DIRAK Inc. (Chantilly, VA) has developed a new padlockable "L-Handle with defeater," whose design offers a keyed cylinder barrel or slotted-insert access mechanism as well as a padlock. The automatic defeater, which closes and locks the handle without any secondary latching operation on the part of the user, provides security even in the absence of a padlock. The padlockable L-Handle targets indoor and outdoor enclosure applications in industries requiring restricted access—including networking, telecommunications, medical, food equipment, HVAC, and industrial machinery. For more information, visit www.dirak.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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