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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in April 2014
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Slideshow: Top Cars From the 2014 NY International Auto Show
Blog 
4/30/2014  18 comments
This month's New York International Auto Show featured an exciting collection of 2015 releases, supercars, and EVs. More than 1 million car enthusiasts got a sneak peak at the latest trends in the auto industry.
Wind Power Is Getting Big
Blog 
4/30/2014  31 comments
National Instruments is helping Clemson University test a 15 MW wind turbine, the largest for the wind industry.
What Tech Is Next for Industrial Electric Motors?
Guest Blogs 
4/30/2014  10 comments
Three-phase squirrel-cage AC induction motors are the workhorses for the industrial market. However, their development is reaching the limits of physics for efficiency. A new technology must be adopted to reach the next levels.
Video: Glass-Paved Roads Provide Solar Power
Blog 
4/30/2014  28 comments
Scott and Julie Brusaw are the inventors of Solar Roadways, a project to develop solar panels durable enough to be driven on so they can replace asphalt or concrete surfaces of parking lots and roadways.
Electric Vehicles Get Good Grades for Reliability
Captain Hybrid 
4/29/2014  50 comments
When it comes to designing for reliability, electric cars are proving that simpler is better, a recent Consumer Reports owner survey has concluded.
Slideshow: Chatty Medical Devices & Apps
Blog 
4/28/2014  49 comments
Sometimes the best way to tell people how to do something is to talk them through it. That's the idea behind some talking medical devices that instruct people on how to use them.
Tiny Sensor Monitors Batteries on Start-Stop Cars
Captain Hybrid 
4/28/2014  15 comments
With automakers scaling up for a sales boom, Freescale Semiconductor has rolled out a low-power, low-cost sensor that promises to monitor the batteries used on start-stop or micro-hybrid cars.
Nanoscale Optical Switch Could Replace Electrons With Photons
Blog 
4/28/2014  Post a comment
Vanderbilt University has created nanoscale optical switches that can be used in silicon circuits.
Get Ready for Heterogeneous Computing
Guest Blogs 
4/28/2014  4 comments
Heterogeneous computing -- parallel use of specialized processors alongside a CPU -- will be the basis for many future embedded systems.
Rezence Courts Tech Companies to Create Wireless Power Standard
Blog 
4/25/2014  15 comments
Rezence pushes large corporations to join their wireless power efforts -- mostly to get their business, but also push the tech into the mainstream.
Vacuum Cleaner Had an Unserviceable Filter
Made by Monkeys 
4/25/2014  37 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Backup Camera Mandate Will Lead to More Electronic Innovation
Electronic News & Comment 
4/24/2014  59 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
A FIRST Cinderella Story
STEM Connection 
4/24/2014  15 comments
With support from National Instruments, a group of dedicated students from Connally High School in Austin, where more than 50% of the students are at risk of not graduating, have created a successful robotics team that is competing in the FIRST World Championships.
Simulation Identified & Solved Factory Noise Problem
Sherlock Ohms 
4/24/2014  7 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.
Smart Glasses Rival Google
Blog 
4/23/2014  33 comments
Lumus and eyeSight have partnered to create consumer-grade devices that offer all the prime functions of smart glasses without the bulk.
QNX Tech Powers VisLab's Autonomous Car
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/23/2014  8 comments
VisLab joins the autonomous car effort with the DEEVA prototype.
10 Technologies That Make Us Super-Human
Blog 
4/22/2014  57 comments
Research and other advancements in the realms of robotics, diagnostic and treatment devices, nanotechnology, and medical implants may one day make humans superior versions of their natural selves.
College BIM Labs Get State-of-the-Art Makeovers
CAD/CAM Corner 
4/22/2014  1 comment
To get the latest engineering students' skills up to par, more colleges are turning to technology companies to get the best visual equipment in their labs for enhanced practical and theoretical teaching.
Samsung Gear Fit Teardown
Blog 
4/21/2014  15 comments
Samsung's fitness-oriented smart watch features a curved super AMOLED touchscreen display.
Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
Blog 
4/18/2014  8 comments
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
10 Engineering Toys From Your Youth
Blog 
4/17/2014  81 comments
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
Want a Better Coffee Maker? Try the IoT
Guest Blogs 
4/17/2014  8 comments
Connected sensor-enabled applications will improve the consumer experience -- and generate new revenue streams.
GE, PowerStream Team Up on Microgrid to Showcase Renewables
Blog 
4/17/2014  2 comments
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
10 Ways Robots Are Better Than Us
Blog 
4/16/2014  34 comments
Today's robots should be respected, and humans should be wary of their growing skills and sophistication. Quite simply, robots are better than us in a lot of ways. Here are 10 of them.
Teardown: Dismantling the Samsung Galaxy S5
Blog 
4/15/2014  15 comments
Samsung's 5th-generation Android-based Galaxy smartphone includes a fingerprint scanner, updated camera and display, and water/dust resistance.
Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 
4/15/2014  3 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Slideshow: Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
4/14/2014  10 comments
There's good news and bad news regarding the subsystems of today's vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment systems are still prone to be "buggy."
