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A History of Firmware and Its Silent Revolution Today
Guest Blogs 
7/3/2015  1 comment
A decade from now, firmware development may be nothing more than software integration, grabbing vendor and third-party components, and meshing their APIs together to form a final system.
Simulation Software Helps Design Engineers Deal with Multiphysics
Blog 
7/3/2015  1 comment
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
How to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers With Python
Blog 
7/3/2015  Post a comment
Tune in to the Continuing Education Center next week for a comprehensive course in using the Raspberry Pi development platform.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: South Dakota - Wyoming
Blog 
7/2/2015  7 comments
Design News is celebrating the Fourth of July with an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase historically significant engineering breakthroughs and events.
Why Is Hardware So Easy and Software So Hard?
Blog 
7/2/2015  2 comments
It seems that in the embedded world hardware design has been much easier than software design for many years.
Who's Game for a Nintendo 3DS XL Teardown?
Blog 
7/1/2015  Post a comment
Just how far has handheld gaming technology come? Let's take a look inside the Nintendo 3DS XL and find out.
Engineers Need to Do More With Less
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  1 comment
Design, simulation, manufacturability, and prototyping: All of these phases are being pushed forward and progressively by underlying technologies.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
Blog 
7/1/2015  Post a comment
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
Using Accelerated Stress Testing to Obtain High Product Reliability
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  Post a comment
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
Quantum Entanglement & Other Technologies that Should Be On Your Radar
Guest Blogs 
7/1/2015  1 comment
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: New Mexico - South Carolina
Blog 
6/30/2015  2 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Learn to Build Raspberry Pi Controllers Using Python
Blog 
6/30/2015  3 comments
Learn how to build Raspberry Pi controllers using Python during this free Continuing Education Center class presented by Design News and Digi-Key.
Paralyzed IndyCar Driver Uses Sip, Puff, and Yaw to Drive Again
Electronics News 
6/29/2015  6 comments
Earlier this year paralyzed IndyCar drive Sam Schmidt did the seemingly impossible -- opening the qualifying rounds at Indy by driving a modified Corvette C7 Stingray around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY
Blog 
6/29/2015  1 comment
As companies rush into IoT connectivity, the choice of doing it yourself or using a platform from a service company becomes a major issue.
Wearables Get Moody With the GSR Sensor
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6/29/2015  Post a comment
Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Massachusetts - New Jersey
Blog 
6/26/2015  7 comments
This year, Design News is getting a head start on the Fourth of July celebration. In honor of our country and its legacy of engineering innovation -- in all of its forms -- we are taking you on an alphabetical tour through all 50 states to showcase interesting engineering breakthroughs and historically significant events.
Beats by Dre Teardown: Weak Engineering Meets Strong Marketing
Blog 
6/26/2015  17 comments
A teardown of the popular Beats by Dre headphones reveals some interesting cost-cutting tricks by the manufacturer.
Gadget Freak Case #269: The Leaky Tree
Gadget Freak 
6/26/2015  2 comments
The Leaky Tree is a high-quality device designed to dispense ice and one of four mixed drinks that can be selected by the user.
Initiative Aims to Stop Human Trafficking in Electronics Supply Chain
Blog 
6/26/2015  3 comments
Ariba has partnered with Made in a Free World to help organizations track and reduce slavery in their global supply chains by getting them the tools they need to find and fight it.
10 US State Engineering Facts You Probably Don’t Know: Hawaii - Maryland
Blog 
6/25/2015  2 comments
From California to the New York island -- as the song goes -- here is the second installment of our five-installment 50-state slideshow showcasing the US' legacy of engineering innovations.
Demand Surges for Conductive Compounds, and a Company Sees Growth
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6/25/2015  Post a comment
ElectriPlast Corp. spent a decade developing conductive polymer compounds. The work is paying off as demand grows and engineers consider the compounds’ benefits in design, performance, and weight reduction.
