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Pen-sized probe pinpoints faulty circuits

As electronic systems shape an ever increasing segment of our everyday lives, innovations relating to their performance and monitoring become increasingly important.
Pen-sized probe pinpoints faulty circuits
A French-based organisation has developed a novel prototype for the measurement of magnetic fields induced by an electrical current. The device is portable and allows the identification of particular electronic components associated with the current. The developers believe that it can be used in conjunction with a voltmeter, which measures current instead of voltage. The overall aim is to be able to pinpoint the location of short-circuits on electronic systems minimising associated costs and time delays; this new probe appears set to address this issue.

The end product could be targeted to the general public and its ease of application combined with its user-friendly size and low cost could render it particularly attractive. Patents have been filed in France covering the technology and the invention, which could potentially add further credibility to the innovation.

Prototypes of the pen-sized probe have been manufactured and are available to potential partners for demonstration purposes. Such partners would include electronics manufacturing firms willing to invest on the final product optimisation stages prior to manufacturing and marketing. The partners are also invited to prepare and validate a viable business plan in order to successfully exploit the technology on a commercial level.
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