DeLorean Rolls Out Electric Car
Automotive News 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
Electronics News 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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