Electronics

3-D printed UAV wing gets printed electronics too

3-D printed UAV wing gets printed electronics too

3-D printing is very cool and typically uses lasers to harden some sort of resin material one layer at a time until a finished three-dimensional product is produced. When you combine a 3-D printed device with printed electronics it's even more interesting. Two companies called Stratasys and Optomec Inc have announced a very interesting device called Smart Wing created for UAV model.

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UK backs internet of Things Project

UK backs internet of Things Project

The government in the UK is putting some money behind the Internet of Things project that seeks to help accelerate the connection of things and processes to the internet. Ten firms in the UK were each given £50,000 out of the Technology Strategy Board kitty for working on the project. The money granted is intended to be used to create apps and services needed for the project.

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Sony to make Kaz Hirai president claims report [UPDATE: not so fast!]

Sony to make Kaz Hirai president claims report [UPDATE: not so fast!]

Sony will make Kaz Hirai its new President, a Japanese report has claimed today, with Sir Howard Stringer remaining on as the company's CEO and chairman. The change in leadership is a response to Sony's slumping TV fortunes among other problems, Nikkei reports, with a significant reform in the company's structure ensuing.

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Faderfox DS3 sound controller for Traktor revealed

Faderfox DS3 sound controller for Traktor revealed

If you've got an eye for precise control over the beats you are bringing to the table and your table is already full of a billion other controller already, you may well be looking for the new Faderfox DS3, as controlling a Traktor near you. This controller is ready to work with Traktor OR whatever else you want to reprogram it to do, switching at a tap between four different devices on the fly. This controller is both ultra compact and ultra powerful in its simplicity, triggering your loops, effects, and samples with the greatest of ease.

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Electron bouncing at Cambridge University excites scientific world

Electron bouncing at Cambridge University excites scientific world

If there's one thing we love about technology, it's that we're able to control so much about everything we do in the world, it's, as Ricky Bobby one wisely put it, "it's not crazy to think I can live to be 245, maybe 300. Heck, I just read in the newspaper that they put a pig heart in some guy from Russia. Do you know what that means?" Truthfully we are so close to putting pig hearts in everyone these days that news of electron bouncing may have escaped our watchful gaze - luckily we happened across it, and the researchers at Cambridge University deserve all the credit. Electron control is the name of the game here folks, quantum computing the tool.

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China tightens grip on rare-earth exports

China tightens grip on rare-earth exports

Rare-earth sounds like something from a science fiction novel in search of another planet for humans to populate. Rare-earth is actually minerals and ore that are dug from the ground and refined for use in making all sorts of things in the electronics and technology world. China supplies about 95% of the rare-earth materials in the world and the nation is tightening its grip on supply of the material and using the tightening supply to drive the price of the material up.

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Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Geiger counter, it's a word that most people have heard about. I'm sure everyone has seen at least one piece of media featuring the clicking box with a little dial that only tells you when you're going to die a slow painful death from radiation poisoning. It's not a very fun device. Actually, they're pretty awesome. Who doesn't want to be able to play with a gadget that can sense things that only manifest in humans as genetic decay?

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Best Buy kills restocking fee on phones and other gear

Best Buy kills restocking fee on phones and other gear

Best Buy has always been good enough at taking back electronics and mobile phones. The catch was that the company charged a restocking fee on those items that could be very expensive depending on what you were returning.

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Electronic Sunglasses Use Glare Shield to Block the Sun

Electronic Sunglasses Use Glare Shield to Block the Sun

Sunglasses may not be the fashion trend they used to be (that may not be a bad thing), but that's not stopping one designer from giving the sunglasses a brand new way from stopping the sun from invading your eyes. Instead of coating the entire lens of your sunglasses, designer Chris Mullin wants to be able to focus on the sun directly, and use what he calls a Glare Shield to keep the sunlight out of your eye, but without dimming everything else you're looking at, too.

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In Search of Solder and a Sense of Achievement

In Search of Solder and a Sense of Achievement

Should all geeks have soldering iron burns on their hands if they want the title? Probably not; after all, another hallmark of the ideal geek is an affinity with code, making software do amazing things. They come in all shapes and sizes, then, but there's a special, envious place in my heart for those to whom resister colors are meaningful rather than decorative. I look at the sometimes-useful, sometimes-bizarre, invariably brilliant projects documented on MAKE; I look at modders and DIY tinkerers like jkkmobile, slotting HSPA modems where manufacturers never intended them to sit, and I wish I could be trusted with a soldering iron and screwdriver set to do the same.

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Latest PS3 Firmware is Broken by PSJailbreak

Latest PS3 Firmware is Broken by PSJailbreak

Oh you hackers. The folks over at PSJailbreak start the week strong by announcing their positive break into PS3 firmware 3.42, 3.50, and they say any future firmware versions the peeps at Sony have to throw at them. They use a USB mod that allows users to break into their Playstation 3 and use unnaproved software and games. For you penguin lovers, it even allows you to load Linux into the big black box.

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Batteries the Size of a Grain of Salt

Batteries the Size of a Grain of Salt

UCLA researchers are setting a Grain of Salt size goal for their new project which is to develop a tiny version of lithium-ion batteries. This is the kind of battery you'd find in your laptop, your cellphone, and the music player you've got there on your desk. Research is said to be in early stages, but may one day power miniature electronic devices ... maybe like a little robot like they had in the one movie... Transformers? No. Batteries Not Included.

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