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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in December 2013
Bad Solder Stopped Bosch Dishwasher
Made by Monkeys 
12/31/2013  27 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Smart Home Systems Are on the Rise
Blog 
12/31/2013  29 comments
Berg Insight places a sudden surge of acceptance in home automation in the coming years, which is set to rise to 2.3 million by the end of 2013.
Wireless SD Card Connects Any Digital Camera to a Smart Device
Blog 
12/26/2013  74 comments
The Eye-Fi Mobi SD card links to smartphones, tablets, and PCs for easy transfer of photos and video.
H-Bridge: Black Box or Are Details Important?
Guest Blogs 
12/23/2013  23 comments
What goes on inside an H-bridge is critical to know for system performance.
GM Distributor Cap Sets Off Misfire Code
Sherlock Ohms 
12/23/2013  14 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 NFL
Electronic News & Comment 
12/19/2013  40 comments
This holiday season, when you kick your feet up to watch football, remember this: There are engineers out there. Not just on college teams, but in the pros, as well.
ATX West: Major Manufacturing Show Comes to Anaheim in February
Blog 
12/19/2013  9 comments
ATX West will display manufacturing tech in Anaheim February 11 through 13.
Slideshow: Fuel Cells Inch Forward
Captain Hybrid 
12/18/2013  7 comments
Hydrogen fuel cells aren’t positioned to solve the world’s energy needs, but they are enjoying a revival of sorts.
NASA Wants Back in the Space Game
Blog 
12/18/2013  33 comments
NASA's technology developments point to a hot desire to get back into human-based space travel.
Malware That’s Transmitted Through Sound
Blog 
12/18/2013  24 comments
The Fraunhofer Institute for Communication has created malware that is transmitted via a ACS sound modem.
Survey: Development Boards Reduce Need for Custom PCB Design
Guest Blogs 
12/18/2013  2 comments
A recent survey conducted by CadSoft found that engineers involved in PCB design are increasingly targeting a variety of applications, with some of the most popular including control systems, open hardware, and robotics.
Slideshow: Toyota Moves Closer to Fuel Cell Production Car
Captain Hybrid 
12/17/2013  39 comments
The auto industry’s fuel cell mini-trend gained a bit more momentum recently, as Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled a close approximation of the hydrogen-powered car it plans to market in 2015.
Gadgets That Fly, Take Fish-Eye Photos & Build Prototypes
Gadget Freak 
12/17/2013  15 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a variety of gadgets, including a remote-controlled helicopter that folds into its own controller, a 3D panoramic camera, and a personal 3D printer that sells at the (relatively) low cost of $1,300.
Eraser or Sledge Hammer? You Decide
Guest Blogs 
12/17/2013  15 comments
Conducting design research up front reduces your risk of problems occurring downstream. As you move through the R&D process, you can start investing more money more confidently.
Gadget Freak of the Year: the Winner Is ...
Gadget Freak 
12/16/2013  24 comments
Andrew Morris has emerged victorious and has been named Design News's first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year. He's on to show off his gadget at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Show in Anaheim in February.
3 Ways Tactile Sensing Can Drive Improvements in the Auto Industry
Guest Blogs 
12/16/2013  4 comments
Explore three real-world applications that demonstrate how capacitive tactile sensor technology can accelerate advances in automotive testing and safety.
Slideshow: Honda Plans Fuel Cell Vehicle for 2015
Captain Hybrid 
12/13/2013  32 comments
Honda Motor Co. is ratcheting up its investment in fuel cells, rolling out a futuristic new concept vehicle and announcing plans to launch a hydrogen-powered production car in 2015.
Microsoft's $100M Xbox One Controller
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/13/2013  5 comments
Microsoft says it spent more than $100 million in the research and development of its new Xbox One controller. Was it worth it?
Slideshow: Hydrogen-Powered Hyundai to Hit Showrooms in February
Captain Hybrid 
12/12/2013  37 comments
Hyundai Motor Co. has launched production of a hydrogen fuel cell-powered crossover vehicle, with the intent of building and leasing 1,000 of them by the end of 2015.
NASA Readies Robonaut for Planetary Environments
Blog 
12/12/2013  12 comments
NASA's Robonauts are being developed for inter-planetary travel, and to take over for astronauts when the work becomes too dirty or dangerous.
Slideshow: NIOSH Gives Nanomaterials Handling Recommendations
Engineering Materials 
12/12/2013  1 comment
New materials handling guidelines from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health give recommended engineering controls for nanoscale materials, which just keep proliferating.
Goldie Fishwater & the Internet-Connected Aquarium
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/10/2013  17 comments
Contributing editor Cabe Atwell developed a Raspberry Pi and Arduino-based remote network fish tank control for his goldfish, Goldie Fishwater.
NASA Test Launches Planetary Vehicle
Blog 
12/10/2013  13 comments
NASA is developing Project Morpheus, a vehicle that can lift off and set itself down on planetary surfaces.
Slideshow: Nissan's BladeGlider EV Aims for Efficiency, Performance
Captain Hybrid 
12/9/2013  25 comments
Nissan Motor Co. is taking the electric vehicle into new territory, rolling out an exotic-looking three-seat concept car that combines sustainability with race car-like performance.
Engineering the Future With 3D Software
CAD/CAM Corner 
12/9/2013  3 comments
3D visualization is helping us express information in a way that’s more informative and easier to decipher.
Hackers Love Windows XP
Blog 
12/6/2013  45 comments
Microsoft will quit supporting – and patching – Windows XP in April. This may be a cruel development for plants.
NI's Dr. T to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Blog 
12/6/2013  15 comments
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
MEMS Gains Momentum in China
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2013  4 comments
The Chinese are investing in the people and the infrastructure that will make the Chinese MEMS industry competitive in the world economy — with hopes of being the best.
Looking Ahead to the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge
Guest Blogs 
12/5/2013  2 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
IEEE’s Top 10 Tech Trends for 2014
Blog 
12/4/2013  16 comments
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
Smart Power Strip Automates Appliances
Blog 
12/4/2013  14 comments
Easy home automation comes with a new Kickstarter project, the smart power strip. It controls various AC outlets with a wireless controller and a smartphone app.
Amazon 'Octocopters' Face Technical Challenges
Electronic News & Comment 
12/3/2013  53 comments
Amazon.com's proposed drone-based package delivery scheme is achievable, but it could face significant technical hurdles before reaching the marketplace.
Death of the Desktop
Guest Blogs 
12/3/2013  53 comments
At what point will mobile devices fully replace the old desktop computer?
There's Still Time to Vote for Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
12/3/2013  5 comments
The final showdown is under way in our first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year contest. Who will win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show? It's up to you, dear readers, to tell us.
The Unsymmetrical Stop Band Response of a Band Pass Filter
Sherlock Ohms 
12/3/2013  4 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.
5 Things That Can Benefit From Capacitive Tactile Pressure Sensors
Guest Blogs 
12/2/2013  8 comments
Physical comfort can make or break an experience. Here’s a list of some tools and products that could benefit from pressure sensor technology.
Design Decisions: Choosing the Correct NEMA Enclosure
Guest Blogs 
12/2/2013  4 comments
First determine the operating environment, then ascertain the cooling requirements and methods.
Space Engineers: out of This World Learning Game
Blog 
12/2/2013  5 comments
Czech Republic-based Keen Software House recently released a game with a new twist on game play and learning. The game is Space Engineers. People play as engineers in space, as the title implies.




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