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Myo Wants to Be a Mouse for All Your Electronic Devices
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3/31/2015  Post a comment
Thalmic Labs' Myo is an arm-worn device that lets users control computers, smartphones, drones, and other digital devices using only hand and arm gestures.
Now Witness the Power of These DIY Star Wars Drones
Blog 
3/31/2015  Post a comment
A France-based inventor has built drones modeled after i>Star Wars spacecraft. And he's showing everyone else how to do it, too.
Improved Machine Design Can Help Raise Compliance with Lockout/Tagout Safety Rules
Guest Blogs 
3/31/2015  Post a comment
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
Do You Know How to Engineer, Modify, and Use Emergency Preparedness Systems?
Blog 
3/30/2015  2 comments
If a major catastrophe strikes your area, will you be prepared? Do you know how to modify the tech you've already got or MacGyver what you need to fit your own situation? A free, five-day Continuing Education Center course starting April 6 will show you how.
ACE Awards Will Honor the Best in Electronics Design Engineering
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3/30/2015  Post a comment
EDN and EETimes are welcoming nominations for their ACE (Annual Creativity in Electronics) Awards.
Amazon Holds Contest to Innovate Warehouse Automation
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3/30/2015  1 comment
The Amazon Picking Challenge wants contestants to push the next step of warehouse automation.
The Internet Of Bring-Your-Own Things
Blog 
3/27/2015  Post a comment
Devices and interconnected systems are finding a foothold not only in our homes but in mainstream organizations. Here are three tips to mitigate the risk.
Don’t Let Load Dump Damage Your Automotive Electronics Circuits
Guest Blogs 
3/27/2015  1 comment
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
Vehicle Reliability Is Up, Especially in Powertrain
Automotive News 
3/26/2015  8 comments
Some cars are more reliable than others, but even the vehicles at the bottom of this year’s Consumer Reports reliability survey are vastly better than those of 20 years ago in the key areas of powertrain and hardware, experts said this week.
The 3 Parts of Supplier Risk Management Explained for Design Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/26/2015  2 comments
While risk management sounds like one activity, in order to be conducted effectively, it must be broken down into three sub-components: risk assessment, risk monitoring, and response planning.
China Aims for Industry 4.0 by 2025
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3/26/2015  Post a comment
In a speech at China's National People’s Congress in Beijing this month, Premier Li Keqiang laid out plans to revamp the country's manufacturing infrastructure with advanced technology.
Clean Diesel Industry Asserts It Is Unfairly Treated
Blog 
3/25/2015  37 comments
How far is today's diesel fuel removed from the black cloud your childhood school bus emitted? What makes “clean diesel” more than just promotional rhetoric?
The Smart Oil Field
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3/25/2015  Post a comment
Active data management within the smart oil field is resulting in a push for more open standards, vendor cooperation, and wireless networking solutions.
A Hands-On Look at Cypress’ BLE Find Me Application
Guest Blogs 
3/25/2015  Post a comment
Design engineers will feel like kids in a candy store with the Cypress Semiconductor BLE Pioneer Kit. The development kit for low-power sensor-based systems is full of wireless wonder and exploration.
Slideshow: The Best and Worst of Automotive Reliability
Automotive News 
3/24/2015  12 comments
As it does every year, Consumers Union recently surveyed its members on the reliability of their vehicles. This year, it collected data on approximately 1.1 million cars and trucks, categorizing the members’ likes and dislikes, not only of their vehicles, but of the vehicle sub-systems, as well.
NASCAR Puts Kids on STEM Fast Track
STEM Connection 
3/23/2015  Post a comment
Lots of kids enjoy playing with toy race cars, and some may even dream of being race car drivers when they grow up. NASCAR is taking inspiration from this interest with the launch of an in-school and online learning platform for STEM education, the first ever from the sport of racing.
How Low Can You Go? Getting the most out of Low Power MCUs
Guest Blogs 
3/23/2015  Post a comment
Some power-aware features are just showing up in tools, but it can still be a difficult task to determine where your design is the most power efficient and where it needs some help. Making sure your design is power efficient should become easier as tools catch up.
Getting Your Hands on the Cypress PSoC
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3/23/2015  Post a comment
The Programmable System-on-Chip BLE dev kit from Cypress Semiconductor only costs $49, and the kit makes it easy to build sophisticated devices such as glucose and heart-rate monitors. Learn more about it and how to use it during an upcoming Continuing Education Center course.
