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Introduction Crimping is a popular topic at Element 14, it seems we all love our crimping tools.   A slightly more uncommon tool for hobbyists, but very common for industrial, military, automotive and aerospace purposes, is the pin crimping tool. It is used with circular pins, and indenters push into the pin from multiple sides. It is a bit like a ferrule crimping tool, but for smaller pins that may be used in connectors such as DEUTSCH, D-Sub and circular connectors with often dozens of ...
It's sometimes hard to probe a point on a PCB. Manufacturers sell "consumable" solder-in solutions. You can temporarily or permanently attach them to your design, and it makes probing easier and reliable.   I have a suggestion for a DIY solder-in solution that takes little effort and is cheap + reusable:     Needed: Vertical Mini Probe Socket, Keysight Infiniium Series Oscilloscopes Two short ends of single stranded wire A bit of heat shrink or isolation tape   sour ...
With my last function generator related blog being such a success I wanted to open up the TTi TG210 function generator it's replacing on my bench and have a look inside to see how it works. Judging from the date codes I found inside the unit it's from early 97, making it only a year older than the HP. The technology used inside isn't anything new for 1997, it's actually surprisingly old school and very analog in a rather beautiful way.   The simple 2 MHz function generator in it's plasti ...
EnviroDNA has created a probe that could determine if the Tasmanian Tiger still exists in the wild. (Image Credit: Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, PH30-1-9210)   Nothing more fun in science than advances in Cryptozoology. EnviroDNA, an Australian-based company that specializes in environment DNA (eDNA) research, has created a technique that could detect the presence of the famed Tasmanian Tiger. The company’s research involves cultivating traces of an animal’s DNA that w ...
The team designed a 3D-printed glove, which contains a SLIM sensor near each finger, equipped with a lithium battery and Bluetooth. (Image Credit: Cornell University)   Researchers at Cornell University have developed fiber-optic sensors that use inexpensive LEDs and dyes to form a stretchable “skin” capable of detecting pressure, bending, and strain. The sensor could have soft robotic system applications and provide augmented reality users with the ability to feel sensations ...
Background story A while back I was lucky enough to stumble upon a poor HP 33120A hiding in the e-waste from a lab that was being cleared out. It had a strip of masking tape covering the display telling everyone that the unit was not working, at all! So I asked them about it and just got the answer that it was 30 years old and not worth repairing. I protested that they couldn't just be throwing away nice HP gear, at least they could try to repair it? "Take it if you want it!", they told me and l ...
The SoundBeamer 1.0 device allows users to listen to audio from a game, movie, or album without disturbing others while observing other sounds in their surroundings. (Image Credit: Noveto Systems)   Anyone can privately listen to audio using headphones without disturbing others, but what if this could be done without wearing them? Noveto Systems, an Israeli company, has developed SoundBeamer 1.0, a new speaker that beams ultrasonic audio directly into your head without using headphones. By ...
Africa Flores-Anderson uses NASA technology to help save Guatemala’s polluted water sources. By studying satellite images, this scientist hopes to save Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán. (Image credit: Science Friday)   Guatemala is just one of many countries suffering from polluted waters. Scientist and Guatemalan native Africa Flores-Anderson decided to use her access to satellite maps from space to monitor environmental changes in underserved communities.   After moving ...
A new technology could make autonomous vehicles a lot safer and speed up their commercialization. Demo of the new technology showing the laser scanning through the foam wall. (Image credit: Nature)   With electric vehicles growing in popularity and autonomous vehicles still in development, we can imagine that the future of the automobile industry will be bright - and hands-free. However, there are still a few concerns surrounding the safety of passengers or passersby when autonomous vehicl ...
The electronic skin can be reconfigured,  which means it can be worn on any part of the human body. (Image Credit: Chuanqian Shi) Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a thin, skin-like wearable electronic device that is fully recyclable and has the ability to self-repair. The stretchable circuit board can easily stick to human skin and be reconfigured to fit any area on the human body. It's also capable of performing sensory tasks such as tracking daily step co ...
New guidelines for clinical trials involving AI promises to make the use of AI in healthcare safer for both patients and healthcare workers. Possible applications of AI in healthcare; more reasons to have clear guidelines in clinical trials. (Image credit: igniteoutsourcing)   Artificial Intelligence (AI) is arguably the most important technology right now; possibilities are forever growing for all aspects of our lives, especially in health. The concept of AI is essentially that of teaching ...
Stacking and twisting a set of graphene sheets on top of each other produces a rare form of magnetism. (Image Credit: Columbia University)   Graphene has excellent thermal and electromagnetic properties, aside from being the world’s strongest and thinnest material. Now, researchers at Columbia University and the University of Washington have discovered that stacking and twisting a three-layer graphene structure can produce a rare form of magnetism.   “We wondered what wo ...
The wearable subtitles display text in the wearer’s field-of-view based on what a speaker is saying.  (Image Credit: Google Research)   People who are deaf or hard of hearing have trouble understanding anyone’s speech. Some solutions to this problem involve using a smartphone. Google researchers have developed Wearable Subtitles, a device that displays captions of a speaker’s speech. These smart glasses are designed for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Even ...

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