Turner Sports highlights the audible noise generated by NASCAR racers, but it can ignore the electronic noise created in the pits. A mobile production rig, debuted this spring, uses wireless technology from Omnex Control Systems to gather data for live webcasts from the 20 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races. The Omnex Trusted Wireless radio uses proprietary frequency hopping spread spectrum in many industrial environments with far higher noise levels. The truck, also equipped to be the production center for TNT’s pre-race show, features a retractable stage that can rotate 360-degrees and be raised up to 26 ft high.
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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