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Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

Low power? No power!

December 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Matthias Kassner, Product Marketing Director, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

This article describes the benefits associated with using energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes within the context of an Internet of Things. It discusses key architectural requirements and design trade-offs of such devices and gives examples of current ...

Controller, converter, or module — which is right for my design?

December 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Chris Ammann, Global Technical Marketing Engineer, Power Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

Power supplies come in many shapes and sizes. As technologies have advanced, more and more integration has become commonplace when designing a power system. In a lot of instances, integration makes for a simpler design process. However ...

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What is the most creative way LEDs have been implemented?

December 10, 2014 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

The next generation of lighting is addressing the increasing demand for solutions that produce higher light output, higher optical density and better heat dissipation with fewer LED placements — ultimately resulting in system cost reductions that can ...

Bra stops sexual assault with 3,800 kilovolt electric shock

December 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

I’ve seen numerous devices and ideas for empowering women — pepper spray, tasers, self-defense courses, firearms — but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bra used as a weapon. Engineering students Manisha Mohan, Niladhri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi ...

Gate driver features wide voltage range of 10V to 20V

December 9, 2014 3:48 pm | Ixys | Product Releases | Comments

IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (Beverly, MA) announces the immediate availability of the IX3180 2.5A Gate Drive Optocoupler. The IX3180 combines IXYS ICD’s optocoupler expertise from its OptoMOS product line with its popular 600-Series of ...

Adapter/carrier cards designed for embedded open architectures

December 9, 2014 3:37 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) offers a wide range of adapter cards that allow standard mezzanine cards of multiple formats to be utilized within the system. The adapter cards and carriers allow the re-use of legacy boards and the leveraging of ...

Exclusive interview with Mythbusters star Grant Imahara

December 9, 2014 1:53 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD | @JMooneyWDD | Videos | Comments

WDD's Editor in Chief, Janine Mooney, interviews Grant Imahara (you may remember him from Mythbusters) on his new partnership with Mouser Electronics at Electronica 2014. Engineer and longtime Mouser Electronics' customer Grant Imahara of Mythbusters ...

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Module offers fast time-to-market

December 9, 2014 1:34 pm | Adlink Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) introduced a new SMARC form factor computer-on-module running a Freescale i.MX6 processor based on the ARM Cortex-A9 architecture. With a choice of dual or quad-core processors running at from 800 MHz ...

Bionic Bra proves necessity is apparently not the mother of invention

December 9, 2014 11:12 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering ... why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them....

LED enables brighter stage lighting

December 9, 2014 10:19 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced a new LED for stage lighting. Compared with previous members of the product family, the new Osram Ostar Stage offers more than twice the lumen output with a component surface that ...

Polymer chip capacitors sized for space-conscious applications

December 9, 2014 9:24 am | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) XMPL Series Polymer Chip Capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With very-low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater ...

This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

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Exploding batteries among 4 design fails this week

December 8, 2014 3:45 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Horizon Hobby is recalling its HobbyZone Super Cub S radio-controlled aircraft due to a fire hazard. Manufactured in China, the power supply units and chargers can overcharge the battery. The company has received 18 incident reports, including reports ...

Linear position sensor designed for factory automation

December 8, 2014 3:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has expanded its sensor product offering by adding to its line the LR-27 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors. These are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty ...

Wearable fitness software automatically senses and interprets activity

December 8, 2014 1:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Performance Lab (San Francisco, CA) unveils the ARDA Coaching Engine, a new, patented software platform that will redefine the wearable fitness tracker market by bringing real time context and intelligence to wearable fitness devices. The ARDA ...

Motor driver family reduces spin-up time to just seconds

December 8, 2014 1:03 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) expanded its motor driver portfolio with a new 12-V motor driver family that reduces spin-up time to just seconds and makes tuning stepper and brushed DC motors easier than ever before. The DRV8846 incorporates a ...

VCO features output power of +5 dBm min

December 8, 2014 9:58 am | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's (Fort Myers, FL) CVCO33CC-2500-2500 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2500 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.0V~3.3 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent ...

Power amplifier serves 27 – 31GHz applications

December 8, 2014 9:47 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a 36.5 dBm GaN power amplifier serving 27 – 31GHz applications in SatCom, Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multipoint radios. The TriQuint TGA2594-HM is a hermetic, 7x7mm ...

How to use Bluetooth Smart in industrial lighting

December 8, 2014 9:02 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

ECN will be hosting a 6-part series from Texas Instruments about the benefits of using BlueTooth Smart in industrial applications. Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that focus on composing the ...

This is what happens when an editor gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the...

Why being a lifelong learner makes engineering a perfect career

December 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Alexis Noelli Peña, a student at Syracuse University focusing in biomedical engineering.

Engineering Newswire: Stephen Hawking gets an upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Intel has upgraded Stephen Hawking’s communication platform to help him better communicate with the world, increase ease of use for his daily routines, and empower him with continued independence. The tailored solution, Assistive Context Aware Toolkit ...

Engineering Update #88: Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft

December 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Let’s face it — we’re no longer impressed by the ability to travel from New York to Los Angeles in five hours in a cramped 737. Doesn’t two and a half hours sound much better? Lockheed Martin thinks so, too, so they’re working on an aircraft for commercial ...

The danger of drones in an unlicensed airspace

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I was recently in Barnes and Nobel (I still like to read words on paper), and I had the opportunity to purchase a quadcopter. With very little experience of flying one, I was tempted, but ultimately declined because it was a holiday shopping trip for ...

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