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Will 'smart glasses' catch on?

This week's Question: A recent patent application from the South Korean electronics giant Samsung revealed a new concept for smart contact lenses. The eyewear includes a built-in camera, sensors, and a display that can project images directly into a wearer’s eyes. The smart lenses can be controlled using eye movements and blinking, potentially allowing users to take photos with the miniature camera simply by winking or blinking. According to the 29-page application, however, the image quality of smart glasses is limited, and the technology does not provide a natural interface. What do you think? Will 'smart glasses' catch on?  

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Reliable VFD Cables Boost Productivity, Minimize Downtime

From fans and blowers to 24/7 production line equipment, variable frequency drives (VFDs) are a mainstay of the industrial world due to their remarkable ability to improve the efficiency of motor-driven equipment. As part of a complete VFD package, high quality cable is one of the most important components in terms of achieving maximum productivity and minimizing downtime. When designing a robust VFD cable, the materials used in its production are critical to ensuring that the cable’s electrical properties will guarantee peak performance. For system engineers and others involved in specifying VFDs, cable quality should be one of the most decisive factors.

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Researchers Store Digital Data in DNA

Researchers from the University of Washington and Microsoft have stored digital images in DNA. The team of computer scientists and electrical engineers has detailed one of the first complete systems to encode, hold, and retrieve digital data using the molecules, which can store information millions of times more compactly than current archival technologies.

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Product of the Month: April 2016

FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, OR, announced the identiFINDER® R200 handheld radiation detector that delivers American National Standards Institute (ANSI) N42.48-compliant identification and weighs less than one pound. The wearable detector provides continuous radiation monitoring without any user interaction. The detector combines FLIR's Silicon Photomultiplier (SiPM) technology with a Cesium Iodide (CsI) detector to provide high-resolution identification so the user can quickly determine whether a gamma radiation source is a true threat or a benign source from medical patients, normal occurring radiation, or industrial use. The detector utilizes Bluetooth® and Web server technologies, and features a OneTouch Reachback™ feature that provides the wearer with large-scale situational awareness, and enables instant notifications to help improve communications with command and control.

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Are cars set to be the next 'ultimate mobile device'?

This week's Question: As companies like Google and Apple lead self-driving car efforts, Hyundai Motors America CEO David Zuchowski expects the bridge between Silicon Valley and auto companies to narrow. In a recent interview with CNBC, Zuchowski suggested cars could replace mobile phones as the next big smart device. The CEO expects alliances to form between automakers — potential "hardware builders" — and technology companies that supply the software. "[Consumers] want an Apple experience," Zuchowski told CNBC. "The car is the ultimate mobile device, right?" What do you think? Are cars set to be the next 'ultimate mobile device'?    

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NASA Measures Raindrop Sizes from Space

For the first time, scientists have three-dimensional snapshots of raindrops and snowflakes around the world, thanks to the joint NASA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. With the new global data on raindrop and snowflake sizes, scientists can improve rainfall estimates from satellite data and numerical weather forecast models.

Posted in: News, Measuring Instruments, Monitoring

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Nitinol Implant Design & Manufacturing

As well suited as Nitinol is for vascular implant applications, very few manufacturers are able to produce finished goods with it. The major barriers to working with Nitinol are:

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