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3 Top Crowdfunding Sites for Product Designers

November 8, 2013 4:36 pm | by Anne Bouleanu, Line//Shape//Space | Blogs | Comments

Crowdfunding has become a popular social media and marketing strategy for small businesses across the globe. According to statistics cited by Forbes, the crowdfunding industry is expected to grow to a whopping $5.1 billion in 2013 ...

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Engineering a Safer Bounce

November 8, 2013 4:26 pm | by Matrix Applied Computing | Articles | Comments

Ask a kid if they like trampolines and their eyes are sure to light up with joy. But ask some parents and you may get an entirely different response. Despite tightened manufacturing standards, covered springs and frames, and safety net ...

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Say Not 'Cost of Quality,' Rather Say 'Investment'

November 8, 2013 4:10 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

I’ve heard a phase several times in recent months that bothers me. I’ve heard people say, “cost of quality.” Perhaps folks using this phrase have simply, inadvertently dropped an important word, but that consideration doesn’t lessen ...  

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Amphenol Enhances RADSOK Technology

November 8, 2013 3:56 pm | by PD&D Staff | Amphenol | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol Industrial Global Operations has enhanced its RADSOK technology high current contact system to RADSOK R4. This improved system is available in board-to-board, wire-to-board, and busbar-to-board configurations ...

DAC-88 Series D/A converters

November 8, 2013 3:52 pm | by PD&D Staff | Murata Power Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The DATEL Business Unit of Murata Power Solutions has announced a new line of digital-to-analog converters. The DAC-88 series are 12-bit, 3µs DACs housed in a small hermetically sealed 24-pin DDIP or SMT gull-wing ceramic ...

STOBER Adds New Sizes to PHQ Gear Series

November 8, 2013 3:49 pm | by PD&D Staff | Stober Drives Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

STOBER Drives has added two additional sizes to its Servo-Fit PHQ gear unit line. The new sizes are smaller, adding a more diverse range of case sizes. The PHQ is particularly well-suited for robotics, general automation, food packaging ...

RPAs Are Pushing the Limits of Technology

November 8, 2013 2:06 pm | by Senior Airman A.K, U.S. Air Force | News | Comments

The RPA actually got its start as early as 1896, when something called aerodromes at the time, were used to test the capabilities of new flying devices and to test if it was even possible for a heavier-than-air craft to achieve sustained flight. In May 1896, Dr. Samuel Langley proved that ...

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Microspine-Grippers Allow Zero-G Robot Navigation

November 8, 2013 1:57 pm | by JPL | Videos | Comments

JPL has developed the worlds first rock climbing robot. After climbing trials at vertical, overhanging, inverted angles, and a zero-g drill for astronauts, JPL's robot with microspine grippers has the potential to climb ...   

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High Bat Mortality from Wind Turbines

November 8, 2013 1:50 pm | by Timothy M. Beardsley, American Institute of Biological Sciences | News | Comments

A new estimate of bat deaths caused by wind turbines concludes that more than 600,000 of the mammals likely died this way in 2012 in the contiguous United States. Bats, although not widely loved, play an important role in the ecosystem as insect-eaters, and ...

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Next-Generation Semiconductors Synthesis

November 8, 2013 1:44 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Although silicon semiconductors are nearly universal in modern electronics, devices made from silicon have limitations—including that they cease to function properly at very high temperatures. One promising alternative are ...   

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Robotics Promise More Natural Artificial Limbs

November 8, 2013 1:42 pm | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Recent advances in robotics technology make it possible to create prosthetics that can duplicate the natural movement of human legs. This capability promises to dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees, allowing them to ...  

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Odorless, Strong Bonding UV Adhesive

November 8, 2013 1:38 pm | by PD&D Staff | Epoxies Etc | Product Releases | Comments

60-7158, a UV Curable Epoxy Adhesive from Epoxies Etc, is specially formulated for excellent adhesion to rigid substrates. Its high thixotropic index ensures the material stays in place, making it ...

Parallel Pneumatic Gripper

November 8, 2013 1:35 pm | by PD&D Staff | Phd, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

PHD has introduced a new series of parallel pneumatic grippers. Series GRH Parallel Pneumatic Grippers are available in four sizes that provide long jaw travel while ...

Rugged GPGPU

November 8, 2013 1:30 pm | by PD&D Staff | Aitech Defense Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems has released a 3U VPX GPGPU that combines exceptional processing and high data throughput capabilities with a rugged design ideal for ...

Mitsubishi Motors Recalls 74,000 Colt Compact Cars

November 8, 2013 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Friday it is recalling around 74,000 Colt compact cars to fix a problem causing their headlights to fail due to a bad connection. Subject to the recall are those vehicles produced ...       

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