Hitachi has added 128 kbytes of 5V flash memory to its H8S series of 16-bit microcontrollers to accommodate complex programs. The new H8S/2144 and H8S/2134 operate at up to 20 MHz and have eight power-saving modes to suit portable applications. Peripherals include ADCs, DACs, timers, and support for IrDA and smart-card interfaces. Applications include cellular phones, disk drives, airbag-deployment control, industrial control, and smart-card readers. The company's 8-bit H8/300 chips are upwardly compatible with the H8S series instruction set, enabling OEMs to easily upgrade to 16-bit performance while lowering power consumption. Hitachi Semiconductor: Product Code 4275
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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