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Inspection Robots Keep Buildings Safe

Buildings, industrial plants, and bridges have to bear heavy loads and are exposed to wind and weather. Many buildings in Germany were built in the postwar years and now show damage due to aging. To inspect their condition and prevent hazards to people, much effort still has to be devoted to buildings that are difficult to access.

Posted in: UpFront

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Product of the Month: August 2014

Hewlett-Packard, Palo Alto, CA, has announced the HP DL380z Virtual Workstation that provides secure, remote access to workstation-class applications from a variety of devices, including thin clients, notebooks, and tablets. The workstation combines HP’s server technology, NVIDIA® virtualization technology, and Citrix® virtualization technology. The workstation uses the industry-standard 2U form factor, and supports up to eight users on one workstation. It transmits encrypted pixel data over LAN or WAN to remote users, and offers a choice of pass-through GPU and virtual GPU modes that can be configured according to usage needs. The workstation also supports HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) that enables remote access to graphics-rich applications, and the ability to host collaboration sessions from multiple devices and multiple operating systems including Linux.

Posted in: Products

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Will Adaptable Furniture Achieve Mainstream Acceptance?

Roombots self-configurable robotics which can merge with materials to create adaptable furniture for the home and office. The lab will initially use the intelligent furniture to assist the elderly and those with reduced mobility. The team then plans to improve the human-robot interactions by embedding cameras or voice recognition technology, allowing tracking of users and the ability to "instruct" the assembling of one's own furniture.

Posted in: Question of the Week

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Drive On – E-Bikes Shift into High Gear

If the five childhood friends and co-founders of electric bicycle developer FAZUA GmbH in Munich, Germany have their way, Europe’s fast-growing e-bike market soon will shift into an even higher gear.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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Researchers Build 'Invisible' Materials with Light

Metamaterials have a wide range of potential applications, including sensing and improving military stealth technology. Before cloaking devices can become reality on a larger scale, however, researchers must determine how to make the right materials at the nanoscale. Using light is now shown to be an enormous help in such nano-construction. A new technique uses light like a needle to thread long chains of particles. The development could help bring sci-fi concepts, such as cloaking devices, one step closer to reality.The technique developed by the University of Cambridge team involves using unfocused laser light as billions of needles, stitching gold nanoparticles together into long strings, directly in water for the first time. The strings can then be stacked into layers one on top of the other, similar to Lego bricks. The method makes it possible to produce materials in much higher quantities than can be made through current techniques. SourceAlso: See other Sensors tech briefs.

Posted in: Photonics, Lasers & Laser Systems, Materials, Sensors, Nanotechnology, Defense, News

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Coming Soon - The Stealth E-Bike: Challenges in Developing the First Fully Integrated Drive System for E-Bikes

Developing an E-Bike that looks and drives like a conventional bike raises significant engineering challenges. Yet this is what the team at FAZUA has achieved with their proof-of-concept bike, using electrical assistance from their evation drive system. The drive system, containing all engine components like engine, electronics and battery, is placed in the downtube of a bike and can be removed by just one click at any time. Within seconds, an e-bike is converted into a lightweight bike as a bezel is put at its place. The next generation prototype, which will attain a pre-series status, is currently in development with the aid of CAD construction and simulation software.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars

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Discover The Advantages Of Pure Fused Silica Capillary Tubing In Medical Applications

A wide range of medical devices incorporate tubing for the controlled delivery of therapeutic agents. Other devices employ capillary tubing for mass flow control of ancillary fluids and gases where the rate of delivery is of critical importance to the particular medical procedure. In this white paper, Molex explores the special advantages of pure fused silica tubing in medical applications; including what makes it unique, specific design advantages, how it compares to metal and PEEK tubing, and more. Read it now!

Posted in: Medical, White Papers, MDB

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