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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in June 2013
Can Your iPhone Bring Down a Plant?
Blog 
6/28/2013  61 comments
The network security challenge in a world where everything's connected.
Video: Robot Searches Burning Buildings
Blog 
6/28/2013  31 comments
A firefighting robot rides on two wheels with a stem a few feet high carrying stereo cameras and other sensors. It can record and map thermal data and on a 3D scene constructed from images taken by the cameras.
Twisted Traces' PCB Services Are Made in the USA
Blog 
6/28/2013  18 comments
Twisted Traces is a US company making PCBs at overseas prices.
Slideshow: Automakers Look to a Diesel Diet
Captain Hybrid 
6/27/2013  31 comments
With automakers like Chevy and Volkswagen under pressure to boost fuel efficiency, diesel engines are beginning to look like a good bet.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Natural Gas Vehicles
Captain Hybrid 
6/26/2013  37 comments
Natural gas vehicles are expected to grow more popular over the next few years, with worldwide numbers reaching 35 million by 2020.
Sensor Detects Diabetes by Breath
Blog 
6/26/2013  28 comments
A new sensor developed by chemists at the University of Pittsburgh can tell someone if they have diabetes via a breathalyzer test.
MEMS Facility Is Open to All
Blog 
6/26/2013  6 comments
The Richard Desich SMART Center for Commercialization of Microsystems gives anyone the ability to use a professional level MEMS laboratory and manufacturing equipment for extremely low fees.
Clothespin Pulls Double Duty as Alligator Clip
Sherlock Ohms 
6/25/2013  18 comments
When it comes to sophisticated test equipment, sometimes a clothespin can take you to a new level of accuracy and usefulness.
Outsourcing Booms in Medical Manufacturing
Blog 
6/25/2013  27 comments
Because of its highly complex nature, manufacturing in medical devices has not seen a lot of outsourcing. That is changing significantly.
Slideshow: From Aston Martin to DeLorean, the Best Movie Cars
Captain Hybrid 
6/24/2013  71 comments
Cars have played a significant role in films throughout movie history. We highlight some of the best.
Graphene Nanotubes: The Latest Advancement in Li-ion Batteries
Blog 
6/24/2013  13 comments
A research team at Rice University has successfully created proof-of-concept anodes that are capable of more capacity than typical battery anodes by creating them out of GNRs and tin oxide.
Helicopter Powertrain Testing Beyond 90 Degrees
Guest Blogs 
6/24/2013  5 comments
Long a staple in the automotive world, multi-platform powertrain testing has been a persistent challenge for helicopter dynamic components.
Slideshow: Technological Takeover in Philly
Blog 
6/21/2013  20 comments
The Pennsylvania Convention Center was transformed this week by a series of tradeshows, as hundreds of companies came to show off their latest and greatest advancements.
DOE Tool Compares Gasoline to Electricity Costs
Captain Hybrid 
6/20/2013  79 comments
If you've ever wondered how much it would cost to drive to work using electricity as a fuel, the US Department of Energy has an answer for you.
Flexible Image Sensors Printed on Plastic
Engineering Materials 
6/20/2013  16 comments
UK-based Plastic Logic and French company ISORG have created what the pair tout as a first in flexible printed electronics: a large area, conformable, organic image sensor printed on plastic.
Gigabit Speed & Power Over Ethernet
Blog 
6/19/2013  9 comments
Gigabit and PoE are two networking technologies moving ahead in tandem as industrial users power remote Ethernet devices such as IP security cameras at 1,000 Mbps over existing CAT5 cable.
NASA's 'PhoneSat' Program Points to Satellites of the Future
Guest Blogs 
6/18/2013  22 comments
On April 21, NASA launched a novel project, putting into orbit three satellites that employ an off-the-shelf commercial smartphone as the control system.
Sulfur-Based Battery Outperforms Lithium-Ion in Tests
Blog 
6/17/2013  44 comments
A new battery design, which replaces lithium with abundant and low-cost elemental sulfur, is still in its nascent stages but shows real promise for giving batteries more energy potential.
Slideshow: The Evolution of CAD 2.0
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/13/2013  16 comments
CAD tools, the software and hardware that has built our modern world, are evolving.
Bulging Capacitors & Thoughtless Design
Sherlock Ohms 
6/13/2013  23 comments
A failed capacitor is one thing, but finding out it failed because of thoughtless design requires the investigative powers of Sherlock Ohms.
