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How is rapid prototyping affecting engineering?

May 27, 2014 6:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Rapid Prototyping for our July issue. Nothing has the potential to change the landscape of design engineering (and every other industry) like rapid prototyping. Now that the technology is rapidly gaining traction, we want to know how it’s really affecting your job or life.

Would you use a drone to walk your dog?

May 23, 2014 4:37 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, right? We’ve seen drones be used for a number of interesting applications including, but not limited to, delivering packages, deterring poachers in vast animal reserves, and even for target practice. However, this is the first usage of a drone as a way to walk pets.

Smart sensors prepare NFC for patient monitoring applications

May 22, 2014 10:30 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

There’s no question that cell phones have made our lives more convenient. Whether our phones are used for making calls, uploading photos and streaming music, we rely on our smart phones for dynamic data transfer. In the last few years, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology has become available in an increasing number of smart phones....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Humavox wins for Market Disrupter

May 19, 2014 11:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The innovative Eterna platform from Humavox (Israel) allows manufacturers to implement wireless power in a way that is conducive to the overall user experience of their device. Eterna’s smart charging platform can wirelessly charge all IoT devices. Features include ...

Module provides 512K of program flash

May 16, 2014 3:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LEMOS-LMX-WiFi module from Lemos International (Barrington, RI) is based on a Microchip PIC32MX695F512H 32-bit microcontroller coupled with a Microchip MRF24WB0MA WiFi radio. The PIC32MX695F512H contains 512K of program flash. The PIC32MX695F512H is equally capable on the SRAM front....

Attenuator pads include full side wraps for SMT installation

May 16, 2014 12:24 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SemiGen, Inc. (Manchester, NH) announced that a series of fixed attenuator pads is now available from its RF Supply Center.  SemiGen’s advanced thin-film technology allows these attenuator pads to have full side wraps for SMT installation and a complete grounding backside for ease in attachment.

LNAs are capable of high gain and broadband performance between 9 KHz and 18 GHz

May 15, 2014 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises, Inc. (Irvine, CA) released a new family of low noise amplifiers (LNA) capable of high gain and broadband performance between 9 kHz and 18 GHz which are widely used across the spectrum of military and commercial applications.

GSM monitoring receiver targets government, military and homeland security systems

May 14, 2014 12:20 pm | Pentek | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek, Inc., (Upper Saddle River, NJ) announced the newest member of its Cobal family: the Model 52663 full spectrum GSM channelizer 3U VPX module. Using a highly optimized IP core for the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA, the 52663 is appropriate for…

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Remote-controlled research sub lost in Pacific

May 13, 2014 8:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A remote-controlled research sub exploring some of the deepest depths of the Pacific Ocean has been lost. The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution says the Hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle Nereus was lost during its six-mile dive to the Kermadec Trench on Friday.

Integrated wireless controller boasts power consumption as low as 32 micro Amps

May 12, 2014 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

LPRS (Witney, UK) offers Internet of Things (IoT) system builders a system-on-chip fully integrated wireless controller suitable for remote, battery powered sensor systems, which can offer current consumption as low as 32 micro Amps.

Ultra-fast, the bionic arm can catch objects on the fly

May 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

With its palm open, the robot is completely motionless. A split second later, it suddenly unwinds and catches all sorts of flying objects thrown in its direction -a tennis racket, a ball, a bottle-. This arm measures about 1.5 meters long and keeps an upright position. It has three joints and a sophisticated hand with four fingers.

Court sides with US in cell-tracking records case

May 12, 2014 8:52 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes.

GaitTrack app makes cellphone a medical monitor for heart and lung patients

May 8, 2014 4:38 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, Illinois News Bureau | News | Comments

By simply carrying around their cellphones, patients who suffer from chronic disease could soon have an accurate health monitor that warns their doctors when their symptoms worsen. GaitTrack, an app developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the U. of I. at Chicago, turns a smartphone into a sophisticated medical device...

