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Artificial hand able to respond sensitively thanks to muscles made from smart metal wires

March 25, 2015 2:58 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Engineers at Saarland University have taken a leaf out of nature's book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire. The new technology enables the fabrication of flexible and lightweight robot hands for industrial applications....

Connectors provide a space-saving connection for LED lighting

March 25, 2015 12:35 pm | by JST Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new LEK Series connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois, provide a space saving and low profile connection for LED lighting and reliable contact construction for high density applications. Any misalignment between the horizontal connections between the ...

Sensor cable monitors fences of all kinds and can even detect low-level drone fly-bys

March 25, 2015 12:25 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Fenced-in areas, such as airports, nuclear power stations, industrial sites, or private plots of land, can now be monitored thanks to novel sensor technology that has been developed by a team of experimental physicists, led by Professor Uwe Hartmann at Saarland University....

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Latest F-35 software glitch mucks with the jet's sensors

March 25, 2015 12:15 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

A seemingly endless string of hardware and software errors have plagued the F-35, and ... here’s another one. A brand new software glitch is causing the JSF’s sensors to malfunction when detecting targets whilst in formation....

Gain block offers 19dBm of output P1dB

March 25, 2015 11:59 am | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGA3503-SM, 2 to 30GHz Gain Block from TriQuint (Qorvo). The TGA3503-SM offers 19dBm of output P1dB with a corresponding small signal gain of up to 10dB. Output third order intercept is >25dBm. Wideband performance of the TGA3503-SM supports multiple applications....

Sealed enclosures range enhances the aesthetics and ergonomics of industrial electronics

March 25, 2015 10:04 am | OKW Enclosures, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has added a new size to its SMART-BOX range of advanced sealed plastic enclosures for industrial electronics: 5.12” x 8.66” x 2.36”. SMART-BOX is designed to enhance the aesthetics and ergonomics of industrial electronics such as HVAC, control and safety systems. Design features include hinged flush-fitting trims which ...

Photos of the Day: Jet engine powers world's fastest ship

March 25, 2015 9:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When the first C-5 transport plane took off in 1968, it became the world’s largest aircraft, capable of lifting 130 tons of cargo. As tall as a six-story building and 80 yards long, the U.S. Air Force called it “a beautiful, useful giant.”

Our soon-to-be-relevant and indispensable wearable companions

March 25, 2015 8:59 am | by Bruno Ayme, Consumer Business Development, Freescale Microcontrollers | Blogs | Comments

Beyond having the opportunity to see the next generation of wearable tech first hand, spending last week at the Wearables TechCon strongly reaffirmed the palpable excitement around wearable applications. This market promises extraordinary things, from preventing illness ...

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The top 10 most annoying car features

March 24, 2015 12:09 pm | by Cars.com | Blogs | Comments

Experts at Cars.com have listed the top 10 most annoying features that can be found in today's cars. The list focuses on a range of features that Cars.com experts have deemed the most frustrating, annoying and unnecessary to help shoppers know what features ...

MDT Live: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare (Now on Demand)

March 24, 2015 10:13 am | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Videos | Comments

3D printing is emerging as a truly disruptive technology, affecting an array of industries including healthcare. It can be readily used for prototyping and parts manufacture, but stands to make a much bigger impact. As a medical technology, it provides solutions for custom ...

Electric vehicles could reduce global warming, cool down cities

March 24, 2015 7:47 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve heard the claim that gas-guzzlers contribute to global warming, but hybrid and pure electric vehicles could reduce an entirely different sort of heat. According to researchers, electric vehicles (EVs) emit only 19.8% of the heat spewed by conventional vehicles....

HotSpot: A new app that animates your life

March 23, 2015 4:19 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Plotagon is a new app that allows users to animate their lives. You can choose from a variety of scenes and characters to create your very own cartoon series. You also have the option to customize a character to look like you! You can use animated videos for presentations ...

