Green Power Breaks Records in the West
Engineering Materials 5/10/2013 74 comments It has often been said that as California goes, so goes the nation. This spring, the state's wind power is setting energy generation records and solar energy generation is expected to rise sharply during the second half of 2013.
Power Glitch Tunes Out TV
Made by Monkeys 5/6/2013 59 comments All of the controls to this TV are in the remote. But the remote stopped working and the company doesn't offer a replacement.
How Safe Is Safe Enough?
Electronic News & Comment 5/6/2013 54 comments One of the ugly truths of engineering is that life has a price. Cars, buildings, power plants, and industrial machinery can always be made safer for a cost, but manufacturers are at the mercy of the market.
What's the Time?
Sherlock Ohms 5/8/2013 52 comments The radio station couldn't keep its clock synchronized. Apparently, the power company was goofing up the time.
Front-Seat TV Unwelcome in US Auto Market
Electronic News & Comment 5/2/2013 39 comments Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market, but regulators, automakers, and suppliers say it’s unlikely to take hold in the US.
Slideshow: 22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 5/15/2013 32 comments We recently posted an online slideshow called, “18 People You Didn’t Know Were Engineers.” Within hours of its publication, readers began to suggest names of other luminaries -- astronauts, politicians, athletes and actors -- who were educated or had worked as engineers.
Video: Enter the Smartmouse
CAD/CAM Corner 5/16/2013 31 comments Laura Sapiens' Ego! Smartmouse offers users a unique interactive experience by providing 2D and 3D connectivity, hardware identity authentication, data storage, and more.
It's Still About the Battery
Captain Hybrid 5/17/2013 29 comments The Tesla Model S' performance in Consumer Reports tests was a major victory for electric cars, but a bigger challenge still lies ahead.
Slideshow: The Greenest Cars of 2013
Blog 5/21/2013 29 comments We looked at a number of sources to determine this year's greenest cars, from KBB to automotive trade magazines to environmental organizations. These 14 cars emerged as being great at either stretching fuel or reducing carbon footprint.
How to Make Light Go Faster
Engineering Materials 5/13/2013 21 comments Researchers at the Missouri University of Science & Technology have designed a new nanoscale material that can transmit light faster than the 186,000 miles per second it usually takes to travel through air.
Alvaro GIANT: 84 Inches of Ultra-HD Multi-Touch Display
Blog 5/14/2013 19 comments As some companies try to increase the quality and functionality of high-definition touchscreens for miniaturized, mobile applications, others, like MyMultitouch, are blowing up the size of multi-touch displays to create a completely new way to experience the advanced technology.
Video: Worm Hooks Inspire Better Bandages
Engineering Materials 5/17/2013 16 comments Inspired by the hooks a parasitic worm uses to penetrate its host's intestines, the Karp Lab has invented a flexible adhesive patch covered with microneedles that adheres well to wet, soft tissues, but doesn't cause damage when removed.
Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.