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Autofocus machine vision camera with 5MP resolution touts very small size

September 11, 2013 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

IDS Imaging Development Systems announced that it is shipping its new uEye XS machine vision camera with autofocus. Measuring 23 mm x 26.5 mm x 21.5 mm (.9" x 1.04" x .84"), the camera is presented as simple to integrate into virtually any imaging system, ranging from

MRI-compatible fiber optic absolute rotary encoder system includes 13-bit resolution

September 11, 2013 11:00 am | Micronor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Micronor introduced an MRI-compatible fiber optic absolute rotary encoder system. The all-optical, non-metallic MR338 passive sensor provides precision absolute angular measurement from 0° to 360° with 13-bit (8192 count) resolution and 12-bit multi-turn tracking.

Bomb-detecting lasers could improve security checkpoints

September 10, 2013 11:05 am | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

Michigan State University research has put the possibility of bomb-detecting lasers at security checkpoints within reach. In the current issue of Applied Physics Letters, Marcos Dantus, MSU chemistry professor and founder of BioPhotonic Solutions, has developed a laser that can detect micro traces of explosive chemicals on clothing and luggage.

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Family of microcontrollers serves the industrial, medical, and consumer markets

September 10, 2013 9:12 am | Zilog | Product Releases | Comments

Zilog launched its new S3 Family of Z8-compatible microcontrollers (MCUs), thereby expanding its portfolio of microcontroller products serving the industrial, medical, and consumer markets. The S3 Family of 4-/8-bit products includes MCUs for remote control devices, ultra-low power MCUs, and a series of products for home appliances, consumer electronics, and LCD displays.

Robohand uses 3D printing to replace lost digits

September 9, 2013 12:49 pm | by CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Richard Van As, a South African carpenter, lost four fingers from his right hand to a circular saw two years ago. He was unable to afford the tens of thousands of dollars to get a myoelectric hand, which detects a muscle's electric impulses to activate an artificial limb.

Small spindle drives available in wearproof ceramic

September 5, 2013 4:08 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The GP 16 S with ceramic spindle joins the ranks of the existing 16 series spindle drives. With its unique metric M6 ceramic spindle, it transmits up to 315 N in short-term operation. These axial forces are compensated by axial ball bearings in the gearhead's output stage.

"Internet addiction" is a real disease ... according to new inpatient facility

September 4, 2013 4:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Waste lots of time on the Internet looking at cat pictures and playing Minecraft? You should immediately fork over $14K to an inpatient facility in Pennsylvania — the first of its kind in the US – to treat your chronic internet addiction. Don’t believe that Internet addiction is a real disease? Shows your ignorance — you obviously don’t have a “Dr.” in front of your name.

Clay key to high-temperature supercapacitors

September 4, 2013 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Clay, an abundant and cheap natural material, is a key ingredient in a supercapacitor that can operate at very high temperatures, according to Rice University researchers who have developed such a device. The Rice group of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan reported today in Nature's online journal, Scientific Reports that the supercapacitor is reliable at temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius....

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Surface-mount crystal specially designed for high-density circuit applications

September 3, 2013 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Qantek has introduced their new QC16 Series Surface Mount Crystal, their smallest crystal unit yet.  The QC16, measuring a micro miniature 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm, is specially designed for high density circuit applications, requiring a reliable and precise frequency source which also operates in wide temperature ranges.

Creating a 'window' to the brain

September 3, 2013 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of University of California, Riverside researchers have developed a novel transparent skull implant that literally provides a "window to the brain", which they hope will eventually open new treatment options for patients with life-threatening neurological disorders, such as brain cancer and traumatic brain injury.

Breakthrough in sensing at the nanoscale

September 3, 2013 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers have made a breakthrough discovery in identifying the world's most sensitive nanoparticle and measuring it from a distance using light. These super-bright, photostable and background-free nanocrystals enable a new approach to highly advanced sensing technologies using optical fibres.

Less pain for kids, with robotic intravenous device

September 3, 2013 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Administering fluids to patients is carried out through intravenous (IV) catheters, inserting a needle in a vein in a common medical procedure. However, the motor coordination required to insert an IV catheter is very demanding, particularly in children and infants. This often causes pain, distress and frustration.

