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CARRYTEC M Slim Portable Instrument Enclosures

February 5, 2015 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

OKW’s CARRYTEC M portable instrument enclosures are now available in a new slim version for tablet style electronics ...                             

Manufacturing Drives American Economy, but Needs More Support

February 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that exceeds ...             

Photos of the Day: How to Catch Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Concerned about a recent spate of mystery drones flying over its nuclear plants, military installations and even the presidential palace, France has asked scientists to help devise ways to counteract the small — and so far harmless — motorized menaces overhead ...                

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High-Tech Solutions for Countering Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

What's the best way to counter an unwelcome drone: a bigger, faster drone, laser guns, sky-high netting or devices that block remote controls? Scientists, governments and companies are now scrambling to find out ...                     

High-Absorption Samarium Oxide Glaze

February 4, 2015 2:33 pm | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Developed for high-energy pulsed Q-switching infrared laser applications, a new, high-absorption samarium oxide glaze from Morgan Advanced Materials means it is now able to offer three grades of glaze for laser systems. The samarium glaze absorbs radiation at the Nd-YAG lasing wavelength of 1,064nm, and its further ...

A Smart Grid Self-Organized Simply

February 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity supplied by solar and wind installations, the electricity network needs to work more intelligently in the future. Electricity suppliers aim to be able to regulate consumption on the basis of supply with the help of an intelligent electricity network, a smart grid. Intelligent electricity ...

Vampire-Bat Inspired Drone Walks & Flies

February 2, 2015 2:41 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying – and walking – with vampire-bat inspired drones, showing off Russia’s new ATV riding cyborg, and taking stomach acid powered joyrides in mouse stomachs ...       

HotSpot Episode 99: Gestured-Controlled Dinosaurs

February 2, 2015 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, controlling dinosaurs with hand gestures; a smart motorcycle helmet with augmented intelligence; a cloud-connected scooter that allows users to customize their ride; and a smart mattress that helps consumers fall asleep faster, and wake up at the right moments ...                  

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Semtech's SC72x Load Switch

January 31, 2015 7:39 pm | by Semtech | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation has announced the SC724/5/8/9 2A load switch platform in a tiny 0.76 x 0.76 mm, 4 bump chip scale package (CSP) with industry leading on-resistance (Ron) of just 36 mohms. The SC724/5/8/9 switches offer a 2A, 1.1V to 3.6V power rail with controlled turn-on ...

New Light-Converting Materials Point to Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Power

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs ...                 

Photos of the Day: Crystal Perovskites for New LED Applications

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been thoroughly studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals ...                       

Kevlar Used to Make Batteries Tougher

January 30, 2015 9:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We usually picture Kevlar as the synthetic fiber used for ballistic vests, combat helmets, and other applications for personal armor. But the same material famed for its ability to stop bullets could also prevent batteries from catching fire and exploding. One of the reasons the batteries caught fire in the Boeing 787 ... 

Sierra Wireless Launches Next-Generation AirLink Gateways

January 28, 2015 1:45 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra Wireless has announced the next generation of Sierra Wireless AirLink gateways. The AirLink GX450 4G mobile gateway and the AirLink ES450 4G enterprise gateway offer support for a broader array of LTE frequency bands ...                      

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Rogers Corporation to Exhibit High Performance Circuit Materials at DesignCon

January 28, 2015 1:26 pm | by Rogers Corporation | News | Comments

Rogers Corporation will be showing samples of the Company’s wide range of industry-leading printed-circuit-board (PCB) materials at DesignCon January 28-January 29, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA ...              

Bulletproof Battery for Thinner Lithium Rechargeables

January 27, 2015 3:21 pm | by Nicole Casal Moore, University of Michigan | News | Comments

New battery technology from the University of Michigan should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013 ...                               

Sheriffs Pressure Google to Disable Police-Tracking App

January 26, 2015 11:53 am | by EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives in danger from would-be police killers who can find where their targets are parked ...            

Unidentified Drone Crashes into the White House

January 26, 2015 11:33 am | by NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Secret Service says a small drone crashed overnight at the White House complex while the president was in India ...                                 

Wi-Fi Critical for Retail Analysis & Offloading 3G/4G Mobile Data

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Drew Sproul, Director of Marketing, Adax | Blogs | Comments

Free Wi-Fi is a potential money pit if the business providing this service isn’t utilizing the vast possibilities that Wi-Fi access offers in terms of business gain. Businesses have the opportunity to turn the cost of an expected convenience into a revenue stream, at the same time as enhancing customer experience and brand loyalty ...                 

Everyware Software Framework

January 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Eurotech | Product Releases | Comments

Eurotech’s Everyware™ Software Framework (ESF) is an inclusive and targeted Java OSGi software framework for M2M multiservice gateways, smart devices and IoT applications. It allows Eurotech and its customers to deliver not only latest generation Pervasive/Embedded Computer hardware platforms, but to be able to deliver all the fundamental components needed to quickly develop complex applicat ...

Atlas Robot Gets Major Upgrade

January 23, 2015 10:29 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re untethering the all new Atlas Robot, fighting global warming, and ... doing the laundry ...                   

Got Battery? Lots of Low Battery Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 9:21 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The common lithium-ion battery that's used to power laptops, cellphones and tablet computers has improved in recent years. Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, says K. M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University who researches batteries. But it's not nearly enough to keep up with the demand ...                    

Totalizer Module From SignalFire Provides Instantaneous Totals of Gas Flow Rates To Help Address Flare Gas Regulations

January 22, 2015 11:45 am | by SignalFire Wireless Telemetry | Product Releases | Comments

Spurred by the growth of hydraulic fracking within the United States, flare gas regulations have become tighter, requiring companies to more closely monitor the total flow of gas on their sites. SignalFire Telemetry introduces the Totalizer Module to work with analog or digital flow meters to provide instantaneous, total, and daily flow information of gas. With a built-in user-configurable ...

Rice-Sized Robots Mimic Insects

January 22, 2015 9:24 am | by Sarah Bergbreiter, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

By studying the movement and bodies of insects such as ants, Sarah Bergbreiter and her team build incredibly robust, super teeny, mechanical versions of creepy crawlies … and then they add rockets. See their jaw-dropping developments in micro-robotics, and hear about three ways we might use these little helpers in the future ...                  

New Method to Generate Arbitrary Optical Pulses

January 22, 2015 9:13 am | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to generate more powerful, more energy efficient and low-cost pulsed lasers ...                                    

Repeaters get Boost from Two-Stage Power Amp

January 21, 2015 7:24 pm | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

Repeaters get Boost from Two-Stage Power Amp RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TQP9108 from Qorvo. With two stages of amplification, the TQP9108 offers 30.5dB of gain with 31.3dBm output power. Covering 1.7 to 2.17GHz, the Qorvo TQP9108 serves small cell and repeater applications, DAS and booster amp applications for bands 1, 2, 3, 4 and 25. Power added efficiency is rate ...

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