Here's a glance at some diverting stories, images, Tweets and videos from the engineering world this week.
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I'll be in your area soon and want to help organize an open house at your branch. Here's how it works: • You invite key customers and suppliers to your branch for several hours (typically 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time) on a specific date. • They get a chance to see and drive the Volt (a very popular activity) and have lunch with Avnet branch representatives and me. • They have an opportunity, if they're willing, to sit down in front our cameras and chat with me about their technology, their products and how both they and the electronics industry can stay at the competitive bleeding edge in the years ahead. We post these stories and video segments on Drive for Innovation and in a number of EE Times network newsletters. It's a great way to get their story in front of an influential audience.
Using various slices of the RF spectrum for sensing rather than communications has fascinating potential and some impressive implementations, but there are still many significant challenges, especially in the terahertz (sub-mm) band.
Using environmental energy to power remote sensor nodes remains a high interest item among system designers, especially those choosing wireless sensor node (WSN) components for remote and/or hazardous locations. At the Sensor Expo conference in Santa Clara, Calif., presenters at an energy harvesting and power symposium agreed that energy harvesting systems still require juggling many variables.