Nanosteel Aims to Help Cars Lose Weight, Gain Efficiency
Blog 7/2/2015 1 comment Automakers are on the prowl for lighter weight materials to make vehicles less heavy and more fuel efficient, and Nanosteel is one of the companies hoping to take advantage of this opportunity with their lightweight automotive steel of the same name.
Now Hear This: Wal-Mart Wants More US-Made Products
Blog 7/1/2015 Post a comment Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
IoT: to DIY or Not to DIY
Blog 6/29/2015 1 comment As companies rush into IoT connectivity, the choice of doing it yourself or using a platform from a service company becomes a major issue.
Wearables Get Moody With the GSR Sensor
Blog 6/29/2015 Post a comment Wearables are changing the way we see ourselves. With onboard sensors that have access to our bodies, we are starting to know our physical selves like never before, quantifying our activity, our heart rate, breathing, and even our muscle effort.
The PCB Killer: Chip-Level Modules Are On Their Way
Blog 6/24/2015 2 comments The printed circuit board has been around so long, it just can’t be in danger of being phased out, right? Well, if you have been paying attention to the increasing tendency to put electronic devices on chip-level modules, you might begin to think about the next logical steps.
Manufacturers and Companies Are Struggling with ‘Conflict Minerals’ Reporting
Blog 6/22/2015 3 comments In attempts to weed out illicit 3TG trade and funding to the warlords and their violent causes, the US does not outright ban conflict mineral use, but it believes the public SEC filings will discourage companies from using DRC-region sources, encourage them to take action on their supply chains, and (over the long term) spawn alternative materials.
Corporate Venturing Spurs Innovation, but the Fit Has to Be Right
Blog 6/22/2015 Post a comment CVC-funded innovation gives the parent company access to the kinds of inventiveness and agility found in startup technology companies. At the same time, entrepreneurs receive funding and other resources they just couldn't get otherwise. And if the venture is successful, the incentives can be high for everybody.
Moving Tech Into the Background With Connected Clothing
Blog 6/22/2015 Post a comment One of the promises of wearable tech is to move the technology into the background. This can be hard to imagine when right now the space is riddled with wearables that look like gadgets strapped to our faces and wrists. But one emerging category of wearables provides a glimmer into this not so distant future, smart clothing.
Learn to Design Internet-Connected Devices
Blog 6/18/2015 Post a comment An upcoming free Continuing Education Center course to be taught by Fred Eady, owner of EDTP Electronics, will teach you how to build an inexpensive garage door opener RF receiver and transmitter, as well as an Internet gateway using a Microchip 32-bit PIC MCU, among other things.
4 Steps to Securing the Smart Plant
Blog 6/17/2015 Post a comment The fully connected smart plant is often vulnerable to cyber threats simply because of its extensive connectivity. So, as the plant gets more connected, control engineers need to make sure the plant’s security matches the complexity and sophistication of the plant’s intelligence.
Virtual Reality Industry Is Getting Even More Real
Blog 6/16/2015 Post a comment Up until now, most of the VR experiences have been mainly ocular, allowing you to immerse yourself in 360-degree visual perspectives. But if the showroom floor at the Augmented World Expo is an indicator, VR is about to get even more real, bringing your eyes, body, and even your friends into the mix.
Is DIY Big Data the Next Big Thing?
Blog 6/16/2015 Post a comment There is going to be a staggering number and variety of sensors that are going to exist in the brave new IoT world. Just about every environmental, biological, and positioning metric you can think of is going to be available.
Engineers at Fuel Cell Energy have found a way to take advantage of a side reaction, unique to their carbonate fuel cell that has nothing to do with energy production, as a potential, cost-effective solution to capturing carbon from fossil fuel power plants.
To get to a trillion sensors in the IoT that we all look forward to, there are many challenges to commercialization that still remain, including interoperability, the lack of standards, and the issue of security, to name a few.
This is part one of an article discussing the University of Washington’s nationally ranked FSAE electric car (eCar) and combustible car (cCar). Stay tuned for part two, tomorrow, which will discuss the four unique PCBs used in both the eCar and cCars.
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