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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in April 2013
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Video Blog: We May Be Geeks, but We Control the World
Blog 
4/29/2013  18 comments
People who attend technical conferences like Design West are often mistakenly labeled as geeks. Do you even know what the real meaning of a geek is? Check out my video blog and I'll fill you in.
Bad Parts Plague Oscilloscope
Sherlock Ohms 
4/29/2013  27 comments
The part used to replace a bad part was also bad.
Researchers Design Hybrid Solar-Vibration Energy Harvester
Blog 
4/29/2013  10 comments
Researchers from South Korea have devised a nanotechnology-inspired hybrid device that can harvest energy from both sunlight and sound vibrations simultaneously.
Slideshow: Profs Say Fukushima Plant Passed Ultimate Test
Electronic News & Comment 
4/26/2013  159 comments
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant performed beyond its best expectations after being struck by a mammoth earthquake and a 40-ft-high tidal wave in 2011, experts said.
Video: Oxford RobotCar Takes It to Another Level
Blog 
4/26/2013  24 comments
Oxford Mobile Robotics Group created RobotCar, which has a 360-degree scanner, GPS, and LIDAR.
The Case of the Failed Leading Edges
Sherlock Ohms 
4/26/2013  6 comments
Be careful how materials are accepted and rejected. It may not make any sense.
Pinoccio Microcontroller Provides Device Connectivity for Internet of Things
Blog 
4/25/2013  12 comments
As demand increases for more and more devices and appliances to be connected wirelessly to each other and the network, technology is emerging to provide built-in connectivity at the device development level.
Yes, This Was Really on Display at Hanover Fair
Blog 
4/24/2013  23 comments
As a wrap-up to all the reporting we did at Hanover Fair in Hanover, Germany, here are some of the more interesting sights we came across.
Wind Turbines Coming to a City Near You
Blog 
4/24/2013  57 comments
Professor Farzad Safaei of Australia’s University of Wollongong has developed a wind turbine that can be used in urban areas via positioning on skyscrapers and other buildings.
DVD Player Controls Frustrate Movie Buff
Made by Monkeys 
4/24/2013  18 comments
The placement of the buttons on this DVD player make no sense at all.
Researchers Use DVD Burner to Fabricate Microcapacitors
Blog 
4/24/2013  4 comments
UCLA researchers have designed a new way to fabricate microcapacitors that could provide a more efficient and cost-effective way to provide energy sources for micro devices that charge 100 to 1,000 times faster than standard batteries.
Slideshow: 18 People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/23/2013  66 comments
Did you know Tom Landry and Dolph Lundgren are trained engineers? Find out who else earned engineering degrees and then found fame elsewhere.
Brain-Scanning Headset Can Read Your Mind
Blog 
4/23/2013  26 comments
A non-invasive device that uses a neuroimaging technique known as functional near-infrared spectroscopy is intended to "supercharge" the way information is consumed.
Video: Danfoss Designs Fabric That Harvests Energy From Athletes
Blog 
4/23/2013  11 comments
“Stretch sensors” can harvest the energy generated when someone engages in exercise or a sporting activity. The energy powers sensors in the fabric to provide people with information about their movement to a wireless device.
Smart-City Technology Harvests Energy From Footsteps
Blog 
4/22/2013  38 comments
Energy-harvesting tiles from Pavegen store energy to be used to power streetlights or other infrastructure in urban areas.
What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
Sherlock Ohms 
4/22/2013  10 comments
It was OK when a radio station ran a tad above frequency limits. But when other radio operators in the area used the station's frequency as a base, things could get crazy.
Texas Instruments Demos Launchpad-Based Prototype at SXSW
Blog 
4/22/2013  8 comments
Texas Instruments showed off the TI Launchpad, a dev board for prototyping, at this year's SXSW Festival.
New Scale's Piezoelectric Micro Motor Lens Actuator for Micro Cameras
Blog 
4/22/2013  5 comments
With nearly two billion mobile phones and 800 million digital cameras shipping each year, there has been an ongoing need for faster focus, rapid picture taking, and continuous auto focus for clearer video capture.
Slideshow: Lithium-Ion's Rise to Prominence
Captain Hybrid 
4/19/2013  45 comments
A decade ago, the term “lithium-ion” meant little to consumers. Now, it’s everywhere.
Engineering Creativity Peaks in Kindergarten
STEM Connection 
4/19/2013  25 comments
As engineers, we’re not nearly as creative as we think we are.
Lead-Acid Could Challenge Lithium-Ion in Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
4/18/2013  46 comments
With disenchantment in lithium-ion technology on the rise, lead-acid batteries may be poised to play a bigger role in green vehicles.
Firebrand Offers Free Training for Life
Blog 
4/18/2013  13 comments
Firebrand is sponsoring a lottery in which one lucky winner will get free training for life in a variety of tech-related subjects.
Screws Mess With Filter Design
Sherlock Ohms 
4/18/2013  3 comments
The filter had more rejection at the low end than at the high end since the equivalent capacitance coupling did not provide a transmission at high frequencies.
Kleverbeast Brings Mobile App Creation to Non-Techies
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/17/2013  8 comments
Kleverbeast allows anyone to create a mobile app using simple drag-and-drop mechanics.
Slideshow: Spotlight on Plug-In Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
4/16/2013  34 comments
Automakers large and small, from Detroit Electric to Fiat and Volkswagen, have unveiled pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the past six months.
The Power Factor
Sherlock Ohms 
4/16/2013  9 comments
Post-lunch power surges caused a world of problems at a high-tech defense firm.
