Raspberry Pi to Displace the Business PC

For a business establishment, maintaining PCs for each of their several hundred employees can be an expensive proposition. It is much simpler and cheaper to have a centralized workstation with several thin clients connecting to it. The ubiquitous single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is a suitable component for use as such a thin client. As the low cost of the Raspberry Pi makes it a very attractive proposition for use as a thin client computer, Citrix is offering an HDX Ready Pi to replace Read more [...]

Volumio for the Raspberry Pi

When you search for a networked stand-alone audio player with a touch screen, most likely chances are you will only find big consumer grade amplifiers. Those with network support may not have a touch screen or else may be very expensive. Most disappointing will be those having an issue with space and mobility. The best way out of this dilemma is to build one with the famous single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi). You must start with an application that works on the RBPi. You can already Read more [...]

QSCR: Using A Wireless Hotspot To Charge Your Phone

Using the smartphone is always a pleasant experience, until the charge runs out. The only option left is to plug the phone into a charging arrangement, usually a mains-operated power supply that connects to the phone by a USB cable. The main disadvantage of this method is it limits the freedom of mobility of the phone until it is charged up again. That leaves people to wonder as to how long before smartphones could be charged wirelessly same as everyone uses Wi-Fi to link to the Internet. Now, Read more [...]

RX300 – The Windows 10 Thin Client with the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi (RBPi) has no hard disk, is stateless, and can work as a desktop terminal, which makes it an ideal candidate for use as a thin client. It connects to the data center for all its applications, sensitive data, memory, and runs a Remote Desktop Protocol such as the Windows Terminal Services. That makes the RBPi a virtual desktop computing model, as it runs virtualization software, and accesses hard drives in the data center. Thin client computing has thin clients, software services, Read more [...]

Dual Function LEDs & Multifunctional Displays

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, researchers have made dual-function nanorod LEDs that could double as multifunctional displays. The researchers are also working with Dow Electronic Materials in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The LEDs are made of tiny nanorods arrayed in a thin film. They could enable new interactive functions and multitasking devices. The researchers report their advances in the February issue of the journal Science. According to Moonsub Shim, Professor of materials Read more [...]

Different Types of Industrial Cables

To wire up different components within electronic gadgets, hook-up and lead wires may be adequate, but the electric industry needs a vast variety of industrial cables to remain connected. Chief among these are power cables to carry high voltages and currents, and cables necessary for industrial automation and process control. Cables may conform to multiple standards such as UL, CSA, and others. Cables often have to transmit power or signal in industrial environments that may harbor the harshest conditions Read more [...]

What Influences Industrial Connectivity?

In the industry, any component coming in the path of delivering control signals or power to do useful work is termed industrial connectivity. For instance, components including relays, motor starters, terminal blocks, and connectors are all typical connectivity components. Generic connectors can use low-cost material as they merely maintain electrical continuity. However, based on operating environments, connectors are differentiated into four categories: hermetic, military, industrial, and commercial. Read more [...]

Diamondoids Make Three Atoms Wide Wires

At the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Energy, and the Stanford University, scientists have discovered a new method of using diamondoids. These extremely tiny bits of diamonds, these diamondoids can be used to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires—only three atoms wide. The diamondoids do this by grabbing different types of atoms and bringing them together as is done in LEGO units. The scientists are of the opinion this new technique has the potential Read more [...]

RS485 Relay Output Module for the Raspberry Pi

Although many consider the RS485 relay output module as an archaic protocol, it is still important to the industry. The RS485 protocol allows up to 32 devices to communicate through the same data line over a cable length of up to 4000 feet with a maximum data rate of 10 Mbps. Not many other protocols can equal those numbers. The single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is increasingly finding its way into more and more industrial applications. However, the limiting factor for most compatible Read more [...]

Importance of Resolution in Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging technologies have long been associated with a range of applications and industries for discovering abnormalities and weak points quickly and efficiently. These technologies are ideal for production monitoring and other applications as materials and components undergo non-destructive testing under operating conditions. That allows discovery of the problem before a breakdown can occur or a fire risk can develop. For instance, thermal imaging allows contractors in a building, facilities Read more [...]