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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in August 2011
Renewable Energy's Achilles' Heel Is Storage
Electronic News & Comment 
8/31/2011  46 comments
There's a push to phase out nuclear power. But is renewable energy ready for prime time?
The Case of the Low-Efficiency Beacon
Sherlock Ohms 
8/31/2011  6 comments
Engineers found a trend of low efficiency in standard tests with numerous returned beacons. Sherlock intervened to solve the problem.
Bad Service Prompts Low-Tech Purchase
Made by Monkeys 
8/30/2011  20 comments
After suffering repeated repairs on a new washing machine, this customer sought out a low-tech replacement.
Fukishima Disaster Holds Lessons for Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/29/2011  27 comments
Nearly six months after a devastating earthquake rocked the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, engineers say the design lessons are starting to come into sharper focus.
The Case of the Missing Tee Piece
Sherlock Ohms 
8/29/2011  6 comments
Sometimes what you're seeking is right under your nose -- or maybe another body part.
Ford, Toyota To Collaborate On Hybrid Powertrains
Blog 
8/26/2011  6 comments
The Ford-Toyota hybrid partnership is a logical way for the two giant automakers to develop the technology they both need to compete in the truck market.
What's the Ideal EV Battery Size?
Captain Hybrid 
8/25/2011  32 comments
As battery prices drop, automakers are likely to use bigger EV battery packs. But how big is big enough?
Turbulent Flow Versus Laminar Flow for Cooling
Sherlock Ohms 
8/25/2011  13 comments
What's best for cooling electronic containers? CFM or LFM? Let's call Sherlock Ohms.
Hackers Probe Medical Implants
Blog 
8/25/2011  7 comments
Attendees of Black Hat Technical Security Forum seem to be leaving computers behind and probing arcane security concerns. But the hacking of a microcontroller-powered medical implant may not be as crazy as it sounds.
Thin Films Could Boost Car Battery of Future
Captain Hybrid 
8/24/2011  8 comments
University of Illinois professor Paul Braun has developed a battery structure that offers high power without sacrificing energy.
The Case of the Sunday Morning Squawking
Sherlock Ohms 
8/23/2011  10 comments
Every time the pastor used the church's new sound system, it squawked and crackled.
Wireless Sensor Nets Make Better Economic Case
Blog 
8/23/2011  11 comments
Wireless sensor networks are more reasonable to deploy in many vertical domains than they were a decade ago, but market analysts say the jury's still out on which domains will see sensor networks become commonplace soon.
Manufacturers Should Also Practice Common Courtesy
Guest Blogs 
8/22/2011  4 comments
Blogger TJ McDermott says he is stymied by yet another system where LEDs indicating inputs and outputs "seem to have absolutely no correlation to program numbers."
Rolls-Royce Tests Electric Car
Captain Hybrid 
8/19/2011  14 comments
Early feedback on the new Rolls-Royce electric concept car shows that drivers like the power and quiet performance, but consider driving range to be an issue.
The Case of the Buried Electrical Box
Sherlock Ohms 
8/19/2011  16 comments
The drywall crew buried the electrical box, so Sherlock had to figure out how to find it without ripping up the drywall.
Bringing FPGAs to Mechanical Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/18/2011  1 comment
Xilinx Inc. and National Instruments are trying to make it easier for mechanical engineers and other "domain experts" to employ field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Do You Sympathize With the Automakers?
Captain Hybrid 
8/17/2011  38 comments
California's zero-emission vehicle mandate could hurt automakers, but do we care?
If It Isn't Broken, Don't Replace It
Made by Monkeys 
8/17/2011  15 comments
The engineering on new appliances seems to be more monkey-prone than the engineering on older ones.
Gadget Freak Case #192: The Ultimate Wireless Volume Control
Gadget Freak 
8/17/2011  18 comments
Andrew Morris decided the usual wireless volume controls donít offer enough functionality, so he created the ultimate volume control that connects between a computer or MP3 player and an amplified speaker system.
Video: Our Prius Plug-In Test Drive
Captain Hybrid 
8/16/2011  20 comments
Design News editor Chuck Murray drove a pre-production version of the Prius plug-in, and the good news is that itís a sensible alternative-fuel vehicle.
Road to ESC Boston: Samsung Galaxy Tablet Teardown
Wolfe's Den 
8/16/2011  2 comments
Here's a Samsung Galaxy Tablet teardown video, as a teaser for ESC Boston, which is coming to the Hynes Convention Center, September 26 through 29.
The Case of the Shortened Thermocouple
Sherlock Ohms 
8/16/2011  9 comments
The heat weld stopped working. The factory shut down. Time for Sherlock to investigate the cause.
The Dawning of the Office Robot
Electronic News & Comment 
8/12/2011  11 comments
Anybots' QB wants to be your avatar - and make business travel obsolete.
Large Manufacturers Need Common Sense, Too
Guest Blogs 
8/12/2011  10 comments
A major industrial controls manufacturer is lacking some basic common sense.
SparkFun Inventors Kit Is 'Clever'
Gadget Freak 
8/12/2011  7 comments
Gadget Freak blogger Steve Ravet recently picked up a SparkFun inventors kit for Arduino. Though his preferred development hardware is mbed, he was impressed.
Engineering Schools Dominate 'Unhappiness' List
Electronic News & Comment 
8/10/2011  14 comments
According to a Princeton Review survey, long study hours and poor communication lead to student gloom.
My BMW Remembered Bad Settings
Made by Monkeys 
8/10/2011  11 comments
The memory settings for mirrors and seats on the 2002 BMW X5 SUV are a mess tangled up by monkeys.
Screaming Engine Prompts Generator Fix
Made by Monkeys 
8/8/2011  6 comments
My generator failed. When I bought the replacement part, I could tell they had discovered their monkey mistakes.
Arduino Open-Source Controller Platform Gains Ground
Blog 
8/8/2011  6 comments
Arduino has become the classic bottoms-up open hardware enabler for the type of home hobbyist who has worked with development kits ranging from Lego Mindstorms to open ARM and FPGA kits.
Getting Started With Proximity Sensing
Mechatronics Zone 
8/5/2011  7 comments
Two-minute development kit review: Engineers who need an optical proximity sensor that accounts for ambient light need this kit.
Scotland Attacks E-Waste Trafficking
Lead-Free Zone 
8/4/2011  6 comments
Scotland boosts its enforcement of WEEE (waste electrical and electronic equipment) by joining forces with Crimestoppers.
National Instruments Sets Sights on Grand Challenges
Electronic News & Comment 
8/3/2011  5 comments
The opportunity to work on societyís biggest problems appeals to engineers.
The Case of the HIPOT Test Failures
Sherlock Ohms 
8/2/2011  12 comments
The power supply kept failing the HIPOT (high potential) test. The supplier said, "Not us." We called on our inner Sherlock Ohms.
The Case of the Weird-Performing Transmitters
Sherlock Ohms 
8/1/2011  6 comments
The transmitters kept acting weird Ė always in the early hours. Call in Sherlock Ohms.




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