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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in October 2013
Slideshow: Robots Tackle Surprising Tasks
Blog 
10/31/2013  22 comments
Robots from LEGO, Panasonic, Murata, Segway, and Toyota are among a fleet that is working to make the lives of soldiers, the elderly, and even autistic children better.
AMDís Video Card Is Tops for Gaming & Great for CAD
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/31/2013  1 comment
The video card wars are heating up once again between NVIDIA and AMD, with no signs of slowing anytime soon.
Slideshow: Advances in Smart Shopping
Blog 
10/30/2013  23 comments
The integration of sensors and QR codes are playing a big part in the new wave of smart shopping solutions.
Young Girls Excel in STEM
Blog 
10/30/2013  23 comments
Events such as the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon and mentorship program such as NASA's G.I.R.L.S. (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Sciences) help promote interest in STEM.
Slideshow: 25 Great Engineering Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  34 comments
You donít have to be an engineer to have an opinion about engineering. We offer insight from the minds of Albert Einstein, James Dyson, Dean Kamen, Steve Jobs, and James Cameron, among many others.
Toyota's Unintended Acceleration Woes Are Likely to Drag On
Electronic News & Comment 
10/29/2013  35 comments
Toyota's recent loss in an unintended acceleration case should make one thing clear to observers: This is only the beginning.
The Cabinet Just Needed to Vent
Sherlock Ohms 
10/29/2013  20 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: The Wild World of Concept Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
10/28/2013  32 comments
Daimlerís recent introduction of a doorless, open-roof electric car might have startled some, but in the wild world of concept cars itís far from daring.
Reader Vote Round 5: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
10/28/2013  5 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Enter the Scary Door... If You Dare!
Blog 
10/28/2013  10 comments
As Halloween draws near, haunted attractions employ the latest technology -- pneumatic actuators and IR sensors -- to up the fear factor.
3 Ways to Prevent Electric Arc Flash Blasts
Guest Blogs 
10/28/2013  9 comments
The only way to keep away from an arc flash injury is to ensure that workers are properly trained, wear safe gear, and performa necessary preventative maintenance.
The Difference Is Ultra-Small
Blog 
10/28/2013  Post a comment
Torex Semiconductor recently introduced its XC8107/XC8108 series of power switches, which offer an 85-mΩ on resistance. They are suited for USB 2.0 and 3.0 applications, as well as power line distribution applications.
Is Wireless EV Charging the Better Way?
Captain Hybrid 
10/25/2013  110 comments
Wireless EV chargers, designed by HEVO Power, have hit NYC streets. Park over one, and your electric vehicle could reach a near-full charge in about an hour.
Golden Mousetraps? What's That?
Blog 
10/25/2013  9 comments
The deadline for entering Design News' annual Golden Mousetrap Awards is about a month away, and we've received some great entries. But we've also received a few inquiries asking, "What is a Golden Mousetrap Award?" Find out here.
Cycling the Capacitors Faulted Frequency Drive
Sherlock Ohms 
10/24/2013  5 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: Chevy to Roll Out CNG-Capable Impala
Captain Hybrid 
10/23/2013  26 comments
Chevrolet plans to rolls out a bi-fuel version of its Impala next summer. It will join Hondaís Civic Natural Gas Car as the industryís only factory-built CNG sedans.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Hydraulic Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/22/2013  36 comments
The hydraulic hybrid may not be grabbing headlines, but itís a solid fuel-efficient technology with a potential future in heavy-duty vehicles.
Stir's Smart Desk Revolutionizes Office Furniture
Blog 
10/22/2013  25 comments
The Stir Kinetic Desk allows workers to go from sitting to standing with the tap of a touchscreen.
How to Be a 'Doctor of Engineering' Without Going to Grad School
Guest Blogs 
10/22/2013  21 comments
The process of differential diagnosis, as practiced by physicians, provides a framework for thinking about problem solving in many contexts, of which engineering is just one.
Can Hydraulic Hybrids Compete With Electric Hybrids?
Captain Hybrid 
10/21/2013  25 comments
Hydraulic hybrids could play a role in heavy-duty trucks over the next 10 years, and may even find application in next-generation cars.
Tactile Pressure Sensors Can Enhance Google Glass
Guest Blogs 
10/18/2013  10 comments
Google Glass puts a world of relevant, user-centric data literally right in front of your eyes. A tactile pressure sensor-equipped version could tap into the quantified self and health-tracking trends by allowing for real-time biometric monitoring.
Rising Engineering Stars: We Want You!
Blog 
10/18/2013  14 comments
Help us recognize engineers (a.k.a rising engineering stars) who are ahead of the trends and making big moves in the design engineering community.
Slideshow: Cadillac's Plug-In ELR Will Sell for $75K
Captain Hybrid 
10/17/2013  32 comments
Almost five years since its introduction as a concept car at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, the 2014 Cadillac ELR is finally slated to hit the streets at a starting price of $75,995.
Bud Industries' Board-Ganizer Dev Kit Keeps Wires in Check
Blog 
10/17/2013  6 comments
Bud Industries' Board-Ganizer multi-development board enclosure kit allows users to layout and assemble up to three PCBs/SBCs and shields along with a single breadboard.
GM Chooses Micro- Over Mild-Hybrid in New Malibu
Captain Hybrid 
10/16/2013  8 comments
In a move that highlights the rise of micro-hybrid technology in next-generation vehicles, General Motors has chosen to stick with start-stop technology on its 2014 Chevy Malibu, while discarding a more costly mild hybrid system.
