Electrical/Electronic Components

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Built for battle - Robot Wars' revamped House Robots

The return of Robot Wars to our screens this summer had completely re-engineered house robots, which were needed to keep up with the competition. Justin Cunningham finds out how the technology has ...

Coffee Time Challenge Solution: Smart Cat Flap

The solution to this month's challenge is the brainchild of Cambridge scientist, Dr Nick Hill. He has devised a system powered by four small batteries that identifies the owned cat by remotely ...

Micro power lights the way

Low-cost display and fluid manipulation technology has the right ingredients for devices powered by very small batteries. Tom Shelley and Julie Bieles report

Fitting in more connections

More electrical interconnections can be fitted into a small space thanks to two innovations from PCB edge connector manufacturer In2Connect

The pulse of progress

Large, sharp pulses of electricity have multiple applications – and that list is expanding, as Tom Shelley reports

Dazzling future on display

Tom Shelley reports on how walls, ceilings and floors are being transformed into giant full-colour, real-time displays

Solid harness keeps wires protected

A ‘single component’ wiring harness, which embeds its contents within a composite shell, offers improved protection in cars and planes. Lou Reade reports

Power chips "can kill all engines"

Tom Shelley reports on the imminent commercialisation of a solid-state technology set to revolutionise the direct conversion of heat to electricity

Thyristor controller reduces harmonics

Dean Palmer reports on a unique power control technology for voltage, current or power regulation that reduces harmonics and provides a smoother proce