Engineers looking to embed secure WiFi networking capabilities into their devices can get a turnkey solution — from a programmable, dedicated co-processor to a full TCP/IP stack and Windows development software — with MatchPort b/g Pro/MPP3002000G-01 from Lantronix Inc. MatchPort b/g Pro manages wireless connectivity and Web services, allowing engineers to network-enable devices like medical equipment or access command panels, for example, simply by embedding the co-processor into their designs. Because the package is turnkey, engineers don't need extensive knowledge in wireless device drivers, configuration or wireless chip sets, allowing them to spend more time on their core competencies while minimizing engineering risk and increasing time to market.
Have a need to showcase large assembly CAD models or simulations to a group and don't want to invest in costly plasma or LED displays? AccelerOptics LLC's XLV-100 digital display is engineered to deliver plasma-like performance in brightly lit public spaces using front projection technology. The 100-inch digital display weighs in at 65 lb, making it more lightweight than most 100-inch plasma displays, which are closer to 500 lb. The multi-patented, micro-structured surface rejects ambient light (reducing glare) while capturing and redistributing the projected light to a defined viewing area in order to create a digital image with superior contrast, officials say.
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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