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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in July 2013
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Slideshow: BMW Unveils Premium Electric Car
Captain Hybrid 
7/31/2013  31 comments
In a glitzy ceremony that featured a New Years’ Eve-style countdown in three cities around the world, BMW AG unveiled its all-electric i3 this week.
Video: This Touchscreen Can Sense Fingerprints
Blog 
7/31/2013  20 comments
The Fiberio tabletop touchscreen detects fingerprints and other objects.
Now Is the Time for Battery Alternatives
Guest Blogs 
7/31/2013  20 comments
From a design, environmental, and reliability standpoint, energy harvesting is the technology with a future.
Computer Vision Enhances Crop Yield
Blog 
7/31/2013  6 comments
Roboticists from Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute have designed a system that uses computer vision to count grapes for an exact crop yield.
Can 48V Be the Auto Industry's Next Big Thing?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/30/2013  57 comments
Another new powertrain technology may be poised to bring major change to the auto industry by delivering the advantages of hybridization without some of the complexity.
Video: Kinect Sensor Enables Sign Language Recognition & Translation
Blog 
7/30/2013  11 comments
Microsoft Research Asia and the Institute of Computing Technology have developed a Microsoft Kinect-based sign language tracking interface.
Scanadu Breaks Indiegogo Crowdfunding Record
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/26/2013  2 comments
Scanadu received funding for its Scout, a medical tricorder of sorts that monitors the user's vital functions in conjunction with a smartphone.
Take Your Social Media out to the Ball Game
Blog 
7/25/2013  9 comments
Qualcomm and Major League Baseball Advanced Media have struck a deal to provide fans with mobile access, live video, audio stream, news, and up-to-date stats at ballparks.
Introducing a DIY, Open-Source Virtual Reality Initiative
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/25/2013  8 comments
An open-source DIY virtual reality project from the University of Southern California's MxR seeks to produce a better HMD head-mounted display.
Power Plants & Water Treatment Facilities Diagnose Motor Problems
Guest Blogs 
7/25/2013  3 comments
With advanced, user-friendly surge testers and windings analyzers, motor diagnostics can now be performed at the push of a button.
X-Wind Envisions Wind-Powered Electric Railways
Blog 
7/24/2013  27 comments
Turbines could bring a renewable source of power to railways and any areas where there is wind and limited space, restricted access, or noise considerations.
Pythagoras Smiled From Above
Sherlock Ohms 
7/23/2013  13 comments
The energy measured from the wind turbines was way off. The solution came from something learned in high school.
Panasonic, Imec Develop Vibration Energy Harvester
Blog 
7/23/2013  25 comments
Panasonic and Belgian company Imec have teamed up to develop an electrostatic energy harvester that can power tire pressure monitoring systems using vibration and noise from the tires themselves.
edX Offers Free Online Courses
Blog 
7/22/2013  6 comments
In an effort to help those all over the globe further their education, MIT and Harvard University created a non-profit organization called edX.
Researchers Develop Electricity-Conducting Yarn for Smart Clothing
Blog 
7/22/2013  16 comments
Clothing is about to get smarter thanks to a new yarn developed by researchers in Australia that can conduct and store electricity, and can be used to create fabric with its own built-in power source.
Codename One Allows Developers to Create Apps Across a Spectrum of Devices
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/19/2013  9 comments
The Codename One Java GUI development environment will let users develop and port apps across all mobile platforms.
Design Tools Simplify Load-Pull Measurement
Blog 
7/19/2013  1 comment
Load-pull characterization is an essential tool for increasing the efficiency of power amplifiers.
Thermodynamics of Panel Cooling
Guest Blogs 
7/19/2013  6 comments
As manufacturing becomes more sophisticated, more computerization is being utilized. The problem with this scenario is that sensitive electronics are susceptible to the harsh environments in which they must operate.
Slideshow: Toyota's Humanoid Robot Is Space-Bound
Electronic News & Comment 
7/18/2013  14 comments
Toyota Motor Corp. will enter outer space in August, as a robot it co-developed rides to the International Space Station.
Teen Develops Flashlight Powered by Human Hand
STEM Connection 
7/18/2013  16 comments
While other teenagers are out with their friends or playing video games, 15-year-old Ann Makosinski is inventing energy-harvesting devices that she hopes will make the world a better place.
Google's One Today App Makes Donating Easy
Blog 
7/18/2013  2 comments
Google releases One Today, an app that lets people easily donate to the charity of their choice.
Developers Get Early Release of Next-Gen Kinect Sensor
Blog 
7/18/2013  4 comments
The vastly improved Kinect sensor will be released to developers this year, shortly after the Xbox One launch.
Favorable Economics & Strong Design Boost American Manufacturing
Guest Blogs 
7/17/2013  5 comments
After years of off-shoring their manufacturing operations, companies are bringing long-shuttered US factories back to life.
Dexter Highlights Its DexTemp 1000 IR Temperature Monitor
Blog 
7/17/2013  2 comments
The Dexter DexTemp 1000 MEMS temperature sensor can send alerts to users via SMS and email.
Multi-Touch Industrial HMIs
Blog 
7/17/2013  6 comments
The industrial HMI is continuing to evolve with the addition of multi-touch capabilities that are now standard on smartphones and tablets.
How Much Would You Pay for an EV?
