Content posted in June 2012
Secure Android OS Developed for Soldiers
With the use of smartphones and tablets becoming more prevalent across the armed forces, the DoD is concerned with securing these devices to keep classified or confidential information out of the hands of adversaries.
Navy Funds Development of Tool to Model Biofuel Performance
The Office of Naval Research has given researchers at the University of Wisconsin $2 million to create a tool that can model the performance of various biofuels as part of the military’s ongoing interest in using alternative energy sources to reduce dependency on traditional fossil fuels.
Army Boosts Battery Power but Not Weight
Army scientists have developed a new material that could enable lithium-ion batteries to perform at an unprecedented five volts as part of research to create improved power sources for the military.
Test Flights Start for Titanium-Blade Engine
Pratt & Whitney recently started flight tests of its PurePower PW1200G engine family. Like other engines in the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine program, the PW1217G's fan blades incorporate titanium, not composites.
Solar Cells Power Underwater Sensors
The US Navy is exploring the use of solar cells to power sensors underwater as part of research across the military to develop alternative, environmentally friendly, and efficient sources of energy.
ST Packages MEMS Microphones in Plastic
Product News 6/6/2012
STMicroelectronics NV has claimed it is the first company that has mass-produced MEMS microphones in plastic packages, a technology development that reportedly saves space and increases durability.
DIRAK's E-LINE Locking Systems Cut Security Costs
Product News 6/1/2012
The latest addition to DIRAK's line of mechatronic security systems for racks, enclosures, and cabinets includes three types that are said to better protect materials, electronics, and data, while reducing security costs.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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