See How Solarbox Turns Iconic London Phone Booths into Mobile Charging Stations
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3/20/2015  3 comments
A young entrepreneurial duo in London is finding a way to revive that city’s classic red phone booths and give them a contemporary twist, turning them into solar-power charging stations for mobile devices.
DoE Energy Rule Will Lead to Bigger, Expensive Motors
Guest Blogs 
3/20/2015  10 comments
In early March, the US Department of Energy put new energy efficiency rules into effect for small, general-purpose electric motors. The agency says these revised regulations will save approximately 2.6 quads of energy and result in approximately $35 billion in energy savings from motors shipped between 2015 and 2044.
Manufacturing Boom a Fake? No Way
Electronics News 
3/19/2015  14 comments
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
7 Silent Project Killers
Blog 
3/19/2015  2 comments
There are few things more discouraging to an engineer than pouring their heart, sweat and tears into a project only to have it fail. Failure can and does provide insights and growth experiences to those involved but the loss of time and effort can strike a devastating blow. There are many reasons that an embedded systems project can fail but there are seven key indicators that a project is dying a slow and silent death.
GE Gets Scientific About BBQ
Blog 
3/19/2015  2 comments
Nothing says Texas better than BBQ, and that’s where General Electric chose to hang its hat at SXSW, with a BBQ Research Center a short walk from Austin’s Convention Center to lure the hungry crowds. Hard to miss with its 12-foot super smoker, the firm said it was seeking whether it could use sensors and biofeedback to engineer the perfect plate of ribs.
How EE Salaries Rank in 15 US Cities
Blog 
3/18/2015  5 comments
If you’re an electrical engineering, your salary may depend significantly on where you live -- and that’s not just by region. Salaries vary greatly even within the same state, according to Glassdoor.com.
Q&A with David Goldberg: Universities Must Change to Keep Up with ‘Era of Design’
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3/18/2015  15 comments
Following a course that was established nine centuries ago, the type of education potential engineers and other students are getting at traditional universities just isn’t cutting it anymore. That’s the opinion of David Goldberg, founder of ThreeJoy Associates Inc., emeritus professor of engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and distinguished academic partner of Olin College.
The Gigantic Impact of UX/UI Design on Internet of Things Applications
Guest Blogs 
3/18/2015  1 comment
Elegantly conceived UX/UI design is critical to the success of Internet of Things technology -- for ease of use, analysis and review, and both machines and humans to “see” and use data in purposeful ways. The best UX/UI designers are doing just that: designing the entire experience for fluidity, clarity, and meaning. Otherwise, IoT will be just a perfect storm of too much useless information.
Apple's Latest MacBook Pro Receives Lowest Repairability Score Yet
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3/17/2015  12 comments
During its March 9 keynote, Apple sprung four new MacBooks on us. As always, we had to get our paws on the revised MacBook Pro.
The 9 Most Innovative Technology Startups of SXSW 2015
Blog 
3/17/2015  1 comment
The winners of SXSW 2015's annual Startup Accelerator competition tackle innovation in manufacturing, electronics, entertainment, and even medtech.
Place and Route Algorithms for FPGAs: How Do They Do That?
Guest Blogs 
3/17/2015  Post a comment
The next time you run an FPGA compile chain from a high level language through synthesis and the back-end FPGA manufacturer tools, give a nod to the Place and Route algorithm doing all the heavy lifting. Now if we could just find a way to use negotiated congestion to solve our evening highway commute problems, life would be even better.
A Peek Into Cypress’ BLE Pioneer Kit for IoT
Guest Blogs 
3/17/2015  4 comments
With the Internet of Things (IoT) being one of today’s most important tech trends, development and prototyping work with low-power wireless sensor-based systems in electronics and home appliances, as well as automotive and industrial control products, will only grow in our increasingly connected world. Cypress Semiconductor created the BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) Pioneer Kit to enable system designers to start that work.
XPRIZE's Latest Challenge to Innovators is to Save the Ocean
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3/16/2015  4 comments
Speaking at SXSW 2015, XPRIZE's Paul Bunje laid out the foundation's latest challenge -- using technology to solve the problems plaguing our oceans.
Proto Labs Offers Fast-Turn Optical Silicone
Engineering Materials 
3/16/2015  Post a comment
Proto Labs is now offering an optical liquid silicone rubber (LSR) quick-turn molding service using Dow Corning's LSR material. Optical LSR is a transparent, flexible thermoset material that's replacing glass in many optical applications, especially lighting.
Battle Scenes from the IoT Standards War
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3/13/2015  1 comment
The battle over IoT standards is just getting started, and already companies are vying to dominate. A leading communications CEO offers the details.
