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Raspberry Pi is a PoE switch for industrial control

Raspberry Pi is a PoE switch for industrial control

An industrial application for the Raspberry Pi educational computer is as a power over Ethernet (PoE) switch for remote power over the communications link.

A group of developers from London, who call themselves ” geeks, entrepreneurs, students “, have designed a PoE power switch add-on board for the Raspberry Pi model…

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Sports monitor helmet wins design challenge

Sports monitor helmet wins design challenge

A wearable impact and health monitor was named the winner in the “Sudden Impact” sports body monitor design challenge which was held on distributor element14’s online community.

Twelve designers from around the world competed to develop wearable health systems that can detect and even prevent sports-related injuries.

The…

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Internet security cameras in demand in India

The market for internet-based video surveillance systems in India is one to watch, according to market researcher, 6Wresearch.

The growing demand for security cameras connected to the internet in India will mean the internet protocol (IP) video surveillance could be worth $1.4bn by 2021.

Amongst all IP surveillance…

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Mouser takes Omron line global

Mouser Electronics has added Omron Electronic Components to its linecard.

The catalogue and online distributor will stock Omron’s various ranges of switches, relays, connectors, optoelectronics and sensors.

Mouser is already selling Omron’s products in the China and Asia Pacific regions.
“Mouser’s worldwide distribution and support system is…

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Arrow puts QorIQ processor in a module for IoT

Arrow puts QorIQ processor in a module for IoT

Arrow Electronics has designed a Freescale QorIQ LS1021A communication processor into a module for IoT gateways and energy meter designs.

Developed with Freescale and automation technology systems specialist SYS TEC electronic, the ECUcore-1021 module features the sub-3W QorIQ LS1021A processor, an ARM-based processor with ECC protected L1…

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Philosophers get involved in self-drive car design

A philosopher in the US is considering the possible ethical dilemmas associated with the deployment of self-driving cars.

An example might be prioritising a car’s control system to make it collide with another vehicle if it meant avoiding hitting a pedestrian.

A report in the MIT Technology Review…

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Raspberry Pi goes tracking with GPS add-on

Raspberry Pi goes tracking with GPS add-on

Tuning a Raspberry Pi 2 module into a trackable device with GPS just got easier with the Geocaching Raspberry Pi 2 kit available from Farnell element14.

So what does the Raspberry Pi 2 GPS kit include?

MicroStack protoyping board to plug in the GPS add-on.

Raspberry Pi 2 with…

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Acal grows sales by 40% as acquisitions pay off

Acal grows sales by 40% as acquisitions pay off

Acal has reported that sales revenues increased by 39% and by 51% at constant exchange rates in the three months ending 30 June.

The difference being the translational impact of a stronger pound during the period.

The firm’s largest business activity remains distribution sales but the growing design and…

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