Microchip SoC Simplifies Design of Portable Products
Product News 9/30/2013 7 comments Microchip's new system-on-chip family could speed development of blood pressure monitors, lab instruments, power meters, and myriad other products by combining a 16-bit microcontroller with high-precision analog components.
Buying IP Is Not for the Faint of Heart
Guest Blogs 9/30/2013 9 comments Microsoft has agreed to purchase Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion. Two years ago, Google purchased Motorola's handset business for nearly twice that much, so it seems like Microsoft got a steal of a deal. Or did it?
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 5c Teardown
Product News 9/27/2013 30 comments The folks at iFixit.com are at it again. This time, they are tearing into the Apple Iphone 5c to let us know if and/or why we should care about it. Take a look inside.
Super-Slippery Coating Inspired by Carnivorous Plant
Engineering Materials 9/25/2013 21 comments A durable, completely transparent, super-slippery coating can turn regular glass into a material that doesn't stain, resists scratches, and repairs itself. It was inspired by the carnivorous pitcher plant, coated with an ultra-slippery surface that slides insect victims into its depths.
Wearable Devices Help Parents ‘Guard’ Children
Blog 9/19/2013 35 comments Inspired by personal experience, a Taiwanese entrepreneur has come up with wearable devices that can help parents locate their kids if they wander off, and aid in the location of children before they go missing permanently.
ESD Affects People, Too
Guest Blogs 9/13/2013 12 comments Electro-Static Discharge, while not necessarily permanently harmful to people, is still a pain. When possible, a machine design should handle ESD to prevent discharge through people or other equipment.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
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