Culture Changes Drive Auto Design
Blog 
6/13/2013  30 comments
Siemens PLM has pointed to climate change, urbanization, and the aging population as its guidelines in automotive design decisions.
EU Aims to Lead in Power Electronics
Guest Blogs 
6/13/2013  7 comments
The Last Power project aims to make the EU independent from other developed countries on wide band-gap semiconductors.
Slideshow: Flying Robots Take Action
Blog 
6/12/2013  46 comments
Surveillance, reconnaissance, and search and rescue in military and first responder situations are popular applications for aerial robots. Yet not all the robots are considered unmanned aerial vehicles.
Two Approaches to IoT
Blog 
6/12/2013  9 comments
The Internet of Things revolution is real and it’s here -- just ask Intel and Freescale.
The Range Had a Shocking Design Flaw
Made by Monkeys 
6/12/2013  52 comments
The brand new range came with a design flaw that delivered a nearly 100 percent chance of failure.
Protecting Legacy Endpoint Devices With Secure Enclaves
Guest Blogs 
6/12/2013  2 comments
The legacy endpoint devices that control our critical infrastructure (utility systems, water treatment plants, military networks, industrial control systems, etc.) are some of the most vulnerable devices on the Internet.
Tesla to Produce 'Affordable EV' by 2016
Captain Hybrid 
6/11/2013  41 comments
Tesla Motors plans to roll out a “compelling, affordable electric car” that will sell for about half the price of its high-profile Model S by the end of 2016, company chairman Elon Musk said last week.
Switched-Capacitor Filters: An Introduction
Guest Blogs 
6/11/2013  4 comments
In a switched-capacitor filter, capacitors and switches take the place of resistors and accurately reproduce the characteristics of continuous-time Bessel, Butterworth, and elliptical filters.
To Invent Like Edison, Learn to Collaborate
Electronic News & Comment 
6/10/2013  25 comments
A new book by Thomas Edison's great-grandniece takes on the notion that he was a lone-wolf inventor and replaces it with an image of a man who ascribed great value to the ideas of colleagues.
Feds: Autonomous Cars Not Ready for Prime Time
Electronic News & Comment 
6/7/2013  30 comments
In response to rising interest in autonomous vehicles, the federal government has called upon states not to authorize operation of self-driving cars, except for the purpose of testing.
Ultracapacitors, Batteries Join Forces for Fuel Efficiency
Guest Blogs 
6/7/2013  12 comments
One option to increase vehicle fuel efficiency is to make battery systems more efficient.
Mobile Machine Monitoring
Blog 
6/7/2013  8 comments
With apps for smartphones and tablets growing at an exponential rate, automation suppliers are responding with development tools that simplify integration of these devices with machine controllers and factory networks.
Slideshow: Watch Out, Hobbyist 3D Printing – Here Comes DIY Injection Molding
Engineering Materials 
6/6/2013  37 comments
A $1,500, hand-operated, bench-model, plastic injection machine crowdsource-funded via Kickstarter can be used to mold small, quality, plastic parts inexpensively, on demand.
Big Mother Gets Street Smart
Guest Blogs 
6/6/2013  13 comments
MEMS is enabling smartphones to deliver more personalized and more contextually aware information to the user.
ZAP! Another ESD Casualty
Made by Monkeys 
6/5/2013  32 comments
Watch out for the ESD -- it's electrifying.
Student Team Designs Solar-Powered Wheelchair
Blog 
6/4/2013  39 comments
A solar-powered wheelchair designed by students in UVA’s School of Engineering and Applied Science won first place in a contest held in conjunction with last year’s World Cerebral Palsy Day.
Are Product Demographics Pushing the Limits on Privacy?
CAD/CAM Corner 
6/4/2013  32 comments
IMRSV tailors advertisements to passersby. Is privacy at stake in the digital age?
Researchers Poke Holes in Solar Cells to Improve Efficiency
Blog 
6/3/2013  12 comments
The method, called “dark solar,” has been developed by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and it enables the cells to reflect only 2 percent of the sunlight that reaches them.
Scaling Network Infrastructure: A Security Focus
Guest Blogs 
6/3/2013  2 comments
Hardware-based security accelerators play an important role in designing network infrastructure systems that scale efficiently.




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