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Engineering Update #65: A shark-detecting buoy

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Researchers at an Australian tech firm have recently come up with a potential solution called the Clever buoy, designed to emit sonar signals from a buoy anchored to the seabed by a box. The buoy uses a processor to analyze the returning sonar signals. The crazy part is that researchers have designed the technology....

July 2014: Opto & Displays

July 1, 2014 5:01 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

While Hollywood often focuses on technology that’s not quite available in the real world, sometimes what’s depicted on-screen eventually makes its way into the market or even into a military convoy. Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood follows the evolution of the display technology seen in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report as it moves from just an idea on a screen to a real-life communication tool.

The 'Elf' gets 1,800 MPG

July 1, 2014 4:04 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An unusual hybrid bike being developed in Durham, North Carolina could be the future of urban transportation, according to its creators. Rob Cotter of Organic Transit says his machine, called the "Elf", brings a new level of efficiency that equates to nearly 1,800 miles-per-gallon....

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Multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection

July 1, 2014 3:52 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZVE Series from Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) is a low-capacitance, surface-mount multilayer varistor designed for ESD protection. High capacitance can distort or even block communications signals. Since the ZVE Series is a multilayer varistor, it is inherently bi-directional....

Letters to the Editor: The societal risks of self-driving cars

July 1, 2014 2:20 pm | by Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

Recent advancements in wireless technologies are not only leading to exciting and innovative car designs, but are also changing the ways in which we travel. As exciting as these new technologies may be, some have a few concerns of the risks involved with such advancements....

Research proves shock wave from explosives causes significant eye damage

July 1, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are discovering that the current protective eyewear used by our U.S. armed forces might not be adequate to protect soldiers exposed to explosive blasts. According to a recent study, ocular injuries now account for 13 percent of all battlefield injuries....

'Molecular movies' will enable extraordinary gains in bioimaging, health research

July 1, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers today announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level. Chemical and biological actions can now be measured as they are occurring or, in old-fashioned movie parlance, one frame at a time....

Are electric cars ready?

July 1, 2014 12:43 pm | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

Are electric cars ready to replace internal combustion models? Which problems remain to be solved, who’s working on them… and are they hiring? Longwood, Florida, isn’t the most exciting, upmarket suburb of Orlando. Yet, every day, people drive for miles to visit a tiny showroom on 17/92....

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IMS2014: Driverless and talking cars – New technology transforms the way we travel

July 1, 2014 10:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Back in February, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced its intent to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. To help provide us with some insight on this topic, we talked to several experts at IMS2014....

Multi-channel PXI-based test solution speeds LTE/LTE-Advanced waveform creation and analysis

July 1, 2014 10:34 am | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) announced the LTE/LTE-Advanced multi-channel PXI-based test solution, which is positioned to accelerate the setup of multi-channel test system configurations and enables engineers to gain deeper insight into complex carrier aggregation and…

HotSpot: Sensors Expo and IPSO Challenge 2014 Winners

July 1, 2014 10:33 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

First, we’re giving GameReality honorable mention. It’s not a recognized winner, but HotSpot typically has four hot spots so we couldn’t leave it at the three winners. That’d just be bonkers. Sweden-based GameReality developed an IP-enabled first person shooter game....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s ISSpresso machine weighs 44 lbs.

July 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Certified for safety and approved by NASA, ISSpresso initially will fly with 20 coffee capsules. Extra packets will follow for the six-member crew, if the trial run goes well. The 44-pound machine — a compact 14 inches by 17 inches — will be housed ...

When is a TV not a TV?

July 1, 2014 8:35 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

When the U. S. Supreme Court says so, that's when. Last Wednesday, June 25, the Court issued a split decision (6-3) against Aereo, a provider of over-the-Internet broadcast TV service which used a unique technology to get around the requirement to pay retransmission fees to program originators, as cable TV companies do....

