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Content posted in April 2013
Gadget Freak Case #239: Bridge Rectifier Eliminates LED Light Flicker
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4/29/2013  3 comments
Bernard R. Smith Jr. created a bridge rectifier that eliminates the flicker in LED light strings.
Gadget Freak Case #238: Controller Adjusts Garage Lights
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4/17/2013  Post a comment
Thomas W. Manning created an automatic switch that uses a solid state relay to adjust the florescent lights in his garage automatically.
MapleSim: A 'White-Box' Modeling Environment
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4/10/2013  Post a comment
Maplesoft discusses the advantages this kind of open environment gives to engineers for modeling and analysis.
Gadget Freak Case #237: Dishwasher Indicator Eases Unloading
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4/9/2013  3 comments
Jitendra Tailor's gadget uses a proximity sensor and a flashing LED to tell his family members when to load or unload the dishwasher.
Nordson EFD Dispensing Components
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4/8/2013  Post a comment
Nordson EFD’s Optimum® fluid dispensing components improve yields and reduce costs.
How to Find a Tested Power Solution for Your Application
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4/6/2013  Post a comment
How to use TI's PowerLab reference tool to search through more than 1,000 fully tested reference designs.
Gadget Freak Case #236: Remotely Controlling the Room Temperature
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4/2/2013  Post a comment
Richard A. Bipes adapted a portable remote so he could adjust his electric space heater without getting up.




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