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How has rapid prototyping affected your job or industry?

July 15, 2014 10:51 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

The need for rapid prototyping has always existed, however with the development of new tools and technologies, many of the traditional hurdles of prototyping have been eliminated. For instance, LCD display design, GUI development, MEMS sensing, motor control, RTOS or OS usage, and cap touch sensing are just a few of the obstacles....

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Photos of the Day: Homeland Security's robotic tuna

July 15, 2014 10:23 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | News | Comments

Inspired by the real tuna, BIOSwimmer is a UUV designed for high maneuverability in harsh environments, with a flexible aft section and appropriately placed sets of pectoral and other fins. For those cluttered and hard-to-reach underwater places where inspection is necessary, the tuna-inspired frame is an optimal design....

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Image sensor targets traffic, surveillance, medical imaging and industrial inspection

July 15, 2014 10:01 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) is enhancing its charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensor portfolio with new technology for industrial applications. The new KAI-08051 Image Sensor provides improved light sensitivity, reduced read noise, and improved color accuracy compared to the previous generation...

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Older adults nearly twice as likely to have memories affected by distractions

July 15, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Older people are nearly twice as likely as their younger counterparts to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions (such as irrelevant speech or written words presented along with target stimuli), according to a new study from psychologists at Rice University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine....

Labs characterize carbon for batteries

July 15, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries could benefit from a theoretical model created at Rice University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that predicts how carbon components will perform. The model is based on intrinsic characteristics of materials used as battery electrodes....

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New research suggests soluble corn fibre may boost calcium absorption

July 15, 2014 9:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Around the globe, fibre and calcium intakes are below the levels recommended by experts1,2,3 contributing to potential long-term public health implications1,3,4. New research, published this month in the British Journal of Nutrition, shows soluble corn fibre (SCF) may not simply boost fibre intake when added to foods....

Running for life: How speed restricts evolutionary change of the vertebral column

July 15, 2014 9:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the riddles of mammal evolution explained: the strong conservation of the number of trunk vertebrae. Researchers of the Naturalis Biodiversity Center and the University of Utah show that this conservation is probably due to the essential role of speed and agility in survival of fast running mammals....

Smallest Swiss cross -- Made of 20 single atoms

July 15, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The manipulation of atoms has reached a new level: Together with teams from Finland and Japan, physicists from the University of Basel were able to place 20 single atoms on a fully insulated surface at room temperature to form the smallest "Swiss cross", thus taking a big step towards next generation atomic-scale storage devices....

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Study: Friends share similarities in their DNA

July 15, 2014 9:16 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

You may be more similar to your friends than you think: A study suggests that the DNA code tends to be more alike between friends than between strangers. That's beyond the effect of shared ethnicity, researchers say. And it could be important for theories about human evolution, says James Fowler of the University of California, San Diego....

Introducing Thread: A new wireless networking protocol for the home

July 15, 2014 9:12 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the home, seven companies today announced that they’ve joined forces to form the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) and develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The charter of the Thread Group is to guide the adoption of the Thread protocol....

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Zero-drift instrumentation amplifier provides low power, high accuracy

July 15, 2014 8:42 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its instrumentation amplifier portfolio with the new zero-drift MCP6N16. This self-correcting architecture is positioned to DC performance by enabling ultra-low offset, low-offset drift, and desirable common-mode and power-supply rejection, while…

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RocketSkates travel 12 mph, weigh 7 lbs.

July 15, 2014 8:42 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

As a startup, ACTON encourages a community of innovators and thinkers to become a part of their projects, which is why the company has turned to Kickstarter to launch their latest product, the RocketSkates – and they’ve already raised more than $200,000....

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On Welsh Corgis, computer vision, and the power of deep learning

July 15, 2014 8:15 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Project Adam from Microsoft Research uses a new, distributed-systems architecture and techniques to scale deep neural networks, in speed and accuracy, to perform computer-vision recognition and categorization tasks at world-record levels of performance....

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Electrically conductive, sodium silicate, aqueous based coating system suits shielding applications

July 14, 2014 5:54 pm | Master Bond Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Appropriate for electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference shielding applications, Master Bond’s (Hackensack, NJ) MB600G is an aqueous based, sodium silicate system with graphite filler. MB600G was tested with aluminum as the reference material…

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Rad hard family of ultra low noise, high precision voltage references offer new voltage options

July 14, 2014 5:15 pm | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation (Milpitas, CA announced the expansion of its radiation hardened (rad hard) voltage references to include four new devices, the ISL71091SEH10, 20, 33 and 40. Providing voltages previously unavailable for the rad hard space market, according to the company, the new family enables…

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