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Driving a Car with an iPhone, Part 1 - Overview (Video)

November 10, 2009 6:26 am | News | Comments

A group of engineers from National Instruments, called Waterloo Labs, created an iPhone app that can drive a car. See below. Part 1 includes an overview of how NI turned an Oldsmobile Delta 88' into a remote control car in just a few weeks.  They built their control systems using a few motors, potentiometers, a CompactRIO embedded controller, and LabVIEW.


Dongle Bridges USB and I²C

November 10, 2009 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a simple way to connect I²C to USB, the IOW24-DG USB to I²C dongle from Saelig operates at 100 kHz and allows a throughput of up to 750 bytes/s. 5-V and 3.3-V outputs are also available to power small external circuits...

Artisan Acquires Extessy

November 10, 2009 5:44 am | News | Comments

Washington DC, USA and Cheltenham, UK – Artisan Software Tools, a leading supplier of industrial-grade, collaborative modeling tools for complex, mission and safety-critical embedded systems and software, has acquired Extessy, a supplier of development tools and services...


Planetary Society plans new LightSail Project

November 10, 2009 5:41 am | News | Comments

Four years after its first solar sail ended up in the ocean instead of orbit, The Planetary Society announced Monday that by the end of 2010 it will try again to launch a spacecraft that will be propelled by the subtle pressure of sunlight.


UK starts study on using human DNA in animals

November 10, 2009 5:39 am | News | Comments

British scientists begin a new study on Tuesday to consider how human DNA is used in animal experiments and to determine what the boundaries of such controversial science might be. Though experts have been swapping human and animal DNA for years...


Hydrogen Milestone Advances Energy Independence

November 10, 2009 5:38 am | News | Comments

Big things often come in small packages. That's certainly the case with the potential created by recent successes in hydrogen research at Idaho National Laboratory. Steve Herring, technical director of the High Temperature Electrolysis Nuclear Hydrogen Initiative, has a solid-oxide electrolysis cell no larger than a standard CD. However, the two electrodes and electrolyte that make up the cell are almost eight times thinner than a CD at a mere 150 microns.


Lightning-Strike Simulation Aids Composite Craft Protection

November 9, 2009 5:29 am | News | Comments

Lightning strike tests of a helicopter at Eurocopter's Donauwörth facility have verified the accuracy of finite element analysis techniques for characterizing the electromagnetic behavior of complete and custom-cabled modern aircraft structures constructed using advanced composite materials.


Key Patent Case Under Scrutiny in US Supreme Court

November 9, 2009 3:50 am | by JOELLE TESSLER | News | Comments

With the technology industry looking on, the Supreme Court on Monday will explore what types of inventions should be eligible for a patent in a pivotal case that could undermine such legal protections for software.


LCD Digital Signage Takes Off in USA

November 9, 2009 3:36 am | by Stacey Voorhees-Harmon | News | Comments

DisplaySearch indicated in its latest Monthly Large Format Commercial Displays Sell Through Report that large (26”+), non-consumer LCDs had their highest sell-through quarter ever in US commercial distribution in Q3’09, with shipments up 41% Q/Q and 19% Y/Y. In addition, September sell-through was up 49% from shipments in August, and was the largest sell-through month on record for LCD commercial-use displays.


Instrument enables quick medium temperature calibration

November 6, 2009 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Black Body BBSL IR pyrometer calibrator instrument, from E Instruments, is intended for quick medium temperature calibration. It offers auto-tune PID control and includes a manufacturer’s NIST traceable certificate of calibration and instruction manual.

Data Logger acquires OBD & CAN Bus data

November 6, 2009 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DAWN Mini Logger, from HEM Data, supports leading automotive protocols including CAN (Controller Area Network) to acquire OBD and Enhanced Diagnostic data. It is purportedly the industry’s smallest high speed data logger. The logger fits within the mating OBD (J1962) connector under the dashboard. 

Stamped spring socket serves Burn-in and test apps

November 6, 2009 6:13 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SBT-BGA-6505 stamped spring pin socket, from Ironwood Electronics, is intended for Burn-in and Test applications. The contactor features 26 gram actuation force per ball and cycle life of 100,000 insertions. The self inductance of the contactor is 0.88 nH, insertion loss is < 1 dB at 20 GHz, and capacitance is 0.097 pF.

Intel in talks with India's ITI for joint venture

November 6, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

Intel (INTC.O), the world's largest chip maker, is planning to participate in bids invited by Indian state-owned telecom equipment maker ITI Ltd (ITEL.BO) to set up joint ventures, the Business Standard reported on Friday. ITI intends to be a minority partner in the proposed joint ventures with a 26 percent stake according to the bid proposals, the newspaper said.


Internet censorship seen liable to WTO challenge

November 6, 2009 5:19 am | News | Comments

Censorship of the Internet is open to challenge at the World Trade Organization as it can restrict trade in services delivered online, a forthcoming study says. A censorship case at the WTO could raise sovereignty issues, given the clear right of member states to restrict trade on moral grounds...


Company sequences whole human genome for $1,700

November 6, 2009 5:08 am | News | Comments

Want to know your entire DNA sequence? A California company has done it for as little as $1,700. Privately held Complete Genomics says it can do a better quality, usable genome map for about $4,400...



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