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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in January 2013
Beeping Oven Called for a Debugging
Sherlock Ohms 
1/31/2013  39 comments
Removing the front panel of the control unit from a beeping oven taught this owner what debugging was really about.
Workstations Get a Facelift
Sponsored Blogs 
1/30/2013  5 comments
Workstations are high-performance computers that are used for the most intensive computing tasks, such as creative design and engineering, computer modeling and analysis, and animation.
Slideshow: Cadillac ELR Trades Efficiency for Power
Automotive News 
1/30/2013  21 comments
The new Cadillac ELR will offer more power and torque than its cousin, the Chevy Volt, but it may have to trade some efficiency to get it.
Healthcare You Can Wear
Blog 
1/30/2013  29 comments
Vancive Medical Technologies helps partners personalize prevention and wellness with wearable sensors to help doctors, caregivers, and lifestyle managers monitor their health and fitness.
Drop Your Phone in the Sink – We Dare You
Engineering Materials 
1/29/2013  50 comments
What if you could actually drop your smartphone or tablet PC into the sink by accident, or into your plate of spaghetti sauce, and no harm would be done?
The Impact of Coding Over 30 Years
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/29/2013  21 comments
Over the past 30 years or so, coding has transformed the world -- from how it is built to the final software package. AutoCAD, C++, WordPerfect, and the Intel 8008 were introduced in 1982 and have shaped modern technology ever since.
Golden Mousetrap Awards: Electronics & Automotive Finalists!
Blog 
1/28/2013  11 comments
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Electronics & Test and Automotive categories of our 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
The Maytag Repairman Is Plenty Busy Now
Made by Monkeys 
1/25/2013  70 comments
Maytag/Whirlpool appliances caused one headache after another for this homeowner.
Fraunhofer to Create Automation Process for Rotor Blade Production
Blog 
1/24/2013  7 comments
Fraunhofer Institute has embarked on a research project to find a way to leverage automation to cut more than 10 percent of the costs out of the current process.
Strap Grounds Field Failures
Sherlock Ohms 
1/23/2013  14 comments
When a customer changed the design on one of his products, another part of the design failed. It was time to call Sherlock.
Slideshow: Tesla's Model X Blends Electricity & Function
Automotive News 
1/22/2013  28 comments
Tesla Motors will blend the qualities of a sport utility vehicle and a minivan in an all-electric car that's targeted to hit the streets in 2014.
Flexible Tablet Prototype Is Electronic Paper
Engineering Materials 
1/22/2013  35 comments
The PaperTab splits a tablet's windows into separate sheets of user-editable electronic paper that store a lot of data and communicate with one another.
Anagear's Low-Power Circuits Harvest & Save Energy
Blog 
1/22/2013  15 comments
A Dutch company aims to change the way low-power electronics are designed by creating a separate component for power management to reduce the need for battery power in wireless sensor networks and other applications.
Slideshow: Top Technologies of 2013
Blog 
1/18/2013  12 comments
It's a new year, and our sister publication, EE Times, has made a list of the overhyped/underexposed electronics technologies that are going to make a splash in the next 12 months. Do you agree?
Are Telepresence Robots Becoming the Norm for Companies With Work-at-Home Employees?
Blog 
1/17/2013  30 comments
Use of telepresence robots going to work for employees is expected to expand in 2013. Suitable Technologies RPD, VGo telepresence robot, and Nasa's Robonaut 2 show that remote presence is a possibility already proven.
Computer Shuts Down Unless You're Wearing Leather
Sherlock Ohms 
1/16/2013  14 comments
Synthetic-soled shoes and a pair of nylons prevented computers in a San Diego hospital from functioning properly.
CES Slideshow: The Next Big (or Little) Things
Blog 
1/15/2013  14 comments
At CES, we found a sample of both small and big things on the show floor that might alter the consumer electronics landscape in 2013.
Design Decisions: Choosing the Right Connector
Guest Blogs 
1/15/2013  8 comments
Follow these 10 steps to ensure you are choosing the right connector for your project.
Correction Technique Adds 'Warmth' to Dimmable LED Light
Electronics News 
1/15/2013  26 comments
Engineers at NXP Semiconductors say they've found a way to take the "coldness" out of white LED light.
