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April 21, 2008

Experiencing Virtual Products Prior To Product Development

Applications to test products before production are constantly improving. Here's the latest:
"From cars and mobile phones to computers and furniture, most of today's products are created virtually on a computer before they are actually produced. In the context of the Functional DMU (Digital Mock-Up) project, researchers from four Fraunhofer Institutes are adding new functionalities to digital product development." Read the ScienceNews article

May 1, 2008

Fourth fundamental passive circuit element found

From the Editor's Summary in the 1 May 2008 issue of Nature:

Basic electronics textbooks list three fundamental passive circuit elements: resistors, capacitors and inductors. But nearly forty years ago, Leon Chua predicted the existence of a fourth, the memristor — in effect a nonlinear resistor with memory. A paper from the Hewlett-Packard research lab now reports that memristance arises naturally in nanoscale systems where solid-state electronic and ionic transport are coupled under an external bias voltage.

See related article at SFGate.com, 5/1/08
HP Labs' find could revolutionize computing by Deborah Gage

Read the full article from Nature, 5/1/08 (Stanford- or by subscription-only)
The missing memristor found by Dmitri B. Strukov, Gregory S. Snider, Duncan R. Stewart & R. Stanley Williams

May 5, 2008

Reinventing the Post-It note

Researchers at MIT are using RFIDs to track post-it notes. Using a special pen and pad, the information you write on the post-it is stored into a system that then allows you to set reminders, alerts, etc.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/05/01/mit-reinvents-the-post-it-note-with-post-it-notes/

May 9, 2008

Virtual Electronic Workbench

A University of Portsmouth (UK) Electronic and Computer Engineering student is developing an online electronics workbench that teaches students the fundamentals of electronics and evaluates their work using artificial intelligence. More

May 16, 2008

Robotic exoskeleton could multiply one's strength and endurance as much as 20 times

From the Associated Press (5/16, Jewell)

Designed by robotics firm Sarcos in Salt Lake City under contract for the U.S. Army, the aluminum and electronic 'exoskeleton' "works by sensing every movement the wearer makes and almost instantly amplifying it." The suit reportedly could multiply one's "strength and endurance as many as 20 times." The Army hopes "soldiers may someday wear the suits in combat, but it's focusing for now on applications such as loading cargo or repairing heavy equipment."

Complete article:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2008-05-15-robotic-suit-iron-man_N.htm

June 2, 2008

New Cost-Effective and Efficient Material for Fuel Cells

MIT engineers have improved the power output of one type of fuel cell by more than 50 percent through technology that could help these environmentally friendly energy storage devices find a much broader market, particularly in portable electronics. More

June 5, 2008

Solar cells digused as leaves

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Mitsubishi, and Tokki Corp have designed a thin-film solar cell disguised as a leaves on a plant. They plan to develop these thin-film solar cells for use in architecture as well as other everyday uses like toys, household items, clothes etc.

Complete article:
http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20080527/152443/

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