DeLorean Rolls Out Electric Car
Captain Hybrid 10/31/2011 51 comments DeLorean Motor Co., Inc. has unveiled the DeLorean EV, an electric car that marries the legendary "Back to the Future" DeLorean automobile of the 1980s with a lithium-ion-based, DC-powered, electric drivetrain of today.
Video: My Chevy Volt Deep Dive
Blog 10/10/2011 22 comments The Volt is an astonishing vehicle -- a lot of fun to drive, yet stingy in its use of energy. Whether or not you want to pay more than $40,000 for it depends on your definition of luxury.
Gadget Freak Case #197: Controlling Solar Water Flow
Gadget Freak 10/25/2011 19 comments To make his solar water heater more efficient, Paul Westaway put together a differential controller that turns on the pump when the temperature of the solar panel or woodstove coils is higher than the temperature in the storage tanks and turns off when the temperature is lower.
Stealth Material Cloaks Military Vehicles
Guest Blogs 10/4/2011 16 comments Infrared-camoflauging tiles developed by engineers at BAE Systems in Sweden can alter military vehicles' infrared (IR) signatures so that troop carriers could appear to be passenger cars or even blend into the background.
Origo Makes 3D Printing Child's Play
CAD/CAM Corner 10/25/2011 9 comments In yet another sign that 3D printing technology is heading for the masses, the Origo prototype targets 10-year-olds with an appliance-like 3D printer package.
ESC: Auto Industry Needs to Innovate
Electronic News & Comment 10/3/2011 9 comments An expert panel at the Embedded Systems Conference said automakers need to step up the pace of innovation in energy efficiency, and they will need suppliers to help them do it.
Slideshow: Apple iPhone 4S Teardown
Guest Blogs 10/18/2011 7 comments UBM TechInsights conducted a teardown of the iPhone 4S and found use of communications silicon and processors from Apple, Qualcomm, Triquint, Samsung, Skyworks, and Elpida.
The Slow Ramp to PLM's Value
Guest Blogs 10/7/2011 7 comments While PLM has major potential to improve product development processes, the process improvement and people issues associated with the technology tend to turn deployments into multi-year engagements.
3D Systems Raises Bar on Color Printing
CAD/CAM Corner 10/10/2011 7 comments 3D Systems' new ProJet 1500 combines support for color with the ability to create high-resolution, durable, plastic parts, bridging professional-quality capabilities with a $14,500 price tag.
Cadence Builds MCAD Bridges
CAD/CAM Corner 10/4/2011 6 comments With globalization and complexity raising the stakes in semiconductor development, Cadence Design Systems is honing a strategy to integrate MCAD platforms into its design flow to give customers greater control over semiconductor data.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The first photos made with a 3D-printed telescope are here and they're not as fuzzy as you might expect. A team from the University of Sheffield beat NASA to the goal. The photos of the Moon were made with a reflecting telescope that cost the research team £100 to make (about $161 US).
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
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