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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in November 2012
Time Is Running Out
Blog 
11/30/2012  2 comments
Tuesday, December 4 is your last chance to enter the Golden Mousetrap Awards. So, what are you waiting for?
Gadget Freak Case #230: The Inexpensive Dimmable LED Desk Lamp
Gadget Freak 
11/30/2012  53 comments
Andrew Morris designed a dimmable LED driver circuit that is simple and energy efficient. He then installed the circuit into a portable fluorescent lamp.
Texas Instruments' Color TI-84+C Graphing Calculator Surfaces
Blog 
11/30/2012  14 comments
TI graphing calculators haven't changed much in 22 years. Is that about to change with the color TI-84+C? A walk through their history might shed some light.
SparkFun Takes Electronics to Future Engineers & Scientists
STEM Connection 
11/30/2012  16 comments
SparkFun has started a crowd-funding project to sponsor a tour that will promote electronics education throughout the US and perhaps in Canada, too.
Slideshow: GM Debuts Pure-Electric Spark
Captain Hybrid 
11/29/2012  29 comments
General Motors rolled out the battery-powered Spark EV, marking the first time it has introduced an all-electric car since it scrapped the infamous EV1 a decade ago.
Steer-By-Wire to Reach Production Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
11/28/2012  57 comments
Taking a page from the world of aviation, Nissan Motor Co. plans to enter the "by-wire" world and control the steering of a future Infiniti vehicle with electronic signals.
Future of Farming Geared for Efficient Robotic Workers
Blog 
11/28/2012  32 comments
With overpopulation and a decaying environment, the world needs more food, faster. Robots come to rescue, delivering tireless efficiency to the farmland.
Establishing Pressure Sensor Selection Criteria
Guest Blogs 
11/28/2012  8 comments
Selecting a pressure sensor should balance your outlay with what the sensor must do and your level of involvement.
Slideshow: Finding Success by Focusing on Failure
Guest Blogs 
11/27/2012  10 comments
Rob Manning, chief engineer of the Mars Science Laboratory, sits down for a chat with Design News.
Slideshow: Making Sense of Connected Sensors
Blog 
11/26/2012  11 comments
The Embedded Technology 2012 trade show held recently in Yokohama, Japan, focused on five smart technologies: energy, healthcare, agriculture, automotive, and transportation systems, as well as mobile and cloud computing.
Strange Case of the High VSWRs
Sherlock Ohms 
11/26/2012  11 comments
The amplifiers failed tests time after time. Maybe it's not the amplifiers' problem.
The Secret to Eliminating ESD Damage? Read Your Datasheet
Electronic News & Comment 
11/21/2012  10 comments
The scourge of electronic devices -- electrostatic discharge (ESD) -- can be virtually eliminated by designers doing one simple task: reading their datasheets.
Lightning Knocks Out Aircraft's Compass
Sherlock Ohms 
11/20/2012  27 comments
When lightning hit the Boeing jet, the instruments went haywire.
Bodkin Develops Homemade Explosive Detector
Blog 
11/20/2012  12 comments
Bodkin develops explosive detection to keep soldiers at a distance.
Complete CNC Board Implementation
Guest Blogs 
11/20/2012  7 comments
A CNC motherboard architecture incorporates everything needed to build a small or midsized DIY CNC machine.
Slideshow: Sports & Technology
Blog 
11/19/2012  14 comments
Check out some of the amazing technologies that sports and athletes have adopted over the years.
Engineers: It's BYOD for Life
Blog 
11/19/2012  16 comments
The concept of "bring your own device" to work is causing every type of business to do some restructuring for the sake of security.
Video: Pointing & Clicking Without a Mouse
Blog 
11/16/2012  10 comments
Microchipís GestIC technology, which enables intuitive, gesture-based, non-contact user interfaces, is the heart of a range of end products, starting with the MGC3130.
Circuit Protection; Shock Tactics in Real-Time
Blog 
11/16/2012  4 comments
Littelfuse is putting its weight behind an initiative that promises to deliver real-time responses to engineers working on designs requiring circuit protection.
Could Pure Electrics Emit More Than Hybrids?
Captain Hybrid 
11/15/2012  54 comments
After studying the life cycle of electrified cars, researchers have concluded that hybrids with smaller batteries pollute less than pure EVs.
The Work Day of the Future
Blog 
11/15/2012  27 comments
In 20 years, what will the typical work day be like? That is the question the Working Worlds in 2030 project is trying to answer.
