New York City—You want power, you find a socket. This truism hasn't changed in decades, despite the Internet revolution and advent of electrical appliances that run our lives. But a crack appeared in its armor at PC Expo—a tiny fuel cell designed to recharge cell phone and PDA batteries. Fuel cells have long been positioned as alternatives to fossil fuels, and even as renewable energy sources for automobiles, but nobody's designed a commercially viable system yet.
Now the Instant Power™ Charger from Electric Fuel Corp. (New York, NY, with R&D in Beit Shemesh, Israel) can crank out 5.6V for your ailing battery, miles from the nearest electrical outlet. Good for about three full charges, the 2- × 2-inch cartridge costs less than $20 (with refills for $10) and is activated when the zinc inside begins to oxidate. Return the cartridge inside its foil pouch, and it will hibernate until the next time you let it "breathe."
Another company making this type of product is Polyfuel (Menlo Park, CA), reputedly making a refillable methanol cartridge that produces volts when it oxidizes. Their product is not due on the market until 2003.
The 3D printing revolution seems to have a knack for quickly moving technology ahead by way of collaborative effort and even a little friendly competition -- all of course in the name of scientific advancement.
Advantech has launched a new series of motion-control I/O modules to meet the increased demands that come with more distributed industrial systems that require control of a growing number of axes and devices.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is