Watch Robert Downey Jr. Give a Kid a Real Bionic Arm
Blog 
3/13/2015  4 comments
When 7-year-old Alex got a new prosthetic arm he received a working, 3D-printed bionic arm from Tony Stark himself.
10 Views of Engineering Poster Art
Blog 
3/13/2015  3 comments
Take a look at these engineering posters. Some are funny, while others are sadly true. Page through these posters with pride in your profession.
Here are the Best Women in Technology on TV and Film
Blog 
3/12/2015  1 comment
The influence of female portrayals in media is undeniable. To that end the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and Google have joined forces for the SET Award for Portrayal of a Female in Technology.
Edmund Optics & LUXeXceL Deliver 3D-Printed Optics
Engineering Materials 
3/12/2015  Post a comment
The potential of LUXeXceL's 3D-printed plastic optics technology is good enough that it's attracted the attention of Edmund Optics, leading designer and manufacturer of precision optical components. The two companies have formed a working relationship to bring this technology to the photonics industry.
Supercars Roll at Geneva Motor Show
Automotive News 
3/11/2015  3 comments
Every year, ultra-luxury automakers roll out their best and brightest at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. This year was no different.
Thunder Cloud Lamp Brings the Storm Indoors
Blog 
3/11/2015  24 comments
Designed by Richard Clarkson of Richard Clarkson Studio, a product, lighting, and furniture design studio based in New Zealand and New York, Cloud was inspired by Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the East Coast in 2012.
8 Views of Hot Manufacturing Tech
Blog 
3/11/2015  1 comment
The range of new technology hitting the scene is nothing short of impressive. These days, everything on the plant floor is touched by advances in connectivity, motion control, safety, security, robotics, and iHMI, and all of the new technology has an eye toward energy efficiency. This ain’t the Boomers’ plant. It's not even the Gen X plant; it’s the Millennial plant.
MEMS & Sensors Can Bring a New mHealth World
Guest Blogs 
3/11/2015  Post a comment
We now have the technology now to enable doctors to diagnose disease from across the globe, delivering the results to your smartphone. That technology is MEMS and sensors, and we are just glimpsing what it can uncover through the increase in quantified-self data from wearables and health monitoring devices.
2015 Salaries for 10 Engineering Disciplines
Blog 
3/10/2015  6 comments
Take a look at the new data on salaries; you will notice there is little change over the past year. A few of the salaries went up, though none went up more than $1,000 per year -- roughly the same as inflation.
5 Tips to Meet Control Panel Space Requirements
Guest Blogs 
3/10/2015  Post a comment
When designing a control panel, you have enough worries and responsibilities and should not be concerned with additional design challenges. The following tips can help achieve design flexibility and regulatory compliance while bringing you peace of mind.
‘Kano’ DIY Computer to Inspire Girls in Pioneering STEM Program
STEM Connection 
3/10/2015  7 comments
A pioneering STEM education program has a new tool in its arsenal to inspire young women to learn computer science with an innovative build-your-own device for kids called Kano.
The Growing Problem of e-Waste
Blog 
3/10/2015  6 comments
Users clamoring for new devices or waiting impatiently for the next iteration of a favored product is music to the ears of the average electronics OEM. At the same time, around the world, these same OEMs are coming face to face with the growing issue of e-waste.
Apple Launching Medical Research Platform, Apple Watch, and New Fanless MacBook
Blog 
3/9/2015  2 comments
Following the recent Apple Car rumors, Apple's March 9 event was highly anticipated. The event featured three major announcements from the company -- a usual mix of incremental innovation and potential breakthroughs.
The Top 6 Emerging Manufacturing Technologies of 2015
Blog 
3/9/2015  6 comments
The World Economic Forum has published its annual list of Top 10 Emerging Technologies and this year's list is dominated by technologies that will alter the manufacturing landscape forever.
How to Land a Job as an Engineering Intern or Co-op
Blog 
3/9/2015  2 comments
If you’re an engineering student, chances are good that you’re not planning to spend your summer vacation sitting on the beach. Instead, you’re probably looking for a summer internship, if you haven’t found one already. Internships are an important part of an engineering education.
15 Curious Things We Spotted at Mobile World Congress
Blog 
3/9/2015  1 comment
As the Mobile World Congress has literally morphed into the Everything Connected Show, the stuff we spotted on the show floor this year tend toward the universal.
Unsafe Stove Has Owner Seeing Red
Made by Monkeys 
3/9/2015  25 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
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