EV Battery Maker A123 to Focus on Micro-Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/15/2013  21 comments
A123 Systems LLC, which opened North Americaís biggest electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in 2010, is retargeting its lithium-ion technology toward the fast-growing micro-hybrid market.
MIT's ConceptNet Helps Advance Artificial Intelligence
Blog 
10/15/2013  3 comments
The idea behind MIT's ConceptNet is to give systems and technical devices a better understanding of the human language.
Reader Vote Round 4: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
10/14/2013  12 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers.
Tactile Sensing: Humanoid Robots With a Sense of Touch
Guest Blogs 
10/11/2013  21 comments
Bots like iRobot's Roomba and Rethink Robotics's Baxter are at the forefront of humanoid robot development.
Researchers Create Brain-to-Brain Interface in Rats
Blog 
10/11/2013  10 comments
Duke University researchers are linking rats' minds in the hopes of restoring motor control to paralyzed patients one day.
Video: 0-62 MPH in 2.9 seconds
Blog 
10/10/2013  7 comments
Swedish automaker Koenigsegg's 2014 Agera S ďhypercarĒ will take you from 0 to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 260 mph -- for a starting price of $1.46 million.
Dassault's Virtual Reality Cave Helps Visualize Projects
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/10/2013  7 comments
Dassault Systemes displayed its virtual reality cave during its SolidWorks 2014 release conference.
Slideshow: Koenigsegg's $1.46M 'Hypercar' Goes From 0-62 in 2.9 Seconds Flat
Electronic News & Comment 
10/9/2013  28 comments
Koenigsegg Automotive AB's 2014 Agera S "hypercar" goes from 0 to 62 in under 3 seconds, hits a top speed of 260 mph, and starts at $1.46 million.
Record 44.7% Solar-Cell Efficiency Achieved
Blog 
10/9/2013  12 comments
Researchers achieved a new world record in solar-cell efficiency with a four-junction solar cell comprised of four solar subcells based on III-V compound semiconductors for use in concentrator photovoltaics.
Slideshow: 'Bizarre' Incident Led to Tesla Battery Fire
Electronic News & Comment 
10/8/2013  56 comments
The metal object that caused last week's Tesla Model S EV battery fire reportedly tore through the bottom of car, leaving a gaping hole in the armor plate that protects the battery.
It Takes a Good Vendor to Get a Good Outcome
Sherlock Ohms 
10/8/2013  23 comments
Reaching out for additional expertise without delay can make the difference between good outcomes and slow, costly ones.
Designers Take Note: Win $3,000 for Your Creativity
Blog 
10/8/2013  3 comments
Texas Instruments' LDC1000 Inductance-to-digital converter (and your imagination) are the key elements in a contest that nets you $3,000 and special recognition at DESIGN West 2014.
Slideshow: Honda Rolls Out 50-MPG Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 
10/7/2013  39 comments
Honda rolled out its 2014 Accord Hybrid this week, which promises to get 50 mpg city. The car will use a gasoline-electric powertrain to also reach an EPA rating of 45 highway mpg, and 47 combined mpg.
NFC Ring Opens Many Doors
Guest Blogs 
10/7/2013  10 comments
Near field communication (NFC) is bringing the excitement surrounding wearable tech to an all-time high.
Littelfuse Intrinsically Safe Fuses
Blog 
10/7/2013  2 comments
The deadline to enter Littelfuse's Speed2Design contest is fast approaching. Enter today for a chance to win a trip to NASA Johnson Space Center.
Video: Impact Caused Tesla Battery Fire
Electronic News & Comment 
10/4/2013  44 comments
A fire in a Tesla Model S electric sedan has once again placed a spotlight on the issue of lithium-ion battery safety.
Lume Light-Infused Clothing Highlights Wearable Tech
Blog 
10/4/2013  17 comments
Clothing outfitted with LEDs is the latest trend in wearable tech, right up there with Google Glass.
The Lightning Came With a Crash
Sherlock Ohms 
10/4/2013  23 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.
Toyota Is Sticking With Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
10/3/2013  26 comments
The "father of the Prius" said this week that his company plans to continue to push the state of the art in hybrid technology, and added that most consumers aren't ready yet for pure electric vehicles.
DIY: Build Your Own Robotic Bug
Engineering Materials 
10/2/2013  27 comments
A crowdfunded DIY version of the cockroach-like DASH robot invented by engineering students at the University of California, Berkeley, is now available on Dragon Innovation.
Battery Lab Could Help GM Reach EV Vision
Captain Hybrid 
10/2/2013  16 comments
General Motors is plowing more money into its electric vehicle vision, nearly tripling the size of the lab where it tests and validates batteries for the Chevy Volt, Cadillac ELR, and Spark EV.
Game Technologies Rolls With Digital Dice
CAD/CAM Corner 
10/2/2013  18 comments
The Polish startup Game Technologies has developed new dice packed with an incredible amount of technology for use with game applications.
Create FIR Filters in Software
Blog 
10/2/2013  Post a comment
For this demonstration of FIR filters in operation an ARM mbed module was used in combination with an NXP LPC1768 microcontroller (ARM Cortex-M3 processor).
What Do You Leave for Last?
Blog 
10/1/2013  7 comments
Take extra caution if circuit protection falls to the bottom of your list of priorities during the design phase.
Crises Stimulate Opportunities
Guest Blogs 
10/1/2013  4 comments
Crises in universities and industry must uncover new ways to collaborate.




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