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Engineering Newswire 33: Boston Dynamics Tests Mustard Gas & Sarin on PETMAN

April 11, 2013 11:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development, PD&D | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re building a bionic dragonfly, fishing with the FrankenDrone, and testing mustard gas on PETMAN. Plus, at mere 50cm tall, this bike-pedaling biped is packed with high performance electronic components including ultrasonic, shock and gyro sensors, Bluetooth modules, and DC-DC converters.

Goodbye Fluorescent Bulb? Philips Says Yes.

April 11, 2013 7:53 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Philips NV, the Dutch consumer appliances giant, said Thursday that it has developed an LED light that will soon be far more efficient than the best fluorescents on the market. That should make it cheaper and greener, as well. It's a combination that will inevitably help the LED dominate the market for illuminating the world's workplaces.

A Semi-Rugged Ultra-Mobile Tablet Now Available

April 3, 2013 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

GammaTech Computer Corp. has announced that its semi-rugged tablet PC, the Durabook CA10, is now available for purchase. The company says the ultra-mobile tablet comes with features that make it ideal for those who don’t work in a normal office setting.

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Engineering Newswire 31: Superdome Fiasco, Relay to Blame

April 2, 2013 10:32 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re talking to virtual heads, firing sexists in Silicon Valley, investigating a super-sized power outage, and fishing far flung space garbage from the bottom of the ocean. This episode features, among others, forking repo’s and big dongles brought big problems at the PyCon 2013 conference held in Santa Clara last week.

GE’s ADAPT Wind 1.7 Introduces Shaft Crack Detection and Intelligent Change Indication

April 1, 2013 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ADAPT 1.7 is the latest addition to the Advanced Distributed Architecture Platform Technology (ADAPT) condition monitoring platform from the Bently Nevada Product line of GE Measurement & Control. The company says ADAPT 1.7 can be retro-fitted to existing ADAPT turbine monitoring system to provide shaft vibration monitoring.

APEM Offers Stainless Steel Keyboards For Harsh Conditions

March 20, 2013 2:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

APEM Components, Inc. has announced the release of its series of stainless steel keyboards, which were designed to resist harsh environments, including exposure to bad weather and severe temperature variations. According to the company, this construction helps the keyboards hold up to abuse as well, such as scratching, shock, stains or burns. 

Engineering Newswire 29: 3D Printers in Vending Machines

March 19, 2013 10:13 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by PTC delivering technology solutions that transform the way you create and service your products, we're kick starting low-cost robotics, using a 3D printing vending machine, and having a cup of coffee in the sky.

Ericsson And STMicroelectronics Agree On Strategy For ST-Ericsson

March 18, 2013 11:15 am | News | Comments

Ericsson will take on the design, development and sales of the LTE multimode thin modem products, including 2G, 3G and 4G multimode, while ST will take on the existing ST-Ericsson products, other than LTE multimode thin modems, and related business as well as certain assembly and test facilities.

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element14’s Online Catalog Simplifies Automation Purchasing

March 15, 2013 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pricing and current availability data are instantly visible by hovering over a part number, and one click takes the user into a detailed information page with access to 24/5 live technical support and a shopping cart.

Fluke Pits Customers Against Each Other In 'Find It. Fix It. Fast.'

March 13, 2013 3:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Users of test tools from Fluke Corporation are masters of troubleshooting, but how do they stack up when pitted against one another? That's the challenge of the new interactive online game from Fluke called "Find It. Fix It. Fast." where players from around the world race against the clock to find and fix the most problems.

noax Technologies Integrated UPS Makes Mobile Logistics More Reliable

March 4, 2013 12:15 pm | Manufacturing.net | Product Releases | Comments

The greatest advantage, compared to batteries, is that super condensers have long life cycles and are maintenance-free. The UPS bridges up to 30 seconds of voltage failure, thus offering protection against data loss and operation interruptions.

BearCom Adds New Vertex Standard EVX-531 To Two-Way Radio Line

February 25, 2013 2:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Vertex Standard EVX-531 is the latest addition to the company’s EVX-530 Series of digital portable radios. The series is part of Vertex Standard’s new eVerge portfolio, designed for commercial and industrial customers who use basic land mobile radios for voice communication and could benefit from improved audio quality, coverage, and privacy.

