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US Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology

October 24, 2014 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy has committed to get half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. One element of that strategy will be looking to extract energy from tides, currents and waves. The University of Washington is helping to reach that goal....

Simulation software designed for engineering, manufacturing applications

October 24, 2014 2:08 pm | Comsol Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

COMSOL, Inc (Burlington, MA) announced the pre-release of COMSOL Multiphysics® software version 5.0. Version 5.0 features extensive product updates, three new add-on products, and the Application Builder. With the Application Builder, the power of COMSOL Multiphysics is now accessible to everyone through the use of applications.

Linear position sensors ideal for industrial testing laboratories

October 24, 2014 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LR-19 series inductive linear position sensors by Alliance Sensors Group are contactless devices and designed for factory automation, motor sport vehicles, automotive testing, solar cell positioners, and packaging equipment. With their superior performance ...

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LED flashlight offers four programmable lighting modes

October 24, 2014 12:06 pm | Pelican Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Pelican Products Inc. (Torrance, CA) has introduced the Pelican 7000 LED flashlight as a compact, yet powerful tactical lighting tool. The lightweight Pelican 7000 LED weighs in at a mere 5.6 ounces with batteries and provides four lighting modes....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s unmanned research aircraft takes flight

October 24, 2014 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a small video camera mounted atop the center wing to record control surface movement, the small unmanned APV-3 research aircraft takes to the air for the first time with a flight control system incorporating segmented wing flaps and fiber optic sensors....

Engineering Newswire: A hybrid flying yacht

October 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Swiss company Hydros SA is on a mission: to create the Hybrid 'Fly & Float' hydrofoil motorboat. The HY-X the prototype uses a retractable hydrofoil system developed in cooperation with French firm JMKoncept. With a simple push of a button, two side foils ...

Why did wind power beat nuclear energy on Tuesday?

October 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Brace yourself, wind power is coming. On Tuesday, wind farms made up 14.2 percent of all power generated during the 24 hours, while nuclear power contributed 13.2 percent. It's not a huge gain, but it's a significant one. So what happened?

Push button switch provides the appearance and “feel” of stainless steel

October 24, 2014 9:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Foremost Electronics (Essex, UK) is now stocking the YB2 Half-mirrored push button switch family from NKK Switches. This new switch is suited to applications including machinery, medical devices, kitchen equipment, measurement instruments ...

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Engineering Update #82: A breakthrough for nuclear fusion

October 23, 2014 4:05 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Lockheed Martin is claiming a nuclear energy breakthrough that could create a portable reactor small enough to fit on the back of a truck. And if all goes right, the compact fusion reactor could be ready in as little as 10 years, with the design, build, and testing ...

The thrill and challenge of aerial photography

October 23, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

They’re the unsung heroes of the sky — the men and women flying alongside the studs piloting some of the most advanced aerial systems in the world. Their purpose? To take stunning aerial photography  ... though that meager description does them a disservice....

Flame-retardant polyester films certified with VTM-0 flame rating

October 23, 2014 12:07 pm | Dupont Company | Product Releases | Comments

New flame-retardant films from DuPont Teijin Films (Hopewell, VA) promise to help design engineers in the electronics, transportation, construction, and label industries deliver high performance at low cost. The halogen-free, white Teijin Tetoron ...

Systems on chip deliver optimized infotainment and display audio

October 23, 2014 9:02 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) is enhancing the driving experience with robust new solutions for the integrated car cockpit. As the newest member of Renesas Electronics’ state-of-the-art R-Car Series for automotive, the R-Car ...

Projected capacitive sensors pass mil/aero EMI/RFI requirements

October 23, 2014 8:53 am | Touch International | Product Releases | Comments

Touch International (Austin, TX) confirmed that their latest MulTI-Touch line of high-performance projected capacitive sensors passes military and aerospace EMI/RFI requirements. This will have huge benefits for engineers looking to integrate....

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Connecting to the Internet of Things with Bluetooth Smart

October 23, 2014 8:45 am | by Ferdie Brillantes, Wireless Module Field Applications Engineer at Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The latest low energy wireless communication protocols in the Bluetooth 4.0 specification are driving a whole new market of battery powered and portable systems. Designers are increasingly looking to integrate this connectivity into their new and existing product lines to unlock the power of the Internet of Things and cloud services.

Grid-connected signal controller designed for IoT applications

October 22, 2014 1:56 pm | Semitec Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor (Melbourne, Australia) announced its new SM2480. A single-chip, grid-connected signal controller, the SM2480 is ideal for solar inverters, smart lighting LED ballasts, home and building automation and other SCADA....

Adaptive-zoom riflescope has push-button magnification

October 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When an Army Special Forces officer-turned engineer puts his mind to designing a military riflescope, he doesn't forget the importance of creating something for the soldiers who will carry it that is easy to use, extremely accurate, light-weight and has ...

Clean diesel cars among finalists for “Green Car of the Year” award

October 22, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

Clean diesel cars were included among the five finalist positions for 2015 “Green Car of the Year” award with the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel car and the Volkswagen Golf, which offers a new 2.0 liter TDI clean diesel, gasoline and electric engines, being named as finalists....

The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly popular due to falling prices and increasing life spans. We want to know what you are designing them into or what the coolest implementation you've seen is!

Estimating the range of electric vehicles

October 22, 2014 10:26 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge. The new technique requires drivers to plug in their destination and automatically pulls in....

Photos of the Day: The world's first hoverboard

October 22, 2014 10:20 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Hendo Hoverboard, created by Jill and Greg Henderson, uses a similar technology as MagLev trains to create lift. The prototype can only be used over a non-ferrous metal surface like copper or aluminum, though production versions could solve that issue....

HMI delivers extended temperature range of -30° to +70°C

October 22, 2014 9:45 am | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SeaPAC R9-8.4 from Sealevel Systems (Liberty, SC) combines a powerful RISC-based embedded computer with a bright 8.4” TFT LCD to create a wide-temperature, ruggedized, flat panel computer perfect for a variety of HMI and control applications....

PCAP displays sport lifetime up to 50,000 hours

October 22, 2014 9:22 am | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology (Orlando, FL) announces their new 4.3” TFT, OGS PCAP display, and their 12.1”W PCAP. This 4.3” OGS display reduces the thickness of a regular display with PCAP, which has the dimensional size of 105.5 x 67.2 x 5.52 mm....

Our cups runneth over – the hoverboard is real!

October 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of nerd fantasies has come true — the hoverboard is real! Next year is 2015, which means we’ve finally caught up to Back to the Future II — and its quasi-plausible vision of the future. How’d it do? Well, we don’t have flying cars....

HotSpot: The problem with electric cars

October 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

What’s the problem with electric cars? Well the recharging time can be somewhat ridiculous, and the range just isn’t there. They also aren’t the cheapest cars to purchase ... well at least I can’t afford them. In a novel approach, Takashi Ohira at Toyohashi University ...

Hackers and deathmobiles in the age of IoT

October 21, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, MNET | Articles | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the masses....

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