Slideshow: Detroit Electric Unveils 'World's Fastest' Electric Sports Car
Captain Hybrid 
4/15/2013  38 comments
Detroit Electric is rolling out a racy new EV that will be its first in 74 years.
The Least-Obvious Signals Sometimes Bite You
Sherlock Ohms 
4/15/2013  4 comments
When is a digital circuit not a digital circuit? When somebody forgot that ultimately everything is an analog circuit, and things like L, R, and C combine in the most insidious ways to derail a design.
Car Radio Fires Up Check Engine Light
Sherlock Ohms 
4/12/2013  19 comments
Apparently the 2003 Saturn Vue has some interconnections between sensors that depend upon the integrity of the radio ground strap for proper operation of the engine and transmission control computers.
Slideshow: A Tour of the Top Cars at the 2013 NY Auto Show
Blog 
4/11/2013  18 comments
This year's New York International Auto Show featured a mix of cars ranging from electric vehicles designed for urban environments to super cars with price tags over half a million dollars.
Researchers Advance Development of Organic Batteries
Blog 
4/11/2013  18 comments
US and UK researchers have made a breakthrough in the development of biobatteries that use bacteria as their reactive material.
Slideshow: Porsche Plans Plug-In Hybrid
Captain Hybrid 
4/10/2013  28 comments
Porsche plans to roll out a powerful plug-in hybrid next year that will accelerate from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds and hit a top track speed of 167 mph.
Win a Wireless Mesh Networked Propeller Beanie
Guest Blogs 
4/10/2013  16 comments
Synapse Wireless is giving away a CapNet propeller beanie. You can't win if you don't enter.
Charge Your Mobile Device via Text Message
Blog 
4/9/2013  58 comments
The BuffaloGrid Project aims to provide energy in electricity-poor regions by targeting mobile-phone recharging through the use of portable micro generators.
DESIGN West: Ben Heck's Prototyping Tales of Horror
Blog 
4/9/2013  7 comments
If you are planning on attending DESIGN West, don't miss Ben Heckendorn's session, "What the Heck is That? Prototyping Tales of Horror from Ben Heck."
10 Electrical Engineers Everyone Should Follow on Twitter
Blog 
4/8/2013  3 comments
More engineers are getting information from Twitter and other social media, so our sister site, EE Times, decided to put together a list of the best electronics people and companies to follow on Twitter.
From Prototyping to Production, Distributors Can Help
Blog 
4/8/2013  12 comments
If you're a design engineer juggling multiple projects while struggling to understand the proliferation of electronic components, here's a tip: You can get help from distributors.
Banner's Breakthrough in Wireless Photoelectric Sensors
Blog 
4/5/2013  6 comments
Completely self-contained, wireless photoelectric sensor provides solution for control and monitoring applications, deterministic performance, and a five-year battery life.
Printer Wars: See Who Emerged Victorious
Made by Monkeys 
4/5/2013  36 comments
The HP printer came to the end of its useful life because it could not keep up with technology. The Epson machine was just plain greedy with its ink.
ProBueno Turns Your Donated Skills Into Dollars for Charity
Blog 
4/5/2013  6 comments
ProBueno allows skilled workers to donate their time for contributions to the charity of their choice.
Slideshow: Conservative Design Makes Japanese Cars More Reliable
Captain Hybrid 
4/4/2013  82 comments
A more reliable car isn't necessarily engineered better. That's the takeaway from a recent Consumer Reports survey, which once again placed Toyota and Honda at the top of the heap.
Video: Mycestro, a 3D Mouse for the Next Generation
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/4/2013  21 comments
Mycestro is an index finger-mounted mouse for use in confined spaces. A recent Kickstarter success, Mycestro is set to add to the HMI of devices.
Gesture Control Coming to a Television Near You
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2013  36 comments
A new technology will enable couch potatoes to change channels, adjust the volume, rewind a movie, browse the Internet, or control myriad other functions with simple physical gestures.
If It's Not the Undervoltage, It’s the Overvoltage
Sherlock Ohms 
4/3/2013  11 comments
In setting up automated test equipment, it seemed there was an undervoltage -- then it became an overvoltage problem.
Thingsquare Offers Open-Source Firmware to Enable Internet of Things
Blog 
4/3/2013  9 comments
The idea behind Thingsquare Mist is to make it easy to connect low-power wireless devices to the Internet, so they can be connected with smartphone apps or backend databases.
Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2013  21 comments
Chip makers are hoping a new breed of microcontrollers will begin laying the foundation for a solution to one of the auto industry’s most vexing design problems -- electronic complexity.
Gadget Freak Case #236: Remotely Controlling the Room Temperature
Gadget Freak 
4/2/2013  11 comments
Richard A. Bipes adapted a portable remote so he could adjust his electric space heater without getting up.
My Opinion on Testing Without ATS
Blog 
4/2/2013  2 comments
Automated test software, or ATS, is nothing new. But as systems grow in complexity, the need for automated testing, and likewise automated testing software, grows correspondingly.
Helicopter Had Lift & Pitch, But No Yaw
Made by Monkeys 
4/2/2013  15 comments
A simple soldering problem kept a 13-year-old boy from enjoying the three-channel, radio-controlled helicopter he received for Christmas.
Slideshow: Electronics Add Glitter to New Rolls-Royce
Electronic News & Comment 
4/1/2013  27 comments
Rolls-Royce is rolling out a new fastback-style vehicle that cranks out 624 HP, goes from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, and employs more electronic technology than any vehicle in company history.
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