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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in October 2012
Video: Wearable Sensor Builds Maps on the Fly
Blog 
10/31/2012  9 comments
MIT researchers have created a prototype of a wearable sensor that can create maps of a person's environment as they move through it. Researchers envision emergency responders using the device to navigate disaster sites.
Design Your Own Keynote for DESIGN West
Blog 
10/30/2012  4 comments
Preparations for DESIGN West, the center of the engineering universe, are well underway, and we want to know –- who would you like to hear deliver the keynote address?
Docking Stations Let Sea Robots Recharge Batteries
Blog 
10/30/2012  9 comments
Battelle has developed a docking station where unmanned vessels can recharge batteries and share data with researchers during missions.
Slideshow: 'MEMS Inside the Machine'
Blog 
10/29/2012  8 comments
MEMS Technology Showcase, being held November 8 in Scottsdale, Ariz., highlights "MEMS Inside the Machine."
What's Your First 'Engineering' Story?
Blog 
10/29/2012  28 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recalls his first engineering experience, in which he built a color organ with his dad. Do you remember yours?
Slideshow: MCU Fun With SparkFun
Blog 
10/26/2012  7 comments
SparkFun's Department of Education spent an evening in Boulder, Colo., this week, teaching people how to solder a microcontroller.
MCUs Simplify Resolver-Based Motor Control Systems
Blog 
10/25/2012  13 comments
You can buy resolver-to-digital converters, but a fast microcontroller can do the job just as well.
Automated Requirements Traceability & Verification of Software: Who Cares? I Do
Guest Blogs 
10/25/2012  4 comments
Today’s device manufacturers face conflicting demands: Get the product out the door. Minimize development cost. Meet ever-changing customer requirements. Certify your device. The list goes on.
Vortex Surfing Technique Conserves Fuel
Blog 
10/24/2012  10 comments
Most people think of surfing as something done on water, but the Air Force is surfing the air to help its aircraft conserve fuel.
Products to Watch For
Blog 
10/24/2012  3 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from IAR Systems, LDRA, and Analog Devices that need a little highlighting.
Slideshow: Scenes From Convergence 2012
Captain Hybrid 
10/23/2012  14 comments
The Society of Automotive Engineers' Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit provided a glimpse of future automotive electronics.
Lack of Qualified Engineering Candidates
Blog 
10/23/2012  59 comments
You have a 10V ideal voltage source in parallel with a 5Ω resistor. What is the impedance?
Disastrous Automotive Soldering Connections
Made by Monkeys 
10/23/2012  23 comments
Car after car had the same running lights problem -- poor soldering joints.
Nissan's Robotic Car Parks Itself, Picks You Up
Blog 
10/22/2012  36 comments
Nissan's NSC-2015 can find its own parking spot and return to pick you up after being summoned via mobile app.
A Part Failure, Not a Design Flaw
Sherlock Ohms 
10/22/2012  6 comments
On the surface, it looked as if the scope failed due to a design flaw. Actually, it was a part failure.
Video: MABEL Mimics Human Gait
Blog 
10/18/2012  6 comments
MABEL is a new humanoid robot developed by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Michigan that can walk and climb stairs like a human.
Rising Engineering Stars: Message Received Loud & Clear
Blog 
10/17/2012  11 comments
Design News is looking for rising engineering stars -- those who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
Battery Management Technology Could Boost EV Performance
Captain Hybrid 
10/17/2012  18 comments
Researchers are working on a math-based battery management technique that could dramatically cut charging times for electric vehicles, while boosting useable battery energy and power.
Interfacing Intelligent Sensors With Industrial Ethernet Networks
Blog 
10/17/2012  6 comments
While Industrial Ethernet has become the kingpin and standard for automation control networks, some devices such as smart sensors and actuators are relying on a simpler, point-to-point communications protocol to save on the cost, size, and complexity that an Ethernet solution requires.
Slideshow: Evolution of the Robotic Canadarm
Blog 
10/16/2012  29 comments
Canada's main contribution to the US Space Shuttle program has been the Canadian Space Agency robotic manipulator arms, Canadarm and Canadarm2. See how they have evolved.
These Fuses Melt in Water
Sherlock Ohms 
10/15/2012  32 comments
The new building came with a slew of electrical problems -- blown fuses and faulty phone lines.
Why Can't Engineers Get Good Jobs?
Blog 
10/15/2012  23 comments
In his new book, Peter Cappelli says many companies, overwhelmed by the flood of résumés they receive for each job posting, rely on computers to weed out the unqualified. This is hurting many applicants.
Slideshow: Machine-Made Cocktails
Blog 
10/12/2012  17 comments
The Inebriator, powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 microprocessor project board, makes mixing up the perfect cocktail seem effortless.
Future Batteries, by the Numbers
Captain Hybrid 
10/12/2012  14 comments
To take EV batteries to the next level, materials scientists are examining a wide array of chemistries, from lithium-sulfur and lithium-air to a new breed of lead-acid.
2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards
Blog 
10/11/2012  7 comments
Nominations are now open for the 2012 Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
Can You Make the Popinator Work?
Electronic News & Comment 
10/11/2012  39 comments
The maker of a popcorn-launching machine has a design task for dyed-in-the-wool gadget freaks.
Noise Messed With the Automation System
Sherlock Ohms 
10/11/2012  5 comments
It was difficult to find the problem on the conveyor line until the noise was replicated.
Products That Should Be on Your Radar
Blog 
10/10/2012  2 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we’ve just posted some products from Siemens, Banner Engineering, and W. L. Gore & Associates that need a little highlighting.
Slideshow: Audi A3 Plug-In Hybrid Hits the Highway in 2014
Captain Hybrid 
10/9/2012  8 comments
Audi AG says it's getting closer to knowing the configuration of the powertrain and battery cooling system for its new A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid, which will reach production in 2014.
Slideshow: Even More Messy Desks
Blog 
10/8/2012  37 comments
Is it true that the messier the desk, the more of a genius its owner must be?
Users Drive Innovation in Flash Memory
Guest Blogs 
10/4/2012  3 comments
By challenging engineers to keep innovating to support the best customer experience, users have ensured that voice recognition is moving forward at high speed.
Skepticism Prevented a Nasty Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
10/3/2012  25 comments
It took a lot of second guessing to find an aircraft flaw that would have caused a crash.
Myth of the College Experience
Guest Blogs 
10/3/2012  40 comments
The best way to prepare for success in your career and in life is to start out at a community college.
Design Decisions: Protect Electronic Ballasts in Fluorescent Lamps
Guest Blogs 
10/2/2012  5 comments
A polymeric positive temperature coefficient (PPTC) device can help protect electronic ballasts from abnormal-state operations when fluorescent lamps are reaching their EOL.
Designers, Where Do You Start?
Blog 
10/2/2012  15 comments
When you sit down to start a new design, what's the first thing you do?
Big Battery EVs Under Fire
Captain Hybrid 
10/1/2012  92 comments
The latest news from the world of electric cars can't be good for EV battery makers.
Petroski on Engineering: Mobile & Stabile Art
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2012  2 comments
Understanding the background of anything that is designed makes us realize that everything can be connected to everything else.
Hot-Seat Emergency in the Outback
Made by Monkeys 
10/1/2012  37 comments
What were the Outback designers thinking when they placed the emergency button and the seat warmer switch in bumpable positions?




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