While the switch to lead-free solder has been completed across much of the electronics industry (some areas are exempt), the directives related to hazardous materials are an ongoing work in progress. The European Union has just published a revised version of RoHS. Look for an item on that in the next fews days. India has just announced its own RoHS regulations.
The good news is that after three or four years of using lead-free solder, there have not been major reliability problems. Look for an article on that subject in the next week.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
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