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Enclosed basket fixtures offer high output, efficiency

June 20, 2013 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

To seamlessly light indoor commercial spaces, Hubbell Lighting announced two new brilliantly designed enclosed basket fixtures from Columbia Lighting—the Transition Enclosed TRE (fluorescent) and LTRE (LED). The new commercial lighting standard, the Transition Enclosed TRE and LTRE bring an exceptional combination of outstanding light output, high efficiency and precise color rendering for a wide range of environments.

Sony chief says time needed to study proposal

June 19, 2013 11:54 pm | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. needs more time to study a key proposal from a U.S. hedge fund to spin off a part of its entertainment unit as a way to propel its fledgling revival, the chief executive told shareholders Thursday. Sony Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai was speaking to a Tokyo hall packed with thousands of...

Snap-action switch features electrical life of 100,000 cycles typically

June 19, 2013 4:42 pm | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch VM3 Series snap-action switch offers choice of a single pole single throw or a single pole double throw circuit. This UL/CUL recognized switch is available in 0.187" or 0.250" quick connect termination. As with all CIT switch product, the VM3 series is RoHS compliant and includes multiple lever and gram force options.

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MCU combines complex data processing with low-power operation in diabetes management solution

June 19, 2013 3:24 pm | Energy Micro | Product Releases | Comments

Energy Micro announces its role in enabling an all-in-one solution for the management of diabetes. Brighter One is the world’s first pocket-sized product that integrates all the functions needed to monitor blood glucose and inject insulin. This patented solution logs insulin doses and glucose levels automatically....

This "watch" could change the world of at-home medicine

June 19, 2013 3:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I have one family member in nursing school and one in medical school, which means I sometimes find myself on the cold end of a stethoscope while they check my radial pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and whatever else they need to practice. (I draw the line at anything involving needles.)

Printing tiny batteries

June 19, 2013 10:58 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

3D printing can now be used to print lithium-ion microbatteries the size of a grain of sand. The printed microbatteries could supply electricity to tiny devices in fields from medicine to communications, including many that have lingered on lab benches for lack of a battery small enough to fit the device, yet provide enough stored energy to power them.

Brushless DC motor well-suited for precision equipment

June 18, 2013 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

PITTMAN Motors has introduced its latest offering in a broad range of DC brush and brushless motors. The BI-05 Series slotless brushless DC motor is designed for maximum precision and performance in a package size perfectly suited for precision equipment such as surgical and dental tools....

Google Glass meets “smart” health

June 18, 2013 9:24 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Google Glass is a huge step forward, but trendy eyewear isn’t everything. Sometimes, you gotta think about health. “Smart” eyewear has just collided with smart vision correction — and no, I’m not talking about the prescription-based versions of Google Glass that are in development.

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The rhythm of everything

June 17, 2013 3:51 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Research on the molecular level reveals that continuous disruptions to biological patterns may trigger the onset of breast cancer and, possibly, many other diseases....

Google begins launching Internet-beaming balloons

June 17, 2013 10:02 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA & NICK PERRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online. Eighteen months in the works, the top-secret project was announced Saturday in New Zealand, where up to 50 volunteer households are already beginning to receive the Internet...

Autonomous energy-scavenging micro devices will test water quality, monitor bridges, more

June 14, 2013 11:39 am | by SPIE | News | Comments

Out in the wilds or anywhere off the grid, sophisticated instruments small enough to fit in a shirt pocket will one day scavenge power from sunlight, body heat, or other sources to monitor water quality or bridge safety, enabling analysis in the field rather than bringing samples and data back to the lab.

What's next for near field communications? Engineers speak out

June 13, 2013 3:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for the "next big thing" and this month we're focusing on near-field communications. NFC only seems to be increasing in popularity and usage across the electronics board, but we want to know what's happening in your labs and on your benches.

Touch-panel PCs feature up to 2GB DDR II memory and 4GB DOM

June 13, 2013 2:12 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has introduced the SP-0L Series of economical, entry-level industrial touch panel PCs equipped with Intel's Atom N270 CPU and 945 GSE & ICH7M chipset on a 3.5" Single Board Computer form factor, and 1GB (up to 2GB) DDR II memory and 4GB DOM.

