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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in November 2013
The A/C Blew Up the Earth Station
Sherlock Ohms 
11/29/2013  25 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.
Windows Phone App Studio Gets Upgraded
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/29/2013  1 comment
Using the Windows Phone App Studio, users can create Windows phone apps simply using their IE10 browser.
My Opinion on the Internet of Things
Blog 
11/29/2013  6 comments
The idea of having everything connected to everything is quite intriguing and opens up a wealth of opportunities.
The Importance of Mentors
STEM Connection 
11/27/2013  42 comments
Jon Titus, a longtime contributor to Design News, is retiring. In this, his farewell column, he stresses the importance of having mentors, and thanks his own.
Self-Healing Polymer Could Be Key to Longer-Lasting Batteries
Blog 
11/26/2013  43 comments
Researchers at Stanford University are using a Terminator-like material to improve the durability of lithium-ion batteries so they don’t crack under the pressure of use. This tech is promising for EVs and consumer electronics.
Select Reliable Connectors for Mobile Devices
Guest Blogs 
11/26/2013  6 comments
If you've spent any time looking for the right connector to use in a smartphone or other mobile device, you might believe that all fine-pitch, low-profile connectors are created equal. But they're not.
Get Smart About Your R&D Spend
Guest Blogs 
11/25/2013  9 comments
At the end of the day, it's the effectiveness of R&D spend that matters, not how much is spent. Take Apple and Microsoft, for example.
Who Will Be Gadget Freak of the Year?
Gadget Freak 
11/22/2013  14 comments
After six rounds of voting, it comes down to this -- the final showdown. Who created the best gadget featured in Design News this year? We're counting on you to tell us.
Study: Self-Driving Cars Are Less Than 20 Years Away
Electronic News & Comment 
11/22/2013  40 comments
Semi-autonomous cars will hit the market by 2020, a study finds, and fully autonomous, self-driving vehicles could be available a decade later.
Manufacturing Is Officially Coming Home
Blog 
11/22/2013  26 comments
Manufacturers are investigating a new great location for their plants: North America.
Wiring Inspection Is Needed to Eliminate Electrical Hazards
Guest Blogs 
11/22/2013  13 comments
A wiring inspection is important before starting any sort of electrical work. Here’s why a wiring inspection for electrical hazards is necessary.
Gadget Freak Case #248: Digital Walking Stick for the Blind
Gadget Freak 
11/21/2013  21 comments
Marin Davide has developed a digital stick for the blind that's designed to cost the same as a traditional stick.
Smart Glasses Help the Blind See
Blog 
11/21/2013  21 comments
Dr. Stephen Hicks of the University of Oxford has created smart glasses that use simple visual images along with descriptions of nearby signs to help the blind navigate.
Slideshow: Tech Toys for Aspiring Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
11/20/2013  33 comments
From Tinker Toys and Erector sets to LeapPads and littleBits, we offer a short history of some of the best toys for aspiring engineers.
The New Controller Just Wasn’t Cool
Sherlock Ohms 
11/20/2013  16 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: New Directions in Wearable Tech
Blog 
11/19/2013  27 comments
A recent contest sponsored by the element14 design community and Adafruit Industries shows that designers are hard at work on innovations that integrate fabric and technology to create smart products.
Get to Know UL 1604
Guest Blogs 
11/19/2013  3 comments
We routinely field questions about UL 1604 and which products comply with it. Here are the answers to some of those questions.
Slideshow: Kickstarter's Latest & Greatest Inspire Us
Electronic News & Comment 
11/18/2013  15 comments
In 2012, 2.2 million people pledged $319 million to kick-start more than 18,000 of its projects on Kickstarter.com. Here's a look at some of the most inspired ideas from the ultimate crowdfunding platform.
Capacitive Tactile Sensors Solve Myriad Challenges
Guest Blogs 
11/18/2013  3 comments
Exciting ideas are often fun to consider, but developing a truly useful solution requires the right combination of interest, design, available technology, and perhaps most important, know-how.
The Sled Mangled the Coupling
Sherlock Ohms 
11/15/2013  9 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: Engineering the Silver Screen
Electronic News & Comment 
11/14/2013  52 comments
From James Stewart and Jack Lemmon to Ed Harris and Leonardo Dicaprio, we take a look at some of the most notable movie engineers.
