Polymer Technology Systems, Inc. CardioChek Self-Test System (http://rbi.ims.ca/4911-548).This accurate, palm-sized self-blood test system allows users to determine their cholesterol levels (Total, HDL, and LDL) as well as measure glucose, ketones, and triglycerides in about a minute. The unit requires accurate temperature measurements to provide the correct results. The CardioChek uses the aSM121 SiMistor, a CMOS silicon thermistor, with integrated linear calibration from Andigilog that measures temperature to ±1C. The aSM121 measures the ambient temperature and allows the CardioChek to calibrate itself prior to determining the various levels in the sample. For more information on Andigilog's aSM121silicon thermistor, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4911-549.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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