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Sharp Unveils New LED Lamps for U.S. Market

June 22, 2010 7:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp enters the U.S. LED lighting market with the introduction of LED PAR38 and PAR30 lamps for the commercial and industrial markets. The four new PAR38 LED lamps (models DL-L20P3830A and DL-L16P3830A in warm white, and DL-L20P3840A and DL-L16P3840A in cool white)...

Be Part of the Solution!

June 22, 2010 7:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I want you to be responsible

Nintendo's 3DS: First-hand impressions

June 22, 2010 5:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

At the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Nintendo officially unveiled the 3DS. And from the media’s reaction, you’d think Nintendo reinvented the electron. The 3DS uses autostereoscopy to produce 3D images without the need for special glasses—or so claim their marketing gurus. Does it live up to the hype? Read on for my first-hand impressions.

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Energy Challenge Three: The Greenbelt Green Neighborhood Challenge

June 21, 2010 2:22 pm | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Lore Rosenthal, a principal leader behind the Greenbelt Climate Action Network, attended a meeting in Greenbelt, Maryland, on an energy purchasing cooperative more than a year ago. Also attending the meeting was Lore's neighbor, Sylvia Lewis, on the board of both the Greenbelt Community...

Techniques to Avoid the White Screen of Death in Smartphones

June 21, 2010 9:03 am | by John Whalen, Business Development Manger, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

An emerging trend in the mobile handset 3G space has been the adoption and expansion of user friendly applications, nowadays called ‘Apps’. These ‘Apps’ are custom software program applications that are written for a very specific function within a handset.

Vibration Energy Harvester Powers Portable Devices

June 21, 2010 4:54 am | Videos | Comments

Perpetuum's free-standing vibration energy harvester converts unused mechanical vibration into useable electrical energy to power wireless sensor systems.

Cool Demos at Sensors Expo

June 17, 2010 8:50 am | Blogs | Comments

At the Sensors Expo, I punched a dummy in the face - literally. A dummy with an accelerometer and wireless network attached to his head, that measured the angular velocity and impact of my punch...

ESC 2010 Update

June 17, 2010 4:37 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

In late April I visited the exhibits at the annual Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, CA. For the most part, people I met with discussed microcontrollers, communication, and development kits.

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How Do You Save Energy in the Summer?

June 17, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Monday is the official first day of summer! With summer comes hot weather and high cooling bills. But you can take steps to save this summer; Drew told us about a few on Tuesday, and the Stay Cool, Save Money site has more tips. Tell us:

Sometimes It Is About Surviving

June 17, 2010 4:08 am | by Sam Kavanagh for element14.com | Blogs | Comments

After my success in Spain I approached France with the goal of winning or at least putting in a good fight to win the GC competition.

Solar Light Bulb 'Time-Shifts' Light

June 16, 2010 9:24 am | News | Comments

Nokero International announced the release of the N100, presented as the world’s first solar light bulb.

Summertime Energy Savings

June 15, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

I can't believe how fast winter gave way to summer. Seems like just yesterday we were digging out from Snowpocalypse here on the East Coast, dealing with mountains of the white stuff and wondering if we'd ever be out of the deep freeze.

Energy Challenge Two: The WeatherizeDC Campaign

June 14, 2010 8:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

In my quest to learn what other local groups are doing to help the environment and hopefully avoid reinventing the wheel, I attended a meeting of the Greenbelt Climate Action Network, a local chapter of the grassroots, nonprofit organization Chesapeake Climate Action Network. There I met...

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Color-Changing Adhesive Enhances Bond-Line Inspection

June 14, 2010 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 3-20794 See-Cure color-changing adhesive is designed for rapid assembling of plastic housings, laminations, and other applications typically used for appliance assembly.

Test Automation System Features Dynamic Analytics

June 11, 2010 5:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Wind River Test Management system for monitoring, executing and managing embedded device software testing from Wind River features dynamic analytics technology that enables run-time visibility into devices during testing to provide operational and actionable feedback.

Kinetic Hydropower Emerges as a Viable Energy Solution

June 10, 2010 5:32 am | by Dean Corren, Director of Marine Current Technology, Verdant Power | Blogs | Comments

Energy captured from the natural flows of tides and rivers, without the use of dams or large civil structures – kinetic hydropower – has begun to emerge as a viable, low-impact clean energy option.

How Does Your Community Promote Energy Savings?

June 10, 2010 4:23 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, John told you about community efforts to save energy. John works with various organizations in his community to promote energy savings, and he has found that none of these organizations can do it alone; many local groups are now partnering with nonprofits, volunteers, community...

Tools Correlate Code and Current

June 9, 2010 5:18 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

The emphasis on low-power embedded systems can give engineers heartburn. They must strive to enhance a system's performance, add capabilities, and make its battery last for as many as 10 years. A combination of hardware and software tools now help engineers understand power consumption without the antacids.

Breakthrough Digital Optical Comparator Integrates CAD Data

June 8, 2010 1:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Presented as a breakthrough in noncontact comparative measuring technology, the VisionGauge Digital Optical Comparator has the ability to digitally compare a part to its CAD data quickly and easily, at exceptionally high accuracy.

The ZigBee alliance and SUNSPEC Alliance collaborate on renewable energy management

June 8, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance and the SunSpec Alliance today announced an agreement to collaborate on defining standards for renewable energy and microgrid management using the ZigBee Smart Energy version 2.0 standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial and consumer applications...

What's Up With Fuel Cells?

June 8, 2010 4:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

We hear a lot about renewables like wind and solar these days, but what's the deal with fuel cells and is there a future in them? The truth is, fuel cells have been around for some time now; the idea originated in the 1840's.

Energy Challenge One: Greenbelt, Maryland

June 7, 2010 8:24 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Blogs | Comments

Vice President Joe Biden kicked off Earth Day in April by announcing the selection of 25 communities to receive up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to "ramp-up" energy efficiency building retrofits. Under the Department of Energy (DOE) Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities,...

Tablet Computers vs. Netbooks

June 4, 2010 7:28 am | by Peter A. Khairolomour, Technical Marketing Manager, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

It’s really not a question of whether or not the tablet computer will displace netbooks and laptops. What it comes down to is what functions the tablet computer will take over and what functions netbooks/laptops will retain.

Design Considerations for Pressure Sensing Integration

June 4, 2010 6:35 am | by Tim Shotter and Dan DeFalco, All Sensors Corporation, www.allsensors.com, and Molly Chamberlin, Embassy Global PR | Articles | Comments

A handheld battery operated spirometry device, for example, must be able to be turned on and off quickly and instantly, while continuously recording data over a 20-second period with optimized use of available power, thus requiring a low-voltage pressure sensor which is able to use power only as needed.

Brainstorm: Optoelectronics

June 3, 2010 7:25 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What will be the next big advance in touchscreen technology?

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