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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in February 2012
Auto Vehicle-to-Vehicle Comms Viewed as Life Saver
Captain Hybrid 
2/29/2012  24 comments
Consumer Reports has given V2V technology a significant vote of confidence.
Solder Blamed for Faulty Window Operation
Sherlock Ohms 
2/29/2012  27 comments
After an accident, the windows on the Honda Odyssey did not quite work correctly.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show's Concept Cars Roll Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 
2/27/2012  27 comments
The 2012 North America Internation Auto Shows displayed concept cars from Cadillac, Lexus, VW, Chrysler, and other car makers, spotlighting electric and hybrid power trains.
Case of the Faulty Oscillator
Sherlock Ohms 
2/27/2012  19 comments
We couldn't figure out why the oscillator was faulty. We should have looked at who touched it last.
Rebuilding America: Should US Companies Follow Germans' Lead?
Guest Blogs 
2/23/2012  41 comments
Rather than sacking loyal, trained workers, many struggling German companies simply cut the hours of all employees in order to preserve jobs and, ultimately, the enterprise.
Flawed Connections Need Careful Examining
Sherlock Ohms 
2/23/2012  17 comments
Sometimes the only way to identify an electronics problem is to get a good look at the situation.
Air Guitar Retuned by Clippard's Pneumatics
Electronic News & Comment 
2/22/2012  30 comments
Clippard Instruments demonstrated a pneumatically operated guitar at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show.
Case of the Reversed Power Switches
Sherlock Ohms 
2/17/2012  13 comments
When everything you do to fix the motor fails, it's time to examine your assumptions.
Case of the Plunging Insulation Resistance Values
Sherlock Ohms 
2/16/2012  9 comments
Not all measurements can be trusted, especially if you're using improvised equipment.
Start-Stop Micro Hybrids Gain Momentum
Captain Hybrid 
2/16/2012  30 comments
A Lux Research study predicts that within the next five years, more than half of the new cars sold in the US will be micro- or mild hybrid vehicles.
Wireless Power Pitched as Replacement for EV Batteries
Captain Hybrid 
2/15/2012  60 comments
Stanford University researchers believe they've found a better way to build a long-range electric car. Amazingly, their solution has nothing to do with batteries.
Air Bags Cocoon Driver in GMC Acadia
Captain Hybrid 
2/14/2012  12 comments
The new GMC Acadia will now have air bags on both sides of the driver, above and below the shoulder, as well is in the front.
Apple Blasted for Tiny Torx Screws
Blog 
2/13/2012  81 comments
During a DesignCon 2012 teardown, iFixit's CEO criticized Apple for replacing its Phillips screws with tamper-resistant ones.
Rewound Motor Saves Refrigerator
Sherlock Ohms 
2/13/2012  30 comments
Sometimes the real problem is hard to see. Sometimes the fix is even harder to see.
Slideshow: Electric Car Batteries Get Bigger
Captain Hybrid 
2/10/2012  58 comments
To boost the range of pure electric vehicles (EVs), automakers need more onboard energy. To get more energy, they need bigger battery packs.
How Many Calculus Classes Do Engineers Need?
Mechatronics Zone 
2/10/2012  38 comments
Unlike his friends in engineering programs, blogger Jon Titus had little need for calculus except in a few of his college physical-chemistry labs and classes.
Chevy Volt's Big Problem Isn't Safety, It's Cost
Captain Hybrid 
2/9/2012  73 comments
In the wake of the Chevy Volt fire investigations, sales are down, and General Motors' (GM) CEO Dan Akerson is blaming the downturn on a spate of bad publicity.
MEMS in Sports
Guest Blogs 
2/9/2012  23 comments
MEMS in sports is such a hot topic that MEMS Industry Group – a partner of Sensors in Design (part of Design West Summit) – will showcase it at next month’s conference.
Design News Radio Explores Medical Electronics
Electronic News & Comment 
2/9/2012  24 comments
Medical device designers who want to learn more about electronics should join us at Design News Radio on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 2:00 p.m. EST.
Electric School Bus Eliminates 'Range Anxiety'
Captain Hybrid 
2/8/2012  26 comments
Smith Electric Vehicles teamed with Trans Tech Bus to roll out a 42-passenger, 26,000-lb electric bus called the Newton eTrans, which it hopes will change the way children get to school every morning.
Can You Hear Air Traffic Control Now?
Sherlock Ohms 
2/8/2012  10 comments
After several years of ground-to-air noise, Sherlock Ohms brought clarity to Air Traffic Control.
MEMS Is the Word
Wolfe's Den 
2/7/2012  12 comments
Our Sensors in Design summit focuses on emerging applications.
LEDs Light Up Dodge Dart
Electronic News & Comment 
2/6/2012  43 comments
The new Dodge Dart uses 152 LEDs to form a ruby red "racetrack" around the trunk, tail lights, and rear decklid.
Global Warming: Are the Skeptics Right?
Captain Hybrid 
2/3/2012  540 comments
Is the science of global warming incontrovertible? Sixteen distinguished scientists say no.




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