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Bionic Bra proves necessity is apparently not the mother of invention

December 9, 2014 11:12 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering ... why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them....

LED enables brighter stage lighting

December 9, 2014 10:19 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced a new LED for stage lighting. Compared with previous members of the product family, the new Osram Ostar Stage offers more than twice the lumen output with a component surface that ...

Polymer chip capacitors sized for space-conscious applications

December 9, 2014 9:24 am | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) XMPL Series Polymer Chip Capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With very-low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater ...

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This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

Linear position sensor designed for factory automation

December 8, 2014 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LR-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty ...

Wearable fitness software automatically senses and interprets activity

December 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Lab (San Francisco, CA) unveils the ARDA Coaching Engine, a new, patented software platform that will redefine the wearable fitness tracker market by bringing real time context and intelligence to wearable fitness devices. The ARDA ...

Solid-state proteins maximize intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers

December 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The same research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form rather than in solution greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that takes advantage of ...

VCO features output power of +5 dBm min

December 8, 2014 9:58 am | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO33CC-2500-2500 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2500 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.0V~3.3 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent ...

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Power amplifier serves 27 – 31GHz applications

December 8, 2014 9:47 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a 36.5 dBm GaN power amplifier serving 27 – 31GHz applications in SatCom, Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint radios. The TriQuint TGA2594-HM is a hermetic, 7x7mm ...

How to use Bluetooth Smart in industrial lighting

December 8, 2014 9:02 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

ECN will be hosting a 6-part series from Texas Instruments about the benefits of using BlueTooth Smart in industrial applications. Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that focus on composing the ...

This is what happens when an editor gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the...

Why being a lifelong learner makes engineering a perfect career

December 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Alexis Noelli Peña, a student at Syracuse University focusing in biomedical engineering.

Engineering Newswire: Stephen Hawking gets an upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Intel has upgraded Stephen Hawking’s communication platform to help him better communicate with the world, increase ease of use for his daily routines, and empower him with continued independence. The tailored solution, Assistive Context Aware Toolkit ...

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Engineering Update #88: Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft

December 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Let’s face it — we’re no longer impressed by the ability to travel from New York to Los Angeles in five hours in a cramped 737. Doesn’t two and a half hours sound much better? Lockheed Martin thinks so, too, so they’re working on an aircraft for commercial ...

The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I was recently in Barnes and Nobel (I still like to read words on paper), and I had the opportunity to purchase a quadcopter. With very little experience of flying one, I was tempted, but ultimately declined because it was a holiday shopping trip for ...

Infographic: Smart Appliances & The Kitchen of Tomorrow

December 4, 2014 9:32 am | by Pennywell | News | Comments

From dishwashers with digital interfaces to smartphone apps that can manage entire home heating systems, this shift in home appliances means that the household of tomorrow will be drastically different to that of today. Enjoy this Infographic, courtesy of Pennywell (www.pennywell.ie)....

"Bionic Bra" inches closer to reality

December 4, 2014 8:27 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

A ‘Bionic Bra’ that automatically tightens in response to breast movement is one step closer to reality with the development of a new prototype. The bra, made using intelligent components, was discussed at the 9th Australasian Biomechanics ...

Push-Pull circular connectors designed for military and medical applications

December 3, 2014 5:06 pm | Odu-Usa | Product Releases | Comments

ODU-USA (Camarillo, CA) announces the availability of Push-Pull circular connectors on the US market. The Push-Pull locking system allows the connection to secure itself when mated, and thousands of mating cycles are possible. The design prevents ...

Million Women Mentors State Town Hall

December 3, 2014 4:21 pm | Events

In a Town Hall style format on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 from 2:00-3:00pm EST the Million Women Mentors, (MWM) team brings to you an esteemed panel of speakers.  You will hear from state leaders and representatives from Tennessee, Iowa, Texas, and Massachusetts along with MWM nonprofit partners American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Mouser empowers 'next great thing' with development tools center

December 3, 2014 4:02 pm | by Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, announced today the launch of its new Engineering Development Tools Center on Mouser.com. This time-saving microsite allows ...

Compact 500 watt power supply fits 4” x 6” footprint

December 3, 2014 3:59 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power (Sunnyvale, CA) today announced the GSP500 series of highly efficient 500 Watt AC-DC power supplies. Occupying a compact 4 x 6 inch footprint, these single-output forced air cooled units can continuously deliver the full output power across ...

Metal film resistors now available with a 100 ppm TCR option

December 3, 2014 3:25 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole's (Raleigh, NC) RNV Series high voltage anti-moisture metal film resistors now offer a 100 ppm TCR option. This enables the RNV to be used for high-voltage requirements in harsh environments and applications with low TCR needs. The ...

TVS diode array provides superior ESD Protection

December 3, 2014 3:17 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SP3022 Series Low Capacitance ESD Protection TVS Diode Arrays (SPA Diodes). These robust 0.35pF, 20kV bidirectional (back-to-back) discrete TVS diodes can safely absorb repetitive ESD strikes over ...

LED skid-mount light mast includes manual crank cord reel

December 3, 2014 3:01 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 600 watt skid-mount five stage electric light mast with a manual crank cord reel. This tower features a rotating boom that allows for 360° of rotation, a removable mast head, and a cube ...

Conformable cables offer low PIM performance

December 3, 2014 2:53 pm | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

RF Industries (San Diego, CA) conformable semi-rigid cable assemblies are manufactured with a tin-filled, braided outer conductor that exhibits similar electrical properties to solid semi-rigid, but can be hand-formed in the field with no degradation in ...

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