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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in December 2012
The Future in Automotive Front Lighting
Guest Blogs 
12/28/2012  8 comments
Next-generation headlights could combine all the lighting functionality necessary in the front of the automobile, including daytime running lights, high beams, low beams, cornering/bending lights, position lights, and turn signals.
Modeling the MEMS Gyroscope
Blog 
12/28/2012  4 comments
How does the MEMS gyroscope work and how can it be modeled?
To Protect LEDs, Know Your Standards
Blog 
12/27/2012  12 comments
LEDs have become so prominent in so short a time that new standards and specifications are emerging faster than most engineers can gain familiarity with them.
Rotary Angle Encoders Go Programmable
Blog 
12/26/2012  3 comments
Addressing the need for customization, Novotechnik US offers programmable products that let engineers do things like create one-off encoders.
That Fictitious Force
Guest Blogs 
12/26/2012  7 comments
The ubiquitous MEMS gyroscope uses it, but what is it?
Are Automotive 'Black Boxes' Secure?
Electronics News 
12/21/2012  22 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a rule this month ordering automakers to put so-called "black boxes" in all new vehicles by late 2014, but some experts are concerned that the new rule won't protect the security of the data stored inside.
10 Tech Gifts to Buy Your Engineer for Christmas
Blog 
12/19/2012  14 comments
Plop your laptop on the dining room table so your significant other can tune in to what you'd really like this holidays. Spoiler alert: Many of these suggestions are off the beaten path.
Focus LED Design on Driver Topology, Circuit Protection
Guest Blogs 
12/19/2012  9 comments
For optimum cost and reliability, a major focus for LED lighting designers typically needs to be on driver topology, along with the type and placement of circuit protective devices.
Stop Expenses From Leaking Away
Guest Blogs 
12/19/2012  7 comments
As recent extreme weather events have once again demonstrated, water, our most treasured resource, can also be a source of widespread and costly damage to society.
Highlights From the Product Showcase
Blog 
12/19/2012  4 comments
We’ve just posted some products from Texas Instruments, Aerotech, and Netherlocks that deserve a little attention.
Slideshow: What Does the Future Hold for Man & Machine?
Blog 
12/18/2012  33 comments
Will we soon have robotic companions helping us with our day-to-day work? The industry is headed in that direction, but is it happening fast enough?
ICCVE: The Importance of Open Standards
Guest Blogs 
12/18/2012  7 comments
Rich Hulett, chairman of the IEEE Standards Association Board of Directors, opened the session on Standards for Connected Vehicles at the International Conference on Connected Vehicles and Expo.
A Machinist's Calculator for the Holidays
Mechatronics Zone 
12/17/2012  18 comments
The Machinist Calc Pro computes speeds and feed rates for milling, turning, and drilling: cutting speed, spindle speed, feed rate (inches/minute), cutting feed, etc.
Video: Robot Swarm Channels Beethoven
Blog 
12/17/2012  11 comments
A swarm of robots uses spatio-temporal routing algorithms to deploy the fewest members and travel the shortest distance possible while playing "Fur Elise."
ICCVE: Rail Transportation & Communications
Guest Blogs 
12/17/2012  2 comments
In the world of transportation, the role of the engineer as a force for innovation has never been greater and the opportunities have never been more challenging than today.
Engineering Faculty Debates Generalists vs. Specialists
Mechatronics Zone 
12/14/2012  24 comments
During a recent meeting with engineering-school faculty and alumni, Contributing Technical Editor Jon Titus talked about whether colleges should educate generalists or specialists. What do you think?
Inspiring Keynote Delivered at ICCVE
Guest Blogs 
12/14/2012  2 comments
The first ICCVE opened with an inspiring keynote speech by Norman Mineta, former US Secretary of Transportation, and a host of leaders from the intelligent transportation and technology world.
Slideshow: BMW's All-Electric Concept Coupe
Automotive News 
12/13/2012  36 comments
BMW AG took another step toward electrification at the Los Angeles Auto Show by rolling out a concept version of an electric, three-door coupe.
Error Code Boggled the Boiler
Made by Monkeys 
12/13/2012  23 comments
When the boiler quit working, the error code should have led to a solution, but it did not.
