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Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
Blog 
4/18/2014  2 comments
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Blog 
4/17/2014  50 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
Want a Better Coffee Maker? Try the IoT
Guest Blogs 
4/17/2014  6 comments
Connected sensor-enabled applications will improve the consumer experience -- and generate new revenue streams.
GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
Blog 
4/17/2014  1 comment
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 
4/16/2014  21 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Teardown: Dismantling the Samsung Galaxy S5
Blog 
4/15/2014  14 comments
Samsung's 5th-generation Android-based Galaxy smartphone includes a fingerprint scanner, updated camera and display, and water/dust resistance.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 
4/15/2014  2 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Slideshow: Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
4/14/2014  7 comments
There's good news and bad news regarding the sub-systems of today's late-model vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment and DVD players are still prone to be "buggy."
Continued Collaboration Is Needed to Combat Counterfeiting
Guest Blogs 
4/14/2014  2 comments
As an industry, we now need to up our game and provide contractors with easier ways to properly identify and report counterfeit products and build collaboration between manufacturers, design engineers, industry organizations, and government.
Soldering Required to Replace Instrument Panel Bulb
Made by Monkeys 
4/14/2014  3 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Teardown
Blog 
4/11/2014  2 comments
Samsung's second-generation smartwatch -- the Gear 2 -- was released this month and is powered by a Tizen-based OS. Join us as we take it apart.
Stratasys Buys 3D Printing Service Bureaus to Expand End Production
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2014  2 comments
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
Your Customers May Be Clueless, but You Needn't Be
Guest Blogs 
4/11/2014  Post a comment
Itís your job to find the right people, ask the right questions, to dig deeper, and properly prepare your users so they can provide you the most useful and productive answers possible.
Yarn-Weaving Printer Creates Custom Clothes
Blog 
4/11/2014  3 comments
Will a new open-source DIY knitting machine from OpenKnit change the way we make clothes?
Gadget Freak Review: First Truly Consumer 3D Printer & Hacked 3D Printer Creates Real Tattoos
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2014  4 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at an affordable plug-and-play printer, a 3D printer that was hacked by a group of French design students to create real tattoos, and an analog camera that was built using 3D-printed and laser-cut parts.
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 
4/10/2014  6 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  5 comments
Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Ensuring Safety in Electrical Engineering Design
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  7 comments
Negligence results when an engineer has failed to comply in ways in which a responsible engineer would in a similar situation. Avoiding negligence means that an engineer should not fail in his or her assigned duties.
Teardown: Amazon Fire TV
Blog 
4/8/2014  9 comments
Amazon has announced a tiny black box that supposedly does everything better than all of the other tiny black boxes. Join the team at iFixit as they investigate the insides of this April treat to see if it's got what it takes to burn through the competition.
Women in Industrial Design
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didnít Live Up to the Hype
Blog 
4/7/2014  75 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
Rebranding: Let's Hope This Story Has a Great Ending
Blog 
4/7/2014  2 comments
With a new tag line of "the power to amaze," Fairchild Semiconductor is poised to reinvent itself in the power industry. Can the company do it?
Teardown: First Look Inside Fairphone's Fair-Trade Smartphone
Blog 
4/4/2014  1 comment
Fairphone is a social enterprise with the aim to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. The main motivation for founding Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals and with fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain.
Automotive Litigation Spotlights Need for Software Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Government fines and recalls are heightening the need for automakers to adopt more safety standards and software verification techniques, experts at EE Live said this week.
Students Invent a Device to Save the Elderly
Guest Blogs 
4/4/2014  6 comments
The Nano Consultants are a group of high school engineering students from the Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, Ind. They are proud to announce their solution to this year's Phoenix Contact, Nanoline automation-solution Competition: RoboDose.
IoT Comes Down to the Sensors
Blog 
4/3/2014  2 comments
Design News is holding a class next week in its online Continuing Education Center that goes through the basics of various types of sensors.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Video: Microsoft Reveals Digital Assistant 'Cortana'
Blog 
4/3/2014  1 comment
Halo fan favorite character, Cortana, is poised to be Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.