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Photos of the Day: Solar car maxes out at 93mph

May 8, 2014 12:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In this April 30, 2014 photo, Qazvin Azad University students assemble the rectangular Havin-2, or Brilliant Sun, in Qazvin, Iran. The Havin-2 drove for tests alongside slightly larger gas-powered motor vehicles outside the capital, Tehran, ahead of the eight-day, 1,700-mile (2,700-kilometer) race that will take it from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis.

Engineering Update #57: Wirelessly charge 40 phones at one time

May 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed a pretty unique charging station capable of wirelessly charging electronics from up to 16 feet away, and capable of powering multiple devices at the same time. And we’re talking about A LOT of devices, as in, up to 40 smartphones at the same time....

May 2014: Portable Power

May 8, 2014 10:13 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In the May 1 issue, ECN takes a look at one of the fastest growing and most challenging technologies: portable power. With electronics design trending towards miniaturization and mobility, power has become a constant balancing act between efficiency, weight, and necessity.

MLCCs with extended capacitance range and voltage rating designed for high volumetric efficiency options

May 8, 2014 10:00 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

 AVX Corporation (GREENVILLE, S.C.) has extended the capacitance range and voltage ratings for its X7R MLCCs, resulting in a much broader product offering with several new high volumetric efficiency options.  Available in sizes spanning 01005 to 2225, AVX’s X7R MLCCs exhibit high K and low ESR and are now available with capacitance values spanning 100pF to 47µF and standard voltage ratings spanning 4V-500V.

A Lab in Your Pocket

May 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Tech | News | Comments

When you get sick, your physician may take a sample of your blood, send it to the lab and wait for results. In the near future, however, doctors may be able to run those tests almost instantly on a piece of plastic about the size of credit card. These labs-on-a-chip would not only be quick—results are available in minutes—but also inexpensive and portable.

Detecting trace amounts of explosives with light

May 8, 2014 9:24 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

University of Adelaide research may help in the fight against terrorism with the creation of a sensor that can detect tiny quantities of explosives with the use of light and special glass fibres. Published in the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, the researchers describe a novel optical fibre sensor ...

Listening to bipolar disorder: Smartphone app detects mood swings via voice analysis

May 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A smartphone app that monitors subtle qualities of a person's voice during everyday phone conversations shows promise for detecting early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder, a University of Michigan team reports.While the app still needs much testing before widespread use, early results from a small group of patients show its potential to monitor moods while protecting privacy.

Jet to stop printing, change to digital app

May 8, 2014 9:05 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP | News | Comments

Jet magazine, which first hit newsstands at the dawn of the civil rights era, is ceasing regular print publication and transforming into a digital app. Johnson Publishing Co., which owns Jet along with Ebony magazine, says the switch will occur at the end of June. The Chicago-based company says the move is a proactive effort to adapt to its readers' growing desires for quicker and easier access to information.

Mobile Internet shakes up stodgy China industries

May 8, 2014 8:54 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Alibaba, the e-commerce giant planning a blockbuster share sale in the U.S., shook up China's vast but sleepy retailing industry by popularizing online shopping. Now it and China's other Internet companies are mounting challenges in areas from banking to broadcasting.

3-dB, 90-degree hybrid couplers target mobile communications

May 6, 2014 11:23 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) introduced two new wideband, 3d-B, 90-degree hybrid couplers: a 2100-MHz device for 1.5 GHz to 2.1 GHz performance and a 2700 MHz device for 2.1-GHz to 2.7-GHz performance.

Electronics that Stretch at the Molecular Level

May 6, 2014 9:12 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Today's flexible electronics are already enabling a new generation of wearable sensors and other mobile electronic devices. But these flexible electronics, in which very thin semiconductor materials are applied to a thin, flexible substrate...

Carrier card offers scalable data acquisition to PCIe

May 1, 2014 5:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP (Austin, TX) announced the release of a new PCI Express product featuring the Xilinx Kintex-7 combined with the highest performance analog I/O card available in the marketplace, according to the company. With a single-channel…

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