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The magnetic skin can be used in laboratory settings, effectively preventing contamination of equipment. (Image Credit: KAUST)   Researchers from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have developed a “magnetic skin” that can remotely control switches or open doors with the blink of an eye or the wave of a hand. The team’s research is published in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies.   The lightweight artificial ski ...
It’s common to use printers to print out documents, but what if we could use printers to print out flexible devices, such as temporary tattoo paper, textiles, and thermoplastic? Engineers from Saarland University based in Saarbrucken, Germany, have printed soft circuits by using an inexpensive desktop inkjet printer with raw materials. Their systematic approach produces high-resolution circuits that are stretchable, ultrathin, and can be integrated with a wide range of materials used for p ...
Fleets of smart robots could work on the lunar surface. (Image Credit: OffWorld)   OffWorld, a California-based start-up company, has some big plans to build a fleet of smart robots that could mine distant asteroids, moons, and planets in the solar system for resources. Such resources could include water ice and even minerals. Their goal is extractions from the Earth’s moon.   The company already claims to have some Fortune 500 companies investing in their project to use the r ...
  SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched into space, carrying 60 Starlink satellites into orbit on November 11th. (Image Credit: SpaceX) It must be a busy place just outside the Earth's atmosphere. It's about to get a little more crowded too.   SpaceX launched its second batch of 60 new Starlink internet satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on November 11th, aboard the Falcon 9 rocket. SpaceX hopes the new broadband internet will provide affordable and ...
UF’s GatorEye drones outfitted with a new sensor suite were used to find the 900 to 1200 AD settlement that was a significant producer of beads made from seashells. (Image credit: University of Florida)   A team of researchers from the University of Florida recently discovered a 900 to 1200 AD settlement on Raleigh Island using drones outfitted with LiDAR, which provided topographical data and archeological details at high resolution. The researchers used UF’s Spatial Ecology & ...
The SmartEdge IIOT Gateway is a Raspberry Pi 3 Compute based industrial Linux box. It runs Raspbian with some additions. There's a set of industrial hardware extensions. In this blog I review the isolated CAN port.     Hardware  The gateway has a physical CAN driver. That's a piece of hardware that's not available on the standard Raspberry Pi family.   On a Pi, the CAN protocol itself is implemented in Linux/HW and you have access to the Tx and Rx signals on logic lev ...
The SmartEdge IIOT Gateway is a Raspberry Pi 3 Compute based industrial Linux box. It runs Raspbian with some additions. There's a set of industrial hardware extensions. In this blog I review the isolated industrial I/O.   GPIO Hardware  The SmartEdge IIOT Gateway (from now on: gateway) has two banks of isolated I/O - named DIGIO A and B. All signals are isolated from the Raspberry part via optocouplers. Each bank has 2 inputs and outputs that share a common ground*. The inpu ...
The tiny car was created using a plastic food container, an aluminum floor, a battery-powered mobile 4-wheeled platform, and three copper wires that act as a steering wheel. (Image credit: University of Richmond)   Researchers from the University of Richmond are teaching rats how to drive a tiny vehicle in the hopes of gaining further insight into effective treatments for mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety. Professor of behavioral neuroscience Kelly Lambert explains, ...