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Combining rapid prototyping techniques in mechanical engineering and electronics for realization of a variable capacitor
March 04, 2015
FULL TEXT 1 Introduction Today, the general market is highly competitive and dynamic, so the manufacturing sector is impelled to rely on the advanced technologies and equipment in order to shorten time-to-market and thus remain competitive. The main challenge that this sector is faced with is how to solve the engineering problems in the early stage of the product development. Rapid prototyping techniques are aimed at using a computer model and creating a physical model fast and directly with little human interaction. These techniques have already been used for manufacturing of some complex 3D mechanical parts ([19] Zhu et al. , 2011; [3] Dang-Guo et al.

Eccrine Systems Generates $1.5M in Seed Funding
March 02, 2015
Eccrine Systems reported that it has raised $1.5MM in seed funding. Investors include CincyTech Fund III, management, and other sources within the CincyTech local, regional and national investor community. Formed in late 2013, the advanced sweat sensor company is developing disposable electronic patch systems based on research and intellectual property that originated from the University of Cincinnati and Air Force Research Labs at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

EXPRESS LOGIC EXTENDS X-WARE PLATFORM SUPPORT
March 01, 2015
Express Logic, Inc., has expanded its support for X-Ware Platform, the company's target-specific, integrated run- time software that combines all X-Ware components (ThreadX, NetX, USBX, FileX, GUIX, and TraceX) pre-ported and fully integrated for use on specific development boards. X-Ware Platform helps developers avoid the significant development and integration work normally associated with the use of generic software products on a specific board. First introduced with support for the Renesas RZ/A1-based RSK board, X-Ware Platform is now available for these additional boards:

ARM JOINS THE OPENMP ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD
March 01, 2015
ARM has joined the OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB), a group of leading hardware and software vendors and research organizations creating the standard for the most popular shared-memory parallel programming model in use today.

Make Your Own Reality
March 01, 2015
FULL TEXT There's a growing problem in the virtual reality (VR) industry: Filmmakers and game developers don't want to produce content for a headset few people have access to. And hardware manufacturers don't want to build accessories for headsets that don't have content. Razer's new open-source virtual reality (OSVR) platform could eliminate this catch-22, clearing the way for more VR experiments.

ANALOGIC UNVEILS LOW POWER IMAGING PLATFORM
March 01, 2015
Analog Devices, Inc. has unveiled two low-cost Blackfin processor-based development platforms targeting demanding ultra-low-power, real-time applications for image sensing and advanced audio. The Blackfin Low Power Imaging Platform (BLIP) leverages the ADSP-BF707 Blackfin processor as well as Analog Devices' optimized software libraries for video occupancy sensing. The ADSP-BF706 EZ-KIT Mini development platform targets power-sensitive embedded applications from portable audio to sound processing and effects. Both platforms include a license for ADI's latest CrossCore Embedded Studio development tools and all hardware for real-time debug and development.

PACKETFRONT REDUCES COST W/ SDN BROADBAND NETWORKS
March 01, 2015
Software Defined Networking (SDN) promises to revolutionize service deployment and service activation in today's telecommunications networks, but an analysis by PacketFront Network Products AB ("PacketFront") concludes that the much acclaimed Open Flow standard is not the best choice for networks outside the data center. The company instead points to NetConf for use in broadband networks. In recent years, Open Flow has become a popular technology to control switches in data center environments for orchestrating services.

GYROS LAUNCHES NANOLITER-SCALE IMMUNOASSAY SYSTEM
March 01, 2015
Gyros AB has launched a new instrument, Gyrolab xPlore. "Gyrolab xPlore uses the same CD-based technology found in our widely adopted Gyrolab xP, but its cost and size make it more accessible to a larger range of laboratories doing immunoassays." A smaller version of the widely used five-CD Gyrolab xP workstation, Gyrolab xPlore is a more compact, cost-effective, single-CD tool that makes automated nanoliter-scale immunoassays accessible to laboratories of every size. Using proven microfluidic technology, Gyrolab xPlore optimizes immunoassay development, enabling faster assay development, validation and high-throughput analyses in less time than with manual ELISA or semi-automated methods.

US Navy details firefighting robot prototype
March 01, 2015
FULL TEXT A prototype of the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsored Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) was revealed at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC. SAFFiR is based on the CHARLI-L1 robot created at Virginia Tech and features 'seek-and-find' and decision-making algorithms, multimodal sensors, including thermal imaging, infrared stereovision, ultraviolet vision, and gas sensors, as well as a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system that supports area mapping, heat detection, and vision in smoke-occluded environments.

Naftogaz-Gazprom dispute boosts European gas prices
February 26, 2015
European prompt gas markets have firmed on the ongoing disagreement between Russian gas incumbent Gazprom and the Ukrainian counterpart Naftogaz over an alleged breach of a winter gas supply contract.


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