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.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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