Remote Play TagAlert (http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-543). To avoid leaving a cell phone, portable computer or game behind, this active RF wireless technology product sounds an alert when the owner exceeds a preset range from 20 to 75 ft. The monitor has a switch to adjust the range and a snooze button. Each tag has a unique ID, so multiple tags can be used within the same area and a single monitor can recognize more than one tag. The units rely on ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontrollers from Texas Instruments (TI) that contain from 1 to 120 KB of Flash memory and up to 10 KB of RAM. For more information on TI's MSP430 microcontrollers, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-544.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
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A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
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