Flash memories designed for space-limited code-storage applications

March 23, 2015 12:59 pm | by Winbond Electronics Corp. America | Product Releases | Comments

Winbond Electronics Corporation today announced a dramatic expansion of its Flash product portfolio with introduction of a new family of high-density SpiFlash® memories. The new family, the W25N Series, achieves both high-performance read of NOR Flash and the fast program-and-erase attributes....

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3-phase AC-DC power supply achieves 95.5% efficiency

March 23, 2015 12:50 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata has announced the D2U5T-H3-7000-54 hot-swappable, AC/DC power supply with wide-range three-phase input from Murata Power Solutions. This internally cooled supply provides a 7,000 Watt, 54VDC main output at up to 95.5% efficiency at 50% load. A user selectable standby conveniently offers an output of either 3.3 or 5 VDC....

Quad transmit receive module offers stackable building block solution

March 23, 2015 12:12 pm | by Api Technologies | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. announced that its Quad Transmit Receive Modules (QTRMs), part of the Company’s Active Antenna Array Unit (AAAU) solution for AESA radar, is now available as a standalone module. API’s QTRMs offer the industry’s first stackable building block solution for E-Scan (electronically scanned) radar....

Northrop Grumman selects Wind River for Black Hawk Cockpit Digitization Program

March 23, 2015 11:01 am | by Wind River | News | Comments

Wind River, has announced that Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform for its latest helicopter digitization avionics mission equipment package to be integrated onto the Black Hawk UH-60V helicopter.

New law requires solar panels (or plants) on all commercial buildings

March 23, 2015 8:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Though the Step In Time dance from Mary Poppins is not longer an accurate depiction of the world above us, roof tops still play an interesting role in society.

A firsthand glimpse at the Navy’s Blue Angels

March 23, 2015 8:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

They’re the rock stars of the military, the glamorous face of the Navy’s recruitment efforts, and arguably the most celebrated flight demonstration team in the world. They’re the Blue Angels — more elite than the Navy SEALs, more precise than a brain surgeon, and as close-knit as any Special Forces unit....

Amazon finally gets approval to fly drones (Sort of)

March 23, 2015 7:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Watching the FAA try and figure out how to regulate drones is sort of like watching a newborn foal figure out how to walk.

Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in

March 20, 2015 2:23 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked....

Three key markets for smart surfaces

March 20, 2015 12:36 pm | by NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

NanoMarkets believes an emerging opportunity for advanced materials, sensors firms and others is presented by so-called smart surfaces. Smart surfaces are most broadly defined as any material surfaces that re-arrange their morphology or composition ...

Enhanced LED lamps feature nearly double the intensity

March 20, 2015 12:33 pm | by DELO Industrial Adhesives | Product Releases | Comments

DELO has nearly doubled the intensity of its 400 nm LED area lamps. The DELOLUX 20 and DELOLUX 202 can now reach an intensity up to 600 mW/cm². With the increased intensity, the 400 nm area lamps allow for much faster curing of many different adhesives. The higher intensity also allows for easier bonding ...

Photos of the Day: Test flights for Mars landing tech

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been developing cutting-edge technologies that would enable spacecraft to land at a specific location on Mars — or any other planetary body — with more precision than ever before....

The industry’s first fully encapsulated 50A digital power module

March 20, 2015 12:28 pm | by Intersil | Intersil | Product Releases | Comments

Intersil Corporation announced the industry’s first 50A fully encapsulated digital DC/DC PMBus power module. The ISL8272M is a complete step-down power supply that delivers up to 50A of output current from industry standard 12V or 5V input power rails, and four modules can be combined....

80W S-band amplifier supports short and long pulse radar

March 20, 2015 12:19 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for a GaN power amplifier delivering 80W Psat power from 3.1 to 3.6GHz. Designed for S-band radar applications, the TGA2814-CP is a flanged, surface mount amplifier with a pure copper base providing superior thermal management. Power gain for the Qorvo TGA2814-CP is rated at 23dB....

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