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Shape-shifting touchscreen buttons head to mass production

April 17, 2014 11:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

An iPad accessory launching later this year will bring transparent morphing buttons to the device’s screen to aid touch-typing.As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard....

Measuring machine features accuracy as low as 0.7µm

April 17, 2014 11:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mitutoyo America Corporation (Aurora, IL) announces the new STRATO-Apex574 Coordinate Measuring Machine to its STRATO-Apex line of CMMs. This new configuration offers a more compact footprint while still offering the same state-of-the-art blend of high-speed operation....

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Board-mount pressure sensors provide high durability, sensitivity, and flexibility

April 17, 2014 10:45 am | Honeywell | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Morristown, NJ) announced its new Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors, Compensated, Unamplified, TBP Series. These new sensors are designed for customers who require a simple, high quality, cost-effective, basic performance, mV output sensor that is compensated and unamplified....

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Metallized polypropylene film DC-link capacitor offers environment-friendly materials

April 17, 2014 10:31 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) introduced a new environmentally friendly metallized polypropylene film capacitor for DC-link applications that offers a broad capacitance range of 1 µF to 500 µF, compact footprints, and

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Engineering Update 54: NASA to send flying saucers to Mars

April 17, 2014 10:25 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Future voyages to Mars would need to address the physiological strain on the astronauts, the length of the trip, itself, and ferrying the necessary payload to sustain human life for a protracted mission. The first two problems could be insurmountable, but to deal with the latter, NASA is currently testing its own prototype for a hypersonic flying saucer....

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Smart physical fusing can help secure datacenter uptime

April 17, 2014 10:16 am | by Bharat Shenoy, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Littelfuse, Inc. | Articles | Comments

A blade server is essentially a single circuit board populated with components such as processors, memory, and network connections that are usually found on multiple boards. The explosive growth of mobile applications and the increasing use of Software as a Service (SaaS) has made protecting the blade servers...

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Bus converter modules provide desirable power density

April 17, 2014 9:49 am | Vicor Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Vicor Corporation (Andover, MA) announced the newest entries in its portfolio of isolated bus converter modules (BCMs) based on the company's Converter housed in Package (ChiP) power component platform. Supplying up to

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Simplicity is key to co-operative robots

April 17, 2014 9:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A way of making hundreds - or even thousands - of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK. The team, working in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo), in the University's Faculty of Engineering...

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Searching for dark energy with neutrons

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

All the particles we know to exist make up only about five per cent of the mass and energy of the universe. The rest – "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy" – remains mysterious. A European collaboration lled by researchers from the Vienna University of Technology has now carried out extremely sensitive measurements....

Hotspot: Remote-controlled, fire-breathing dragon

April 17, 2014 9:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Hammacher Schlemmer is offering a remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. The dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3' blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank....

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Please retain the packaging for future reference

April 17, 2014 9:14 am | by Marc Harvey, Verotec Inc. | Verotec Electronics Packaging | Articles | Comments

There is an urban myth that the US standard width for railroad track can be traced back to the Roman chariot, where the distance between the ruts was determined by the width of the back-end of two horses. The truth is in fact stranger – the 4 foot 8½ inches that was adopted had previously been used by Stephenson in the UK....

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'Kill switch' coming to all smartphones in 2015

April 17, 2014 9:10 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft took time out from bashing one another and stealing each other's trade secrets to agree on something Tuesday. Under an agreement just announced, the major smartphone manufacturers will include a "kill switch" on every phone...

Integrating physical security at the rack level inside the data center

April 17, 2014 9:03 am | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions | Articles | Comments

As strict enforcement of data protection regulations continues, data centers require an increased level of physical security in order to ensure full compliance and avoid costly penalties. Protecting assets within the data center is a crucial aspect of the overall security system....

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What’s a “must-have” for harsh environment equipment protection?

April 17, 2014 8:27 am | by ECN Staff | Agilent Technologies, Equipto Electronics Corp., Honeywell Sensing And Control, Newark | Articles | Comments

Design engineers must take into account the type of harsh environments to which end-products may be exposed. In several industries, harsh environments are inherent with every-day operation, and not having the proper preventive measures in place could mean thousands of dollars lost in maintenance repair costs....

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Component Packages - Let's Get Small

April 16, 2014 7:03 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

I've been on a bit of a package binge lately. First talking about metric vs. US passive sizes, and then a very tiny ARM Cortex M0 from Freescale. The Freescale BGA part checks in at 1.6mm x 2mm. That's cool...

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