Slideshow: Gadgets Galore at CES
Blog 
1/14/2013  12 comments
The Consumer Electronics Show curtain raiser, CES Unveiled, offered a glimpse at consumer market trends and how small and midsized companies are leveraging emerging technologies to create variations on current products.
EV Battery Market Could Hinge on Plug-In Hybrid Success
Automotive News 
1/14/2013  8 comments
Growing demand for plug-in hybrids could mean good news for electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturers over the next eight years, possibly enabling them to avert a battery oversupply, a new study says.
Have You Designed a Cool Gadget Recently?
Blog 
1/14/2013  11 comments
If you have created an interesting and useful gadget, the editors at Design News want to know about it.
Slideshow: Meet 13 More Finalists in Our Rising Engineering Stars Contest
Blog 
1/11/2013  6 comments
Here are 13 more innovative engineers who are making a big impact on the industry.
'EV Triumph' Needs More Perspective, Less Hype
Automotive News 
1/10/2013  55 comments
Many news stories about a Pike Research study of electric vehicle sales use accurate figures but need more context.
Slideshow: Meet 11 Finalists in Our Rising Engineering Stars Contest
Blog 
1/10/2013  14 comments
Here are 11 innovative engineers who are making a big impact on the industry.
Semester 3 Is Getting Started
Blog 
1/10/2013  7 comments
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.
Robots Rapidly Digitize Media Libraries
Blog 
1/10/2013  11 comments
Technology has emerged that can automatically scan and copy entire books into digital media format.
TI Engineer Named Top Innovator in Rising Engineering Stars Contest
Blog 
1/9/2013  9 comments
Meet Punya Prakash, the top innovator from our Rising Engineering Stars contest.
The Industrial Internet of Things
Blog 
1/9/2013  9 comments
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.
4 Simple Ergonomic Steps to a More Productive Workplace
Guest Blogs 
1/8/2013  35 comments
Workplace ergonomics is getting a lot of attention nationwide in response to a sharp increase in incidents of repetitive strain injuries resulting in musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Slideshow: Military Robots Extend Humans' Reach
Blog 
1/7/2013  24 comments
While many military robots are the increasingly familiar small and tank-like unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) moving on treads or wheels, other more specialized types are appearing.
Freescale's Xtrinsic 3.0 Software Lets Touchscreens Overcome Water
CAD/CAM Corner 
1/7/2013  19 comments
Freescale's Xtrinsic 3.0 software lets touchscreens overcome water. Algorithms developed by freescale allow their MCU controllers and touch devices handle the electrical noise generated by moisture on capacitive touch panels.
Billboard Causes Computer Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
1/7/2013  24 comments
A brightly lit billboard was causing one company's computers to crash earlier each night. Sherlock is on the case.
My Opinion on Walking the Safety Walk
Blog 
1/5/2013  15 comments
A staggering statistic says that every 15 seconds, somewhere in the world, an employee dies, and 160 others sustain a disabling injury.
Teardown: Fitbit Zip Packs Lots of Functionality Into Small, Water-Tight Package
Blog 
1/4/2013  12 comments
The change in processor architecture and radio led to some design challenges.
Brake Lights Were on the Blink
Sherlock Ohms 
1/4/2013  24 comments
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.
Chevy Volt Owners: We'd Do It Again
Automotive News 
1/3/2013  75 comments
The Chevy Volt and other electrified vehicles dominated a Consumer Reports survey asking if people would buy their cars again.
Top Design News Articles of 2012
Blog 
1/3/2013  7 comments
Before we put the shackles on 2012, we thought you'd like to know which articles garnered the most interest last year.
C Is for Cookie, Not So Much for Counting
Made by Monkeys 
1/3/2013  27 comments
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!
Why Ford Chose Lithium-Ion for 2013 Hybrids
Automotive News 
1/2/2013  19 comments
When Ford Motor Co. announced in 2012 that its new hybrids would use lithium-ion batteries instead of nickel-metal hydride, many experts raised an eyebrow.




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According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
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Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation call this deep learning.
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