Old EV Batteries May Power Homes One Day
Automotive News 
12/12/2012  30 comments
Partially depleted Chevy Volt batteries could find new life in energy storage applications outside the vehicle.
Engineering Students Show Off Interdisciplinary Problem-Solving Skills
STEM Connection 
12/12/2012  10 comments
An innovative program at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago teams up students to work together to solve complex, open-ended, real-world problems.
A Lousy Way to Deal With Parts
Made by Monkeys 
12/12/2012  18 comments
Sometimes managing parts can be idiosyncratic, and that's not always a good thing.
Mystery Signals Show Up in Neurological Amplifiers
Sherlock Ohms 
12/11/2012  35 comments
The strange, sporadic noise problem was coming from somewhere -- maybe from a submarine detector?
Mixing Paint(ball) With Workstations
Sponsored Blogs 
12/10/2012  3 comments
KEE Action Sports has leveraged true professional workstation innovation with Intel technology to become, and remain, a leader in the sport of Paintball. And that doesn’t happen by accident.
Xbox 360 Gets a $5 Fix
Made by Monkeys 
12/10/2012  20 comments
Just before buying a new Xbox 360, one gamer found a fix that cost a mere $5.
Selecting Connectors for Mobile Medical Devices
Blog 
12/10/2012  5 comments
Here are the key technical factors to consider when looking for a reliable connector for use in mobile or other handheld medical devices.
Gadget Freak Case #231: Super Rugged Computer-Controlled Tyco Car
Gadget Freak 
12/7/2012  13 comments
Matthew Katzenstein took an electrical car and added a range of control based on robotics.
Fabrication Technique Gives Graphene the Flexibility for Future Transistors
Blog 
12/7/2012  5 comments
As electronics become smaller and faster, graphene transistors will become the center of attention for helping the transition from old-school to fast future in the coming decade.
Heterogeneous Multicore & the Future of Vision Systems
Guest Blogs 
12/7/2012  5 comments
Multicore will help vision systems move from the lab to the real world.
Automatic Code Generation & the Arduino
Guest Blogs 
12/6/2012  10 comments
Innovation in engineering practice and education has been reinvigorated by two complementary concepts: automatic code generation and the inexpensive, open-source, single-board microcontroller.
Slideshow: Why Automakers Are Rolling Out Electric Cars
Automotive News 
12/5/2012  51 comments
Electric vehicle sales are anemic, and EV battery makers are fighting for their lives. Why are automakers rolling out a steady stream of new battery-powered cars?
Branding MEMS Inside
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2012  5 comments
Robert Brunner has not only proven his ability to design beautiful and useful products; he has also demonstrated an uncanny ability to communicate to a bunch of MEMS executives the power of his message.
Design Decisions: What Designers Need to Know About EMI Shielding
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2012  4 comments
The balancing act between accessibility/airflow and shielding from electromagnetic interference can be maintained with a honeycomb filter.
Slideshow: Robotic Medical Assistants
Blog 
12/4/2012  17 comments
Medical robots are helping with surgery, diagnostics, and remote presence.
Petroski on Engineering: Design Begets Design
Guest Blogs 
12/4/2012  15 comments
New designs have a variety of origins. Some are prompted by necessity, some by desire, and some by just plain playfulness.
More New Products to Watch For
Blog 
12/4/2012  6 comments
In the Product Showcase section, we've just posted some products from Tolomatic, Osram Opto Semiconductors, and Banner that need a little highlighting.
Slideshow: Chrysler Rolls Out All-Electric Fiat
Automotive News 
12/3/2012  34 comments
Chrysler Group LLC took a small step in the direction of electrification this week, rolling out a battery-powered, mini-compact hatchback.
PLM's Antidote to Med Device Makers' Compliance Woes
Blog 
12/3/2012  6 comments
Medical device manufacturers are looking to PLM to help establish more rigorous processes around compliance.
My Opinion on PLM in the Cloud
Blog 
12/3/2012  16 comments
Cloud-based PLM is here to stay and will have a significant impact in the market.
RMS Meter Saves Investor Big Bucks
Made by Monkeys 
12/3/2012  22 comments
A black box was purported to generate more energy than what was put into the box. The RMS meter told a different story.




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