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Help NASA pick the next space suit

March 27, 2014 8:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last time America was allowed to vote on something online, we ended up with a cat as the new piece to Monopoly. (Thanks, America.) Absolutely no one was surprised because when you count on the internet to select things, you’re playing with fire....

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Photos of the Day: A solar-powered toilet

March 27, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

The Sol-Char Toilet was a product of the Reinvent the Toilet initiative, launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal was to "develop waterless, hygienic toilets that do not require a sewer connection or electricity and cost less than five cents per user per day"....

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UK Device Developers' Conference

March 26, 2014 4:56 pm | Events

Developments in the design of Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS's) is a topic that will be high on the list at this year's UK Device Developers' Conference. US company Wind River will be explaining how their VxWorks RTOS has been deployed in over 300 million devices and how it has changed and evolved over the past 30 years....

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Temperature-compensated crystal oscillators include accuracy to +/-.5ppm or better

March 26, 2014 4:52 pm | Precision Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Precision Devices Inc. (Middleton, WI) has announced a major expansion of its TCXO (Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator) product line. These new products target applications where available circuit board space is at a premium or products that require excellent long term precision....

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Flexible light pipes rated to IP67 and NEMA 6P

March 26, 2014 4:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) provides design flexibility in new installations and retrofit/replacement applications with its FLX44 Series light pipe. Part of the Flexfire light pipe family, the FLX44 Series offers a 0.313” (7.95mm) panel opening threaded lens and IP67 / NEMA 6P ratings for harsh environments....

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Electronic Design Innovation Conference

March 26, 2014 3:27 pm | Events

EDI CON is an industry-driven conference/exhibition targeting RF, microwave, EMC/EMI, and high-speed digital design engineers and system integrators developing products for today's communication, computing, RFID, wireless, navigation, aerospace and related markets....

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What Zuckerberg sees in Oculus Rift

March 26, 2014 3:11 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Facebook acquired Oculus Rift because it believes virtual reality could be the next big thing after mobile.Facebook moved quickly to acquire Oculus VR—creator of the forthcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset—for approximately $2 billion. Discussions between the two companies opened less than...

Power IC model library features over 550 high fidelity and correlated simulation models

March 26, 2014 3:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EMA Design Automation announced version 4.1 of the AEi Systems’ Power IC Model Library for the Cadence PSpice simulator with over 550 high fidelity and correlated simulation models for power electronic designs. The Power IC Model Library includes model netlists....

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IEEE Green Technologies Conference

March 26, 2014 2:49 pm | Events

The conference offers a venue for presentations of unpublished papers on Green Technologies from academia, industry, as well as other organizations. Stimulating invited talks on a diverse list of topics, a panel discussion on wind integration technologies, and a half-day workshop....

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Sensor designed for transportation electronic power steering

March 26, 2014 2:44 pm | Tt Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

TT Electronics’ (Fullerton, CA) Sensing and Control division has expanded its series of sensors for electronic power steering (EPS) applications. The new Magnetorque Plus combines TT Electronics’ proven non-contacting torque sensor with a multi-turn position sensor in a single compact package....

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Surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts

March 26, 2014 2:30 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SM Series from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh NC) offers a robust wirewound product in a surface-mountable device capable of handling up to 4 watts in a single part. Some applications require power handling of at least 2 watts, but design engineers have concerns about parts cracking....

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10 watt LED hazardous location light includes a day/night sensor and manual on/off switch

March 26, 2014 2:20 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has released a solar-powered, explosion-proof LED light fixture with an optional strobe or steady burn configuration. This explosion-proof LED light and solar panel combination includes a day/night sensor, manual on/off switch, and a motion sensor....

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Kickstarter of the Week: 'Robot maniacs' build desktop robotic arms

March 26, 2014 12:50 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of Kickstarter of the Week, we are bringing robots from industry, to our desks, with the uArm, a 4-axis parallel-mechanism robotic arm inspired by the ABB PalletPack robot. "When people used to talk about robotics, they thought about expensive and complicated machines," explains Aler Gu, UFactory product manager....

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Cree first to break 300 lumens-per-watt barrier

March 26, 2014 12:39 pm | News | Comments

Cree, Inc. records another significant LED milestone with the demonstration of 303 lumens per watt from a white high power LED. Reaching the landmark achievement much faster than previously believed possible, this result surpasses Cree’s previous R&D industry best....

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Laser-measurement sensor provides accurate measurements from 100 to 1000 mm

March 26, 2014 12:33 pm | Banner Engineering Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

A new laser measurement sensor featuring an intuitive two-line user interface display has been introduced by Banner Engineering (Minneapolis, MN). The LE550 sensor offers a combination of range, repeatability, accuracy, and ease of use not previously available at this price point....

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