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Easy as Pi: How Raspberry Pi B+ enables home automation

October 13, 2014 10:10 am | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

The launch of the Raspberry Pi B+ board earlier this year marked another milestone for at-home computing and coding. Because the board more easily enables Internet of Things solutions, it was an easy choice for inclusion in the supplies given to the element14 Community engineers taking part in the “Forget Me Not” challenge.

Watch a hawk attack a quadcopter ... and win

October 13, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The US military may roam the skies with impunity in foreign lands, but in domestic airspace, an altogether different Predator enjoys aerial superiority. A hobbyist discovered that first-hand when his quadcopter came under attack by a hawk....

Observing the quantum behavior of light

October 10, 2014 2:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This is a big part of Alan Migdall's research at the Joint Quantum Institute. Many of his experiments depend on observing light in the form of photons — the particle complement of light waves — and sometimes only one photon at a time....

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Pressure transducers intended for aerospace and defense applications

October 10, 2014 1:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GP:50 Corporation LTD (Grand Island, NY) announced the global market introduction of the Model 7300, a rugged, flight qualified, differential pressure transducer for aerospace and defense testing requirements. Design and development ...

Current-loop transmitter board provides channel-to-channel isolation

October 10, 2014 1:23 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) adds a new 4-20 mA current loop board to the SeaRAQ family of I/O expansion designed for Relio industrial computers. The 4-20 mA signal standard remains a popular method for signal transmission in harsh environments....

Banning plastic bags may be bad science

October 10, 2014 12:09 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Recently, the Manufacturing.net comment boards blew up when California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a state-wide plastic bag ban, also known as SB270. The new ban puts plastic bags provided at grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store, and liquor shop....

Coil offers high efficiency for Qi wireless charging pads

October 10, 2014 9:56 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced a new powdered-iron-based, WPC-compliant (Wireless Power Consortium) wireless charging transmitter coil for Qi wireless charging pads. Offering a durable construction and high permeability shielding ...

Colored LED offers high light output from a compact form factor

October 10, 2014 9:38 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a new low profile LED wall pack light with an optional red, blue, green, amber, purple, pink and white color output. This 60 watt LED light offers high light output from a compact form factor....

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Multi-head camera system features frame rates up to 750,000 fps

October 10, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) announces the FASTCAM Multi, a flexible, multi-head camera system that is tethered to a remote processor — current cable lengths are 16 ft. (5m) and 33 ft. (10m) with longer lengths planned. The small, sealed camera heads ...

Engineering Newswire: The Navy's autonomous "swarming" boats

October 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Office of Naval Research has announced a technological breakthrough that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle to not only protect Navy ships, but also autonomously “swarm” hostile vessels. According to demonstrations, as many as 13 Navy boats ...

Amplifier performs 600 V/m radar pulse radiated immunity testing

October 9, 2014 3:13 pm | Ametek | Product Releases | Comments

Instruments for Industry (IFI), a unit of AMETEK Compliance Test Solutions (Ronkonkoma, NY), now offers a dual-mode, solid-state amplifier that combines continuous (CW) and pulse (P) operating modes.  The new S31-500-900P amplifier has been optimized....

Gas discharge tube protects a broad range of communication equipment

October 9, 2014 3:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SL1010A Series Gas Discharge Tube (GDT), a small-footprint, three-terminal, surface mount component that protects a broad range of communication equipment from damage due to fast-rising transients....

High-power resistors include value range up to 20K ohms

October 9, 2014 2:53 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) announces the expansion of the TR Series of TO-220 and TO-247 style power resistors. The TR Series value range now starts at 50 milliohms and goes up to 20K ohms for most sizes (the TR30 value range extends up to 100K ohms)....

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From wearables to implantables to ... what’s next?

October 9, 2014 2:35 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was underwhelming to say the least....

Engineering Update #79: A mini quadcopter for your pocket

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Do you know that sinking feeling when you reach for your smartphone, and it’s not there ... almost like a piece of you is missing? Well, a San Francisco-based company called Aericam wants to produce this same feeling — only with mini quadcopter drones....

DARPA’s tank of the future won’t need armor

October 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The tanks of the future will reinvent (and simultaneously minimize) the very concept of “armor”. DARPA’s Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program will swap armor for technology and brute strength for maneuverability. Forget the slow, lumbering behemoths....

Next edition of HealthCare.gov is unveiled

October 9, 2014 9:08 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration unveiled a new version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge. Officials also said that HealthCare.gov won't display premiums for 2015....

NuSTAR discovers impossibly bright dead star

October 9, 2014 8:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers working with NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), led by Caltech's Fiona Harrison, have found a pulsating dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. The object, previously thought to be a black hole ...

The world’s first development platform with 2D multi-touch and 3D gestures

October 8, 2014 4:36 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio with the introduction of the 3DTouchPad, a PC peripheral and world’s first Development Platform for 2D multi-touch....

Military connectors provide shell sizes smaller than the current size 9

October 8, 2014 4:12 pm | Tt Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

A lighter and smaller military connector has resulted from a collaboration between TT Electronics (Weybridge, UK) and Esterline Connection Technologies Souriau-Sunbank. The MABAC 38999 micro circular connectors will maintain the same design features....

Choosing the right processor for multimedia, display, and IoT applications

October 8, 2014 1:45 pm | by Amanda McGregor, Freescale Product Marketing Manager | Articles | Comments

Consumers use a wide range of devices on a daily basis. This familiarity has led to high user expectations surrounding devices and a high bar for engineers. Even traditional embedded designs are undergoing transformation with new connectivity....

Navy tests out new way of making clothes: welding

October 8, 2014 1:14 pm | by JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Welding isn't just for aircraft carriers anymore. The U.S. Navy could be turning to ultrasonic welding to make its uniforms lighter, stronger and cheaper. And if the project by a Rhode Island company and the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility ...

Ensuring safe and secure UAV systems

October 8, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jay Thomas, Field Application Engineer, LDRA Technology | Articles | Comments

Sightseers on the Space Needle in Seattle were recently greeted by the sight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, which circled the monument before returning to the hotel balcony from which it was launched. Without question, drones have entered....

Power sensors contain world’s widest dynamic range

October 8, 2014 10:50 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (Santa Rosa, CA) announced the U2040 X-Series wide dynamic range power sensors, consisting of four USB models for wireless and radar applications, and a dedicated LAN model for satellite testing. With the world’s widest....

The challenges of smart innovation

October 8, 2014 10:30 am | by Artem Aginskiy, business development manager, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Industrial technology is necessary to drive smart innovations that improve the interaction between humans and technology through smart, dynamic processing to static mediums. Unfortunately, these smart innovations come with a number of challenges....

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