Content posted in January 2013
Semester 3 Is Getting Started
If you’ve perused Design News at any time over the past 12 months, you’re probably aware that we offer online training through our Continuing Education Center, sponsored by Digi-Key.
The Industrial Internet of Things
One of the biggest stories in automation and control for 2013 could be the continuing emergence of what some have called the Internet of Things, or what General Electric Company is now marketing as the Industrial Internet.
Will One PLC Suffice?
Recent questions on our LinkedIn System & Product Design Engineering group come from a reader who doubles as an industrial automation consultant. See what he has to say and let us know what you think.
Brake Lights Were on the Blink
Sherlock Ohms 1/4/2013
An unsuspecting driver was startled by another driver's horn, after the brake lights on his vehicle did not illuminate before he turned. A $20 switch solved the problem.
C Is for Cookie, Not So Much for Counting
Made by Monkeys 1/3/2013
Attention toy companies -- if you are going to create and sell a toy that teaches kids to count -- like Count 'N Crunch Cookie Monster -- you might want it to count higher than the number three!
Do you long for the days of retro video gaming? Here's how you can turn an old PC into an old-school arcade cabinet with only $100 and a bit of woodwork.
A Vienna, Austria-based startup called Heliofloat has designed a platform of solar panels that can be deployed in lakes or oceans to generate solar-based electricity.
Electrical engineers from the University of Washington and Delft University of Technology have developed a new type of sensor-based platform that harvests energy from radio waves for electricity.
A simple new chemical method for repairing and recycling notoriously difficult carbon fiber composites has been developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research. An entire component can be completely recycled, including reclaiming its expensive carbon fibers for reuse.
In today’s connected world we are seeing the beginning of connected homes, smart grids, self-driving automobiles, drones, and many other amazing devices. Out of all the soon-to-be connected devices, which device poses the greatest dangerous to its users and society?
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