Understanding Your Liability: Shipping Lithium Battery Powered Devices

February 25, 2013 2:29 pm | by Jim Powell, President, Transportation Development Group LLC | Boeing | Articles | Comments

Lithium batteries are marvelous inventions — they are lightweight, relatively inexpensive and can pack a lot of power with a shelf life far superior to other types of battery technology. These days, rechargeable lithium ion batteries, and primary non-rechargeable lithium batteries are everywhere. And unfortunately, they are also considered "Dangerous Goods."

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My Classmate, The Robot: NY Pupil Attends Remotely

February 15, 2013 10:00 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Devon Carrow's life-threatening allergies don't allow him to go to school. But the 4-foot-tall robot with a wireless video hookup gives him the school experience remotely, allowing him to participate in class, stroll through the hallways, hang out at recess and even take to the auditorium stage when there's a show.

Thermal Imagers: A Priceless Investment

February 14, 2013 1:38 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Industrial inspection cameras have revolutionized the predictive maintenance industry. From the many types of cameras available, thermal imagers are ones that have claimed their place in a manufacturer’s predictive maintenance arsenal. Once an instrument too expensive for the average facility, today’s technology has advanced thermal imagers to the point of necessity.

Engineering Newswire 25:Drilling Holes in Mars

February 14, 2013 1:35 pm | Boeing | Videos | Comments

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the successful completion of this "mini drill" test last week and if the drill cuttings from the fresh hole pass the visual evaluation, the rover team will move forward with the first full drilling.

Engineering Update #4: Robots Driven By Moths, Recycling Nike

February 14, 2013 11:51 am | Videos | Comments

In the latest episode of ECN 's Engineering Update: Scientists at the University of Tokyo have found inspiration for their autonomous sensory-driven robots by examining male silkmoths ... lookin' for love.

Laird Technologies Acquires Nextreme Thermal Solutions Technology

February 13, 2013 2:29 pm | by Laird Technologies, Inc. | News | Comments

Laird Technologies, Inc., a global leader in the design and supply of customized performance-critical components and systems for advanced electronics and wireless products, today announces the acquisition of Nextreme Thermal Solutions, Inc., the US based developer of thin-film thermoelectric technologies.

Humans And Robots Work Better Together Following Cross-Training

February 11, 2013 11:43 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most existing research into making robots better team players is based on the concept of interactive reward. However, human studies carried out by the military have shown that simply telling people they have done well or badly at a task is a very inefficient method of encouraging them to work well as a team.

Watson's Medical Expertise Offered Commercially

February 11, 2013 7:58 am | by Jim Fizgerald, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The Watson supercomputer is graduating from its medical residency and is being offered commercially to doctors and health insurance companies, IBM said Friday. IBM Corp., the health insurer WellPoint Inc. and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center announced two Watson-based applications — one to help assess treatments for lung cancer and one to help manage health insurance decisions and claims.

Utility: Bad Device Caused Super Bowl Blackout

February 8, 2013 9:40 am | News | Comments

Officials of Entergy New Orleans say the device, called a relay, had been installed to protect the stadium from a cable failure between the company's incoming power line and lines that run into the stadium. Company officials said the device performed without problem during January's Sugar Bowl and other earlier events.

Sony Trims Quarterly Loss To $115M

February 7, 2013 8:07 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp. is still struggling but managed to reduce its red ink for the latest quarter as the Japanese electronics and entertainment company aims for a comeback from record yearly losses. Sony on Thursday reported a 10.7 billion yen ($115 million) loss for the October-December quarter compared with a 158 billion yen loss a year earlier.

Fujitsu Cutting 5,000 Jobs

February 7, 2013 7:55 am | News | Comments

Struggling Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu is slashing 5,000 jobs, or nearly 3 percent of its global workforce, as it seeks to boost profitability by reshaping its computer-chip business and its overseas operations. Fujitsu said Thursday the job cuts will be completed by the end of this fiscal year next month, and will rely on early retirement, layoffs and other methods.

Outside Experts To Probe Super Bowl Power Outage

February 5, 2013 2:08 pm | by Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials of the Superdome and its utility company say they will hire outside experts to investigate why power failed for 34 minutes during the Super Bowl. The announcement by the stadium's management company, SMG, and Entergy New Orleans came two days after the outage halted play in the third quarter of the game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.

Engineering Newswire 23: I Am Iron Woman

February 5, 2013 9:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re crafting magic arms, building Tony Stark’s cyber-weapon, and 3D printing for the BioCurious. 2-year-old Emma Lavelle was born with a congenital disorder called arthrogryposis. Emma’s parents turned to researchers at the Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children who had been hard at work on the Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton, or WREX.

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