On yer bike! Blog 9/24/2008 Post a comment Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has developed Murata Girl, a unicycle-riding robot which uses gyro sensors, Bluetooth and ultra sound to stay upright and move around.
MEMS mics moving into mainstream Product News 9/22/2008 Post a comment Micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) microphones were once the darlings of startups, but no more. Analog Devices (Norwood, Mass.) has announced a major thrust into the fledgling MEMS microphone market, predicted by Yole Development (Lyon, France) to sell 800 million units by 2010. Analog Devices' entry into this potentially high-volume market follows Infineon Technologies' entry last year, though neither company has yet reported shipping production units.
Premier Farnell profits up, outlook mixed News & Analysis 9/11/2008 Post a comment Electronic components distributor Premier Farnell (Leeds, England) posted a 15 percent increase in first-half profits and said its Internet-based focus on higher-margin markets would lead to progress in the second half.
Tools that let you make anything Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 9/9/2008 Post a comment These low-cost fabrication tools - both open-source and commercial - promise to make the ability to manufacture almost anything available to anyone.