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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in March 2012
Slideshow: Top Medical Tech Engineering Innovations
Electronic News & Comment 
3/30/2012  21 comments
Bionic limbs, innovative infusion systems, and transcranial doppler brain scanners are just some of the innovations engineers are bringing to the exploding medical design arena.
Are Automakers' Managers Hurting Engineering?
Captain Hybrid 
3/29/2012  50 comments
Toyota and Honda again dominated Consumer Reports' reliability ratings, while BMW, Volkswagen, General Motors, and Chrysler again brought up the rear.
Broken Switch Shocks Engineer
Sherlock Ohms 
3/28/2012  29 comments
Make no assumptions that an on/off switch actually works. You could end up making a shocking discovery.
Homeowner Overrides Three-Speed Fan Switch
Made by Monkeys 
3/27/2012  31 comments
One tug on the chain of a three-speed fan should turn it on at slow speed, right? Not this time.
Internal Combustion Engines Primed for Performance
Captain Hybrid 
3/26/2012  70 comments
From tiny inline-fours to muscular diesels to split-cycle engines, conventional internal combustion engines are advancing at a torrid pace.
Case of the Silent Sound
Sherlock Ohms 
3/23/2012  6 comments
When the sound chip doesn't work on a computer board, a DOS debugger might come in handy.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 2
Blog 
3/22/2012  12 comments
With the price increase in rare earth oxides, engineers find themselves considering alternative designs to minimize such magnets in a system without affecting performance.
Monoxide Detector Balky About Batteries
Made by Monkeys 
3/22/2012  48 comments
In order to put the batteries in this carbon monoxide detector, you have to break it.
Ford Escape Taps Capacitive Sensing for Hands-Free Liftgate
Electronic News & Comment 
3/21/2012  19 comments
Ford engineers used capacitive sensing technology to create a hands-free liftgate on the 2013 Ford Escape.
High Voltage Amps Up the Automobile
Captain Hybrid 
3/20/2012  15 comments
Engineers need a new breed of wires, interconnects, and other electronic components to handle the bigger loads of electrified vehicles.
Petroski on Engineering: Envelopes of Experience
Guest Blogs 
3/19/2012  21 comments
Computer-generated drawings may be the new standard, but hand-drawn and designed work is admired.
Electric Car Subsidies Won't Make EV Batteries Better
Captain Hybrid 
3/19/2012  38 comments
Higher subsidies would likely boost electric vehicle sales, but experts say the battery issue still need to be addressed.
DESIGN West Preview: Tesla CTO Keynoting on EV Innovation
Captain Hybrid 
3/16/2012  5 comments
JB Straubel, chief technical officer and a founding team member of Tesla Motors, will deliver a keynote speech on creating electric cars at the Design West show and conference.
Does the Return on Investment Justify High College Costs?
Blog 
3/15/2012  68 comments
Fortunately for the engineering community, the market sets a very high value on our degrees and associated skills.
Rebuilding Manufacturing: Readers Say Reduce Regulations
Wolfe's Den 
3/14/2012  33 comments
New innovations in technology are everywhere, but where should the support come from?
Fitting the Fan Into a Wrong-Size Hole
Sherlock Ohms 
3/14/2012  18 comments
Trying to fit a a too-large fan into a too-small wall mount can be a problem. If you can't make the wall hole larger, you have to make the fan smaller.
Slideshow: Airbags From the Inside Out
Captain Hybrid 
3/13/2012  65 comments
Automakers once balked at the idea of an airbag mandate. Today, airbags come standard, and are even seen in seatbelts and center consoles.
$100k Fisker Karma 'Bricked' During Consumer Reports Test
Captain Hybrid 
3/12/2012  56 comments
A Fisker Karma died in a parking lot during testing at the Consumer Reports automotive test facility in Connecticut last week.
Washer Bearings Washed Out Early
Made by Monkeys 
3/9/2012  27 comments
Even though the bearings gave out early, this consumer still swears by front-load washing machines.
Apple’s Siri Springs to Life in 3D
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/8/2012  14 comments
Shapeways’ contest to visualize Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant in the iPhone 4S, shows just how comfortable the general public is getting with 3D printing technology.
GM: We're Not Pulling the Plug on Chevy Volt
Captain Hybrid 
3/7/2012  41 comments
The temporary halt in the production of the Chevy Volt isn't a sign that the Volt is dead or that electric cars are disappearing.
EV Battery Might Triple Electric Car Range
Captain Hybrid 
3/6/2012  103 comments
A startup company has created a low-cost electric car battery with an energy density they claim is almost three times as high as that of the Nissan Leaf battery.
Reducing Risk Through Integrated Advanced Development
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2012  15 comments
Integrated advanced development can help minimize risk associated with lack of knowledge, lack of product development, and lack of infrastructure.
DN Insight: What Rare Earth Shortages Mean for Engineers, Part 1
Blog 
3/5/2012  44 comments
A range of market forces will prop up prices for rare earth metals. Learn how to mitigate the effect.
How Do You Define an Engineer?
Guest Blogs 
3/5/2012  45 comments
Engineers are the multi-talented, multi-skilled tool we use to solve problems -- society's Swiss Army knife.
Debate Continues as Ruling on Backup Cameras Postponed
Captain Hybrid 
3/2/2012  49 comments
The postponement of a rule on backup cameras in new vehicles did not stop the debate over the issue.




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