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Honeywell changes magnetic sensor design, forever

Honeywell Sensing and Control has designed a position sensor IC which combines the sensitivity of an anisotropic magnetoresistive (AMR) sensor with the low power operation of a Reed switch.

The range of magnetoresistive sensor ICs is called Nanopower reflecting a typical power consumption of 360nA.

This is a ten-fold…

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Redux demonstrates glass loudspeaker 0.7mm thick

Redux Labs, the flat-screen audio specialist, has shown its thinnest soundbar for high-end TVs.

Measuring 1.2m in length the soundbar is sized to match 55-inch TVs and is designed to achieve high fidelity audio quality from a panel of Corning Gorilla glass, just 0.7mm thick…

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Smart sensor pill reports back on medicine taken

Time to take your electric meds. Sensors could come embedded in the pills in your next prescription, watching whether you take your medication on time and tracking your body’s response to the drugs.

The tiny sensors, which are ingested and pass harmlessly through the body, are part of the…

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Smartphone sensors could yield airplane accident clues

The smartphones carried by passengers on board a Malaysia Airlines flight could yield vital information about what happened to the missing plane.

Almost nine weeks on, the search for flight MH370 has come up with nothing. A robotic sonar-carrying submarine is now searching the seabed 2000 kilometres off Perth…

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Ploughable sensors measure soil temperature

At the end of March several small bundles of electronics will be ploughed into a field in Cheshire, UK. The sensors will measure soil temperature and moisture content, then transmit those measurements wirelessly to the surface. It is the kind of information farmers around the world need to conserve water…

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Rocker switch turns itself off

Need to save stand-by power?

How about a mains switch that turns itself completely off?

Omron has released such a thing: a manual mains switch with a coil inside that will flip it to the ‘off’ position following the application of 5V for 50ms. Unlike a latching relay, the…

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High-rel plugs beat micro-D on density

Harwin has developed a 1.25mm spaced high-rel connector, claimed to save up to 35% of space compared with micro-D.

Called the G125 series, and branded Gecko, they provide dual row cable-to-board and board-to-board interconnect

Operation is from -65 to +150C and at up…

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