Mentoring Is the Key to a Competitive Robotics Team
Guest Blogs 
4/3/2014  Post a comment
When a school like Boyle Heightsí Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles wants to enter into the high-tech world of competitive robotics, there are three things that are needed to support the project: money, students, and most importantly, skill.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2014  10 comments
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Fraunhofer Designs Flexible Energy Harvesters for Wearable Tech
Blog 
4/2/2014  2 comments
The increasing interest and development of wearable electronics also is calling for new types of power sources that are flexible and compact enough to fit into these devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on this problem with the design of a flexible energy harvester that can be manufactured through a low-cost printing process.
Temperature Swings Really Do Affect EV Batteries
Captain Hybrid 
4/1/2014  27 comments
A pure electric car with a lithium-ion battery can lose as much as 57% of its range when the temperature dips and 33% when the mercury rises, a new AAA study says.
Design News Presents: The Best of Gadget Freak, Vol. 2
Gadget Freak 
4/1/2014  1 comment
What youíll find in this Technology Roundup is the best of the best Gadget Freak projects, as voted on by you -- our loyal readers.
Teardown: Inside the HTC One (M8)
Blog 
3/31/2014  12 comments
The second generation HTC One, dubbed the HTC One (M8), features a dual flash and the new Sense 6 UI.
Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
Blog 
3/28/2014  23 comments
Shiva Nathan, 15, built the prosthetic for his cousin in India, after she lost her arms in an explosion.
Best-Practices for Level Measurement Device Selection
Guest Blogs 
3/28/2014  4 comments
Based on the application, several factors must be considered to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of a level measurement device.
Texas Motor Speedway Lights Up Massive Scoreboard
Electronic News & Comment 
3/27/2014  25 comments
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
Orbiting Solar Panels Beam Energy From Space
Blog 
3/26/2014  31 comments
Paul Jaffe, from the US Naval Research Laboratory, has built modules of satellites outfitted with solar panels and antennas to beam solar power from space.
Inventables Unveils Easel for Cloud-Based Design & Fabrication
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/26/2014  2 comments
Easel was created with beginners in mind. It acts as sort of a gateway app that takes novices from project inception to actual milling in just five minutes.
My Opinion on the IoT: It Isn't Just for Consumers
Blog 
3/26/2014  2 comments
Having a sensor sitting at every node of your operation might seem like information overload, but itís actually not.
Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback
Electronic News & Comment 
3/25/2014  37 comments
Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops.
My Life as a FIRST Robotics Mentor
Guest Blogs 
3/25/2014  3 comments
When you experience the energy of FIRST through the students youíre mentoring, you discover that itís one of the more fun things you can do with your spare time. I encourage you to find a team and help out. Youíll discover that the students who participate are first-rate, dedicated, responsible, and creative. And if youíre already involved with a FIRST team, thank you.
When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions
Sherlock Ohms 
3/25/2014  11 comments
Sherlock Ohms highlights stories told by engineers who have used their deductive reasoning and technical prowess to troubleshoot and solve the most perplexing engineering mysteries.
Slideshow: Itís a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Bluetooth Brings Intelligence to Slot Racing
Electronic News & Comment 
3/24/2014  11 comments
Smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity are coming to the venerable hobby of slot car racing.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
Blog 
3/24/2014  3 comments
In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Picking the Right Processor Is Crucial
Blog 
3/21/2014  30 comments
Weíve put together a series of classes in our Continuing Education Center that looks at the PIC family of microcontrollers. The lecture series is named Pick (and Implement) the Right PIC MCU.
Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Captain Hybrid 
3/21/2014  33 comments
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Video: Virtual Reality Makes Human-Robot Interaction Safer
Blog 
3/20/2014  19 comments
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are trying to bridge the distance between humans and industrial robots, not in the real world, but in the virtual one. They have created a way to make these types of interactions safer through a virtual reality environment that enables humans to work closely with robots without being near them.
Future Efficiency Regulations May Focus on Systems
Guest Blogs 
3/20/2014  15 comments
Since industrial motor efficiency is nearing its theoretical maximum, system efficiency is the next logical focus for improvement.
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