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Build Entertainment-Grade Consumer Home Networks for Simplicity

November 19, 2009 8:25 am | by David Sorensen, Vice President of Marketing, Gigle Networks | Comments

Increasingly, the biggest challenges designers of consumer electronics products face have less to do with performance or feature-richness, and more to do with ease of use and simplicity. This is especially true in entertainment networking, where multiple technologies currently vie for adoption, and consumers have made it clear they want a simple solution, right out of the box.

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Incandescent ban highlights issue of forced obsolescence

November 18, 2009 10:12 am | Comments

The mad scramble to obtain incandescent bulbs ahead of the EU ban highlights a controversial practice—the forced obsolescence of old technologies. R&D, combined with market forces, often collude to bury legacy tech. But should government speed up this process? How important is consumer choice?

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Advancing Use of Telehealth Solutions

November 18, 2009 10:00 am | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) will educate both health care professionals and consumers on benefits of telecommunications technologies as part of a new liaison agreement announced today.

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Temperature Control in Large Enclosed Spaces

November 18, 2009 9:58 am | by Marc Dugré, President, Regulvar | Comments

Temperature control in large enclosed spaces - such as goods warehouses or aircraft hangars – presents a huge challenge to conventional technologies. As such, this type of environment is very expensive to heat or cool and uncomfortable to work in. Innovative wireless technology can provide the answer.

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Reading the future

November 18, 2009 9:49 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Recently the number of book-related applications in the iPhone App Store has surpassed the number of game apps in sales, sending rumbles throughout the nascent eBook reader marketplace. Will the smartphone unseat the e-reader before it can even begin its reign?

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Talking tomorrow

November 18, 2009 5:24 am | by Alix L. Paultre, Editor in Chief | Comments

Recently I posted a reference item on the term “Bunny Suit” to www.everything2.com (participating in sites like that is how I “doodle in the margins” during my work day), and the essay made me think of other terms we use, and why we have so many unimaginative words for such exciting technology. 

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groSolar Collaborates with eMOBUS on Electronic Mobility Management

November 18, 2009 3:00 am | Comments

eMOBUS, Inc. a carrier agnostic provider of cellular management services and software, today announced that groSolar, a leading solar energy installer, is the latest mid-market company to go live on with Electronic Mobility Management.

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Robotic Hand can 'feel'

November 17, 2009 7:00 am | Comments

In a key scene in The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker has his hand chopped off, and before the movie’s over, he has a fresh, robotic one in its place. This is no longer the stuff of fantasy—researchers at Tel Aviv University, in conjunction with a team of EU scientists, have created an artificial hand that can “feel.”

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Brushless DC motor control techniques

November 16, 2009 9:51 am | Comments

Motor designs tend to evolve slowly, and engineers are generally cautious when it comes to changing time-honored approaches. Lately though, there has been a plethora of activity around the use of advanced control techniques for Brushless DC motors (also called synchronous AC motors).

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Design Talk: Software

November 16, 2009 6:09 am | Comments

Today's mobile phones boast computing capabilities once found in mainframe computers and workstations. Mobile CPU clocks run hundreds of MHz, and mobile 32 bit processors access gigabytes of memory.

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Thin-Film Piezoelectric Film Technology in Medical Device Applications

November 16, 2009 5:27 am | by Jon Dent, Product Manager, Digi-Key Corporation & Pete Smith, Senior Application Specialist, Measurement Specialties, Inc. | Comments

A growing need for sensors within the medical device market has illustrated renewed OEM focus on design efficiencies, patient comfort and enhanced quality of life. The application environment itself is uniquely stringent, with regulatory compliance standards, such as FDA approvals on Class III implantable medical devices...

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Coffee chain adopts LED lighting

November 12, 2009 11:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

A certain eco-conscious purveyor of roasted beans (rhymes with dar-nucks) has announced plans to adopt solid state lighting in more than 8,000 stores by the end of next year. Utilizing GE lighting solutions, Starbucks has already “converted” more than 1,000 U.S. locations, with plans to address the international market in March 2010.

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Instrument Calibrates Two Temperature Sensors Simultaneously

November 12, 2009 10:38 am | Comments

E Instruments’ HC-DB35 calibrator can calibrate two temperature sensors simultaneously or at two different temperatures in quick time. The HC-DB35 dual dry block calibrator is appropriate with fast heating and cooling times. Features include a cold range of -35°C to 123°C, hot 50°C to 350°C; accuracy: cold ±0.5°C, hot ±0.1 percent FS + one digit; stability:

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PCB Software Boasts New Miniaturization Capabilities

November 12, 2009 10:35 am | Comments

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced the latest release of its Cadence Allegro and OrCAD printed circuit board (PCB) software. The Allegro and OrCAD PCB Design Release 16.3 brings PCB engineers the ability to

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Micro Push-Pull Connectors Suit Medical Apps

November 12, 2009 10:32 am | Comments

Binder-USA introduced its Series 420 micro push-pull connectors. This style of connector is commonly used for small applications in the medical and commercial industries. The push-pull cable connectors have a maximum diameter of 9.5 mm and accept cables with diameters ranging from

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