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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in September 2013
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Reader Vote Round 3: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
9/30/2013  17 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year and we need help from you, our readers.
NASA Seeks Commercial-Sector Tech for Human Missions
Engineering Materials 
9/30/2013  8 comments
NASA is on a mission to involve commercial suppliers in advancing human space flight. Jacobs Engineering, NASA's partner in getting technologies and materials human-rated for space, will give details at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Texas show.
Buying IP Is Not for the Faint of Heart
Guest Blogs 
9/30/2013  9 comments
Microsoft has agreed to purchase Nokia's handset business for $7.2 billion. Two years ago, Google purchased Motorola's handset business for nearly twice that much, so it seems like Microsoft got a steal of a deal. Or did it?
Don’t Talk About the Temperature Gap
Made by Monkeys 
9/30/2013  18 comments
If there is a gap in the temperature gauge, you'd better not talk about it.
New Metals Could Foster Phase-Change Memory Devices
Blog 
9/27/2013  8 comments
Chinese researchers say a combination of metals could have potential for the next generation of storage devices, which will use phase-change memory instead of Flash memory.
Create 'Machines That See' Using Industry Resources
Guest Blogs 
9/27/2013  2 comments
This article explores the opportunity for incorporating visual intelligence into electronic products, introduces an industry alliance created to help engineers implement such capabilities, and describes an upcoming technical education forum sponsored by the alliance, along with other technical resources that the alliance provides.
Long-Range Affordable EV Won't Be Easy
Captain Hybrid 
9/26/2013  22 comments
Electric vehicle makers are beginning to talk publicly about the next big step: building an affordable long-range car.
Microsoft's Project Spark Makes a Game of Creating Your Own Video Game
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/26/2013  5 comments
Almost all the young minds that play video games have wondered what it would be like to create their own, even if it was just changing something small in one game to make their experience better. Microsoft is making it happen.
Bad Address Baffles the Software
Sherlock Ohms 
9/26/2013  15 comments
I had to fix a software glitch, and I found the answer to the problem in an offhand story told by my boss.
Artificial Retina Is Solar Powered
Blog 
9/26/2013  32 comments
A New Jersey company has been granted a patent to design the first solar-powered artificial retina, an invention that would preclude the current need for external hardware and give a patient the possibility of near-normal vision.
Slideshow: More Cars From the Small & Silver Screens
Electronic News & Comment 
9/25/2013  43 comments
When we published a slideshow about movie cars last June, readers politely pointed to our obvious inadequacies in the area of pop culture.
Siemens Helps Student Engineers Race in the Outback
Guest Blogs 
9/25/2013  6 comments
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan has built an electric vehicle, and are currently preparing for the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students will be blogging for Design News throughout the race.
Heating & AC Units Run Hot & Cold
Sherlock Ohms 
9/25/2013  16 comments
Hooking up the AC on top of the heating wiring proved to be a mess.
Slideshow: EVs & Plug-Ins for 2014
Captain Hybrid 
9/24/2013  9 comments
These days, it’s almost impossible to keep up with all the introductions of electrified vehicles without a running scorecard. In 2014, we’re already expecting to see them being rolled out by BMW, Cadillac, Porsche, Tesla, Volkswagen, and others.
Video: Shoe Inserts Harvest Energy to Power Devices
Blog 
9/24/2013  42 comments
SolePower's waterproof insoles can be swapped between different pairs of shoes, allowing people to store energy from their own footsteps through patent-pending energy-harvesting technology.
Using PACs and PLCs for Data Acquisition, Logging & Analytics
Blog 
9/24/2013  4 comments
Modern and powerful PLCs and PACs can perform many of the data acquisition functions formerly reserved for SCADA, PC-based, and other control systems.
Slideshow: Wearable Tech on the Rise
Blog 
9/23/2013  23 comments
The trend of wearable tech is in full swing, and it doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon.
Engineers Eye the Prize in Solar Car Road Challenge
Blog 
9/23/2013  6 comments
Next month, a team of cars will travel 3,000 km in searing desert heat across Australia as part of a global road challenge. This contest is a bit different -- instead of using the usual combustible engines, all the cars in this challenge are solar-powered.
Red Pitaya Will Be a Boon for Budding Engineers
Blog 
9/23/2013  3 comments
Red Pitaya, an open-source electrical test and measurement system, has been successfully funded on Kickstarter.
Design News Is Looking for the Best of the Best
Blog 
9/23/2013  Post a comment
Fall is in the air, and you know what that means, don't you? It's awards season at Design News.
Slideshow: Smart EV Has No Doors or Windows
Captain Hybrid 
9/20/2013  40 comments
If you've been searching for a tiny electrically powered car with no doors, no rear window, and an open roof with a pair of electric skateboards on it, then Smart Automobile may have a solution for you.
Update: The Best Things to Come Out of a 3D Printer
Blog 
9/20/2013  43 comments
It seems like everything these days is being 3D printed. We have seen many different items -- bathing suits, shoes, and even cars -- 3D printed and it is truly transforming how we are making things.
Spreading Excitement About Space Exploration
Guest Blogs 
9/20/2013  21 comments
It's commonplace to hear engineers lament the small size of the NASA budget, the lack of a successor to the Space Shuttle, and the lack of a US heavy launch vehicle. We need to teach young people to have an optimistic view of the future of human space exploration.
Wearable Devices Help Parents ‘Guard’ Children
Blog 
9/19/2013  35 comments
Inspired by personal experience, a Taiwanese entrepreneur has come up with wearable devices that can help parents locate their kids if they wander off, and aid in the location of children before they go missing permanently.
