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Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

April 11, 2014 11:02 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development....

Military plans to use drones as flying Wi-Fi hotspots

April 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

For civilians, a dearth of Wi-Fi is a minor inconvenience. First-world problems. But for our troops in the field, a lack of connectivity can kill you. No connection means no close-air support and no reinforcements. Hence the military’s push to turn drones into mobile Wi-Fi hotspots....

Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

April 11, 2014 9:22 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car. The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version....

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Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

April 11, 2014 9:10 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure to light is key....

Photos of the Day: Creating music with gloves

April 11, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Grammy-winning electronic artist Imogen Heap recently launched a Kickstarter project for the Mi.Mu gloves, capable of creating music with various hand gestures. The Mi.Mu gloves include an IMU motion tracker along with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer....

Five from EELive, part two

April 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Winsystems, Versalogic Corp., Rigol Usa, Texas Instruments, Cymbet Corporation | Blogs | Comments

Here are five more notable products, plus one soon to be released product, from EELive 2014. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for more. Embedded computers were well represented, with announcements by WinSystems and VersaLogic. For rugged applications, WinSystems’ The SBC35-CC405 Series multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers feature onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and

Four-channel portable oscilloscope samples at 5 GS/s

April 10, 2014 3:25 pm | Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corp. introduced its 190-504 Series II 500 MHz ScopeMeter Portable Oscilloscope, said to be the first to achieve a 500 MHz at 5 GS/s real time sample rate in a four-channel handheld, sealed, and rugged oscilloscope without compromising

Photos of the Day: A device that charges your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

An Israeli startup called StoreDot has created a prototype for a device capable of fully charging a smartphone in 30 seconds. StoreDot demonstrated the tech at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference, and the finished product will hit the market sometime in 2016....

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Varactor diodes suit automotive, consumer, defense, and infrastructure markets

April 10, 2014 1:22 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks (Woburn, MA) introduced a series of surface-mount, silicon, hyperabrupt junction tuning varactor diodes. The SMV2026 Series provides high capacitance ratio and low-series resistance, and it is suitable for use in

Thin film chip resistors offer power rating to 2 W in 2512 size

April 10, 2014 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced that it has extended the power rating of PTN Series precision surface-mount thin film chip resistors in the 2512 case size to 2 W. Built using a self-passivated, moisture-resistant tantalum nitride resistive film technology, the devices combine

Engineering Update #53: A guide to charging your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 10:38 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Israeli startup StoreDot is taking the lead on shortening the amount of time it takes to charge your phone from a few hours to about 30 seconds by creating chemically synthesized bioorganic peptide molecules—called nano dots—that—as the name suggests—are really tiny....

This technology could save your car from disaster

April 10, 2014 8:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The automotive industry is making some pretty large improvements in terms of technology. In the past few years, there have been improvements in vehicle communications—including V2V and V2X systems—as well as in areas like vehicle safety and infotainment systems....

Inductive sensor designed as a drop-in replacement for potentiometers in hydraulic cylinders

April 9, 2014 4:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) is pleased to announce the ME Series Linear Position Sensors for embedded use in measuring the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders in industrial, mobile, or subsea applications. The ME Series is designed to be drop-in form, fit, and function replacements....

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Chipsets drive 15 meters of coax or STP cabling

April 9, 2014 2:58 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Engineers can now design high-resolution automotive infotainment applications with either traditional STP or lighter, less expensive coax cables using a new family of Gigabit Multimedia Serial Link (GMSL) SerDes chipsets from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)....

RFID device with I2C interface enables wireless configuration during and after production

April 9, 2014 2:42 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Smyrna, GA) announced that it has developed the LXMS2HACNF-165, the latest addition in the company’s MAGICSTRAP RFID product line. Measuring 2.5 mm x 2.0 mm x 1. 0mm, it has the same features as the standard MAGICSTRAP products, but with

1.8V oscillators intended for low-cost EMI reduction

April 9, 2014 2:41 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY has introduced another oscillator to the Euroquartz range of Spread Spectrum low-EMI oscillators that uses spread spectrum (dithered) techniques to reduce electromagnetic interference by up to 15dB. The new 18HM series oscillators have a supply voltage of 1.8V....

Flexible strain relief boots offer tight bend radius and custom cable exit paths

April 9, 2014 2:12 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated(Walldorf, Germany) recently introduced FlexiBend MPO/MTP flexible-boot cable assemblies designed to optimize cable routing and support low profile installations where cabinet doors or front panels might interfere with traditional straight style bend limiting boots. These optical cables can

Micropower 30-µV op amp settles in 15 µS to 0.0015 percent

April 9, 2014 1:28 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LT6020, a dual 3-V to 30-V fast settling operational amplifier, featuring 30 µV maximum input offset voltage and 0.5 µV/°C max VOS drift. While supply current is only 100 µA maximum per amplifier, proprietary slew enhancement circuitry provides

Miniature high side load switches deliver up to 3 A in a 1-mm x 1.5-mm package

April 9, 2014 1:09 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced the MIC94161/62/63/64/65; a family of high-side load switches with low on resistance (14.5 mΩ) capable of delivering up to 3 A of continuous current in a small 1-mm x 1.5-mm wafer level chip-scale package. These small devices feature

CE Week

April 9, 2014 12:04 pm | Events

CE Week is the consumer electronics (CE) industry’s annual mid-year, citywide event in New York City. The event brings together top media, industry analysts and technology thought leaders for innovative product debuts, a robust conference program and networking events....

Webb telescope's heart complete, final instrument installed

April 9, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The last piece of the James Webb Space Telescope's heart was installed inside the world's largest clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. What looked like a massive black frame covered with wires and aluminum foil, the heart or Integrated Science Instrument Module...

NASA's LRO mission and North America to experience total lunar eclipse

April 9, 2014 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When people in North America look up at the sky in the early morning hours of April 15, they can expect the moon to look a little different. A total lunar eclipse is expected at this time, a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment....

Chance meeting creates celestial diamond ring

April 9, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Most stars with masses similar to that of our Sun will end their lives as white dwarfs — small, very dense, and hot bodies that slowly cool down over billions of years. On the way to this final phase of their lives the stars throw their atmospheres out into the space....

This program can make your phone more secure than ever

April 9, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the advent of smartphones came a great debate about the security of technology. With all of the sensitive information stored in the phones—bank account numbers, emails, credit card information—keeping the security tight is of the utmost importance....

Varistors now available with nickel barrier terminations

April 8, 2014 4:39 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ZV Series of SMD multilayer varistors from Stackpole Electronics (Raleigh, NC) is now available with nickel barrier terminations. Nickel barrier terminations are compatible with most manufacturing processes and are easier to work with than palladium silver terminations....

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