'Safe' levels of environmental pollution may have long-term health consequences

August 29, 2013 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If you're eating better and exercising regularly, but still aren't seeing improvements in your health, there might be a reason: pollution. According to a new research report published in the September issue of The FASEB Journal, what you are eating and doing may not be the problem, but what's in what you are eating could be the culprit.

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The science of collaboration

August 28, 2013 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It's a long, expensive, risky road to turn a scientific breakthrough into a treatment that can help patients. Fewer organizations are trying to tackle the challenges alone, says a new paper from MIT researchers published August 28 in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Researchers aim to use light -- not electric jolts -- to restore healthy heartbeats

August 28, 2013 3:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a beating heart slips into an irregular, life-threatening rhythm, the treatment is well known: deliver a burst of electric current from a pacemaker or defibrillator. But because the electricity itself can cause pain, tissue damage and other serious side-effects, a Johns Hopkins-led research team wants to replace these jolts with a kinder, gentler remedy: light.

Digital pressure sensors with CANopen provide consistent performance in harsh environments

August 28, 2013 11:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control’s new Digital Pressure Sensors with CANopen, Model DPS, are rugged, all-welded, provide consistent performance in harsh environments, and can be used in a wide range of demanding applications like transportation, process control, factory automation, medical equipment systems, and aerospace test and research.

Scripps Research Institute scientists report breakthrough in DNA editing technology

August 27, 2013 1:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to apply a powerful new DNA-editing technology more broadly than ever before. "This is one of the hottest tools in biology, and we've now found a way to target it to any DNA sequence," said Carlos F. Barbas III....

RNA double helix structure identified using synchrotron light

August 27, 2013 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in 1953, it began a genetic revolution to map, study, and sequence the building blocks of living organisms. DNA encodes the genetic material passed on from generation to generation.

Sensor-enabled RFID tags extend wireless data-logging beyond identification

August 27, 2013 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG announced next-generation sensor-enabled RFID tags offering breakthroughs for medical, automotive safety and other applications where temperature, physiological or environmental data is required. The new devices, the SL13A and SL900A enable a simple, low-cost implementation of a new class of wireless data-logging applications.

Dispensing valve improves productivity and reduces cost

August 26, 2013 9:54 am | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD introduces the PICO xMOD Valve, a new and exciting fully exchangeable and modular concept in non-contact and contact needle dispensing of assembly fluids. Nordson EFD's PICO xMOD valve system technology uses high-tech, robust, durable piezoelectric actuation technology for continuous operation at speeds of up to 500 cycles/second.

UH, Methodist Hospital Research Institute receive $695K to further robotics research

August 23, 2013 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Cullen Foundation and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) have awarded grants to a robotics research project by the University of Houston (UH) and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI). The Cullen Foundation has directed $495,000 in philanthropic support to the research project....

Silicon Valley keenly awaits latest Lego robot kit

August 23, 2013 2:19 pm | by 
MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Few are more excited about Lego's new Mindstorms sets rolling out next month than Silicon Valley engineers. Many of them were drawn to the tech sector by the flagship kits, introducing computerized movement to the traditional snap-together toy blocks.

Army completes migration to DOD Enterprise Email

August 23, 2013 8:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Army successfully completed the bulk of its migration to one of the Army's highest priority IT initiatives, DOD Enterprise Email, at the end of July. Army users can now access their email securely from anywhere in the world at any time.

AC-DC power supplies designed for medical, healthcare applications

August 22, 2013 10:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced today the introduction of its MVAD040 and MVAD065 open frame, convection cooled AC-DC power supplies. Packaged in the industry standard 2 x 4 inch format with a low profile, 1U compatible 1.3 inch height (50.8 x 101.6 x 33.02 mm), the low power MVAD series is suitable for use in a wide range of high volume applications including medical and healthcare appliances, data storage and networking, and industrial factory automation systems.

Transformer series ideal for high-voltage medical applications

August 21, 2013 9:17 am | Datatronics | Product Releases | Comments

Offering primary-to-secondary isolation of up to 7 KVdc, the Datatronics 4283-1200 Flyback Transformer Series is ideal for high voltage medical applications. It and other magnetic components from Datatronics are suitable for applications that include portable defibrillators, implantable pacemakers, diagnostic imaging equipment, brain therapy devices, dental hygiene and more.

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