Embedding Power Everywhere
Guest Blogs 
11/14/2012  17 comments
What if you needed a wrench and found they were all the same size? Solar power systems face that problem now.
Engineering Directives Not Followed... Again
Blog 
11/14/2012  9 comments
What happens when 4km of speaker wire is wrongfully installed?
Slideshow: Apple iPad 4 Teardown
Blog 
11/13/2012  17 comments
Apple stunned reporters with the announcement of a fourth-generation iPad (or iPad 4), just over six months since the launch of the iPad 3.
Is Your Personal Device Personal?
Blog 
11/13/2012  14 comments
Do you use your personal mobile device in your plant, and does your company expect you to use your own iPad or smartphone for company use?
Acoustic Signatures Reveal Railway Bearing Defects
Mechatronics Zone 
11/13/2012  13 comments
The RailBAM can detect damage to the wheelset bearings in trains sooner than other techniques, improving reliability and reducing maintenance costs.
Slideshow: Service Robots Can Do Most Anything
Blog 
11/12/2012  41 comments
The range of services that robots can perform is extremely broad -- from assisting the elderly to cleaning polluted water to repairing spacecraft.
Want to Generate Energy? Go Fly a Kite
Blog 
11/12/2012  26 comments
Kite energy farms are more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly than wind turbines, according to Nature Technology Systems.
Indignation With Taking Liberties
Blog 
11/12/2012  23 comments
What happens when the talented but willful production team takes engineering directives as suggestions?
Video: IEEE Programs Give Back
Blog 
11/9/2012  9 comments
IEEE has launched programs to bring engineering help to developing countries and the rural US.
Texture & Motion Sensor From Autodesk Research, an Innovative HMI
Blog 
11/9/2012  5 comments
Autodesk's Magic Finger is equipped with an ADNS 2620 low-resolution, high-speed optical flow sensor that senses X-Y motion, and a high-resolution AWAIBA NanEye micro RGB camera with modified HDNS-2100 lens that detects the surface being touched.
Slideshow: Pack Expo Packs 'Em In
Blog 
11/8/2012  13 comments
The world's biggest packaging show, Pack Expo in Chicago, provided a glimpse of the future of automated machinery and robotics.
Slideshow: Solving the Driver Distraction Dilemma
Captain Hybrid 
11/7/2012  69 comments
Automakers and suppliers are taking it upon themselves to improve the safety of devices that they're building and putting into vehicles.
Design News Product Spotlight
Blog 
11/7/2012  2 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we've posted some products from Microchip, Microsemi, and Cypress that deserve a little highlighting.
Slideshow: Apple iPad Mini Teardown
Blog 
11/6/2012  19 comments
Despite Steve Jobs' protestations that 7-inch tablets were "too big to compete with a smartphone; too small to compete with an iPad," on Oct. 23, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced Apple's latest device, the iPad Mini.
Tier 1 Auto Supplier Tests Hybrid Systems Using Simulation
Blog 
11/6/2012  15 comments
Lear Corp. is testing and validating its hybrid and EV power systems with software simulation.
My Opinion on IEC 61508: It Puts Safety First
Blog 
11/6/2012  2 comments
IEC 61508 is intended to be a basic functional safety standard thatís applicable to all industries.
The Ghost Image Messed With the Display
Sherlock Ohms 
11/6/2012  15 comments
There was a ghost image on the display, but nothing was wrong with the connection. So what was the problem?
Video: The Incredible Lego 'Great Ball Contraption'
Gadget Freak 
11/5/2012  35 comments
Hey Gadget Freaks -- check out the largest, most intricate Lego machine we've ever seen!
Video: Compressed Air Powers Hybrid Engine
Captain Hybrid 
11/5/2012  9 comments
Freescale Semiconductor demonstrated an air-electric hybrid at the recent Convergence 2012 conference in Detroit.
Video: Pneumatics Power Scary Guy
Electronic News & Comment 
11/2/2012  12 comments
Bimba Manufacturing Co. gave a demonstration of the air-powered Scary Guy on Halloween at Pack Expo in Chicago.
Slideshow: Paris Auto Show Drives Electric
Captain Hybrid 
11/1/2012  46 comments
The Paris Auto Show featured the latest in EV and hybrid technology.
Optically Isolated Relays Can Handle Industrial Systems, Too
Guest Blogs 
11/1/2012  3 comments
If you think optically isolated relays are just for test-and-measurement applications, think again.




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