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The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly popular due to falling prices and increasing life spans. We want to know what you are designing them into or what the coolest implementation you've seen is!

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Photos of the Day: The world's first hoverboard

October 22, 2014 10:20 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Hendo Hoverboard, created by Jill and Greg Henderson, uses a similar technology as MagLev trains to create lift. The prototype can only be used over a non-ferrous metal surface like copper or aluminum, though production versions could solve that issue....

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HMI delivers extended temperature range of -30° to +70°C

October 22, 2014 9:45 am | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SeaPAC R9-8.4 from Sealevel Systems (Liberty, SC) combines a powerful RISC-based embedded computer with a bright 8.4” TFT LCD to create a wide-temperature, ruggedized, flat panel computer perfect for a variety of HMI and control applications....

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PCAP displays sport lifetime up to 50,000 hours

October 22, 2014 9:22 am | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology (Orlando, FL) announces their new 4.3” TFT, OGS PCAP display, and their 12.1”W PCAP. This 4.3” OGS display reduces the thickness of a regular display with PCAP, which has the dimensional size of 105.5 x 67.2 x 5.52 mm....

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FTC names privacy expert as chief technologist

October 22, 2014 9:08 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named an outspoken Internet privacy expert, Ashkan Soltani, as its chief technologist in a move that signals the agency's focus on protecting consumers' online privacy. A computer scientist and technology ...

World record in data transmission with smart circuits

October 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission. This may be the result of a new type of microwave circuit that was designed at Chalmers University of Technology. The research team behind the circuits currently holds an attention-grabbing record....

Big black holes can block new stars

October 21, 2014 4:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found. The research provides crucial new evidence that it is these jets of "radio-frequency feedback" ...

See-through sensors open new window into the brain

October 21, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers' efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology....

Our cups runneth over – the hoverboard is real!

October 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of nerd fantasies has come true — the hoverboard is real! Next year is 2015, which means we’ve finally caught up to Back to the Future II — and its quasi-plausible vision of the future. How’d it do? Well, we don’t have flying cars....

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HotSpot: The problem with electric cars

October 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

What’s the problem with electric cars? Well the recharging time can be somewhat ridiculous, and the range just isn’t there. They also aren’t the cheapest cars to purchase ... well at least I can’t afford them. In a novel approach, Takashi Ohira at Toyohashi University ...

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Garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

October 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs. The ORNL-led team used scanning transmission ...

Hackers and deathmobiles in the age of IoT

October 21, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, MNET | Articles | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the masses....

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Analog controllers offer digital power supply flexibility

October 21, 2014 2:51 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its latest Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers—the MCP19118 and MCP19119 (MCP19118/9).  They provide simple yet effective analog PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck ...

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Solar energy prices see double-digit declines in 2013

October 21, 2014 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 - 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)....

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Gaining a deeper understanding of catalytic reactions

October 21, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine....

A list of merchants taking Apple Pay

October 21, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet. Apple said it has worked....

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