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Jason Moore, Fiber Optic Sensors Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Jason Moore has worked at NASA Langley since 1995. He currently tests and develops fiber optic technologies, including multicore fibers. He is actively organizing ground and flight tests to demonstrate the multicore fiber’s ability to sense structural shape changes in flight.

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No-Power Wi-Fi Connectivity Could Fuel Internet of Things

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it, all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home that could track minute-by-minute temperature changes and send that information to your thermostat to help conserve energy.

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6U AC/DC VPX Power Supply

North Atlantic Industries (NAI) (Bohemia, NY) has announced its latest 6U rugged VPX power product — the VPX56-6. Well-suited for rugged military and commercial aerospace applications, the VPX56-6 provides up to 700 watts of power (CC4 temperature range, full load) with five outputs and is compliant with MIL-STD-704F. Other features include current share, remote error sensing and a built-in EMI filter compliant with MIL-STD-461, CE-102 — all within a single slot 1.0″ pitch, 6U package. The VPX56-6 is designed to meet standard 6U VPX mechanical requirements and has VITA 62 compatible outputs and signaling. www.naii.com

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Multi-Function HD Video Tracker

  GE’s Intelligent Platforms business (Huntsville, AL) has introduced the rugged ADEPT4000 compact high definition (HD) digital video tracker with electronic image processing. It is the first HD digital video tracker with the capability to perform tracking, image stabilization and video compression simultaneously in a package specifically designed to minimize size, weight and power (SWaP) in highly constrained environments such as autonomous unmanned vehicles, man-portable systems and so on. Measuring just 64mm x 54mm - 75mm x 75mm including connectors – weighing only 28 grams and consuming (depending on settings) a mere 4W of power, the ADEPT4000 enables a powerful, sophisticated solution to be deployed that allows for a high degree of flexibility in board location. http://defense.ge-ip.com/products/adept4000-automatic-video-tracker/p3742

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Multi-Touch Development Platform

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its Human Interface Input Sensing Solutions portfolio with the introduction of the 3DTouchPad, a PC peripheral and world’s first Development Platform for 2D multi-touch and 3D gestures. The 3DTouchPad provides 3D gesture recognition utilizing Microchip’s GestIC(R) technology that offers a detection range of up to 10cm for 3D gestures, along with Microchip’s projected-capacitive 2D multi-touch solution supporting up to 10 touch points and multi-finger surface gestures. The 2D multi-touch is enhanced by Microchip’s new capacitive touch-screen line driver, MTCH652. The new 3DTouchPad includes driverless, out-of-the-box features for Windows(R) 7/8.X and OS X(R), and a free downloadable GUI and SDK/API package tailored for developers. http://www.microchip.com/get/RL1J

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Absolute Pressure Sensor

Mouser Electronics, Inc. (Mandfield, TX) is now stocking the 2SMPB-01-01 Absolute Pressure Sensor from Omron Electronics. Based on Omron’s MEMs technology, this highly accurate, small size absolute pressure sensor can measure altitude, atmospheric pressure or water depth, and can detect height differences of as little as 50 centimeters. The sensor provides pressure accuracy relative to a perfect vacuum to ±0.06 Pa, and absolute pressure accuracy in the range –400 to +400 Pa. The Omron Electronics 2SMPB-01-01 can operate in three different power modes: standard, high-accuracy and low-power mode. The 2SMPB-01-01 has a power consumption of 9 µA typical, and is fully temperature compensated with an absolute temperature accuracy of ±2 °C. http://www.mouser.com/new/omronelectronics/Omron-2SMPB-Sensor/

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Infrared Cameras Enhance Productivity and Safety at GM

Nearly all electro-mechanical equipment becomes anomalously warm before it fails, making infrared (IR) cameras extremely effective diagnostic tools in the manufacturing environment. Inspections using infrared cameras can find many problems before failure occurs. In many cases, the time to failure can be projected, enabling the most convenient scheduling of proactive or preemptive repairs. This practice, called “predictive maintenance” (PdM), enhances both productivity and safety.

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