Mechatronics Matches Growing Complexity of Intelligent Factories Step for Step
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6/24/2015  Post a comment
The Internet of Things is requiring the design of devices using engineering skills and knowledge in multiple domains: electronics, mechanics, control systems, software, and telecommunications, to name a few. In other words, the IoT needs mechatronics.
Mutual Attraction: Custom-Engineered Magnets Aim to Raise Latch Performance
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6/24/2015  5 comments
Conventional magnets are impossible to precisely engineer for individual applications. Their magnetic fields also threaten sensitive electronics. But this is changing.
The PCB Killer: Chip-Level Modules Are On Their Way
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6/24/2015  2 comments
The printed circuit board has been around so long, it just can’t be in danger of being phased out, right? Well, if you have been paying attention to the increasing tendency to put electronic devices on chip-level modules, you might begin to think about the next logical steps.
The Smart Steering Wheel is the Future of Driver Safety
Blog 
6/23/2015  4 comments
New sensor technologies are enabling steering wheels that learn how you drive and can protect you in accidents and emergencies.
Considering 8 ‘Human Factors’ in the Design of Medical Devices
Blog 
6/23/2015  3 comments
“Human factors engineering” is a term that defines the act of targeting design for people who are the intended users of a product, and it’s widely used across the medical industry.
Understanding the Differences between Strategic Sourcing Goals, Objectives, and Requirements
Guest Blogs 
6/23/2015  Post a comment
Unlike a mission statement, goals, objectives, and requirements are tools that will be used actively in the sourcing project once it reaches the decision-making stage.
Video: Eurotech's Mirror Is Smarter Than Your Mirror
Electronics News 
6/23/2015  1 comment
Hilary Tomasson of Eurotech Inc., explains how the company’s network gateway can be applied to a smart mirror that displays personal calendars, weather information, new feeds, or other information.
Manufacturers and Companies Are Struggling with ‘Conflict Minerals’ Reporting
Blog 
6/22/2015  3 comments
In attempts to weed out illicit 3TG trade and funding to the warlords and their violent causes, the US does not outright ban conflict mineral use, but it believes the public SEC filings will discourage companies from using DRC-region sources, encourage them to take action on their supply chains, and (over the long term) spawn alternative materials.
Corporate Venturing Spurs Innovation, but the Fit Has to Be Right
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6/22/2015  Post a comment
CVC-funded innovation gives the parent company access to the kinds of inventiveness and agility found in startup technology companies. At the same time, entrepreneurs receive funding and other resources they just couldn't get otherwise. And if the venture is successful, the incentives can be high for everybody.
Moving Tech Into the Background With Connected Clothing
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6/22/2015  Post a comment
One of the promises of wearable tech is to move the technology into the background. This can be hard to imagine when right now the space is riddled with wearables that look like gadgets strapped to our faces and wrists. But one emerging category of wearables provides a glimmer into this not so distant future, smart clothing.
Can’t We All Get Along?
William Ng 
6/19/2015  Post a comment
The consensus is that design and manufacturing companies that don’t change from legacy organizational structures will struggle, while those that take holistic, systems-integration approaches will do well.
EU Project Urges ‘RESPECT’ for Citizens In Use of Surveillance Technology
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6/19/2015  5 comments
A European project aims to protect people’s privacy amid the increased use of technology like video cameras and other surveillance equipment.
'Designer Carbon' Promises to Enhance Energy Storage
Blog 
6/18/2015  3 comments
Researchers at Stanford University have created synthetic carbon that can improve energy-storage capacity in supercapacitors and lithium-sulfur batteries
The 4 'Things' Driving Innovation in Wearable Technology
Blog 
6/18/2015  2 comments
Four key advancements are driving wearables out of the lab and into the mainstream, making it easier for startups and makers to create hardware and for consumers to adopt the technology.
