At the show, Analog Devices rolled out the first-ever programmable MEMS gyroscope. Part of Analog Devices' iSensor family, the new programmable sensor contains all of the embedded calibration, tuning and control functionality needed to detect system rotation. Until now, the company says, such pre-calibrated gyros were targeted at high-end military and avionics products, but ADI's new design takes the technology into a broader array of applications. The single-component solution is aimed at motion control applications, as well as at agricultural equipment, autos and robotic systems. "What it comes down to is that customers would rather have us do the calibration for them," notes Conor Power, product and marketing manager for ADI's Instrument and Automotive Converters. For more information on Analog's Programmable gyroscope, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4928-551.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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