Keller Products Inc., a supplier of extruded plastic profiles, has developed a family of polymers that glows brightly in the dark, providing light for more than eight hours. These KelBrite plastics can be formulated for flexible or rigid profiles. And they can be co-extruded with other plastics or supplied with adhesive or hook-and-eye backings. Available in green and blue, KelBrite is activated by either artificial light or sunlight. Applications include lifesaving devices, camping and hiking equipment, toys, home assistance products, clothing and footwear, safety devices, and military applications. For more info about Keller Products Inc., visit www.kellerproducts.com.
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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