Content posted in August 2012
What Is Embedded Vision & What Can I Do With It?
8/30/2012  6 comments
Our Continuing Education Center course on embedded computer vision will tell you why you need to consider embedded vision as a key feature of your system, as well as show you how to incorporate it into your design.
Want to Track Sharks? There's an App for That
8/28/2012  40 comments
A surfboard-like robot floating in the Pacific off San Francisco is following great white sharks and transmitting information about them back to shore.
Slideshow: These Robots Soar
8/27/2012  30 comments
Flying robots are generally small in size, but vary widely in design and purpose.
Learn How to Photograph Your Product
8/27/2012  16 comments
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, a good photo must have a value many times that number.
Should the US Adopt Metric Standards?
8/23/2012  72 comments
Metrication creeps forward in the US, but it's time to make the last 100-meter run and, to borrow Nike's slogan, just do it.
Blowing Things Up & Other Reasons Why I Love My Job
8/22/2012  18 comments
We found out what makes Littelfuse engineers tick. What do you love most about your job?
Teardown: BlackBerry Playbook LTE
8/21/2012  18 comments
The BlackBerry Playbook LTE is unlikely to reverse the current tide of negativity that comes with any news from the Waterloo, Ontario, manufacturer.
Robot Assists Heart Surgeons
8/21/2012  27 comments
The CorPath200 robotic system helps cardiologists with a procedure that restores blood flow to blocked arteries.
Video: Volkswagen Engineers Underwater Car for Shark Week
8/20/2012  12 comments
The Beetle is made from tubular aluminum, with alloy wheels, propellers, and an inbuilt air system that allows the driver (diver?) to plug into before taking it for a spin, under the surf.
Video: Robots to Recycle Space Junk
8/16/2012  40 comments
DARPA's Phoenix program plans to harvest the components of retired, nonworking geostationary earth orbit (GEO) communication satellites and reuse them, saving money, and cleaning up space junk.
Slideshow: Scenes From NI Week
8/16/2012  6 comments
The exhibit floor at NI Week featured a few demonstrations that were definitely noteworthy.
Plug-In Modules Simplify Fieldbus Choices
8/15/2012  9 comments
NetJACK makes it easy for equipment designers and users to configure equipment for a specific fieldbus.
Air Travel Appears to Be Behind the Times
8/14/2012  28 comments
A CNN story claims a vehicle can fly at Mach 6, or more than 4,500 miles/hr. Does this mean we will see faster commercial airplanes?
NI Week: A Sit-Down With Dr. T
8/14/2012  4 comments
A chat with National Instruments co-founder, president, and CEO James Truchard gives us a glimpse into the company's general business outlook, what it's like to work there, and how it feels about up-and-coming engineering talent.
If I Had Known Then What I Know Now...
8/10/2012  19 comments
What advice would you give to a student just starting out in engineering, whether about academics, careers, or just practical living? What do you wish that you had known back in the beginning?
Littelfuse's Thane Parker Amps Up Circuit Protection
8/8/2012  6 comments
Pressured by the ever-shorter cycle turnarounds for new products, engineers who once had months of multiple attempts to get a design right are finding their window for test opportunities squeezed. But that doesn’t mean they can simply cut corners.
Do You Have a Right to Repair What You Own?
8/8/2012  50 comments
The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has worked on a "right to repair" ballot initiative for the November 2012 election.
Paradigm Shift in Wireless Instrumentation? That’s What They’re Claiming
8/7/2012  6 comments
One of the key announcements made during NI week in Austin, Texas, is the introduction of an RF vector signal transceiver (VST).
My Opinion On Hacking on the Factory Floor
8/7/2012  16 comments
Networks are vulnerable, and security has to be implemented as part of the development process.
Video: Robots Climb Stairs, Walk Like a Human
8/3/2012  29 comments
A pair of robotic legs modeled closely on human walking mechanisms walk with a biomechanically accurate gait.
Do You Use an Application-Based Title?
8/3/2012  5 comments
Should engineers still classify themselves using older nomenclatures, or is that passé?

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