Captain Hybrid 
7/16/2013  48 comments
Ford, Nissan, Honda, and Fiat have cut prices on their pure electric cars. Chevy has shaved the sticker on its Volt plug-in hybrid. Now the auto industry will hold its collective breath and see what happens.
YEI Technology Unveils Micro USB 3-Space Module
Blog 
7/16/2013  9 comments
YEI Technology releases Micro USB 3-Space Module, the smallest 3D position sensor in its line of products.
Australian Researchers Develop Robots to Improve Agriculture
Blog 
7/16/2013  16 comments
Researchers at the University of Sydney are giving the booming Australian agricultural industry some help with its search for cheap labor -- two robots called Mantis and Shrimp that help monitor crops and provide valuable information to farmers.
Slideshow: Get Ready for Start-Stop
Captain Hybrid 
7/15/2013  28 comments
The auto industry’s biggest change over the next 10 years will be its move to start-stop micro-hybrid – a conventional gasoline-burning vehicle that uses an enhanced gear-based starter to enable its engine to shut down for short stops.
Books Come to Life With Disney's 'HideOut'
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/15/2013  7 comments
Disney research is using an advance augmented reality projection and detection system to create what is to become the norm in interactivity.
Floating Wind Turbine Harvests Energy From Ocean Currents
Blog 
7/15/2013  9 comments
SKWID (Savonius Keel & Wind Turbine Darrieus) from Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company (MODEC) promises to convert power from offshore winds, as well as from the ocean itself, into usable energy.
2 New Nuclear Reactors Scheduled to Come Online in 2016
Blog 
7/15/2013  30 comments
The US recently approved new reactors that will be built at the Vogtle nuclear plant site using Westinghouse’s AP1000 passively cooled reactor design.
Shorts Recharge Your Cellphone on the Go
Blog 
7/12/2013  29 comments
Vodafone's Power Shorts can harvest energy from a person's movements to recharge a cellphone battery.
An Engineer Examines Engineering
Blog 
7/12/2013  34 comments
A new book looks at the 101 things an engineer learned in engineering school.
GapSense Allows Communication Between WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee Devices
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/12/2013  4 comments
GapSense, a wireless network management software, will alleviate airway traffic jams caused by multiple-protocol devices operating in the same vicinity.
Ruinous Remote Sidelines Stair Lift
Made by Monkeys 
7/11/2013  39 comments
A small and poorly designed remote control rendered a stair lift useless.
FPGAs Use Flash Memory to Enhance Performance
Blog 
7/11/2013  14 comments
Microsemi's Igloo2 is aimed at industrial, commercial aviation, defense, communications, and security applications.
US Military Academies Ramp Up Training for Future Cyber Warriors
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/11/2013  3 comments
One of the hottest new jobs to be offered within the next decade by military recruiters will be rooted in cyber warfare.
Slideshow: GM, Honda Team Up on Fuel Cell Challenges
Captain Hybrid 
7/10/2013  15 comments
Two automakers that are among the most committed to a hydrogen fuel cell future have agreed to work together on the technology.
Video: Wood Fiber Used to Create Organic Nanobattery
Blog 
7/10/2013  9 comments
The National Science Foundation is supporting the work of University of Maryland grad students to develop a sodium-ion battery that uses wood as its base and whose components are thinner than a piece of paper.
3D-Printed Lithium-Ion Battery Is the Size of a Pinhead
Blog 
7/9/2013  23 comments
Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and visiting South Korean researchers have produced a 3D-printed lithium-ion battery that could one day be used to power tiny medical devices and robots.
Thermal Energy-Harvesting Research Gets $1.5M Boost
Blog 
7/9/2013  8 comments
UK Researcher Neil Fox, a senior lecturer in the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry, was recently awarded nearly $1.5 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to pursue his thermal-energy harvesting work.
Linear Transport System Offers Mechatronic Flexibility
Blog 
7/9/2013  3 comments
A new linear transport system from Beckhoff Automation is combining linear motion sections with built-in motion networking, control software, and the ability to use PC-based control.
The Whirlpool Washer Was Trouble
Made by Monkeys 
7/8/2013  33 comments
When the Whirlpool Calypso washer is working, it's a great machine. But keeping it working is the problem.
Design Decisions: Maximizing HVAC/R Relationships
Guest Blogs 
7/8/2013  7 comments
HVAC/R equipment manufacturers can help optimize operations and lower costs.
Dumb Design Darkens Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
7/5/2013  46 comments
Poor design leaves this microwave dark and smelly.
Gadget Freak: Summer Lovin
Gadget Freak 
7/4/2013  15 comments
It's July 4, and that means summer has officially kicked into high gear. To celebrate, we've pulled together some of our favorite gadgets inspired by warm weather.
Tesla Aims to Win Over Skeptics With Battery Swap Stations
Captain Hybrid 
7/2/2013  51 comments
Tesla Motors has added battery swap to its arsenal of technologies aimed at displacing gasoline-burning vehicles.
Building Out the Internet of Things With Printed Electronic Smart Labels
Guest Blogs 
7/2/2013  16 comments
Printed Smart Labels of various sorts can be envisioned for a wide range of products and use cases that weren't feasible before.
NASA Interview With Terry Fong: Intelligent Robotics Group
Guest Blogs 
7/2/2013  3 comments
So, we found out recently that "number 5 IS alive," except in the new millennium, it's K10!
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