Power consumption is becoming a critical part even for large, specialized systems like nondestructive ultrasonic testing instruments. Dapco Industries Inc. unveiled a tester and is shipping the first one to Union Pacific Railroad, which will use the equipment to peer inside railroad rails. The test system can also be used to examine high-pressure gas cylinders and many other critical metal products. Dapco picked Texas Instruments' TMS320C6472, a six-core DSP chip, in large part because of its low power consumption. That paves the way for a portable product that's currently moving toward production, while also reducing heat generation in existing systems.
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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