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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in July 2012
Autodesk Snaps Social Video Into Picture
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/31/2012  15 comments
Reasoning that video has a key role to play in design collaboration, Autodesk is acquiring Socialcam, a mobile app and Web-based video capture, edit, and sharing service.
My Wine Fridge Ate Its Fuse
Made by Monkeys 
7/30/2012  13 comments
The wine cooler looked great, but it wouldn't work. The fuse just wasn't up to its task.
Inaccurate Measurements Skew Data
Sherlock Ohms 
7/26/2012  13 comments
You can't overlook the obvious when testing cable, and don't assume you have the correct data.
Deconstructing Complex Semiconductors, Layer by Layer
Blog 
7/25/2012  4 comments
UBM TechInsights presents a free Webinar that shows how it uncovers the secrets within semiconductors and other integrated circuitry used in all the devices we’ve come to know and love.
You Asked & We Delivered: an iPad App
Blog 
7/24/2012  4 comments
Readers have been asking us for some time now to produce an iPad app for Design News, and now that the app is available.
9 Things Engineers Need to Know About Embedded Development
Electronic News & Comment 
7/24/2012  18 comments
We've collected the recommendations of consultants and vendors who know some of the pitfalls and can offer strategies for avoiding them.
Slideshow: Rescue Robots Save the Day
Blog 
7/23/2012  24 comments
Like many robots deployed in military applications, robots used for post-disaster search-and-rescue missions will go places humans can't.
The Turn Signal Wouldn’t Turn Off
Sherlock Ohms 
7/23/2012  9 comments
The turn signal on the RV trailer wouldn't turn off. Something in the wiring was messed up.
It May Look Like 'Electronics for Dummies,' but It's Not
Blog 
7/19/2012  13 comments
Check out our Continuing Education Center course, "Introduction to Electronics." We can almost guarantee you’ll learn something.
Tesla's CEO: 'Half of Cars Will Be Electric in 15 Years'
Captain Hybrid 
7/19/2012  81 comments
Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects half of cars to be electric in 15 years, despite the long odds against it.
My Opinion on Multidisciplinary Design
Blog 
7/19/2012  11 comments
Designers of various applications are all converging and operating on a project simultaneously, but what is the next phase?
Engineers: Have You Ever Burned Off Your Fingertip?
Blog 
7/18/2012  25 comments
We want to hear about your engineering disasters. After all, what good is a scar if you can’t show it off?
The Satellite Station Had a Screw Loose
Sherlock Ohms 
7/18/2012  10 comments
One missing gasket can make the difference between success and failure for a satellite earth station.
How Would You Cope With High Gas Prices?
Captain Hybrid 
7/17/2012  95 comments
Imagine if gas prices shot up to $5, $6, or even $7 a gallon. How would you respond? Would you buy a hybrid? An electric car?
Modem Nearly Trashed Over Forgotten Password
Made by Monkeys 
7/16/2012  21 comments
To fix the modem, you needed a password. If you couldn't remember the password, you were told you had to replace the unit.
Want to Make a Cool $500?
Gadget Freak 
7/13/2012  8 comments
Does your homebrew design have what it takes to be featured in the Design News Gadget Freak forum?
Video: Kit Turns Arts & Crafts Into Robots
Blog 
7/12/2012  23 comments
The Hummingbird kit is designed to get kids interested in engineering and robotics.
Big Battery Means Big Range, Cost for Tesla's Model S
Captain Hybrid 
7/11/2012  39 comments
The recent introduction of Tesla Motors' Model S electric vehicle (EV) raises an important question: How is Tesla able to get a 300-mile range when other EVs are lingering around 100?
Mechanical Switches Solve Sprinkler Control Problem
Made by Monkeys 
7/11/2012  21 comments
Simple mechanical switches triumphed over an overly complicated "simple" user interface.
How Do You Educate Yourself?
Blog 
7/10/2012  17 comments
We asked our LinkedIn group, "How do you learn about new engineering technologies?"
Slideshow: Google's Nexus 7 Tablet Teardown
Blog 
7/10/2012  25 comments
Google introduced its first branded tablet, the Nexus 7, at its I/O conference June 27 with a price tag of $199, meaning it will compete directly with the Kindle Fire.
Case of the Strange Antenna Patterns
Sherlock Ohms 
7/10/2012  17 comments
When the plastic stand was replaced by a wooden stand during the testing of an antenna, everything went wrong.
Send Machines, Not People, to Space
Mechatronics Zone 
7/10/2012  28 comments
If we have an urge to explore outer space, let's leave people on Earth and conduct experiments and gather data at a distance.
Slideshow: Electronics Beef Up Auto Safety
Blog 
7/9/2012  19 comments
From airbags and vision systems to communications and safety cages, we present a few of the latest and greatest advances in auto safety.
Corrupt Data Filled the Air Waves
Sherlock Ohms 
7/9/2012  14 comments
The answer to the problem of corrupted data was a room full of powered-up personal computers.
Slideshow: Scenes From the Freescale Technology Forum
Blog 
7/3/2012  6 comments
The highlight of the recent Freescale Technology Forum was arguably the Tech Lab, which showcased the company's technology in use in real-world applications.
Do We Need Indoor Navigation Apps?
Blog 
7/3/2012  18 comments
Researchers claim to have developed a way to get a GPS position fix indoors, which might let shoppers' cell phones tell them about products in front of them, or help parents locate their children in malls.
Petroski on Engineering: Checklists & Design
Guest Blogs 
7/2/2012  21 comments
A properly devised checklist for design could prevent mistakes from being made.
Video Over Fiber Gives Surgeons a Clearer Picture
Electronic News & Comment 
7/2/2012  13 comments
Surgeons who depend on video images in the operating room are about to get a big boost in picture resolution.




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