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Miroslav Djuric, ifixit.com

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Apple's at it Again: Check Out the iPad Mini 3 Teardown
Miroslav Djuric, ifixit.com
10/30/2014  2
Bigger than an iPhone 6 Plus, but smaller than an iPad Air 2. What am I? If you answered iPad Mini 3, you are correct. It's the latest iteration of Apple's miniature iPad, newly ...

Rob Spiegel

Blog
10 Robots That Play Well With Others
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
10/30/2014  0
While it may not seem like bragging rights to say your robot is safe around humans, it's actually quite a big deal. There is a long history of robot accidents that have injured and ...

Charles Murray

Electronic News & Comment
My Opinion on Bad User Interface Design
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
10/30/2014  1
The data breaches at Target, Home Depot and elsewhere have inadvertently highlighted a separate and unexpected problem: bad user interface design.

Elizabeth Montalbano

Blog
Ampy: A Pocket-Sized Motion Charger for Your Mobile Devices
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
10/30/2014  2
What if you could recharge your mobile device using the movements you make all day?That's the promise of Ampy, a new device by a Chicago-based startup of the same name that harvests ...

Charles Murray

Electronic News & Comment
30 Seconds on Time-of-Flight Sensors in Autos
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
10/30/2014  0
Peter Riendeau of Melexis shows how a time-of-flight sensor can be used for gesture recognition in a vehicle. Based on the move of an index finger, an automotive audio system is ...

Miroslav Djuric, ifixit.com

Blog
Is Apple's iPad Air 2 Easy to Repair?
Miroslav Djuric, ifixit.com
10/29/2014  2
What's lighter than Air? An Air 2. Join us as we disassemble the new, shaved-down iPad Air 2, and see whether Apple's thinnest device is still its least-repairable.

Sylvie Barak

Blog
Latest Ferrari goes Invite-Only
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
10/29/2014  8
Think there's already a high bar in owning a Ferrari? Well, grab a pole vault, because that bar just got raised. The exclusive Italian automaker has decided its next vehicular ...

Luc Henderieckx

Made by Monkeys
Dryer Dies Due to a 12-Cent Resistor
Luc Henderieckx
10/29/2014  1
The AEG Lavatherm 58860 tumble dryer we received from my son was only 4 years old when it failed. An IC on the switching power supply in the motor controller broke down. I found a ...

Ann R. Thryft

Engineering Materials
Update: 3D-Printed Optics From New Material, Process
Ann R. Thryft, Senior Technical Editor, Materials & Assembly
10/29/2014  4
Right after finding that 3D-printed telescope we just told you about, we saw this update on the 3D-printed eyeglasses we reported last year. Those eyeglasses were made by Dutch ...

Kudos
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System Integration & Small Electric Actuators
10/28/2014
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As the industry has grown and adapted to the various types of automation and motion control solutions, achieving the desired result with the least cost and effort on behalf of the user has always been the top priority.

Metal & Ceramic Matrix Composites Beat the Heat
10/24/2014
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Engineers are looking more to metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites to solve design & materials problems in thermal management and lighten up industrial turbines and jet engines, as well as traditional aerospace & defense uses.

Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
10/20/2014
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To satisfy the market demand for low-power wireless devices, device developers and production test engineers will require an extensive mix of test instrument capabilities.

Accuracy & Repeatability in Linear Motion Systems
10/17/2014
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With linear systems moving to higher precision operation, it’s important to understand how actuator performance factors into new system design.

Innovations in BLDC Motor Driver ICs
10/16/2014
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This article will explain how advances in integrated BLDC drivers featuring on-chip commutation considerably reduce BLDC motor control cost and development time.

COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
10/15/2014
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The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.

3D Printing: A Balance of Promise Vs. Practicality
10/13/2014
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Is 3D printing a fashionable manufacturing trend with more style than substance, or does it have viable consumer and commercial staying power?

A Level Approach to Automotive Connectivity
10/10/2014
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The auto industry’s ideal connector solution is one that balances performance and cost, while delivering bandwidth to fuel the needs of automotive manufacturers and consumers.

A Lesson In Lithium-Ion Volatility
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The Easy Way to Control a Robot
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