The folks at Knovel have been busy as of late. The online provider of technical information along with analytical and search tools has released a spate of new offerings, all in an effort to put technical information at engineers’ fingertips and be a resource for solving challenging technical problems.
One of the more recent new additions is Industrial Equipment Essentials, a package that dishes up guidance and best practice information on a range of product development topics, including material selection and tolerances, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, product design, vibration, plastics, resins, environmental impacts and compliance. The Industrial Equipment Essentials is one of five industry-specific packages Knovel will launch this year to give customers easy access to reliable and relevant technical resources, according to Chris Forbes, Knovel’s CEO and president. The package aggregates content and data analysis tools in such subject areas as chemistry and chemical engineering; electrical and power engineering; general engineering and engineering management; mechanics and mechanical engineering; metals and metallurgy; and plastics and rubber.
In related news, Knovel added the following publishers to its roster:
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.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
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