ELECTRONICS: Fueling an active open source community with a flexible, fan-less and low-cost embedded development board, Digi-Key Corp. announced it is shipping Revision C of the popular BeagleBoard from BeagleBoard.org. The latest version offers increased design flexibility with twice the memory (256 MB RAM), additional high-speed USB port and an LCD expansion connector. Based on a Texas Instruments’ OMAP3530 processor, the BeagleBoard bridges desktop and embedded development by delivering laptop-like performance in a pocketsize, 3 x 3-inch form factor for innovative projects ranging from robots, netbooks and mobile Internet devices to entire Linux distributions and gaming frameworks. BeagleBoard Revision C (Digi-Key part number 296-23428-ND) is available for $149.
The 2014 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Dr. Kiyoshi Mabuchi and his team members for their work measuring the slipperiness of banana peels. Turns out they're slipperier with the yellow side up.
Many scientists have been working battery-free ways to power wearable electronics that can replace bulky battery packs, particularly through the use of energy-harvesting materials. Now a team of researchers in China have upped the game by developing a lightweight and flexible solar cell that can be woven into two-way energy-harvesting fabric.
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