Slideshow: Toyota's Automotive Aquarium
Electronic News & Comment 
11/13/2013  27 comments
What has four wheels, 800 gallons of salt water, and a talking sponge? That would Toyota's 2014 SpongeBob Highlander: Tanked Edition.
Slideshow: 20 Great Technology Quotations
Electronic News & Comment 
11/12/2013  40 comments
Everyone, from JFK to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and actor Matthew McConaughey, has opined on technology. From wise to funny to inaccurate, we offer a few of the most notable.
Slideshow: Super Cell Brings Efficiency to Server Production
Blog 
11/12/2013  3 comments
Efficiency in production can sometimes be improved by redesigning the production space.
Early Safety Consideration Speeds the Design Process
Blog 
11/12/2013  6 comments
Bringing safety into the design process early improves time to market.
Reader Vote Round 6: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
11/11/2013  19 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.
Disney Develops Energy-Harvesting Finger-Touch Tech
Blog 
11/11/2013  28 comments
Disney has developed a technology that can generate enough energy from the movement of a fingertip to light a string of LEDs or control electrical components on e-paper or printed materials.
Engineers Design Battery-Free Wireless Device
Blog 
11/11/2013  13 comments
Engineers from the University of Washington have developed a way to power communications devices without the need for batteries or other power sources.
Slideshow: Artsy Robots Take Center Stage
Blog 
11/8/2013  25 comments
Once the realm of just science and technology, robots now are turning up more and more in the world of fine arts, making appearances in art exhibitions, creative promotional campaigns, and even on stage in the theater.
Daylight Savings Foils Mouse-Less Machine
Made by Monkeys 
11/8/2013  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Bluetooth and Audio: a Great Combination
Blog 
11/8/2013  4 comments
Microchip recently released a development kit with the goal of simplifying design for Bluetooth-enabled smartphone docks and speakers.
Slideshow: Wireless Charging Comes to Automobiles
Captain Hybrid 
11/7/2013  37 comments
Although a plug-in electric car has its advantages, some suppliers are betting that not all EV owners will want to plug in. Some, they say, will want to charge their cars wirelessly.
Clock Couldn't Keep Time Straight
Made by Monkeys 
11/7/2013  31 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Slideshow: Urbee Developer Shooting for 290 MPG
Captain Hybrid 
11/6/2013  20 comments
Urbee, the 3D-printed car that has attracted international attention, now has a new task to conquer -- driving from New York to San Francisco on just 10 gallons of gas.
All I Really Need to Know About Engineering, I Learned From Star Trek
Guest Blogs 
11/6/2013  32 comments
Since its premiere in 1966, the television program Star Trek has inspired multiple generations of young people to pursue careers in science and engineering.
Reed Switch Loves Resistor
Made by Monkeys 
11/6/2013  22 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Meet the World’s Smallest Semiconductor Company
Blog 
11/6/2013  9 comments
JVD Inc., which specializes in custom analog ICs, has just four full-time employees, but has a big presence in the semiconductor industry.
Video: What 3D Printing Can & Can't Do
Electronic News & Comment 
11/5/2013  18 comments
3D printers can create parts of virtually any geometry, but engineers need a solid grasp of the technology to make the investment in it worthwhile, experts at Stratasys' Manufacturing the Future Summit said.
Simulink Offers Easy, Graphical Programming for Raspberry Pi & Arduino
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/5/2013  4 comments
At the Open Hardware Summit, we saw that MathWorks' Simulink allows you to debug your model (embedded software) before deploying it onto hardware.
Always-On Sensors Bring Real Benefits
Blog 
11/5/2013  7 comments
QuickLogic's ArcticLink 3 S1 platform integrates a sensor manager that can implement a very low-power I2C master interface that communicates with multi-axis sensors like accelerometers, magnetometers, gyroscopes, ambient light sensors, and pressure sensors.
Slideshow: Robots Turn Housekeepers
Blog 
11/4/2013  28 comments
Companies such as iRobot and Toyota have developed robotic helpers that not only assist with household chores, but also serve as robotic companions.
Add Touch to a Smartphone or Mini Tablet
Blog 
11/4/2013  10 comments
To simplify the design of touch-based products, Atmel has developed the mXT640T, mXT336T, and mXT224T touchscreen controllers.
Video: BlinkScan Captures Multiple Images at Once
CAD/CAM Corner 
11/1/2013  3 comments
BlinkScan's software makes the latest desktop scanner stand out. Unlike other scanners, this one can crop and straighten images of documents automatically.




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