SENSORS/ELECTRONICS: Sherborne Sensors’ Series T435 is a single-axis, high-precision, closed-loop, gravity-referenced servo inclinometer family designed for down-hole logging applications or for use in areas where space is at a premium. With a form factor measuring only 1.6 inch (40.6 mm) high and less than 1.46 inch (37 mm) in diameter, sensors can be stacked for simultaneous X and Y measurement of tilt angles. Models are available in ranges from ±3 to ±90 degrees. Series T435 offer a high-level dc output signal, proportional to the sine of the available angle of tilt. Units are fully self-contained and able to connect to a dc power source, and readout or control device for a complete operating system. The T435 series are also extremely rugged and can withstand a 1,500g shock event. Solder pin terminations are standard.
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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