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Custom direct-drive motor assemblies include sizes from 10 mm to 500 mm

August 13, 2013 5:07 pm | Applimotion, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion offers custom direct-drive motor assemblies with its popular ULT, UTH, UTS and UTO brushless frameless motor kits inside. These assemblies typically include precision bearings, special encoders, special mounting features, and cabling to provide you with a low profile direct drive solution.

Will 3D-printing change the world of engineering?

August 12, 2013 2:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. This month we're focusing on Time-to-Market strategies. We're looking at it a little bit differently and discussing the issues from the viewpoint of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

K. Maitland named IEEE senior member

August 12, 2013 11:27 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Aug. 12, 2013 – Kristen Maitland, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been recognized as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).......

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Army engineers bring 'Power, Energy and Cyber' to students

August 12, 2013 9:57 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Army engineers provided high school students a look into the science-related career paths available to them through advanced classroom instruction and hands-on experiments as part of an expanded Gains in the Education and Mathematics and Science program at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., July 15-26, 2013....

Bubbles are the new lenses for nanoscale light beams

August 9, 2013 11:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Bending light beams to your whim sounds like a job for a wizard or an a complex array of bulky mirrors, lenses and prisms, but a few tiny liquid bubbles may be all that is necessary to open the doors for next-generation, high-speed circuits and displays, according to Penn State researchers.

Robot uses steerable needles to treat brain clots

August 9, 2013 11:12 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Surgery to relieve the damaging pressure caused by hemorrhaging in the brain is a perfect job for a robot. That is the basic premise of a new image-guided surgical system under development at Vanderbilt University. It employs steerable needles about the size of those used for biopsies to penetrate the brain with minimal damage...

Murphy to be featured in White House program today

August 9, 2013 6:50 am | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will host a "We the Geeks" Google+ Hangout on "Robots" with five experts in robotics, including Dr. Robin Murphy......

Surface mount LED displays in compact, low-profile packages

August 8, 2013 4:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. released two new series of 10 mm standard surface-mount 7-segment LED displays in compact, low-profile packages. Utilizing AllnGaP on GaAs chip technology for high luminous intensity to 2750 µcd typical, the VDMx10x0 and VDMx10A1 series displays are offered in super red, soft orange, yellow, and green for a wide range of applications.

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Capacitive touch-sensing controller drives up to 10 LEDs

August 8, 2013 2:19 pm | Cypress | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced a new CapSense Express capacitive touch-sensing controller optimized to replace mechanical buttons in front panels for industrial and consumer applications, portable medical devices, gaming devices and home automation systems.

Fledgling 3-D printing industry finds home in NYC

August 7, 2013 3:43 pm | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like a bakery. A warm glow emanates from the windows of big, oven-like machines, and a dusting of white powder covers everything. This space in an anonymous building in New York's Long Island City neighborhood, just across the river from Manhattan, isn't cooking up breads and pastries....

Scientists create tiny bendy power supply for even smaller portable electronics

August 7, 2013 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have created a powerful micro-supercapacitor, just nanometres thick, that could help electronics companies develop mobile phones and cameras that are smaller, lighter and thinner than ever before. The tiny power supply measures less than half a centimetre across and is made from a flexible material, opening up the possibility for wearable electronics.

Micro-machines for the human body

August 7, 2013 1:19 pm | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Tiny sensors and motors are everywhere, telling your smartphone screen to rotate and your camera to focus. Now, a team of researchers at Tel Aviv University has found a way to print biocompatible components for these micro-machines, making them ideal for use in medical devices, like bionic arms.

'Long-Lived Power' could extend life for battlefield sensors

August 7, 2013 8:54 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory are testing tritium, a radioisotope that is produced in nuclear reactors, to power sensors. This alternative energy source could give sensors -- the eyes and ears of warfighters -- a battlefield energy source capable of lasting a 13-year half-life....

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Battery harvesting versus energy harvesting

August 6, 2013 3:06 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

Should you use primary batteries or energy harvesting for your low power isolated from the grid application? Are primary batteries better or worse than energy harvesting? Can you use one or the other or do you need both? Neither? It is an interesting question depending on the application, the power required, and the costs involved.

Low-loss chokes developed for use in railway technology

August 6, 2013 2:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SMP Sintermetalle Prometheus GmbH & Co KG (SMP) has developed a range of chokes for use in railway technology. The inductive components are installed in the inverters for three-phase asynchronous motors and on-board units. They are low-loss, resistant to temperature and impact, and quiet.

Now’s a good time to "reclaim your name" from data brokers

August 6, 2013 12:12 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

What’s in a name? Juliet Capulet didn’t see much value in a name in her famous, fictional dialog with Romeo Montague but in the age of “big data,” try telling that to today’s big data brokers. As our modern, personal conveniences put more of our information out there to be gathered and sold, a consumer’s confidence that information or misinformation isn’t going to harm them is usually limited....

Platform enables designers to evaluate MCUs’ safety features

August 6, 2013 10:57 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced the Hercules LaunchPad platform -- an entry-level option enabling developers to gain familiarity with TI Hercules MCUs and evaluate their performance and safety features. The TI Hercules LaunchPad is a modular, quick-launch evaluation kit....

Embedded vision starter kit touts updated PVP programmer, new lens adapter

August 5, 2013 6:40 pm | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet Electronics Marketing’s development kit for the Analog Devices dual-core Blackfin BF609 processor offers an updated pipelined vision processor (PVP) programmer and a new lens adapter. The new PVP Programmer add-in to the Blackfin development tool, CrossCore Embedded Studio, enables a

Sensor family features 0.18 micron mixed signal & analog technology

August 5, 2013 11:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

MagnaChip Semiconductor announced a full range of “MXsensor” intelligent sensor product families featuring 0.18 micron mixed signal & analog technology with low power consumption. The MXsensor families target the growing market for applications ranging from smartphone, tablet, and navigation to medical devices.

Researchers create 'soft robotic' devices using water-based gels

August 5, 2013 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new technique for creating devices out of a water-based hydrogel material that can be patterned, folded and used to manipulate objects. The technique holds promise for use in "soft robotics" and biomedical applications.

Reducing multitasking at HP Digital Camera

August 5, 2013 8:50 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies in San Jose, Calif. | Blogs | Comments

Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,

CID warns of social networking, dating site scams

August 5, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, continues to warn the greater Army community and the American public, to be vigilant of internet scams and impersonation fraud, especially within popular social networking and dating websites....

Man-made quakes could lead to safer, sturdier buildings

August 1, 2013 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Earthquakes never occur when you need one, so a team led by Johns Hopkins structural engineers is shaking up a building themselves in the name of science and safety. Using massive moving platforms and an array of sensors and cameras, the researchers are trying to find out how well a two-story building made of cold-formed steel can stand up to a lab-generated Southern California quake.

Smartphone cradle, app detect toxins, bacteria

August 1, 2013 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics and more.

Printing silver onto fibers could pave the way for flexible, wearable electronics

July 31, 2013 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a way to print silver directly onto fibres. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical. This has many potential applications in sports, health, medicine, consumer electronics and fashion.

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