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Twin Town Challenge aims to raise £250,000 for SpecialEffect

Twin Town Challenge aims to raise £250,000 for SpecialEffect
SpecialEffect is a charity that helps people with life changing disabilities to use computers to either play games, or simply to have access to the internet and everything that brings. This is achieved by modifying games and/or controllers so that they can be operated by eye gaze, or movement of cheeks, eye brows etc. Games manufacturers and players support the charity in many different ways and it is fast becoming known as the gamers’ charity.
12th February 2016

Distributor wins AS9120A certification

Distributor wins AS9120A certification
Richardson RFPD has achieved AS9120A certification. The AS certification series rewards aerospace and defence industry suppliers for achieving the highest levels of quality standards, meeting regulatory compliance requirements and mitigating customer risk. The AS9120A certification applies specifically to electronic component distributors who serve the aerospace industry.
11th February 2016

Collaboration produces flexible SAR testing solution for wireless devices

Collaboration produces flexible SAR testing solution for wireless devices
The MT8820C Radio Communication Analyser from Anritsu now integrates with both DASY6 and cSAR3D from Schmid & Partner Engineering AG (SPEAG) to provide seamless Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) compliance testing that significantly reduces assessment costs and maximises flexibility.
11th February 2016


The scientific highlight of the decade

The scientific highlight of the decade
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) has detected gravitational waves for the first time. This is one of the most important astrophysical observations since the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background. “We have detected gravitational waves. We did it!” said Daivd Reitze, Executive Director of the LIGO Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, at a press conference announcing the discovery.
11th February 2016

Time to release untapped potential

Many companies still do not leverage the full potential that virtualisation can offer. While server and storage virtualisation has become standard features, the client’s infrastructure is often ignored. IT service provider Transtec claims that small and medium sized enterprises are still far too cautious.
11th February 2016

Batteries cause safety concerns on cargo flights

Batteries cause safety concerns on cargo flights
Following an investigation into a plane crash in 2011, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), has called for restrictions on the air transportation of lithium-ion batteries. After a fire broke out on board, the Asiana Airlines cargo flight crashed into the Korea Strait killing two crew members. Although the cause of the fire was never determined, the International Civil Aviation Organisation did recommend new safety standards for the carriage of such batteries.
11th February 2016

Wireless power & sensor technology integrated for flexible devices

IDT has announced that it is integrating its industry-leading wireless power products with recently acquired signal conditioning technology from its ZMDI acquisition to develop new families of highly programmable semiconductors. The devices will target several key applications, including wearables, home-automation, industrial, instrumentation and medical products.
11th February 2016

Lego arm for disabled kids wins prize in Paris

Lego arm for disabled kids wins prize in Paris
A prosthetic arm made of Lego, which children can customise to their own needs, has won the grand prize at a digital technology forum in Paris. The IKO Creative Prosthetic System, created by Colombian designer Carlos Torres, is compatible with Lego parts and can be customised with different shapes, colours and accessories.
11th February 2016

Cockroach inspired robots can squeeze through cracks

Cockroach inspired robots can squeeze through cracks
Our fear and disgust that cockroaches can quickly squeeze through the tiniest cracks are well-justified, say UC Berkeley scientists. Not only can they squish themselves to get into one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices, but once inside they can run at high speed even when flattened in half.
10th February 2016

Choke finder allows engineers to search a range of frequencies

Choke finder allows engineers to search a range of frequencies
Coilcraft has launched an all-new Common Mode Choke Finder web tool that allows users to search and compare hundreds of common mode filter options in just seconds. Search results are presented in a clear table sorted by the highest impedance or attenuation, depending on the user’s input.
10th February 2016


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