Q3 Innovations ThermoHAWK Series Infrared Thermometer (http://rbi.ims.ca/4927-543). Small enough to fit on a key chain, this pen-sized thermometer measures temperature within as little as 0.5s without contacting the object. The unit employs a patent-pending thermopile sensor on a chip technology to provide infrared sensing capability and extends the calibration requirements to several years. The metal cylinder case prevents electromagnetic and electrostatic interferences and also eliminates the effect of ambient temperature changes during temperature measurements. Available in a temperature range of -27 to 230F for household use or -27 to 428F, the units have 2.5 percent accuracy.
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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