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Photos of the Day: The Striker II night vision helmet

July 28, 2014 11:48 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Striker II night vision helmet from BAE Systems aims to free up the pilot by integrating night vision within the helmet itself. According to the company, the system “integrates a center-mounted ISIE-11 sensor based on Intevac Photonics’ patented advanced imaging sensor technology, known as the electron bombarded active pixel sensor (EBAPS)”....

This helmet lets fighter pilots ditch their night vision goggles

July 28, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Military jobs are synonymous with stress, but one of the most stressful jobs even by military standards is that of the jet fighter pilot. Not only are they required to process a lot of operational information very quickly, they must do it while wearing headgear that can strain the head and neck the faster the plane flies....

Amazon worker piloted drone around Space Needle

July 28, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Amazon.com employee from out of town was the operator of a drone that buzzed the Seattle Space Needle this week, police said. Witnesses told police they saw the craft fly back into a fifth-floor room of a nearby hotel. Police contacted the man and he admitted operating the drone....

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Hazardous-area fluorescent light fixture features Class 1 Division 2 Groups A,B,C, and D approvals

July 25, 2014 3:02 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The HALS-48-4L-347V from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is a hazardous-area fluorescent light fixture that is Class 1 Division 2 Groups A,B,C, and D approved, has a T4A temperature rating and is ideal for open air locations where flammable chemical vapors may be occasionally encountered....

Linear position sensor designed for extreme environments

July 25, 2014 2:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) is proud to release its LA-25-R series LVDT linear position sensors designed to handle the extreme industrial environments found in steam and hydro power plants; paper, steel, and aluminum mills....

Brushless DC motor includes power up to 120 W

July 25, 2014 2:43 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new brushless drive from maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) with a diameter of 19 mm has been specially designed for high speeds and features low heat development and extremely quiet and low-vibration running. This little powerhouse has applications in centers for miniaturized processing....

Photos of the Day: The PD-100 Black Hornet pocket helicopter

July 25, 2014 12:45 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops....

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader car built on a Corvette chassis

July 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Mattel’s Hot Wheels is coming out with a new line of cars: Star Wars. And what better way to unveil the new line than with a full-sized, fully operational Vader car at this year’s Comic Con? The Vader car was built atop a C5 Corvette chassis, and it mimics its smaller counterpart perfectly....

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Stanford study shows how to power California with wind, water and sun

July 25, 2014 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine a smog-free Los Angeles, where electric cars ply silent freeways, solar panels blanket rooftops and power plants run on heat from beneath the earth, from howling winds and from the blazing desert sun. A new Stanford study finds that it is technically and economically feasible....

Hubble finds 3 surprisingly dry exoplanets

July 25, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun -- and have come up nearly dry. The three planets, known as HD 189733b, HD 209458b, and WASP-12b, are between 60 and 900 light-years away from Earth....

This Army helicopter can fit in your pocket

July 25, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops. Information is king on the battlefield....

Design to a standard

July 24, 2014 11:57 am | by Jonathan Seckler, PoE Subcommittee Marketing Chair, Ethernet Alliance; Product Marketing Director, Dell | Blogs | Comments

More and more often these days, developers have to design their solutions with communications in mind. The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expansion of the network concept — adding machine-to-machine communications to the network and broadening the possibilities for many consumer and enterprise applications....

Engineering Update 68: Marines begin testing robotic mule

July 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The United States Marines Corps recently began testing Boston Dynamics' legged squad support system (or the LS3) at the Kahuku training area in Hawaii. For those who don’t know, the LS3 is a robotic pack mule that could function autonomously and follow troops over rugged terrain, toting up to 400 pounds of equipment....

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Unleashing the power of quantum dot triplets

July 24, 2014 10:44 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quantum computers have yet to materialise. Yet, scientists are making progress in devising suitable means of making such computers faster. One such approach relies on quantum dots—a kind of artificial atom, easily controlled by applying an electric field....

Motion controllers expand their program memory

July 24, 2014 10:40 am | Galil Motion Control | Product Releases | Comments

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) announced more program memory for the DMC-40x0 and DMC-41x3. This release doubles the program memory from 2000 x 80 characters to 4000 x 80 characters and increases the total array elements from …

Nano-supercapacitors for electric cars

July 24, 2014 10:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Electric cars are very much welcomed in Norway and they are a common sight on the roads of the Scandinavian country – so much so that electric cars topped the list of new vehicle registrations for the second time. This poses a stark contrast to the situation in Germany, where electric vehicles claim only a small portion of the market....

EMerge Alliance expands DC power initiative to South Asia

July 24, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

The EMerge Alliance announced it will start teaming with local organizations and launched a new Industrializing membership category to bring the benefits of DC microgrids to industrializing countries in South Asia. A DC microgrid is a system of local power generation and distribution that can...

Efficiently Power that Op Amp

July 24, 2014 9:43 am | by Chris Glazer, Texas Instruments, www.ti.com | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

In many applications, such as temperature sensing, two supply voltages are needed to power an op amp in the system—one positive and one negative. This dual supply is needed by the amplifier in order to properly measure signals very close to or even below ground. If the negative supply input of the op amp was just grounded and a single, positive supply voltage used, these signals would not be processed properly.

Resistive touch panel monitor features RS-232 or USB interface

July 23, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ICP DAS USA, Inc. (Lomita, CA) introduces TP-5120, a 12.1" Resistive Touch Panel Monitor, with RS-232 or USB interface. The TP-5120 is equipped with a 12.1" LCD screen that supports an 800 x 600 resolution, operating temperatures from -20 to +70°C (or -68 ~ +158 F) and storage temperature from -30 ~ +80°C (or -86 ~ 176F)....

The birth of topological spintronics

July 23, 2014 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The discovery of a new material combination that could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic will be described in the journal Nature on July 24, 2014. The research, led by Penn State University and Cornell University physicists, studies "spin torque"....

Ultra-high-definition TVs make gains but still lack market penetration

July 23, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

Ultra-high-definition televisions (UHD TVs) continued to make slow and steady inroads throughout the world, but their share of the overall flat-panel TV market remained minimal by the end of May, suggesting that UHD TV pricing in the market remains too high to gain meaningful share, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

Synchronous boost controller reduces thermal stress with up to 98% efficiency

July 23, 2014 1:37 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) announces the LTC3769, a synchronous step-up DC/DC controller that replaces the boost diode with a high efficiency N-channel MOSFET, increasing efficiency and maximizing output current capability. This controller produces 24V at up to 5A output....

Gate-drive optocoupler includes integrated flyback controller for DC-DC converters

July 23, 2014 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) unveiled the ACPL-302J, a new smart gate-drive optocoupler device that improves isolated power supply and simplifies gate drive design. The ACPL-302J features an integrated flyback controller for DC-DC converters and a full set of fail-safe IGBT diagnostics....

5100 W DC power supplies designed for high voltage and solar array applications

July 23, 2014 1:10 pm | B&K Precision Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision (Yorba Linda, CA) introduced three new models of high power programmable DC power supplies, models PVS10005, PVS60085, and PVS60085MR. The new PVS Series delivers output power up to 5.1 kW with excellent regulation, low noise, and fast transient response times....

NASA names building for moonwalker Neil Armstrong

July 23, 2014 12:14 pm | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

NASA honored one of its most famous astronauts Monday by renaming a historic building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It now bears the name of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 mission landed there 45 years ago....

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