often don’t have the payload capacity for sensors needed for real-time avoidance of trees or power lines. Now a team of drone researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has devised a […]

3D-Printed Vertebrae: A Landmark Surgery

(DGIwire) – In late 2015, a neurosurgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia, met a patient who suffered from a form of cancer called chordroma, according to a Mashable report. The patient had a tumor in a particularly inaccessible location: two vertebrae at the top of the neck involved in rotation of […]

Landing Enemy Drones Safely: Here Comes the Technology

(DGIwire) – It’s always impressive to see a drone take flight. But what may be even more impressive, according to a recent report in Silicon Beat, is the ability to safely land a hostile drone before it is able to do any damage. One device, unveiled in October 2016 at the PacSec 2016 security conference […]

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