Continued Collaboration Is Needed to Combat Counterfeiting
Guest Blogs 
4/14/2014  4 comments
As an industry, we now need to up our game and provide contractors with easier ways to properly identify and report counterfeit products and build collaboration between manufacturers, design engineers, industry organizations, and government.
Soldering Required to Replace Instrument Panel Bulb
Made by Monkeys 
4/14/2014  28 comments
Made By Monkeys highlights products that somehow slipped by the QC cops.
Samsung Gear 2 Smartwatch Teardown
Blog 
4/11/2014  3 comments
Samsung's second-generation smartwatch -- the Gear 2 -- was released this month and is powered by a Tizen-based OS. Join us as we take it apart.
Stratasys Buys 3D Printing Service Bureaus to Expand End Production
Engineering Materials 
4/11/2014  3 comments
Stratasys will buy Solid Concepts and Harvest Technologies and combine them with its RedEye service business. The plan takes aim at end-production manufacturing and will create one of the biggest commercial 3D printing and AM service bureaus.
Your Customers May Be Clueless, but You Needn't Be
Guest Blogs 
4/11/2014  6 comments
It’s your job to find the right people, ask the right questions, to dig deeper, and properly prepare your users so they can provide you the most useful and productive answers possible.
Yarn-Weaving Printer Creates Custom Clothes
Blog 
4/11/2014  8 comments
Will a new open-source DIY knitting machine from OpenKnit change the way we make clothes?
Gadget Freak Review: First Truly Consumer 3D Printer & Hacked 3D Printer Creates Real Tattoos
Gadget Freak 
4/10/2014  11 comments
This Gadget Freak Review looks at an affordable plug-and-play printer, a 3D printer that was hacked by a group of French design students to create real tattoos, and an analog camera that was built using 3D-printed and laser-cut parts.
World Industrial Robot Demand Falls
Engineering Materials 
4/10/2014  9 comments
The International Federation of Robotics reports that global sales of industrial robots decreased by 4% in 2012 over 2011. The biggest hit was electrical/electronics manufacturing, down by 13%; but by region, the Amerficas did well.
'Einstein' Sparks STEM Initiative
STEM Connection 
4/9/2014  7 comments
Einstein in a Box inspires critical thinking with the actual doing and experiencing. They take the statement "inquiring minds want to know" to a whole new level.
Ensuring Safety in Electrical Engineering Design
Guest Blogs 
4/9/2014  7 comments
Negligence results when an engineer has failed to comply in ways in which a responsible engineer would in a similar situation. Avoiding negligence means that an engineer should not fail in his or her assigned duties.
Teardown: Amazon Fire TV
Blog 
4/8/2014  10 comments
Amazon has announced a tiny black box that supposedly does everything better than all of the other tiny black boxes. Join the team at iFixit as they investigate the insides of this April treat to see if it's got what it takes to burn through the competition.
Women in Industrial Design
Guest Blogs 
4/8/2014  Post a comment
The first Women in Industrial Design show is coming to San Francisco Design Week this June. The show is the first exhibit organized by the Women in Design section of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and the first exhibit to feature female industrial designers.
Slideshow: 15 Modern Inventions That Didn’t Live Up to the Hype
Blog 
4/7/2014  83 comments
From grocery delivery services to the Segway, here are 15 modern inventions that fell flat.
Rebranding: Let's Hope This Story Has a Great Ending
Blog 
4/7/2014  3 comments
With a new tag line of "the power to amaze," Fairchild Semiconductor is poised to reinvent itself in the power industry. Can the company do it?
Teardown: First Look Inside Fairphone's Fair-Trade Smartphone
Blog 
4/4/2014  1 comment
Fairphone is a social enterprise with the aim to develop a smartphone designed and produced with minimal harm to people and planet. The main motivation for founding Fairphone was to develop a mobile device which does not contain conflict minerals and with fair labor conditions for the workforce along the supply chain.
Automotive Litigation Spotlights Need for Software Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Government fines and recalls are heightening the need for automakers to adopt more safety standards and software verification techniques, experts at EE Live said this week.
Students Invent a Device to Save the Elderly
Guest Blogs 
4/4/2014  10 comments
The Nano Consultants are a group of high school engineering students from the Walker Career Center in Indianapolis, Ind. They are proud to announce their solution to this year's Phoenix Contact, Nanoline automation-solution Competition: RoboDose.
IoT Comes Down to the Sensors
Blog 
4/3/2014  3 comments
Design News is holding a class next week in its online Continuing Education Center that goes through the basics of various types of sensors.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Video: Microsoft Reveals Digital Assistant 'Cortana'
Blog 
4/3/2014  1 comment
Halo fan favorite character, Cortana, is poised to be Microsoft's answer to Apple's Siri.
Mentoring Is the Key to a Competitive Robotics Team
STEM Connection 
4/3/2014  Post a comment
When a school like Boyle Heights’ Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles wants to enter into the high-tech world of competitive robotics, there are three things that are needed to support the project: money, students, and most importantly, skill.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2014  10 comments
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Fraunhofer Designs Flexible Energy Harvesters for Wearable Tech
Blog 
4/2/2014  2 comments
The increasing interest and development of wearable electronics also is calling for new types of power sources that are flexible and compact enough to fit into these devices. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany are working on this problem with the design of a flexible energy harvester that can be manufactured through a low-cost printing process.
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