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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....

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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,

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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.

Key factors for wireless power transfer

July 31, 2013 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What happens to a resonant wireless power transfer system in the presence of complex electromagnetic environments, such as metal plates? A team of researchers explored the influences at play in this type of situation, and they describe how efficient wireless power transfer can be achieved in the presence of metal plates.

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Student scientists go 'Inside the NFL'

July 30, 2013 2:14 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Falcons of Skyview Middle School in Leominster, Mass., won the sixth-grade competition with a project that explored helmets and concussions. The project has garnered media coverage from Boston-area television stations and will be featured late September or early October on Showtime's "Inside the NFL"....

Linear position sensors critical to connectivity solutions

July 30, 2013 10:31 am | Fraba / Posital | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA’s LINARIX linear position sensors have been added to the list of products referenced by the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™. Through Encompass™ Product Partners, customers can quickly locate complementary products that best solve any application challenges.

Random, scattered, and ultra tiny: A spectrometer for the future

July 30, 2013 9:44 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Sometimes a little disorder is precisely what’s in order. Taking advantage of the sensitive nature of randomly scattered light, Yale University researchers have developed an ultra-compact, low-cost spectrometer with improved resolution over existing micro models. The innovation represents an advance in “lab-on-a-chip” technology, or the consolidation of laboratory capabilities in miniature, highly portable devices....

Patch makes you "invisible" to mosquitoes

July 29, 2013 2:18 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Mosquitoes are a serious health problem (and genuine pain) around the world.  Not only can their bites result in painful, itchy marks, their presence can be the harbinger for outbreaks of diseases like malaria and West Nile. It’s a persistent and problematic challenge for health officials, both in the US and in third world countries.

Organizational multitasking: The secret killer of engineering productivity

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations

New techniques use lasers, LEDs, and optics to 'see' under the skin

July 26, 2013 11:12 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Impressive examples of new non-invasive optical techniques using lasers, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and spectroscopic methods to probe and render images from beneath the surface of the skin are featured in a newly completed special section in the Journal of Biomedical Optics published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

Notre Dame researchers develop system that uses a big data approach to personalized healthcare

July 26, 2013 10:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Notre Dame researchers have developed a computer-aided method that uses electronic medical records to offer the promise of rapid advances toward personalized health care, disease management and wellness. Notre Dame computer science professor Nitesh V. Chawla and his doctoral student, Darcy A. Davis, developed the system....

Industry agrees to new mobile app guidelines

July 25, 2013 4:35 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Industry groups and privacy advocates on Thursday were near agreement on voluntary guidelines for mobile apps that should make it easier for consumers to know what personal information is getting sucked from their smartphone or tablet and passed along to marketers.

Giving batteries a second life

July 25, 2013 9:13 am | by Isidor Buchmann, CEO & founder of Cadex Electronics Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Are batteries replaced too soon or too late? The answer lays in reliability concerns, service strategies and economics. While most batteries are replaced too late, Dr. Imre Gyuk, manager of the Energy Storage Research Program at DOE, says that every year roughly one million usable lithium-ion batteries are sent in for recycling with most having a capacity of up to 80%.

Rocker switches include a splash proof rubber boot option for waterproofing

July 24, 2013 4:16 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has expanded its product offering of miniature rocker switches to include IP65-rated waterproof switches.  The miniature IP65-rated rocker switches have a splash proof rubber boot option for waterproofing.  Available in multiple versions and styles...

Sensors allow rescue teams to "speak" dog

July 24, 2013 2:58 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever had a burning desire to understand what your dog is saying? Personally, I feel it would be mostly, “Food? Walk? Toy? Food? But, seriously, food?” but that’s just me.For your average housedog, it’s not really imperative the owner understand everything the dog is trying to communicate. However, if the dog’s job is a little more intense, it could make a huge difference.

Off-grid sterilization with Rice U.'s 'solar steam'

July 24, 2013 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Rice University nanotechnology researchers have unveiled a solar-powered sterilization system that could be a boon for more than 2.5 billion people who lack adequate sanitation. The "solar steam" sterilization system uses nanomaterials to convert as much as 80 percent of the energy in sunlight into germ-killing heat.

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