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Sometimes Success Means We Break the Rules

January 2, 2013 7:29 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

Not every process solution fits within the guidance of the process improvement methodologies we know. Sometimes, the best solution to the challenge comes from doing what our methodologies would decidedly not do. Rules are important, especially when it comes to governance, but they cannot possibly anticipate or address every single scenario that might come along.

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National Research Council Gives NASA a C-

January 2, 2013 7:27 am | Comments

By Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos  The U. S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has just been judged by a blue-ribbon panel appointed by the National Research Council (NRC) at the instigation of Congress.  That branch of government wanted an independent assessment of NASA’s strategic direction and goals in light of continuing fiscal constraints and national priorities.

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Big Brother Takes the Wheel

January 2, 2013 7:12 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

Is placing black boxes in automobiles really an invasion of the driver’s privacy? While I am all for the advancement of automobile safety, I wonder if placing black boxes in  a cars is stepping over the privacy boundary? A recent article, “Black Boxes in Cars Raise Privacy Concerns” discussed the placement of event data recorders, also known as black boxes, being placed in new cars and light trucks – such a development caused me to raise an eyebrow.

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Cordsets: A Critical Component for Enterprise-Wide Communication and Control

December 11, 2012 10:56 am | Comments

By Eric Sipe, Custom Product Engineering Manager, TURCK Industrial cordsets are required for nearly every operation in a manufacturing plant, providing a key component for everything from providing sufficient power distribution to enabling facility-wide communication and control. Reliable cordset solutions are necessary for achieving and maintaining continued application operation and employee productivity.

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Wireless Force Sensing Technology Improves Biomedical Device Design and Function

December 11, 2012 10:08 am | Comments

Advancements in wireless force sensing technologies have improved the design of biomedical devices for patient utilization. By Jeannine Croteau, Marketing and Mark Lowe, Product Manager The medical device industry is constantly evolving due to the progressive nature of technology. Design engineers and consumers are looking for sleeker, smaller medical devices that do not inhibit their every day activity.

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Enabling the Development of Wireless Applications for ZigBee Novices

December 11, 2012 9:55 am | by AIR team, Anaren, Inc. | Comments

Manufacture seeks to provide ‘total solution’ of hardware, firmware, and support to decode ZigBee for relative novices of RF and software As a wide range of private companies and other standards-promulgating bodies compete to establish their respective wireless protocols as ‘the default’ for a given niche (e.

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Software Innovation Frees Designers from Wireless Design Complexity

December 11, 2012 5:06 am | Comments

New 2.4GHz wireless SoCs integrate silicon radios, powerful microprocessors and flash memory together with a novel approach to software architecture - making it much easier to develop winning applications By Thomas Embla Bonnerud, Director of Product Management at Nordic Semiconductor The 2.

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Will Mobile Shopping Save Last-minute Shoppers?

December 10, 2012 6:57 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Growing up I always knew December 24th was a very important day for my father. He would wake up early (well, late for him), make a pot of coffee and call upstairs for my sisters and me. After a few minutes, and a few more shouts from Dad, we’d all eventually make our way downstairs. We knew very well what to expect, as every year without fail he would wait until Christmas Eve to go shopping for Mom.

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Automatic Antenna Tuning Can Compensate for Environmental Changes Affecting RFID Readers

December 5, 2012 5:42 am | Comments

By Prashant Dekate, ams AG Commercial RFID readers have been available on the market for over 20 years and are designed for a wide variety of end uses and therefore appear in various design implementations. Some examples include portable desktop readers, mobile handheld devices, and fixed machine or wall-mounted equipment.

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Why Android is Beating Apple.

November 29, 2012 4:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Comments

It wasn’t so long ago the Apple was the phone to have. Yes, there were the holdouts who took a dislike to the brand’s smartphone monopoly, but for the most part, if you wanted a phone that worked, you took a trip to Steve Jobs land. It seems, however, that the tide is now changing and according to Karl Volkman, Chief Technical Officer at the SRV Network, it was really only a matter of time.

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Showering You With Tech

October 17, 2012 8:01 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

For some, the shower is a sacred place to escape the world for a while and wash all your worries away. For others, the shower is a necessity – an in-and-out in five minutes type deal. Either way, you might get some use – or just a kick – out of some of these shower gadgets and accessories.

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Improving Quality, Traceability and Accessibility for Blood Storage

October 15, 2012 7:01 am | by Rolf Nilsson, CEO connectBlue & Christian Strandberg, CEO Tridentify | Comments

Blood and blood components are critical for saving lives of patients following surgery, or when treating traumatic injuries and hematological deceases. The supply of blood components is a vital part of modern healthcare. Blood is a wonderful voluntary gift that can only be obtained from personal donations and every measure should be taken to honor this gift.

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Wireless Power Technology Embraces User-friendly Features

October 12, 2012 6:54 am | Comments

Wireless charging technology has been recognized as a very attractive solution to a wide range of applications because it conveniently replaces power cords and charging cables. This emerging technology is being adopted for charging mobile phones and other handheld devices [1] . Several major mobile communication service providers in Japan, Korea and the United States offer smartphones readily equipped with wireless chargers.

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What’s The Worst That Could Happen? RF Communication Disasters

October 10, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

The morning of December 4, 2011 began normally for the team of Air Force technicians. As they settled into their shift flying unmanned aircraft over Afghanistan, perhaps they chatted casually and swapped stories from the weekend. Very soon, however, their conversations were interrupted by shrill alarm sirens blaring from their control monitors.

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Fundamentals of Battery Fuel-Gauging

October 9, 2012 11:36 am | by Karthik Kadirvel, Design Engineer, Texas Instruments | Comments

Personal battery-powered devices range from single-cell devices such as cell phones to multi-cell devices such as electric cars. Range anxiety is a common issue among all battery-operated electronics. Users are anxious if they can catch the end of the movie before the battery on their tablet runs out of charge, or if they can drive their electric car to the next charging station before they get stranded on the freeway.

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