3D Printing Circuitry With Graphene-Based Conductive Filament
Engineering Materials 
6/18/2015  Post a comment
Graphene 3D Lab has added graphene to 3DP PLA filament to strengthen the material and add conductivity to prints made with it. The material can be used to 3D print conductive traces embedded in 3D-printed parts for electronics, as well as capacitive touch sensors.
Rapid Prototyping a Wireless Controller Using a MSP432 Launchpad and littleBits Modules
Blog 
6/18/2015  Post a comment
How to rapid prototype a wireless controller concept using the TI MSP432 Launchpad development kit and littleBits RF modules.
Learn to Design Internet-Connected Devices
Blog 
6/18/2015  Post a comment
An upcoming free Continuing Education Center course to be taught by Fred Eady, owner of EDTP Electronics, will teach you how to build an inexpensive garage door opener RF receiver and transmitter, as well as an Internet gateway using a Microchip 32-bit PIC MCU, among other things.
10 Pain-Free Steps to Configuring an Interrupt Controller
Blog 
6/17/2015  2 comments
Setting up interrupts properly on a microcontroller isn’t easy. Thankfully, there are steps that can be followed to alleviate these painful setup sessions and allow a developer to configure interrupts on the first try.
Next-Gen AR? Watch Microsoft's Remarkable HoloLens Demo
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
Is Microsoft creating the best version of augmented reality (AR) we've ever seen? A demonstration of the HoloLens headset at the company's press conference at E3 2015 is pointing to yes.
4 Steps to Securing the Smart Plant
Blog 
6/17/2015  Post a comment
The fully connected smart plant is often vulnerable to cyber threats simply because of its extensive connectivity. So, as the plant gets more connected, control engineers need to make sure the plant’s security matches the complexity and sophistication of the plant’s intelligence.
Bacteria-Based Paper Battery Generates Energy from Drop of Water
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6/17/2015  Post a comment
A researcher from Binghamton University has developed a 3D-printed, bacteria-based battery made of paper that costs five cents to develop and folds up into the size of a matchbook.
The Future of Human-Machine Interfaces Is Now
Blog 
6/16/2015  2 comments
Mobile technology is putting its imprint on industrial operator interfaces, offering touch capabilities, new design approaches, and more sophisticated functionality.
Virtual Reality Industry Is Getting Even More Real
Blog 
6/16/2015  Post a comment
Up until now, most of the VR experiences have been mainly ocular, allowing you to immerse yourself in 360-degree visual perspectives. But if the showroom floor at the Augmented World Expo is an indicator, VR is about to get even more real, bringing your eyes, body, and even your friends into the mix.
Can You Solve this Engineering Mystery?
Sherlock Ohms 
6/16/2015  13 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.
Is DIY Big Data the Next Big Thing?
Blog 
6/16/2015  Post a comment
There is going to be a staggering number and variety of sensors that are going to exist in the brave new IoT world. Just about every environmental, biological, and positioning metric you can think of is going to be available.
Chip Makers Target Internet of Things Complexity
Electronics News 
6/15/2015  2 comments
As issues of time and complexity increasingly dog embedded product developers, semiconductor makers are stepping in to help.
Choosing the Right Simulation Table for the Design Job
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6/15/2015  Post a comment
Advances in simulation tables are allowing faster and more effective testing on new products, parts, and subsystems. What should a design engineer know to choose the right simulation table for the job?
The Best of Sensors Expo 2015: 14 Award-Winning Technologies
Blog 
6/12/2015  Post a comment
Meet the 14 award-winning sensor innovations and applications from Sensors Expo 2015.
Researchers Power Sensors, Camera With WiFi Signals
Blog 
6/12/2015  3 comments
A research team from the University of Washington has demonstrated the first sensors and camera to run powered only on signals from a WiFi router.
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A decade from now, firmware development may be nothing more than software integration, grabbing vendor and third-party components, and meshing their APIs together to form a final system.
The term "multiphysics" is used to describe the simulation of multiple types of physics and their influence on one another -- for example, the investigation of the behavior of a chemical in liquid form will involve both chemistry and fluid dynamics.
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