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Engineering Update #83: An exoskeleton for feeling virtual objects

October 30, 2014 8:33 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Back in the ‘80s, Nintendo released its infamous Power Glove, a rudimentary motion-sense device more famous for its brief appearance in a kitschy ‘80s flick than any real functionality. And since then — for better or worse — most hand motion-sense devices have been gloves....

EMC probe set detect EMI emissions up to 12GHz

October 29, 2014 5:38 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the availability of the TNP6Gx Near-Field EMI Probe Set - ideal for investigating interference sources, estimating interference field strengths, verifying shielding and filtering designs, identifying faulty components ...

SMT detect switches include ultra-low, board-mounted profile

October 29, 2014 5:29 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has developed a new series of microminiature, side-actuated detect switches with an ultra-low, board-mounted profile. The HDP Series switches measure just 5.7mm x 8.35mm in the "free" position and feature a very low profile....

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Boost converter LED driver ICs include fault tolerant protection

October 29, 2014 3:22 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) introduces two new devices to complement their existing portfolio of LED Driver ICs for LCD backlighting applications. Allegro’s A8518 and A8519 devices integrate a current-mode boost converter....

Current sense resistors offer a 0.25W power rating

October 29, 2014 3:14 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s (Raleigh, NC) CSRF Series is now available with the option for higher power ratings for the 0402 and 0603 chip sizes. The higher power option of the CSRF0402 (denoted with a “-HP” suffix) offers a 0.25W power rating in resistance values ...

How do we make the breast pump 'not suck'?

October 29, 2014 1:50 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular breastfeeding regimen ...

Meaghan's Minute: Ford Motor's pre-collision assist system

October 29, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Ford Motor’s new driver assist system, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk ...

AI is summoning demons

October 29, 2014 10:14 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium....

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LED keychain flashlight powered by four coin cells

October 28, 2014 5:02 pm | Pelican Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Pelican Products Inc. (Torrance, CA) has introduced the tough-as-nails, water-resistant Pelican ProGear 1810 LED keychain everyday use flashlight. As the smallest Pelican flashlight ever made, it’s great to clip on a backpack or store inside a medical/tool kit....

Digital power system manager monitors board energy consumption

October 28, 2014 1:37 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduces the LTC2975, a 4-channel PMBus digital power system manager featuring current, power, and energy monitoring of the intermediate bus input to point-of-load (POL) converters. Monitoring circuit ...

Watch Steve Jobs change the world and introduce the iPod

October 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Happy 13th birthday to the music device that changed the world. There had been other (terrible) options for portable mp3 players, but the iPod was the one that blew the roof off the electronics industry. Introduced on October 23rd, 2001 and coming in at $400 ...

Solution-on-a-Chip processors designed for payment processing applications

October 28, 2014 1:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kili Technology Corporation (San Carlos, CA) announced the industry’s most highly integrated line of secure Solution-on-a-Chip (SoC) processors for payment processing applications. Offering more functionality than any other controllers ...

Pin-shaped lithium ion battery includes diameter of 3.5mm

October 28, 2014 10:52 am | Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Corporation (Rolling Meadows, IL) announces that it has developed a pin-shaped lithium Ion battery (CG-320, nominal capacity 13mAh) with a diameter of 3.5mm and a weight of 0.6g. This battery is suitable for powering small devices....

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Why Apple Pay IS all that

October 28, 2014 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over at Wireless Week, Senior Editor Andrew Berg posed a question we’ve all been wondering, "Is Apple Pay all that?” Well, to quote my 90s brethren, it’s all that AND a bag of chips. I haven’t always been a fan of Apple’s decisions. Frankly, the iPad mini ...

Is Apple Pay really all that?

October 28, 2014 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Blogs | Comments

The hype around Apple Pay is overblown. I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream from the mountaintop that they've had this or that feature for years. Having used a number of high-end Android phones, I know what first to market means....

High frequency connectors feature a 360° raised grounding ring

October 27, 2014 4:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Southwest Microwave, Inc. (Tempe, AZ) has announced the introduction of a new line of 1.0mm (W) DC to 110 GHz connectors. Products in this high-frequency connector series include field-replaceable two and four-hole flange mount and thread-in connectors....

Fiber cassettes interconnect 10, 40, and 100/120Gb networks

October 27, 2014 4:07 pm | Tripp Lite | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has introduced a line of high-density fiber cassette solutions that physically interconnect any combination of 10Gb, 40Gb, and 100/120Gb network equipment. Network managers can choose from a variety of easy-to-use modular cassettes....

LED fixture provides 37,500 lumens of light while drawing only 450 watts

October 27, 2014 1:51 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) releases an explosion-proof high bay light fixture, EPLC2-HB-3X150LED-RT, that provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology ...

Attenuator provides a linear attenuation slope versus control voltage

October 27, 2014 1:44 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a temperature compensated voltage controlled attenuator. RFMD's RFSA2013 provides a linear attenuation slope versus control voltage with very little sensitivity to temperature changes....

5 keys to engaging a product development partner

October 27, 2014 12:41 pm | by Mitch Maiman, Intelligent Product Solutions CEO | Blogs | Comments

While my current gig is serving as the President of a product development professional services firm, I’ve spent many years in companies large and small developing products as a mechanical engineer and also in engineering management....

This mouse of the future requires your whole body

October 27, 2014 11:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you thought Leap Motion was going to be the mouse of the future (ok, I thought it was) then you should brace yourself for what could be the next big thing in the world of the mouse. The Dynamic Chair is a full-body chair designed to replace the traditional mouse....

Excellence in engineering recognized at women's engineering event

October 27, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

Two Huntington Ingalls Industries employees were honored last week at the Society of Women Engineers’ annual conference in Los Angeles. Alma Martinez Fallon from HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and Dianna Genton from HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division received recognition for their dedication to women in the engineering profession.

Daughter cards incorporate an 8-bit ATMEGA microcontroller unit

October 27, 2014 9:00 am | Ftdi Chip | Product Releases | Comments

Following on from the release of its VM800P development platforms, which facilitate more advanced human machine interface (HMI) implementation using its innovative Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology, FTDI Chip (Portland, OR) has introduced a series....

What it’s like to fly the "world’s worst airline"

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

I hate flying. I’m not scared, mind you. I hate the hassle — arriving early, checking in, and trudging through the security checkpoints. So the prospect of riding the “world’s worst airline” — Air Koryo from North Korea — sounds as appealing as a hole in the head....

Modules include the 4th generation Intel Core processor

October 24, 2014 4:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its newest COM Express Type 2 modules. The new products come in two series, Express-HL2 and cExpress-BT2, indicating the 4th generation Intel Core processor and latest Intel Atom system-on-chip....

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