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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in March 2014
Teardown: Inside the HTC One (M8)
Blog 
3/31/2014  12 comments
The second generation HTC One, dubbed the HTC One (M8), features a dual flash and the new Sense 6 UI.
Teen Invents Artificial Arm Controlled by Bluetooth-Powered Brain Waves
STEM Connection 
3/28/2014  24 comments
Shiva Nathan, 15, built the prosthetic for his cousin in India, after she lost her arms in an explosion.
Best-Practices for Level Measurement Device Selection
Guest Blogs 
3/28/2014  4 comments
Based on the application, several factors must be considered to ensure the accuracy and effectiveness of a level measurement device.
Texas Motor Speedway Lights Up Massive Scoreboard
Electronic News & Comment 
3/27/2014  25 comments
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
Orbiting Solar Panels Beam Energy From Space
Blog 
3/26/2014  34 comments
Paul Jaffe, from the US Naval Research Laboratory, has built modules of satellites outfitted with solar panels and antennas to beam solar power from space.
Inventables Unveils Easel for Cloud-Based Design & Fabrication
CAD/CAM Corner 
3/26/2014  2 comments
Easel was created with beginners in mind. It acts as sort of a gateway app that takes novices from project inception to actual milling in just five minutes.
My Opinion on the IoT: It Isn't Just for Consumers
Blog 
3/26/2014  3 comments
Having a sensor sitting at every node of your operation might seem like information overload, but it’s actually not.
Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback
Electronic News & Comment 
3/25/2014  38 comments
Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops.
My Life as a FIRST Robotics Mentor
STEM Connection 
3/25/2014  4 comments
When you experience the energy of FIRST through the students you’re mentoring, you discover that it’s one of the more fun things you can do with your spare time. I encourage you to find a team and help out. You’ll discover that the students who participate are first-rate, dedicated, responsible, and creative. And if you’re already involved with a FIRST team, thank you.
When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions
Sherlock Ohms 
3/25/2014  18 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: It’s a Simulated World
Blog 
3/24/2014  10 comments
Here's a quick look at the wide array of applications for simulation software tools.
Bluetooth Brings Intelligence to Slot Racing
Electronic News & Comment 
3/24/2014  11 comments
Smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity are coming to the venerable hobby of slot car racing.
Obama Announces 2 New Innovation Hubs
Blog 
3/24/2014  3 comments
In an effort to boost US manufacturing, President Obama recently announced the opening of two new manufacturing innovation hubs -- in Chicago and Detroit. The hubs will serve as institutions to increase manufacturing technology in the US and will create local jobs for middle-class workers.
Picking the Right Processor Is Crucial
Blog 
3/21/2014  30 comments
We’ve put together a series of classes in our Continuing Education Center that looks at the PIC family of microcontrollers. The lecture series is named Pick (and Implement) the Right PIC MCU.
Don't Hold Your Breath for Volkswagen's Lithium-Air Battery
Captain Hybrid 
3/21/2014  34 comments
Volkswagen AG is developing a lithium-air battery that could triple the range of its electric cars, but industry experts believe it could be a long time before that chemistry is ready for production vehicles.
Video: Virtual Reality Makes Human-Robot Interaction Safer
Blog 
3/20/2014  19 comments
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are trying to bridge the distance between humans and industrial robots, not in the real world, but in the virtual one. They have created a way to make these types of interactions safer through a virtual reality environment that enables humans to work closely with robots without being near them.
Future Efficiency Regulations May Focus on Systems
Guest Blogs 
3/20/2014  15 comments
Since industrial motor efficiency is nearing its theoretical maximum, system efficiency is the next logical focus for improvement.
The Customer Is Not Always Right
Sherlock Ohms 
3/20/2014  17 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.
Tesla's Gigafactory Would Bring Us Closer to Reality
Captain Hybrid 
3/19/2014  29 comments
After reading all the recent news reports about Tesla Motors’ proposed “Gigafactory,” it’s hard not to wonder about the future of battery-electric cars, and how low their costs can really go.
3D-Printed Smart Membrane Detects Heart Problems
Blog 
3/19/2014  24 comments
A research team in the lab of Igor Efimov at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a prototype for a stretchy, custom-fitted, implantable membrane that can give doctors feedback about irregularities occurring inside someone's heart.
Shrimp Shells Make Compostable, Moldable Bioplastic
Engineering Materials 
3/18/2014  15 comments
Wyss Institute researchers at Harvard have created a low-cost, biodegradable plastic made from shrimp shells that can be used to mass-produce 3D compostable consumer goods, using injection molding or casting processes.
Slideshow: View Automation's History, From George Washington to Robots Everywhere
Blog 
3/17/2014  10 comments
The history of automation begins in 1790 and roars through the 20th Century with stunning advances. One of the highlights was the Ford River Rouge Plant -- iron ore went into one end of the plant and a finished Model T came out the other end.
