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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in March 2013
Slideshow: A Day at the NY Auto Show
Blog 
3/29/2013  14 comments
DN Brand Director Rich Nass recently spent the day at the NY International Auto Show. Here's a sampling of what he saw.
Quantum Cryptography Secures the Electrical Grid
Blog 
3/29/2013  13 comments
Los Alamos National Laboratory develops Quantum Cryptography methods to protect the electrical grid from unwanted observers.
What Can You Do With 1 Trillion Frames/s?
Blog 
3/29/2013  10 comments
If you’re in the Boston area on April 10 or 11, plan to stop by the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center to check out our Design & Manufacturing New England show.
Video: Crowdsourcing App Helps Space Agency Improve Robots
Blog 
3/28/2013  19 comments
A free iPhone video game app turns your Parrot AR.Drone into a simulated spacecraft, which you can use to simulate docking on the International Space Station. You get points for accuracy and speed, and the European Space Agency gets tons of data to help make better space robots.
Raspberry Pi-Powered Projector Tells You How Fast You’re Riding Your Bike
Blog 
3/28/2013  16 comments
The Raspberry Pi-powered speedometer was designed by Matt Richardson for nighttime bike riding.
NASA Uses Video Processing to Study Hurricanes & Wildfires
Blog 
3/27/2013  12 comments
Advanced video processing and networking deployed aboard NASA's Global Hawk as part of its Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel mission use a full motion video compression appliance to provide visual situational awareness of hurricanes and wildfires.
Cyberwarfare Rising as Governments Embrace the Digital Battlefield
Blog 
3/27/2013  26 comments
Cyberwarfare is at an all time high and key players are considering cyber attacks as a formal declaration of war.
Taking Some of the Grit out of Manufacturing
Sponsored Blogs 
3/26/2013  7 comments
Technology can go a long way toward helping people at all levels in manufacturing, and this list of technologies and solutions can help the manufacturing industry.
Slideshow: Engineering Apps You Need to Know About
Blog 
3/25/2013  22 comments
There are plenty of engineering apps on the various markets, and industry standardizing corporations are getting into the game. It's time to become familiar.
Rich's Video Blog: Airplane Engine Difficulties & Cars From 3D Printers
Blog 
3/25/2013  17 comments
Rich's recent flight showed that it's not just the Dreamliner that's having difficulties. And have you heard of the car that was manufactured with a 3D printer?
Results: Your Opinions on a Design Ideas Forum
Engineering Materials 
3/25/2013  22 comments
Here's a summary of your ideas for starting a Design Ideas forum that poses design problems and asks for input from the community to help solve them in innovative ways. We also ask for a bit more feedback to help fine-tune things.
Design West: How to Fund Your Tech Startup With Kickstarter
Blog 
3/25/2013  7 comments
Ever wonder how to get your project going through Kickstarter? Start here.
Slideshow: Robotic Hands Mimic Humans
Blog 
3/22/2013  23 comments
Robot R&D has focused recently on closely emulating the human ability to pick up; manipulate; and move small, delicate objects in unstructured environments outside the factory safety cage.
Antenna Tower 4 Has No Base Current
Sherlock Ohms 
3/22/2013  19 comments
Engineering problems in the broadcast field can range from defective components, operator errors, snakes, or a combination of factors. Sometimes you need to call Sherlock in to solve the case.
Product Showcase: Recent Highlights
Blog 
3/22/2013  3 comments
We’ve just posted some products in our showcase from HEIDENHAIN, Master Bond, and Tolomatic that deserve a little attention.
Video: DropTag Gives Packaging & Shipping Information in Real-Time
Blog 
3/21/2013  27 comments
The DropTag from Cambridge Consultants comes with a smartphone app that gives uses the ability to monitor package health.
ConnectSmart App Monitors Solar Inverters
Blog 
3/21/2013  6 comments
You can expect a continuing wave of mobile apps (like the Danfoss SolarApp) for monitoring all types of industrial equipment over the next couple of years.
Boeing Should Never Say Never
Electronics News 
3/20/2013  49 comments
Boeing's insistence that its new 787 battery design eliminates the possibility of fire may pacify the average consumer, but it hasn't made engineers happy.
German Student Creates Device That Harvests Energy From Air
Blog 
3/20/2013  84 comments
A German university student has designed an energy harvester that derives energy from electromagnetic fields in the air to recharge small batteries and appliances.
Time to Market: A Tale of 2 Products
Guest Blogs 
3/20/2013  10 comments
When getting into a new market, it is important to make the mistakes you are going to make while there is profit to pay for it and lower expectations on product performance.
Smart Basketball Analyzes Shooting, Dribbling
Electronics News 
3/19/2013  32 comments
InfoMotion Sports Technologies' 94Fifty can measure the arc and backspin on a shot, or the speed and force of a player’s dribbling.
Google Offers Sneak Peek at Your Available Spectrum
Blog 
3/19/2013  12 comments
Google.org, the Internet mogul's charitable arm, is publicizing a Spectrum Database that can be used to monitor white space across the US.
