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Robotic snake-arm slithers into extreme environments

November 5, 2014 9:31 am | by Anja Schütz, maxon motor ag | Articles | Comments

Robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a snake-arm robot has no issue. As if it’s in a science fiction film ...

Infrared technology for touchscreens

November 5, 2014 8:44 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive....

Windowless planes could be the future of air travel

November 5, 2014 8:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those who hate flying or have any sort of general anxiety need not apply. A Paris-based design company, Technicon Design, has been touting its idea of a windowless airplane, and a UK tech innovation firm wants to bring it to life within 10 years....

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Digital data logger enables large bursts of data up to 20bits at 100 MHz

November 4, 2014 4:19 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has introduced LOG Storm 2MS, a new economical high-speed digital data logger for troubleshooting digital system buses. LOG Storm 2MS contains an 8Mbyte/2Msample memory buffer, enabling large bursts of data....

Rack-mount OpenVPX chassis serves commercial and military applications

November 4, 2014 3:08 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced a new high-power conduction-cooled rack-mount OpenVPX chassis designed for use in commercial and military system development applications....

Image sensors enable exceptional low-light video capture

November 4, 2014 1:24 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has set a new benchmark in low-light imaging for industrial markets with the introduction of a new class of CCD image sensor technology. Combining ON Semiconductor’s industry-leading Interline Transfer (IT) CCD ...

IGBT modules intended for high-power industrial applications

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced a comprehensive family of IGBT modules for high power industrial applications including motor drive inverters, switch mode power supplies (SMPS), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar inverters ...

Top 5 reasons to enter the ECN IMPACT Awards

November 4, 2014 10:36 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We’d like to present the top 5 reasons to enter the ECN IMPACT awards, held at the Mirage Las Vegas during EDS 2015. At the ECN IMPACT Awards, all companies, from well-established multinational conglomerates to small firms, are on a level playing field....

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What’s the biggest challenge for electric vehicles?

November 4, 2014 10:18 am | Articles | Comments

There are still several key challenges for electric vehicles (EVs): overall cost, shorter driving distances, longer charging times, and an infrastructure that still needs building out with ubiquitous charging stations. Our perspective is that Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) ...

Power connector designed for harsh environment applications

November 3, 2014 4:56 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has released the HR41A Series, a small, light plastic power connector that is IP68-rated with advanced lightning surge protection (15 kV) and is well-suited to power applications in outdoor and other harsh environments....

Why you should enter the ECN IMPACT Awards

November 3, 2014 3:18 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Last year’s ECN IMPACT Awards were a grand old time. And this year’s show figures to be even better. Companies can go to ecnawards.com and submit their entries from now through January 15th. Eligible products and innovations include ...

Data acquisition system improves operational efficiency

November 3, 2014 11:51 am | Yokogawa | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Sugar Land, TX) announces the development of the SMARTDAC+ GM data acquisition system, and will be releasing it to the market on November 17. The SMARTDAC+ GM data acquisition system improves operational efficiency....

Development board assists with rapid prototyping

November 3, 2014 11:41 am | Cardinal Components | Product Releases | Comments

In producing Electro-Set, Cardinal (Wayne, NJ) is addressing a large and somewhat fragmented IOT design-development community with a clear opportunity for growth. Cardinal’s interface Electro-Set boards differentiate themselves from other ...

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LED light fixture acts as an alternative to traditional luminaries

November 3, 2014 11:32 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The Larson Electronics’ (Kemp, TX) EPL-IBM-150LED-RT explosion-proof high-bay light fixture provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and a compact design ...

Current-sense transformers designed for automotive electronics

November 3, 2014 9:42 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces two new SMT current sense transformers for automotive electronics. The first type (B78417A285A003) is based on an EP7 ferrite core and has dimensions of only 10.6 mm x 12.2 mm x 11 mm.  It is designed....

Digital variable gain amplifier offers low noise figure of 3.8dB

November 3, 2014 9:31 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a dual channel Digital Variable Gain Amplifier. TriQuint’s TQC9311 offers the lowest noise figure for any currently available Dual Channel DVGA. The low noise figure of 3.8dB makes ...

Army "smartsuit" would augment strength and reduce injuries

November 3, 2014 8:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is busy developing a smart undersuit to provide troops with a host of pertinent data and create a literal Army of super-soldiers. Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit....

Anti-vibration mounts now available in inch sizes

October 31, 2014 1:26 pm | J.W. Winco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

J.W. Winco, Inc. (New Berlin, WI) announced it now offers inch sized GN 451.1 / GN 451.2 / GN 451.3 Cylindrical Type Vibration Isolation Mounts with Stainless Steel Components. These RoHS-compliant vibration isolation mounts, also known as vibration mounts ...

100 GHz oscilloscope enables cutting-edge R&D

October 31, 2014 1:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne LeCroy (Chestnut Ridge, NY) today introduces the LabMaster 10-100Zi, 100 GHz oscilloscope. With this introduction, Teledyne LeCroy continues to demonstrate a long running commitment to leadership in the high-end oscilloscope market....

Photos of the Day: 29 terrifying creatures that will give you nightmares

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by Juste Semetaite, Community & Content Manager at CGTrader.com | News | Comments

Some clinicians believe that having nightmares is a sort of therapy, a way to deal with traumatic events and stress. But if you were blessed with a reasonably sweet night's sleep, we suggest you don't scroll down, because these out-of-hell creatures ...

STEM Student of the week: Ryan James Milcarek

October 31, 2014 10:36 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Ryan James Milcarek, a Research Assistant at the Combustion and Energy Research (COMER) Lab at Syracuse University. (Editor's note: Go Orange!) Ryan caught our attention here at ECN when he was selected to attend a prestigious event at NASA as a 2013 to 2014 NASA Scholar.

Engineering Newswire: Flying car transforms in seconds

October 31, 2014 9:03 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Yesterday, at the Pioneers Festival Austria AeroMobil, a Slovakian startup, unveiled a flying car. A concept that has been in the works for the past 25 years, the AeroMobil 3.0 can transform from a car to an airplane within seconds. Powered by a Rotax 912 engine ...

Plug-in connector series streamlines assembly, installation, and maintenance

October 30, 2014 4:23 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has expanded its plug-in connector series to include slim designs for ESS storage batteries, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and industrial machinery. The PS3 Series plug-in connector's slim design is achieved by employing ...

LED power supply includes universal input range of 100 to 277VAC

October 30, 2014 1:57 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Green Watt Power, a division of Calex Mfg. Co. Inc. (Concord, CA), announces the low-cost 40 Watt GLC Series. The 40 Watt GLC has a universal input range of 100 to 277VAC and offers output currents of 900, 1100, 1200, 1400, 1800, 2200, and 2400mA....

3D-printed gun includes the Declaration of Independence

October 30, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D-printed guns are the vanguard of a political movement which rejects any and all attempts at gun control. They’re as much a political statement as an engineering marvel. So if you want to speak loudly and carry a big stick, why not inscribe the Declaration of Independence on the grip?

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