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This is what it’s like to be an aerial photographer

October 22, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

They’re the unsung heroes of the sky — the men and women flying alongside the studs piloting some of the most advanced aerial systems in the world. Their purpose? To take stunning aerial photography  ... though that meager description does them a disservice....

This mouse of the future requires your whole body

October 22, 2014 3:44 pm | 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...

Is Apple Pay really all that?

October 22, 2014 2:50 pm | 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...

Grid-connected signal controller designed for IoT applications

October 22, 2014 1:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor (Melbourne, Australia) announced its new SM2480. A single-chip, grid...

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Discrete-to-digital sensor features internal lightning protection

October 22, 2014 1:47 pm | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits (Mission Viejo, CA) announced a new discrete-to-digital sensor IC, HI-8429, an 8-channel device with programmable sense channels and internal lightning protection. The sense input thresholds are programmable....

The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly popular due to falling prices and increasing life spans. We want to know what you are designing them into or what the coolest implementation you've seen is!

Photos of the Day: The world's first hoverboard

October 22, 2014 10:20 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Hendo Hoverboard, created by Jill and Greg Henderson, uses a similar technology as MagLev trains to create lift. The prototype can only be used over a non-ferrous metal surface like copper or aluminum, though production versions could solve that issue....

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HMI delivers extended temperature range of -30° to +70°C

October 22, 2014 9:45 am | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The SeaPAC R9-8.4 from Sealevel Systems (Liberty, SC) combines a powerful RISC-based embedded computer with a bright 8.4” TFT LCD to create a wide-temperature, ruggedized, flat panel computer perfect for a variety of HMI and control applications....

PCAP displays sport lifetime up to 50,000 hours

October 22, 2014 9:22 am | Microtips Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Microtips Technology (Orlando, FL) announces their new 4.3” TFT, OGS PCAP display, and their 12.1”W PCAP. This 4.3” OGS display reduces the thickness of a regular display with PCAP, which has the dimensional size of 105.5 x 67.2 x 5.52 mm....

Our cups runneth over – the hoverboard is real!

October 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of nerd fantasies has come true — the hoverboard is real! Next year is 2015, which means we’ve finally caught up to Back to the Future II — and its quasi-plausible vision of the future. How’d it do? Well, we don’t have flying cars....

HotSpot: The problem with electric cars

October 21, 2014 3:12 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

What’s the problem with electric cars? Well the recharging time can be somewhat ridiculous, and the range just isn’t there. They also aren’t the cheapest cars to purchase ... well at least I can’t afford them. In a novel approach, Takashi Ohira at Toyohashi University ...

Hackers and deathmobiles in the age of IoT

October 21, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, MNET | Articles | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the masses....

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Analog controllers offer digital power supply flexibility

October 21, 2014 2:51 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its latest Digitally Enhanced Power Analog (DEPA) controllers—the MCP19118 and MCP19119 (MCP19118/9).  They provide simple yet effective analog PWM control for DC-DC synchronous buck ...

Narrow band transmitter offers frequencies between 425MHz and 470MHz

October 21, 2014 1:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Radiometrix Ltd (England) has launched a new range of highly flexible, frequency programmable, RF power adjustable radios. The new NTX2B Transmitter offers industry-leading true Narrow Band FM performance and is available on user/factory programmable ...

Engineering Live: How to Secure the Internet of Things

October 21, 2014 12:38 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

IEEE has 80 Internet of Things (IoT) related standards with 45 more currently in development, ranging from telecommunications and information exchange in metropolitan area networks to device specific personal health communication. As we enter an age....

What ‘Terminator’ and ‘Avatar’ can teach us about IoT

October 21, 2014 10:49 am | by Charles W.K. Gritton, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer, Hillcrest Labs | Blogs | Comments

What’s the best place to see “futuristic” technology in action? Sometimes, you’ll see a demo or paper that explains it well, but often Hollywood (and science fiction in general) is the best source. In the case of IoT (Internet of Things), there are two essential movies....

Ku-band switch capable of handling 5W RF power

October 20, 2014 3:24 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for a Ku-band SPDT switch capable of handling 5W RF power. The TriQuint TGS4310 offers >20 isolation with a low insertion loss of <1.7dB. Other features include support for ...

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Thin-film chip resistor sample kits are virtually impervious to moisture

October 20, 2014 2:39 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole (Raleigh, NC) announces the release of their engineering sample kits designed for precision applications. The moisture withstanding RNCS Series kits contain 20 pieces each of 45 of the most popular resistance values for the 0603 size kit....

Hook-up wire features low smoke, zero halogen

October 20, 2014 1:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LSZH hook-up wire from Lapp Tannehill (Savage, MN) is recommended for wiring devices, switch gear cabinets, distribution boxes, in tubes on, in or under plaster, closed installation ducts, dry rooms, and areas where human safety and damage ...

4 ways businesses can learn from U.S. Army safety practices

October 20, 2014 12:26 pm | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader & Battlefield to Business Success | Blogs | Comments

Safety processes and procedures is a seemingly highly contradictory concept when initially applied to the US Army in ground combat operations. After all, combat and training for combat is inherently dangerous, risking, and fraught with peril....

"Big Brother" in the palm of your hand?

October 20, 2014 11:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The new wave of implantables would combine tech like radio-frequency identification (RFID) with the convenience of ubiquitous computing. Contactless payment systems like ExxonMobile’s Speedpass or the voluminous contactless credit cards ...

Linear actuator series reduces design time, simplifies installation

October 20, 2014 9:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s (Irwin, PA) Electromechanical Automation Division announces the release of the High Moment Rodless (HMR) electromechanical linear actuator series. The HMR represents one of the most versatile actuator lines on the market today....

In-dash receivers include enhanced smartphone integration

October 20, 2014 9:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

JVC Mobile (Long Beach, CA) announced it is shipping four in-dash receivers from its anticipated 20 new-for-2015 products. The immediate availability of two multimedia centers and a pair of CD receivers gives retailers and consumers the latest technology....

RF chokes offers components for rated currents up to 4450 mA

October 20, 2014 9:15 am | TDK Corporation of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation (Iselin, NJ) announces new EPCOS leaded RF chokes with high current capability.The series with designation LBC+ offers components for rated currents up to 4450 mA and saturation currents up to 7700 mA.This corresponds....

Engineering Newswire: Industrial keyboard goes through the wringer

October 20, 2014 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Man and Machine introduced a new keyboard at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this year. Dubbed the, Really O’Cool, The keyboard has laser etched keys and a sealed silicon design. The company also offers optional features....

Power connectors eliminate need for mating headers

October 17, 2014 2:16 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

 Molex Incorporated announced its economically priced 3.96mm pitch EdgeMate TM Wire-to-Edgecard Power Connectors eliminate the need for mating headers, resulting in cost and time savings. This system supports power applications of up to 7.0A with UL 94V-2 flammability rating requirements.

IGBTs optimized for fast switching applications

October 16, 2014 4:46 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its portfolio of insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with the introduction of a family of rugged, reliable 650V devices optimized for fast switching applications including solar inverters....

Fabric connector designed for wearable military applications

October 16, 2014 3:54 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand introduced ruggedized, state-of-the-art fabric connectors designed to seamlessly integrate into the fabric of wearable military applications, reducing the weight burden, improving comfort and mobility....

TVS diode array provides five channels of ESD protection

October 16, 2014 3:39 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced the SP1012 Series TVS Diode Array (SPA Diodes), a miniature, five-channel 6.5pF, 15kV bidirectional TVS array for general-purpose electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. The SP1012 Series packs five ESD diodes....

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