For vacuum applications where space is at a premium, Beswick Engineering (Greenland, NH) is rolling out an ultra-miniature, single-stage vacuum regulator. The vacuum regulator controls output from 0 psig to full vacuum, and is said to be especially well-suited to low-vacuum applications. The lightweight component is designed to be mounted in line, and does not require panel mounting. Weighing just 30 gm apiece, the brass and steel regulators are a scant 35/64 of an inch high. For more info, see www.beswick.com.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
In 2003, the world contained just over 500 million Internet-connected devices. By 2010, this figure had risen to 12.5 billion connected objects, almost six devices per individual with access to the Internet. Now, as we move into 2015, the number of connected 'things' is expected to reach 25 billion, ultimately edging toward 50 billion by the end of the decade.
NASA engineer Brian Trease studied abroad in Japan as a high school student and used to fold fast-food wrappers into cranes using origami techniques he learned in library books. Inspired by this, he began to imagine that origami could be applied to building spacecraft components, particularly solar panels that could one day send solar power from space to be used on earth.
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