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Could robots reduce human rights violations?

July 22, 2014 9:27 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Could automation actually help reduce reputed human rights violations? If Foxconn — one of the most infamous manufacturers of consumer electronics — succeeds in deploying its “Foxbots”, one of the biggest controversies in the tech world could disappear overnight....

Engineering Newswire 99: Marines Unveil Amphibious Monster Vehicle

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re healing bones faster than ever, learning to curve bullets, and test-driving a half-scale amphibious vehicle ...               

Security MCU offers high RF integration

July 17, 2014 5:53 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the RF430F5978 microcontroller (MCU) and accompanying evaluation module (EVM). Building on Tithe company’s CC430 product family, the RF430F5978 MCU is a highly integrated RF solution with desirable read zone and battery performance for…

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An anti-glare, anti-reflective display for mobile devices?

July 16, 2014 6:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If you've ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But now scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they've developed a novel glass surface that reduces both glare and reflection

Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood

July 15, 2014 2:48 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Articles | Comments

Imagine being surrounded by the imagery of your dreams on a panoramic display. Now imagine being able to manipulate these images by pointing directly at them, like a conductor leading an orchestra of pixels. It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction film — which is exactly what it is....

Engineering Update #67: A ridiculously energy efficient house

July 15, 2014 12:08 pm | Videos | Comments

The Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility is a two-story, 2,700 square foot house located on the campus of The National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington D.C. Though the house looks like any other house, it was actually designed as a laboratory to study clean energy....

Zero-drift instrumentation amplifier provides low power, high accuracy

July 15, 2014 8:42 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its instrumentation amplifier portfolio with the new zero-drift MCP6N16. This self-correcting architecture is positioned to DC performance by enabling ultra-low offset, low-offset drift, and desirable common-mode and power-supply rejection, while…

Photos of the Day: LG’s 18-inch flexible display

July 14, 2014 1:28 pm | by Youkyung Lee - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Friday the flexible display has a resolution of 1200 pixels by 810 pixels and maintains its function when it is rolled up....

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LED replacements for incandescent lamps aim to increase the lamp life by 10 times

July 11, 2014 10:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has enhanced its series of LED replacements for traditional incandescent lamps. Providing a complete drop-in replacement solution, the company’s expanded offering of LED replacement lamps and holders combine simple and fast assembly with…

Guide to designing a device incorporating MEMS-based pico projection

July 11, 2014 4:00 pm | by By Carlos Lopez, Strategic Marketing Manager for Pico Products, Texas Instruments DLP | Articles | Comments

Over the last few years, millions of products incorporating pico projection have shipped, and developers are innovating new applications for this rapidly growing display category. Ideal applications for pico projection include near eye display, interactive digital signage, head mounted display, ultra short throw (UST) TV, standalone portable projectors and embedded projection in smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Kasey's Korner: Removing toxic materials from batteries

July 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Though lithium-ion batteries have a lot to offer, they also have some issues-- including using toxic elements that are rare and difficult to work with. But they may be the future of portable electronics batteries, so it’s vital that researchers find another way of creating the batteries.

Kasey's Korner: This 3D-printed material will replace Balsa wood

July 10, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

When it comes to materials, high density usually equals high strength, while light low density materials are generally pretty fragile. However researchers at Harvard were able to 3D print a composite material using epoxy resin that they claim is even better than Balsa wood, generally revered for its lightweight, but strong properties.

Engineering Update Episode 66: The Navy's robo-tuna

July 10, 2014 10:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Navy is experimenting with a 4-foot long unmanned undersea vehicle designed to blend in with marine life and perform military functions. This so-called "biometric" autonomous vehicle not only looks like a fish, but swims like one as well. The "robo-tuna" doesn't rely on traditional means of propulsion like propellers or jets, but it actually swims by flipping its tail....

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When is a TV not a TV?

July 1, 2014 8:35 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

When the U. S. Supreme Court says so, that's when. Last Wednesday, June 25, the Court issued a split decision (6-3) against Aereo, a provider of over-the-Internet broadcast TV service which used a unique technology to get around the requirement to pay retransmission fees to program originators, as cable TV companies do....

Capacitive sensing MCUs target HMI applications

June 30, 2014 11:01 am | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs (Austin, TX) introduced energy-efficient capacitive sensing microcontrollers (MCUs) for human-machine interfaces (HMI). The new C8051F97x MCU family combines the company’s ultra-low-power technology with fast, accurate capacitive sensing to provide…

Watch these drones fight to the death

June 30, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the world of drones, there exists an underground fight club where different UAVs go head to head trying to destroy each other. Alright, that’s a little dramatized, but the drones really do battle each other in a BattleBot-style arena. Marque Cornblatt, co-founder of the group Game of Drones, says it’s all about aerial combat and going drono a drono for victory....

Russians beat us to Holy Grail of drone pizza delivery

June 27, 2014 9:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

We won the Cold War and Space Race for this? We’ve discussed drones, the attendant privacy issues, and their commercial potential exhaustively, but a recent event serves as a cruel mockery of the freedoms we cherish. While the Federal Aviation Administration, politicians, and privacy advocates continue to squabble over domestic drone regulations ...

Low power MCU integrates hardware encryption engine

June 25, 2014 12:49 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its eXtreme Low Power (XLP) PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) with the PIC24F “GB2” family.  This new family features an integrated hardware crypto engine, a Random Number Generator (RNG) and…

Seven-channel, NMOS low-side driver targets high-voltage systems

June 25, 2014 11:15 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced what it asserts is the industry’s first seven-channel, NMOS low-side driver. The TPL7407L is positioned to replace half of the transistor arrays required to drive high current loads, providing a new option for high voltage systems.

Module integrates a BLE 4.1 stack for use with or without a host MCU

June 25, 2014 10:26 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module.  The RN4020 builds on the Company’s Bluetooth Classic experience and carries both worldwide regulatory certifications and is Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certified. 

Photos of the Day: Lego's mixed digital-physical blocks

June 25, 2014 8:12 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On the heels of success with "The Lego Movie," the Danish toy company is giving kids a chance to put their own blocks on the screen, with a new product line that copies their creations into phone and tablet games. The Lego Fusion line will launch in August. Each $35 box will contain some 200 bricks and a special plate to build on....

Phase-control stud-style thyristors offer current-handling capability to 25 Amps

June 24, 2014 4:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Announced today by America Semiconductor, LLC (Linden, NJ) is the 25RIA Series of medium-power, phase-control thyristors. The single-phase Silicon Controlled Rectifiers (SCR) are supplied in a standard TO-48 package with a current handling capability to 25 Amps....

Engineering Newswire: Urinal videogame is controlled by user's 'stream'

June 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

A new videogame has hit the market, and while it doesn’t require a controller, it’s not quite hands free. Yup, this video game is controlled entirely by your urine. After experimenting with many ideas including lasers, ultrasound, induction sensors, and even cameras which were ruled out on privacy grounds ...

Global flat-panel TV shipments enjoy sound growth in Q1; South Koreans top field

June 19, 2014 10:57 am | by Jusy Hong, Principal Analyst, IHS Technology | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of flat-panel televisions rose convincingly in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year, a stronger-than-expected showing that puts the industry on firm footing for the year, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

Engineering Update #63: Boeing's newest space ship

June 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On June 9th, Boeing unveiled its CST-100 commercial space taxi. The company’s main goal is to restart the U.S. ability to get to the ISS and beyond without spending 60 million for a seat on a Russian soyez. The company is referring to this capsule as a “space taxi” due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness....

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