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EMI/RFI filter sample kits suited for microwave applications

June 30, 2014 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation (Elkhart, IN), through its subsidiary CTS Tusonix, announces the release of two new sample kits of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) filters specifically suited for microwave applications. CTS compiled two “C” type kits, 4300-900 and 4306-900....

Constant-current LED drivers meet demands of low-wattage intelligent lighting systems

June 30, 2014 2:10 pm | Sunpower UK | Product Releases | Comments

The LCM-25(DA) 25 W constant current LED power supply from Sunpower (Aldermaston, UK) allows designers to implement low-wattage intelligent LED lighting control systems and project style lighting designs. The LCM 25(DA) is the latest addition to the LCM series....

Wireless power coils comply with the Qi standard

June 30, 2014 1:26 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Würth Elektronik (Watertown, SD) expands its Wireless Power Coil program with three transmitter coils and one receiver coil. The new round transmitter coils 760 308 100 110 (A10) and 760 308 100 111 (A11) comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)....

Power packaging developments are advancing energy efficiency

June 30, 2014 12:03 pm | by Mahadevan Iyer2 | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Power packaging is an essential part of our design process here at TI.  Our innovative packaging technology brings in advancements in cost, high performance, and low and medium power applications, enabling differentiated products for TI and our customers.  For example, TI recently introduced two flyback power solutions, the UCC28910 and the UCC28630, that achieve the highest energy efficiency and lowest standby power consumption for...

Capacitive sensing MCUs target HMI applications

June 30, 2014 11:01 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced energy-efficient capacitive sensing microcontrollers (MCUs) for human-machine interfaces (HMI). The new C8051F97x MCU family combines the company’s ultra-low-power technology with fast, accurate capacitive sensing to provide…

Film capacitors offer snap-in terminals for easy PCB mounting

June 30, 2014 10:52 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has launched the FRC Series medium power DC-link film capacitors, which feature a wide range of capacitance and voltage values in addition to self-healing properties. These capacitors…

Plug Load Logger provides accurate equipment energy use data

June 30, 2014 10:40 am | Onset Computer Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Onset (Bourne, MA) has announced the HOBO Plug Load Logger, an easy-to-deploy data logger that measures and records the power and energy consumption of 120-V plug loads from office equipment, vending machines, and other devices. The HOBO Plug Load Logger provides…

Stepper motors present maximum power, minimal size

June 30, 2014 10:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

With the new FDM0620 Series, MICROMO (Clearwater, FL) presents a high performance FAULHABER stepper motor with minimal size.  All components (including connections) are in a housing that measures 9.7 mm in length and 6 mm in diameter.

Programmable DC power supply line adds two 360-W and two 720-W models

June 30, 2014 10:00 am | Keithley Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Keithley Instruments, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) announced the new Series 2260B Programmable DC Power Supplies, which include two 360-W and two 720-W models. The Series 2260B family, which complements the recently introduced Series 2200 family of single- and multi-channel power supplies, is designed for…

Socket suits 1-mm pitch, 1924 pin BGA ICs

June 30, 2014 9:31 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has introduced a new high performance BGA socket for 1-mm pitch, 1924 pin BGA ICs. The SG-BGA-6409 socket is designed for two different IC sizes – 45 mm x 45 mm and 47.5 mm x 47.5 mm package size and operates…

Space-tested robot inspires medicine and manufacturing uses

June 30, 2014 9:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Humans doing difficult, repetitive tasks or those who need assistance with movement may soon get a helping hand - literally - thanks to robotic technology developed to serve astronauts in space. Robonaut, a human-like robot designed by NASA and General Motors (GM), has been on the International Space Station since February 2011....

NASA to launch global warming satellite after loss

June 30, 2014 8:49 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Five years after a NASA satellite to track carbon dioxide plunged into the ocean after liftoff, the space agency is launching a carbon copy - this time on a different rocket. The $468 million mission is designed to study the main driver of climate change emitted from smokestacks and tailpipes....

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