Looking for Common Ground
Sherlock Ohms 
9/19/2013  14 comments
It's critical to make sure the ground is doing its job and not destroying equipment.
Slideshow: Volkswagen Takes a Deep Dive Into Electrics
Captain Hybrid 
9/18/2013  43 comments
Volkswagen’s introduction of two new electric cars is a legitimate step toward electrification for the giant automaker, and not just an effort to comply with government mandates, experts said this week.
Inductive Sensor/Converter Opens More Doors Than I Could Imagine
Blog 
9/18/2013  1 comment
Texas Instruments' LDC1000 offers a level of resolution that enables sub-micron resolution in position-sensing applications with 16-bit resonance impedance and 24-bit inductance values.
Dark, Dirty & Dead-End? Manufacturers Say No
Electronic News & Comment 
9/17/2013  38 comments
If your son or daughter could go to a community college, receive a two-year degree in manufacturing technology, and earn $58,000/year inside of 18 months, would you encourage it?
Smartphones & Tablets as Remote HMIs
Blog 
9/17/2013  2 comments
New technology is offering an interesting and useful way to track critical plant production information.
Share Your Repair/Redesign Tales & You Could Win a Tektronix Scope
Blog 
9/17/2013  2 comments
Just in time for Halloween, Tektronix and EE Times have teamed up to recognize the special ability of engineers and mad doctors to get things to work.
Stun Gun Ad Sells False Sizzle
Made by Monkeys 
9/17/2013  51 comments
The claims about a two-million-volt stun gun defied the laws of physics.
Reader Vote Round 2: Gadget Freak of the Year
Gadget Freak 
9/16/2013  28 comments
Design News and Allied Electronics are looking to crown the first-ever Gadget Freak of the Year, and we need help from you, our readers. You voted for our first crop of candidates. Now we present the second group of four for your consideration.
Slideshow: MD&M Chicago Highlights New Technologies
Blog 
9/16/2013  10 comments
Last week's Medical Design & Manufacturing Chicago show attracted more than 500 exhibitors and thousands of attendees with technologies ranging from automation and robotics to electronic test systems and 3D printers.
Cable Box Caused Confusion
Made by Monkeys 
9/16/2013  14 comments
The new cable box came with a whole mess of problems.
Enter the 2013 Golden Mousetrap Awards!
Blog 
9/13/2013  3 comments
Nominations are now open for our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards. Enter today!
ESD Affects People, Too
Guest Blogs 
9/13/2013  12 comments
Electro-Static Discharge, while not necessarily permanently harmful to people, is still a pain. When possible, a machine design should handle ESD to prevent discharge through people or other equipment.
Sneak Path Snafus Circuit Board
Sherlock Ohms 
9/13/2013  19 comments
A change to the circuit board causes unintended results.
Video: CSR Releases World's Thinnest Touchscreen
Blog 
9/12/2013  11 comments
Along with being extremely efficient and small, less than 0.5 mm thick, CSR's newest touchscreen connects easily to the latest mobile operating systems, such as Windows 8 and iOS7.
Researchers Develop Brain-to-Brain Interface for Human Motion Control
Blog 
9/12/2013  20 comments
Researchers at the University of Washington have created what they’re calling the first human brain-to-brain interface that allowed one researcher to control another’s hand with their mind.
Slideshow: Designing Liquid-Based Batteries for EVs & Renewables
Blog 
9/11/2013  14 comments
Scientists are working on a number of ways to improve battery design, especially for electric vehicles and large-scale storage of renewable energy sources.
Capacitor Problem? Replace the Contactor
Sherlock Ohms 
9/11/2013  13 comments
When someone tells you what's wrong with your system, it pays to double check to see the real cause of the problem.
Video: Augmented Reality Table & Book Interact Through Hand Gestures
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/10/2013  5 comments
A Los Angeles smart space installation uses a digitally augmented table and book that allows visitors to use hand gestures to explore digital media.
DoE Invents Oxygen 'Sponge' for Potential Use in Batteries, Fuel Cells
Blog 
9/10/2013  15 comments
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a so-called oxygen "sponge" that could provide a new material for devices such as rechargeable batteries, sensors, gas converters, and fuel cells.
Are You the Next Rising Engineering Star?
Blog 
9/9/2013  9 comments
For the second year, Design News is on the hunt for engineers who are influencing or have the potential to influence the design engineering community.
In Search of the Energy-Efficient Family Car
Guest Blogs 
9/6/2013  38 comments
While on the quest for the perfect car, we must make a smart choice that is right for us and right for the planet.
Slideshow: Newark element14’s Energy-Harvesting Challenge
Blog 
9/5/2013  10 comments
A battery-free carbon-monoxide detector and a heat-activated egg timer are the winning designs in Newark element14’s Energy-Harvesting Road Test Design Challenge.
My Opinion on Technology in Sports
Blog 
9/5/2013  27 comments
The discussion of technology in sports is front and center these days.
It’s Not Us, Said the Hardware Hacks
Sherlock Ohms 
9/5/2013  13 comments
The hardware team said the problem was not theirs. But they were wrong.
Slideshow: Safety Ratings for EVs & Plug-In Hybrids
Captain Hybrid 
9/4/2013  10 comments
When Tesla announced that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had given its Model S sedan received across-the-board five-star ratings, it showed some fundamental design differences between EVs and gas-burning cars.
STEM 101: Give Students Access to 21st Century Tools
Guest Blogs 
9/4/2013  25 comments
By freshman year of high school, more than 57 percent of students lose interest in pursuing STEM-related careers, and a recent report prepared by the White House indicates a lack of preparation and inspiration as key reasons why students lose interest in STEM.
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