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'SkinTrack' Turns Lower Arm into Touchpad

A new wearable technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University could turn one's entire lower arm into a touchpad.

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Product of the Month: May 2016

Molex, Lisle, IL, offers Soligie® printed electronic sensor systems that provide a thin, flexible alternative to rigid printed circuit boards (PCBs) or copper flex circuits in a range of applications in the medical, industrial, consumer, defense, and other industries. An integrated design and manufacturing process produces printed electronic sensor systems that incorporate a wide variety of components on printed electronic substrates. The printed electronic components and interconnects can be fabricated on flexible substrates such as plastic, paper, and foil. The sensor solutions measure temperature, shock, and humidity, providing physiological, environmental, and biochemical monitoring, and virtually any other sensor application requiring a thin, flexible electronic form factor. Designs start with a flexible substrate onto which functional circuits are printed and components are added. The substrates are suitable for integrating sensors, batteries, RFID devices, thin displays, LEDs, and other passive devices.

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NASA Tests 3D-Printed Rocket Fuel Pump

NASA tested a 3D printed rocket engine turbopump with liquid methane – an ideal propellant for engines needed to power many types of spacecraft for NASA’s journey to Mars. During the full-power test, the turbines generated 600 horsepower and the fuel pump got its “heartbeat” racing at more than 36,000 revolutions per minute, delivering 600 gallons of semi-cryogenic liquid methane per minute – enough to fuel an engine producing over 22,500 pounds of thrust.

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Flexible Silicone Sensors Enable Stepless Control Devices

Researchers have created flexible silicone sensors that make it easier to steplessly control devices such as a multifunction steering wheel that lets the driver control music, light, and ventilation at the touch of a finger. Multifunction steering wheels are standard in most automobiles today, and drivers can easily manipulate the cruise control and stereo without taking their hands of the wheel. However, the buttons are inflexible and the driver can often only switch something “on” and “off.”

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Beach Buoys Detect Water Contamination

Beachgoers may soon be able to know in a timely manner if the water is clean enough for swimming. The technology comes in the form of buoys that are deployed in the water near a beach. By combining statistical models with real-time data gathered by sensors embedded in the buoys, they provide quick and dependable information on water quality.

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Using Static Analysis to Overcome the Challenges of Reusing Code for Embedded Software

This paper explains why software reuse is a growing problem within development organizations, why the way embedded software is developed needs to change and what organizations can do to improve reliability, safety, and security while reducing development time. Gain a better understanding of:

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A Guide to the MISRA Coding Standard: What you need to know

This white paper will provide your development organization with the critical information needed to adopt MISRA the standard and to quickly update code review practices and documentation efforts.

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