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Content posted in January 2014
Combining Self- & Mutual-Capacitive Sensing for Distinct User Advantages
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1/31/2014  4 comments
There are distinct user advantages when self- and mutual-capacitive sensing are combined.
Don't Fear the Cloud, Embrace It
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1/29/2014  25 comments
The cloud is everywhere; it's always connected and it has your data. Dropbox, Google Docs, and other tools have changed our file-sharing workflow forever. Productivity and communication have improved tenfold. So the question is, will our design applications make the jump to the cloud as well?
Tactile Pressure Sensing Is Paving the Way for Next-Gen Car Features
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1/27/2014  3 comments
As the world’s automakers continue to improve the user experience, dashboard controls and other functions will have to become simultaneously sleeker and simpler in appearance and more sophisticated in operation. And tactile pressure sensing technology could be the game changer.
Full Step, Half Step, or Micro-Step?
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1/24/2014  3 comments
Here are some facts about step-motor system performance all engineers need to know.
Does Technology Restrict Creativity?
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1/20/2014  15 comments
Will future generations lack creativity as technology and design develops, so that we're in a more controlled and creatively limited environment, or are we simply a species that rolls with the times?
The IoT Impacts Manufacturing, Too
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1/17/2014  11 comments
Today, all signs point to the value of the IoT. It’s here, it’s not going anywhere, and it has the potential for a multitrillion-dollar worldwide economic impact.
Develop a Blockbuster Product
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1/17/2014  1 comment
What would you do if demand for your product went from 100,000 units a day to almost nothing within a span of several months?
PLCs Drive Down Costs for School Buses
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1/16/2014  15 comments
Deft PLC programming and simplicity cut engine block heating costs by nearly 73%, from an annual average of $20,000, to just $5,500 for the 2012-2013 school year in one Colorado town.
Novel Relative Rotation & Displacement Measurement Technique
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1/16/2014  4 comments
In a number of engineering and scientific disciplines, the ability to directly correlate the magnitude and direction of a force emanating from an external source has a high intrinsic value. By more precisely identifying the nature of the source that generated or generates these forces, the more we improve our ability to predict how the world around us will behave.
Why a Stainless-Steel Ball Valve Is a Necessity for Engineers’ Jobs
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1/15/2014  6 comments
Always consider the nature of your business when you are choosing the equipment for effective functioning of your business tasks. This will help you to get one that is the best suited for your requirements.
The Inaccuracy of Measuring Accuracy
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1/14/2014  10 comments
When applied to pressure sensors, the word "accuracy" becomes more of a qualitative measure than a quantitative one.
Bringing Tactile Pressure Sensing Technology to Touchpads
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1/13/2014  10 comments
A fundamental shift in the personal-computing paradigm is coming, where 3D Tactilepads will replace traditional 2D clickpads, and tactile pressure sensing technology will be a driving force.
'Everyday Edisons' Drive Medical Innovation
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1/9/2014  3 comments
Edison Nation is a product design and development group with expertise in the consumer, industrial, and medical spaces. In a related TV show, Everyday Edisons, everyday people from around the country submit ideas and prototypes that Edison Nation’s experts help bring to life.
Essential Skills for Electrical Engineers
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1/8/2014  25 comments
Electrical engineering students learn magnetism, engineering tools of design and analysis, electricity, and mathematics of design and analysis. And they’re trained to manufacture and design safe and economical products that can enhance the lives of humans.
Are Carmakers Using the Latest Steel Technology?
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1/7/2014  9 comments
In 2011, the global steel industry published the FutureSteelVehicle engineering report, a guidebook for getting the most out of steel for lightweighting. Are these ideas being put into practice?




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