Electronic Components
Battery-Free Connection for 'Internet of Things'
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Management, Power Supplies, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring on Wednesday, 06 August 2014
In the not too distant "Internet of Things" reality, sensors could be embedded in everyday objects to help monitor and track everything from the safety of bridges to the health of your heart. But what’s holding this new reality back is having a way to inexpensively power and connect these devices to the Internet, say engineers at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Designing a Pure Lithium Anode
Posted in News, Batteries, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Management, Power Supplies on Tuesday, 05 August 2014
The race is on to design smaller, cheaper, and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet power storage needs. Now, a team of researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward designing a pure lithium anode, which, they say, would greatly advance current lithium ion batteries.
Lasers May Stabilize Future Electronics
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Lasers & Laser Systems on Thursday, 24 July 2014
Nearly all electronics require oscillators that create precise frequencies, which have, until now, relied upon quartz crystals to provide a frequency reference, like a tuning fork used to tune a piano. However, future high-end electronics will require references beyond the performance of quartz, say scientists at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.
FDA Recognizes Two UL Battery Safety Standards for Medical Devices
Posted in News, Batteries, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, FDA Compliance/Regulatory Affairs on Wednesday, 23 July 2014
UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Northbrook, IL, announced that the FDA has recognized two UL battery safety standards as consensus standards for medical devices incorporating lithium or nickel-based batteries. The two standards are UL 2054 - Standard for Household and Commercial Batteries, and UL 1642 - Standard for Lithium Batteries (Cells).
Agile Aperture Antenna Tested on Aircraft to Maintain Satellite Connection
Posted in News, Aviation, Wireless, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics, Power Management, Antennas, Measuring Instruments on Monday, 21 July 2014
Two of Georgia Tech's software-defined, electronically reconfigurable Agile Aperture Antennas (A3) were demonstrated in an aircraft during flight tests. The low-power devices can change beam directions in a thousandth of a second. One device, looking up, maintained a satellite data connection as the aircraft changed headings, banked and rolled, while the other antenna looked down to track electromagnetic emitters on the ground.
Creating Soft Robotics with a Sewing Machine
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Coatings & Adhesives, Metals, Plastics, Diagnostics, Patient Monitoring, Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy on Monday, 21 July 2014
New stretchable technologies and soft robotics being explored by engineers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, could lead to innovations such as robots with human-like sensory skin and synthetic muscles, as well as wearable electronics. But to do so, they say, you would need a low-cost, highly stretchable electrical conductor to interconnect sensors and other components.
Developing World's First Memory Restoration Device
Posted in News, Electronic Components, Electronics, Diagnostics, Implants & Prosthetics, Patient Monitoring on Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA, were awarded up to $2.5 million to develop an implantable neural device with the ability to record and stimulate neurons within the brain to help restore memory from the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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