ELECTRONICS: OMEGA ENGINEERING’s new TJ-USB Series of thermocouple probes connect directly to a USB port on your computer. All models feature a rugged transition joint construction, an integral 2m (6 ft) shielded output cable, and free user software that converts any PC running on Windows 2000, XP, or Vista operating systems into a temperature meter, chart recorder and data logger. Probes with Stainless Steel, Inconel or SuperOmegaclad XL construction are available in standard lengths of 18 and 24 inches and two different ranges of -73 to 315C (-100 to 600F) or -270 to 1000C (-454 to 1832F) This proprietary product is CE compliant and comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty.
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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