Turning Wastewater Into Green Energy Curbs Electrical Distribution Costs for Engineers
Guest Blogs 
3/17/2014  4 comments
Using green energy lets engineers create environmentally friendly power systems and indirectly helps to reduce greenhouse gases. The costs related in creating effective power-supply systems can also significantly become low with the use of renewable energy.
Gadget Freak Review: Personal Lost & Found; DIY Solar Phone Charger
Gadget Freak 
3/14/2014  11 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at a personal motion tracking device that uses Bluetooth a DIY solar phone charger that is built in a mint tin and only costs $7 to build.
Solar-Panel 'Skin' May Be Future of Sustainable Home
Blog 
3/14/2014  17 comments
A team of Dutch designers has come up with a way to retrofit a typical home in the Netherlands with a “skin” of solar panels and smart technology to make the home more sustainable and energy neutral.
EcoVolt Technology Transforms Beer Into Energy
Blog 
3/13/2014  21 comments
Boston-based Cambrian Innovation has developed a solution called EcoVolt that uses bioelectrochemistry to treat wastewater so it can be turned into electricity. The company is targeting the beverage industry to convert waste from making beer and wine into energy breweries and wineries can use to run their operations.
Check Memo for Intermittent Electronic Problems
Made by Monkeys 
3/13/2014  13 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Tiny MCU Adds Intelligence to Internet of Things
Electronic News & Comment 
3/12/2014  7 comments
A new microcontroller that’s smaller than a golf ball dimple may offer a solution for future Internet of Things applications.
Battery-Free Technology Brings Gesture Control to Myriad Devices
Blog 
3/12/2014  7 comments
The AllSee prototype sensor lets users control devices such as smartphones through hand movements, even if the users can't see them.
Ending the Dead-Battery Dilemma for Delivery Truck Drivers
Blog 
3/11/2014  26 comments
Maxwell's Supercapacitor takes over the start function of the truck and ensures that drivers won't be affected by battery loss while making deliveries.
Chasing Down an Errant Engine Light
Sherlock Ohms 
3/11/2014  29 comments
The problem with the engine light was not the usual sort. Only Sherlock Ohms could chase down the real problem.
Haptic Feedback Takes UIs to Another Level
Guest Blogs 
3/11/2014  4 comments
Haptic feedback technology takes advantage of the sense of touch by applying a range of motions, vibrations, and forces. This creates new UI challenges.
Ring Controls Smart Devices From Your Finger
Blog 
3/10/2014  24 comments
A piece of metal worn on your finger will allow you to control all your smart devices.
Gadget Freak Review: Boeing's Self-Destructing Smartphone & Light Tracker to Improve Health
Gadget Freak 
3/7/2014  16 comments
This Gadget Freak review looks at Boeing's trusted smartphone device and a solar-powered light tracker designed to help improve your health.
Knowing When to Say When: Product Retirement Strategies
Guest Blogs 
3/7/2014  9 comments
Knowing when and how to retire a product is as important to maximizing profits as knowing when to introduce new offerings.
Hum Bars Hampered the TV Screens
Sherlock Ohms 
3/7/2014  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: Considering the History of Electric Cars...
Captain Hybrid 
3/6/2014  38 comments
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
Slideshow: Top 5 Energy-Saving Gadgets
Guest Blogs 
3/6/2014  10 comments
From kettles to phone chargers, these devices can reduce energy use while providing an array of easy-to-use, innovative household amenities.
Machines Can’t Do What Engineers Do So Well
Guest Blogs 
3/5/2014  23 comments
Engineers are well positioned to be the leaders for innovation in this new age of machines. Human-centered design enables us to manage the vast amounts of information and the power of technology in solving the world’s problems.
Teardown: Is HP's Z820 Too Good to Be True?
Blog 
3/4/2014  10 comments
HP's flagship workstation is called super upgradeable, and touts "tool-free serviceability." Join us to see if this machine is too good to be true, or just what the doctor ordered!
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
STEM Connection 
3/4/2014  19 comments
We are giving the First folks (and any associated parties) a mechanism to get their word out. If you're involved with First or have anything to say about the organization, let us know.
Why Did It Take GM a Decade to Identify Ignition Switch Problems?
Electronic News & Comment 
3/3/2014  55 comments
Further investigations on the matter may serve as a case study on how big manufacturers handle the smallest details of design.
CFD Beats Trial-&-Error Prototyping
Guest Blogs 
3/3/2014  Post a comment
Time to market is everything in the manufacturing business. Introducing new products with key performance advantages brings new revenue. Do that faster than competitors, and gain the upper hand.




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