ELECTRONICS: Find the most popular test, measurement, control, and calibration equipment—along with several new technologies—in the 2010 Davis Instruments New & Best-Selling Products catalog. With 256 pages of quality brand products from Fluke, Extech, Tektronix, GE Sensing, Hart Scientific, and many other top lines, customers can choose from a broad range of equipment to make their jobs easier and more efficient.
Several new items are introduced in the catalog, including AEMC’s 5000 V Megohmmeter with adjustable and programmable test voltages. Fluke’s new Remote Display TRMS Multimeter features wireless technology, enabling the display to be carried away from the point of measurement. A new Demand & Energy Analyzer from Dranetz-BMI monitors electrical energy with four voltage channels and four current channels. BW Technologies Single- and Multigas Monitors offer simple single-button operation, while Stainless Steel Turbine Flowmeters offer meter-mounted display, pulse, or 4 to 20mA output versions. Another new item, the Vantage Vue™ Weather Station, features a tough outdoor sensor array and distinctive LCD console.
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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