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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in February 2014
Slideshow: 15 Inventions That Changed Our Lives
Blog 
2/28/2014  89 comments
While there have been numerous inventions over the last 100 years that have made our lives better in some way, some more than others have significantly changed the way we do things in our everyday lives, and had the ability to change industries and markets. We present 15 of them.
Gadget Freak Review: Google Phone Creates 3D Models & Virtual Wallet Replaces Credit Cards
Gadget Freak 
2/28/2014  9 comments
This gadget freak review highlights some new mobile technologies. Google's Project Tango is building 3D models of the space around you, and the Loop is a virtual wallet that allows you to pay merchants by transmitting your card data.
Fasteners, Adhesives Hold Things Together at MD&M West
Engineering Materials 
2/28/2014  3 comments
At the MD&M West show and co-located events in Anaheim, Calif., four companies displaying fastening systems and other assembly methods like adhesives stood out.
Hospitals Require Efficient, Low-Cost Electrical Power Distribution
Guest Blogs 
2/28/2014  1 comment
Engineers use efficiency enhancing products in hospitals that help cut down on utility costs and increase the efficiency of power distribution across the board. These installation devices can be high-voltage transformers and other circuits that enable a facility to get continuous power supply.
Could Tesla 'Gigafactory' Bring EVs to the Masses?
Automotive News 
2/27/2014  38 comments
Tesla Motors plans to build a huge battery factory in hopes of making electric cars affordable for the general public.
Simulation Helps Design a Fuel Tank
Guest Blogs 
2/27/2014  10 comments
When most people think of their car’s fuel tank, it’s a simple thought about keeping it from running dry. For engineers, designing an automotive fuel tank is a complicated (and sometimes costly) endeavor.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Plugs in the New Golf
Automotive News 
2/26/2014  7 comments
Volkswagen AG plans to unveil the next piece of its multi-pronged sustainability strategy next week, rolling out the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid at the Geneva Motor Show.
Slideshow: Why California Matters to the EV Market
Automotive News 
2/25/2014  49 comments
California's Zero Emission Vehicle laws have been adopted by seven other states, and could bring 3.3 million electric vehicles to the road by 2025.
Free WiFi for Everyone!
Blog 
2/25/2014  17 comments
Soon, the Internet will be free and accessible from anywhere in the world thanks to Media Development Investment Fund’s mini-satellite WiFi network.
Reshoring, TCO & DFMA
Guest Blogs 
2/25/2014  9 comments
With labor becoming a smaller part of most companies’ total cost and much of the cost-savings opportunities residing in lean and DFMA manufacturing, why endure the higher costs and negative aspects of offshoring?
US Army Goes Green With Solar Energy
Blog 
2/24/2014  62 comments
The solar array at Fort Carson, Colo., which is part of the Army's largest microgrid installation, is part of an overall strategy to use solar power to cut costs and for other tactical purposes.
More Rule Changes Coming for 1 to 500 HP Motors
Guest Blogs 
2/24/2014  12 comments
With the new proposed rule, almost all three-phase motors in three-digit NEMA frames and also enclosed 56-frame (plus IEC equivalents) will need to meet premium efficiency levels per MG 1 table 12-12. This includes NEMA Designs A, B, and C, and IEC Designs N and H.
Gadget Freak Case #251: Billiards Ball Counter
Gadget Freak 
2/21/2014  17 comments
William Grill needed a counter to play a game of call shot, so he created an electric one to keep score.
The Tesla Fires Are Fixable
Automotive News 
2/21/2014  58 comments
By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.
CAD to Commerce
Guest Blogs 
2/21/2014  4 comments
The cloud is more than a big computer in the sky. True cloud solutions will change the product development and consumer engagement workflows we know today.
Slideshow: Pickups Roll at Chicago Auto Show
Electronics News 
2/20/2014  38 comments
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
NI's Dr. T.: 'Competition Is Now Ecosystem to Ecosystem'
Blog 
2/20/2014  7 comments
Dr. James J. Truchard of National Instruments insists that successful technology companies have to create ecosystems to compete.
Staying Safe From High Voltage
Sherlock Ohms 
2/20/2014  7 comments
Working on one of these amplifiers, one had to be very cognizant of the possibility of getting bit by a flash over.
Slideshow: What You Missed at Pacific Design & Manufacturing
Blog 
2/19/2014  22 comments
Thousands of companies came together at the Anaheim Convention Center last week to display their technologies during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, and WestPack shows, among others.
World's Smallest Reed Switch Makes Technology Easier to Swallow
Electronics News 
2/19/2014  14 comments
A tiny new MEMS-based reed switch may enable engineers to reduce the size of the electronic circuitry in devices ranging from ingestible endoscopes and hearing aids to insulin delivery systems and brake fluid monitors.
