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Stories by Lucas Mearian

A wireless router may someday charge your mobile devices

By Lucas Mearian | 15 September, 2014 23:02

For all intents and purposes, the new Apple Watch is not a mobile device that uses wireless charging. While its charging cable uses magnetic inductive coupling, the wire must still physically attach to the watch in order to work.

Quantum Dot technology may smother OLED TVs in the crib

By Lucas Mearian | 12 September, 2014 06:33

For the past year, manufacturers have heralded OLED ultra-high definition (UHD) TVs as a harbinger of sea change in the home entertainment industry, affording thinner and even flexible panels with higher quality pictures than today's LCD sets.

If Tesla's Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can't others?

By Lucas Mearian | 10 September, 2014 03:28

Tesla's Gigafactory, the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory, is expected to generate as much renewable energy as it needs to operate -- and then some.

Stratasys unveils triple material 3D printers, thermoplastics for outdoor products

By Lucas Mearian | 10 September, 2014 02:48

Stratasys Ltd. has introduced two new multi-material 3D printers that allow up to three thermoplastic materials to be combined to manufacture products.

Tesla chooses Nevada for its $5B Gigafactory

By Lucas Mearian | 05 September, 2014 04:46

Tesla Motors appears to have chosen Nevada as the site for its $5 billion battery factory, known as the Gigafactory.

Drivers want their cars to get to know them better

By Lucas Mearian | 29 August, 2014 23:06

Consumers want their vehicles to anticipate their personal technology demands and to provide the same functionality as their mobile devices, according to a survey.

Freescale introduces multi-standard, programmable wireless charging chips

By Lucas Mearian | 28 August, 2014 03:27

Freescale Semiconductor today introduced a range of fully programmable wireless charging chip and reference designs for consumer and automotive applications.

Carmakers put Apple's CarPlay in the slow lane

By Lucas Mearian | 22 August, 2014 20:42

Some car manufacturers are delaying their rollout of CarPlay, the software platform from Apple that synchronizes an iPhone to a vehicle's infotainment system.

FDA approves tech that turns smartphone into stroke warning system

By Lucas Mearian | 22 August, 2014 04:34

The FDA today approved an algorithm that allows a special iPhone case to record the heart's rhythm and detect abnormalities associated with strokes or other heart-related problems.

How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home

By Lucas Mearian | 21 August, 2014 06:52

Tesla Motors and other manufacturers have set their sites on achieving lower lithium-ion battery costs through economies of scale, which should enable power storage systems for solar energy.

Almost one in six doctor visits will be virtual this year

By Lucas Mearian | 09 August, 2014 05:12

With an aging Baby Boomer population and broadband bandwidth improved a hundredfold from a decade ago, telemedicine is exploding as a convenient and less costly alternative to the traditional visit to the doctors' office.

Navdy's planned heads-up car display works with iPhone or Android

By Lucas Mearian | 07 August, 2014 05:33

Using a phone while driving can be risky business, even if it's connected to an infotainment system, because it can still require a driver to glance away from the road to look at phone's screen. But a new windshield display technology that uses touchless gesture recognition and echo- and noise-canceling voice recognition hopes to address that problem.

California health care exchange to share 9 million patient records online

By Lucas Mearian | 06 August, 2014 07:27

The California Integrated Data Exchange plans to develop a statewide health information exchange that will allow caregivers to share the electronic records of one-quarter of the state's population.

Researchers to name the most hackable cars at Black Hat

By Lucas Mearian | 05 August, 2014 04:19

A report to be released at Black Hat this week will reveal which vehicles are more susceptible to hackers.

Panasonic to help Tesla build battery 'Gigafactory'

By Lucas Mearian | 02 August, 2014 07:03

Panasonic has penned a deal with Tesla Motors to help build the electric-car startup's "Gigafactory," which it hopes will produce half a million electric-vehicle batteries per year.