Design engineers continued to see new products aimed at facilitating heat dissipation, a particular concern as electronic devices are put into more compact packages while pushing more power. Announced at the show was Raychem's low-thermal-resistance HeatPath(TM) gel family. The conformable gel easily fills gaps between components and heat sinks with minimal pressure applied, thus avoiding damage to delicate parts. Eliminated are clamping systems and tight tolerance control ...Also debuting was the DC 2406KL series of fans from NMB Technologies. These light (45 g), small (60 X 60 X 15 mm) fans produce only 19 to 34 dB of noise. Preloaded, shielded ball bearings and variable speed control via a separate heat sensor increase fan lifetime.
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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