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Wireless bonded LED touts very bright output

June 13, 2013 11:37 am | Lumex Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Lumex announced the global launch of its TitanBrite Wireless Bonded LED featuring “flip chips” that are said to be up to 15 percent brighter than any others in the market. In addition to the standard 3-W and W LEDs, this LED is also available in 9 W. High light output is achieved in a

Survey of physicians suggests tablets more useful than smartphones

June 12, 2013 3:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two reports from AmericanEHR Partners based on a survey of nearly 1,400 physicians suggests that tablets are of greater use for clinical purposes than smartphones. "Mobile Usage in the Medical Space 2013" and "Tablet Usage by Physicians 2013" reveal that the most common activity of physicians who use an electronic health record (EHR)...

Yale researchers unravel genetics of dyslexia and language impairment

June 12, 2013 1:42 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

A new study of the genetic origins of dyslexia and other learning disabilities could allow for earlier diagnoses and more successful interventions, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Many students now are not diagnosed until high school, at which point treatments are less effective....

MEMS power connectors improve healthcare device reading consistency

June 12, 2013 10:31 am | by Joe Falcone and Anthony J. Kalaijakis, Molex | Molex | Articles | Comments

Through 2016, the home healthcare market is projected to grow at an annual rate of 7.7 percent. This projection underscores a significant trend: More patient treatments are shifting away from healthcare facilities into home environments as patients grapple with the rising costs of on-going healthcare treatment plans.

Incremental rotary encoders measure 7.2mm in diameter

June 11, 2013 2:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Nemicon continues to push the envelope in high-performance miniaturization with its 7S Series Incremental Rotary Encoder. At just 7.2mm (0.28346”) in diameter, and based on Nemicon’s successful line of 18mm (0.70866”) and 12mm (0.47244”) diameter miniature encoders, the 7S Series shaft type encoder features high resolution....

Boost regulator offers constant efficiency performance over a 100:1 span in output current

June 11, 2013 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Touchstone Semiconductor announced the TS3300 boost regulator. The TS3300 uses only 3.5µA of supply current, and the TS3300’s efficiency performance is constant over a 100:1 span in output current. No other low power boost converter offers this level of performance.

'Popcorn' particle pathways promise better lithium-ion batteries

June 11, 2013 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

 Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to better performance in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, medical equipment and aircraft.

Development board designed to work with a range of key applications

June 10, 2013 4:35 pm | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14 today announced the launch of its multi MEMS development board for Xtrinsic sensors, a low-cost enablement solution that allows designers to easily understand and test the latest sensing technologies with a next generation accelerometer, pressure sensor and a magnetometer to measure motion....

The rising demands and requirements of wearable soldier systems

June 10, 2013 4:18 pm | by Wes Morgan, Director, Product Management, Americas at ITT Interconnect Solutions | Articles | Comments

Modern soldiers require state-of-the-art innovations, particularly when integrating connectors within advanced Wearable Soldier Systems (WSS). Key requirements for wearable soldier electronics are: increased situational awareness, increased weapons effectiveness, and increased individual agility.

The body electric: Researchers move closer to low-cost, implantable electronics

June 10, 2013 12:38 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

New technology under development at The Ohio State University is paving the way for low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the body. The first planned use of the technology is a sensor that will detect the very early stages of organ transplant rejection.

When will my computer understand me?

June 10, 2013 12:25 pm | by The University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

For more than 50 years, linguists and computer scientists have tried to get computers to understand human language by programming semantics as software. Driven initially by efforts to translate Russian scientific texts during the Cold War (and more recently by the value of information retrieval and data analysis tools), these efforts have met with mixed success.

The Internet can control your body

June 10, 2013 9:39 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The Internet really can do anything. Like telekinesis, for instance. It’s got that covered, too. A new open API called BodyRemote uses connected devices like computers and even iPhones to control someone’s body from across the great space of the Internet anywhere in the world. But to do good — promise!

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