Slideshow: Smart Devices Add Intelligence to the Next-Gen Home
Blog 
2/18/2014  21 comments
Innovative inventors have developed a range of gadgets to create a more intelligent lifestyle, from a temperature-driven sleep sensor to a device that combines GPS and other sensors to monitor aspects of an automobile.
Fitness Formula Flaw Miscounts Calories
Made by Monkeys 
2/18/2014  14 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Use Maps, Not Recipes, for Student Project Success
Guest Blogs 
2/18/2014  8 comments
By creating roadmaps we can prepare students to think critically and decide the appropriate way to solve a problem, while keeping them engaged every step of the way.
Solar Research Paves Way for Energy-Harvesting Glass
Blog 
2/17/2014  45 comments
A UK-based company is developing solar-cell technology that could help advance the market for integrating solar energy-harvesting glass into commercial buildings.
Gadget Freak Review: DIY Open-Source Car, Smartphone-Controlled Radiator Cover
Gadget Freak 
2/14/2014  10 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at an open-source DIY car that can be assembled in an hour and an intelligent radiator cover controlled though a smartphone app.
First's Robotics Competition Highlights Aerial Assistance
Blog 
2/14/2014  3 comments
First, the nonprofit that runs a series of robotics competitions, showcased some past winners and the parameters of the current contest at SolidWorks World 2014.
Driverless Cars Are Coming to England
Guest Blogs 
2/13/2014  15 comments
The UK government recently unveiled a £1.5 million project to design and manufacture a range of driverless vehicles, which will become operational in a UK city center.
2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards: & the Winners Are...
Blog 
2/12/2014  4 comments
The winners of the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards were announced last night during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Kia Bares Its Soul EV in Chicago
Automotive News 
2/11/2014  28 comments
Kia Motors laid the foundation for an electric future last week, rolling out the battery-powered Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show.
3 Questions Answered by an Energy Harvesting Expert
Blog 
2/11/2014  18 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recently sat down with Yogesh Ramadass, a design engineer with Texas Instruments and an expert on the subject of energy harvesting. He asked him some pertinent questions on the subject.
Corroded Copper Stops Dial Tone
Sherlock Ohms 
2/11/2014  33 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: Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Gains Momentum
Automotive News 
2/10/2014  34 comments
Electric car batteries can do more than power electric cars. They can send current to homes and buildings or send it back to the grid. They may one day store energy from wind and solar farms.
Pressure Sensing in 3D Applications
Guest Blogs 
2/10/2014  5 comments
Tactile pressure-sensing technology has the potential to alter our world in ways we might not expect.
DOE Small Motor Rule Takes Effect in March 2015
Guest Blogs 
2/10/2014  2 comments
The Small Motor Rule will set fairly high efficiency levels for motors that are currently unregulated in the US.
Gadget Freak Review: Simple Tool Seals Wounds, Construction Set for Straws, Electronic Wall Outlet Safe
Gadget Freak 
2/7/2014  10 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a simple device for sealing gunshot wounds, an open-source construction set that uses straws and cardboard to build shapes and objects, and a hidden electronic safe built into a wall.
Video: Double Robotics Gives Telecommuters a Virtual Office Presence
Blog 
2/7/2014  14 comments
Once the topic of debate about its validity to the workplace, telecommuting has now become an integral and sometimes even necessary part of the modern work style.
Golden Mousetrap Awards Finalist Alert -- Webench
CAD/CAM Corner 
2/7/2014  Post a comment
Texas Instruments' Webench is vying to win the Golden Mousetrap Award in the Analysis & Calculation Software category, but it is up against some pretty tough competition from Mentor Graphics, COMSOL, and aPriori Inc.
Shorted Spark Plugs Cause Misfire Code
Sherlock Ohms 
2/6/2014  8 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: Plug-Ins Roll at Detroit Auto Show
Automotive News 
2/5/2014  12 comments
Though plug-in introductions were down at this year's North American International Auto Show, hybrids and pure electrics still made their mark.
Heat Sinks Are Too Hot to Touch
Made by Monkeys 
2/5/2014  28 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Look to Learning Labs for Help With Medical Electronics
Electronics News 
2/4/2014  7 comments
Visitors to this year's Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show will have an opportunity to boost their electronics acumen, thanks to a series of Learning Labs covering topics ranging from medical sensors to smart packaging.
Slideshow: The New Mustang's Technology Leads the Way
Electronics News 
2/3/2014  55 comments
Ford Motor Co. will give new meaning to the term “muscle car” in 2014 by rolling out a Mustang that features a small engine with big power numbers.
Stratasys Unveils High-End, Multi-Material 3D Printer
Blog 
2/3/2014  8 comments
Stratasys came out swinging at SolidWorks World 2014, unveiling its high-end, multi-material 3D printer –- the Objet500 Connex3.




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