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Computerized Emotion Detector

September 17, 2014 9:49 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the ... 

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Why Hydraulic Systems Still Have an Important Part to Play

September 17, 2014 9:47 am | by Professor Josef Kurfess, Ulm University | Articles | Comments

Over the past 40 years, hydraulic systems have been continually deemed a dying technology – if not pronounced dead altogether. And these views don’t seem all that farfetched in light of the on-going e nergy efficiency debate and the apparent ...

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A Tech Fix for Texting While Driving

September 17, 2014 9:39 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

By now, almost everybody with a cellphone and a car knows that it's a bad idea to text while you're driving. But people still do it, and some of those people die in text-related car crashes and take innocent victims with them. What if technology ...

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Silicon's Serious New Contender

September 17, 2014 9:35 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful ...

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CUI Expands Next Gen Open Frame Power Supply Family Up to 150 Watts

September 17, 2014 9:29 am | by PD&D Staff | Cui, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CUI has announced an expansion of its VOF series of compact, open frame ac-dc power supplies to include 100, 120, and 150 W versions. The single-output supplies are higher-power additions to ...

The Future Face of Molecular Electronics

September 17, 2014 9:23 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take ...

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Robust, Non-Contact Distance Measurement from Baumer

September 17, 2014 9:22 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Baumer has announced a new bearingless encoder for linear distance measurement. The MIL10 comprises a sensing head and an adhesive magnetic tape. The non-contact magnetic sensing method is wear free and ...

Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Jaw Movements

September 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale ...  

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Neugart's HLAE Stainless Steel Gearbox Debuts at IMTS

September 17, 2014 9:12 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Neugart has designed its new HLAE gearbox from the ground up for use in food processing, pharmaceutical and other industries with stringent manufacturing hygiene standards. The gearbox uses food-safe lubricants throughout ...

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Making Quantum Dots Glow Brighter

September 17, 2014 9:08 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending ...  

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Alpha Wire Announces 300 V EcoCable Mini

September 16, 2014 5:16 pm | by PD&D Staff | Alpha Wire Co. | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha Wire has added to its popular EcoCable recyclable cable line to include a new 300 V version that is up to 32% smaller and 44% lighter than standard 300 V PVC cable. EcoCable Mini has recyclable mPPE jacketing and insulation with ...

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Conditioners Simplify LVDT Linear Position Calibration

September 16, 2014 5:01 pm | by PD&D Staff | Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors has announced their line of EAZY-CAL LVDT Signal Conditioners that eliminates the repetitive null and span potentiometer adjustments associated with conventional analog-based signal conditioners ...

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House Panel: Safety Agency Mishandled GM Recall

September 16, 2014 4:42 pm | by Joan Lowy & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agency responsible for safety on the nation's roads was years late in detecting a deadly problem with General Motors cars and lacks the expertise to oversee increasingly complex vehicles, congressional Republicans charged in a report ...

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Wieland Electric Develops DIN Rail Standstill Monitor

September 16, 2014 4:38 pm | by PD&D Staff | Wieland Electric, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Wieland Electric has expanded its product line of machine safety devices with a sensorless standstill monitor compatible with all types of motors. The DIN rail mounted SVM4001K Series standstill monitor uses electromagnetic feedback ...

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Nissan Sponsers 'National Drive Electric Week'

September 16, 2014 4:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 60,000 U.S. consumers have “kicked gas” and are now driving the all-electric Nissan LEAF. To celebrate National Drive Electric Week, held Sept. 15-21, Nissan is the exclusive automotive sponsor for more than 130 grassroots ...  

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