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Speak recognition system runs on Arduino shield

Speak recognition system runs on Arduino shield

A couple of developers in California have created the design for an Arduino shield with speech recognition technology.

Called MOVI (My Own Voice Interface), it is the work of Bertrand Irissou and Gerald Friedland founders of Audeme and the project will launch on the Kickstarter crowd-funding website at 8am…

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes minutes after launch

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes minutes after launch

The explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket mere minutes after launch on Sunday was strike one for US hopes of rebooting crewed space flight: this is the very type of rocket the company wants to use to send people into space in 2017.

“You want a really, really reliable…

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30W dc-dc in one square inch

30W dc-dc in one square inch

TDK has introduced 30W wide input range dc-dc converters in a 25.4×25.4mm (1x1inch) by 9mm high metal package.

Called CCG30, they operate over a 4:1 input range (9-36V or 18-76V) – so 12 and 24V, or 24 and 48V – and have six-sided shielding.

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Formula Student racers given design tool challenge

Formula Student racers given design tool challenge

MathWorks is encouraging the use of its MATLAB and Simulink software by student engineers by offering a £500 prize for the most effective use of the design tools during the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Formula Student competition at Silverstone next week.

As part of the video challenge, MathWorks is offering…

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Ultrasonic MEMS predicts electric vehicle battery failure

Ultrasonic MEMS predicts electric vehicle battery failure

French research lab CEA Leti is using ultrasonic sensing to detect imminent battery failure in electric vehicles, and has proposed a way to extend running life.

It has identified three causes of electric vehicle battery fires: connector failures, thermal runaway on charge or failure in associated electronics – at the same…

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LED lighting driver tunes to ZigBee for control

LED lighting driver tunes to ZigBee for control

Yorkshire LED lighting driver maker Harvard Engineering has added ZigBee wireless control to its range of lighting power supplies.

The 33W driver, called CLZ and part of the firm’s CoolLED range, offers dimming down to 1% and includes a 2.4GHz radio – either built-in or remote (pictured).

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Imagination flags graphics processor teaching

Imagination flags graphics processor teaching

Imagination Technologies wants to raise the profile of mobile graphic processor design in university teaching with a new course as part of its online Imagination University Programme.

“An Introduction to Mobile Graphics” includes a rich set of teaching materials and practical exercises and will be based around Imagination’s own…

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Socionext enables record data transmission speeds

Socionext enables record data transmission speeds

Socionext, the Panasonic-Fujitsu SoC jv, has launched DACs and ADCs with sampling rates up to 92GSample/s which have been integrated into coherent receivers and transmitters that were used to transport data at several tens of terabits per second over a 762km Lyon-Marseille-Lyon fiber optic link in…

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Skeleton launches graphene ultracapacitors

Skeleton launches graphene ultracapacitors

Skeleton Technologies has launched graphene-enhanced ultracapacitors with a capacitance of 4500 farads. Skeleton claims this to be “the single biggest increase in energy density for ultracapacitors in the past 15 years”.

Energy density is a key development challenge for the ultracapacitor market and is fundamental if the technology is…

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Panasonic pressure sensors integrate amp and compensation

Panasonic pressure sensors integrate amp and compensation

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems has a range of semiconductor pressure sensors that integrate amplifiers and temperature compensation circuitry (PS-A units).

Precision sensors without amplifier and open wheatstone measurement bridge are also available and in ultra-miniaturised sizes.

There are also versions with chamfered pins for improved ease of…

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EDAC integrated connector helps with gigabit Ethernet

EDAC integrated connector helps with gigabit Ethernet

Connector firm EDAC is offering a range of magnetic jack connectors that integrate up to ten of the most sensitive discrete components inside a shielded RJ45 housing.

Mainly targeting 10/100 Base T and 1000 Base T gigabit Ethernet applications the three device families in the edacJAX range offer single…

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Maker builds SD Card-sized Arduino computer

Maker builds SD Card-sized Arduino computer

A maker developer has squeezed an Arduino onto an SD card. His aim was to go one better than Intel’s Edison.

Already dubbed SDuino, it is kodera2t’s entry for the Hackaday Prize.
“Once I was excited to see Intel’s announce that they will release “SD card sized…

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