Stringed Nano Beads Could Improve Lifespan of Lithium-Ion Batteries
Blog 
3/19/2013  16 comments
A team at the University of Maryland has created nanoscale beads of silicon that could extend the number of charging cycles lithium-ion batteries can go through by about 10 times the current design.
The Engineering Creativity Challenge
Guest Blogs 
3/19/2013  12 comments
Brainstorming an idea is a good approach, but it's often not the best. We need to focus our creative energies on the design challenge.
Slideshow: Volkswagen to Build World's Most Fuel-Efficient Car
Automotive News 
3/18/2013  56 comments
Volkswagen AG is planning to roll out a production car that will combine a plug-in hybrid powertrain with low weight and an aerodynamic shape to reportedly achieve a startling fuel efficiency rating of 261 mpg.
3D-Printed Hybrid Car Drives Toward Mass Production
Blog 
3/15/2013  17 comments
KOR EcoLogic has teamed with Stratasys's RedEye On Demand 3D printing business unit to fabricate a lightweight electric car, Urbee, that could take to the streets in about two years.
Video: Open-Source Oximeter Prototype Is Bluetooth Connected
Blog 
3/15/2013  8 comments
The SmartPulse prototype from SmartMaker is a Bluetooth-connected blood-oxygen sensor set to open-source the medical niche.
Cognitive Control in the Real World
Blog 
3/15/2013  12 comments
Control systems have evolved over time from fixed value controllers to adaptive control systems.
Energy-Harvesting Soccer Ball Gets a Kickstart
Blog 
3/14/2013  21 comments
Uncharted Play Inc. founders have developed a prototype soccer ball that captures the kinetic energy created when it is kicked or thrown.
How to Transmit Light Instead of Electricity on PC Boards
Engineering Materials 
3/14/2013  39 comments
A new silicone-based material developed by Dow Corning and IBM promises to enable flexible, stable, and easily processable board-level optical waveguides for high-speed data transfer.
Castigated Engineer Sees the Light
Sherlock Ohms 
3/14/2013  12 comments
A machine-tool builder sacrifices part quality in order to save a few bucks.
Monkeying Around With the Mazda Saved Some Cash
Made by Monkeys 
3/13/2013  44 comments
An automaker with a known problem commanded a premium price for replacement parts. One owner came up with his own cheap fix.
Slideshow: Y Combinator Hackathon's Prize-Winning Designs
Blog 
3/13/2013  6 comments
Imagine sending an Instagram to your Internet toaster and printing it -- on whole wheat or white bread. Imagine creating your own vision for a variant of Google's Project Glass.
Increasing Electronics Reliability With Conformal Coatings
Guest Blogs 
3/11/2013  18 comments
Selecting the right coating at the beginning of the design cycle can give engineers greater reliability and durability in the electronic devices they design.
Benefits of Direct Charging Design in Wireless Power
Guest Blogs 
3/8/2013  7 comments
Wireless power circuits offer benefits for portable devices, such as cellphones.
'Internet Snacking' Coming to GM Vehicles
Electronics News 
3/6/2013  53 comments
In the auto industry's biggest move yet to build connected cars, General Motors plans to install 4G data modems on millions of its future vehicles, enabling them to serve as Internet hotspots.
What's Your Opinion on a Design Ideas Forum?
Engineering Materials 
3/6/2013  40 comments
What do you think about starting a forum on Design News that focuses on innovative, problem-solving design ideas where individual engineers and companies can trade comments and suggestions for solving design problems?
Video: BallCam Puts Football Fans on the Field
Electronics News 
3/5/2013  32 comments
Football fans are about to get the ultimate view of their favorite sport, thanks to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.
Slideshow: MIT Engineering Students Design Wish-List Devices for Physicians
Blog 
3/5/2013  15 comments
Many physicians at one time or another have probably thought their jobs might be a lot easier if they had custom-made devices to help them perform procedures. For the past nine years, a class at MIT has been making some of these wishes reality.
Check Out Rich’s Video
Blog 
3/4/2013  27 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass has some things to get off his chest.
Video: Flying Camera Is Your Personal Paparazzo
Blog 
3/4/2013  65 comments
The palm-sized MeCam from Always Innovating, based on open-source software, will follow you around and take videos of you and your friends.
BlackBelt Wipes Data From Personal Devices
Blog 
3/4/2013  21 comments
BlackBelt's DataWipe cleans mobile devices of all recoverable personal information, which is important when disposing of or selling a mobile device.
Development Kits Enable Simple ZigBee Trial
Blog 
3/4/2013  5 comments
If you’re considering going with ZigBee for your end system, or even if you’re thinking about a different protocol, you might want to give these kits from Anaren a look.
My Opinion on Evaluating the Latest Tools & Hardware
Blog 
3/1/2013  1 comment
We put the latest evaluation kits from Autodesk and Intersil to the test.




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