PolySwitch(reg) family of resettable fuses are for overcurrent protection in Universal Serial Bus (USB) computers and peripherals. The PolySwitch USB resettable fuses protect against overcurrent hazards such as short circuits. The fuses help users meet USB specifications requiring overcurrent protection devices to guard against catastrophic device failures, software errors that turn on devices when the current budget has been exceeded, and user actions such as shorting-out pins while connecting or disconnecting peripherals.
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The DDV-IP is a two-wheeled self-balancing robot that can deliver cold beverages to thirsty folks on hot summer days. A wireless RF remote enables manual control of the device beyond the act of self-balancing. All of the features of the DDV-IP result in an effective delivery vehicle while providing entertainment to the user.
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Barnacles and mussels stay attached to ship hulls and rocks because of a very sticky protein glue they secrete, holding on for a long time even underwater. Researchers at MIT took mussel glue as inspiration -- and as an ingredient -- for engineering their own sticky waterproof adhesive.
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