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To Invent Like Edison, Learn to Collaborate
Electronic News & Comment 
6/10/2013  25 comments
A new book by Thomas Edison's great-grandniece takes on the notion that he was a lone-wolf inventor and replaces it with an image of a man who ascribed great value to the ideas of colleagues.
Feds: Autonomous Cars Not Ready for Prime Time
Electronic News & Comment 
6/7/2013  30 comments
In response to rising interest in autonomous vehicles, the federal government has called upon states not to authorize operation of self-driving cars, except for the purpose of testing.
Slideshow: Semi-Autonomous Features Boost Driver Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
5/28/2013  18 comments
While self-driving cars grab headlines, semi-autonomous features are quietly working their way into production vehicles and boosting safety today.
Slideshow: LEDs Gaining Traction in Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
5/23/2013  25 comments
With LEDs dropping in price virtually every year, automakers have begun employing them, not only on luxury vehicles, but on entry-level models, as well.
LEDs at Heart of Cadillac CTS 'Signature'
Electronic News & Comment 
5/22/2013  36 comments
Using almost 200 light-emitting diodes in the front and back of the new 2014 CTS, Cadillac designers are showing how LEDs can change the character of a vehicle.
Slideshow: 22 More People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
5/15/2013  37 comments
We recently posted an online slideshow called, ď18 People You Didnít Know Were Engineers.Ē Within hours of its publication, readers began to suggest names of other luminaries -- astronauts, politicians, athletes and actors -- who were educated or had worked as engineers.
Video: Simulator Lets Race Drivers Feel Their Designs
Electronic News & Comment 
5/14/2013  8 comments
Formula One and Indy racing teams are increasingly converging on a simulator in Italy to give themselves an edge in the design of their cars.
Slideshow: Aston Martin Puts Hydrogen on the Race Track
Electronic News & Comment 
5/9/2013  27 comments
In yet another sign that hydrogen is creeping into the consciousness of global automotive designers, sports car maker Aston Martin plans to run a hydrogen-fueled vehicle in a 24-hour Grand Touring race later this month.
How Safe Is Safe Enough?
Electronic News & Comment 
5/6/2013  54 comments
One of the ugly truths of engineering is that life has a price. Cars, buildings, power plants, and industrial machinery can always be made safer for a cost, but manufacturers are at the mercy of the market.
Front-Seat TV Unwelcome in US Auto Market
Electronic News & Comment 
5/2/2013  39 comments
Front-seat television technology is beginning to creep into the worldwide automotive market, but regulators, automakers, and suppliers say itís unlikely to take hold in the US.
Slideshow: Profs Say Fukushima Plant Passed Ultimate Test
Electronic News & Comment 
4/26/2013  159 comments
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant performed beyond its best expectations after being struck by a mammoth earthquake and a 40-ft-high tidal wave in 2011, experts said.
Slideshow: 18 People You Didn't Know Were Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/23/2013  64 comments
Did you know Tom Landry and Dolph Lundgren are trained engineers? Find out who else earned engineering degrees and then found fame elsewhere.
Gesture Control Coming to a Television Near You
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4/3/2013  36 comments
A new technology will enable couch potatoes to change channels, adjust the volume, rewind a movie, browse the Internet, or control myriad other functions with simple physical gestures.
Chip Suppliers Target Vehicle Complexity
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2013  21 comments
Chip makers are hoping a new breed of microcontrollers will begin laying the foundation for a solution to one of the auto industryís most vexing design problems -- electronic complexity.
Slideshow: Electronics Add Glitter to New Rolls-Royce
Electronic News & Comment 
4/1/2013  27 comments
Rolls-Royce is rolling out a new fastback-style vehicle that cranks out 624 HP, goes from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, and employs more electronic technology than any vehicle in company history.
Boeing Should Never Say Never
Electronic News & Comment 
3/20/2013  49 comments
Boeing's insistence that its new 787 battery design eliminates the possibility of fire may pacify the average consumer, but it hasn't made engineers happy.
Smart Basketball Analyzes Shooting, Dribbling
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3/19/2013  32 comments
InfoMotion Sports Technologies' 94Fifty can measure the arc and backspin on a shot, or the speed and force of a playerís dribbling.
'Internet Snacking' Coming to GM Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
3/6/2013  53 comments
In the auto industry's biggest move yet to build connected cars, General Motors plans to install 4G data modems on millions of its future vehicles, enabling them to serve as Internet hotspots.
Video: BallCam Puts Football Fans on the Field
Electronic News & Comment 
3/5/2013  32 comments
Football fans are about to get the ultimate view of their favorite sport, thanks to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.
Prospective Engineers Get a 'Good Feeling'
Electronic News & Comment 
2/28/2013  24 comments
A music video set to Flo Rida, extolling the virtues of engineering salaries, comes from the most unlikely of sources.
MD&M Show Highlights New Technologies
Electronic News & Comment 
2/20/2013  4 comments
From sensors to electronics to additive manufacturing systems, the recent Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim demonstrated thousands of new and existing products.
Futurist: 3D Printing Will Pave the Way for a New Era of Manufacturing
Electronic News & Comment 
2/14/2013  25 comments
Future manufacturing will be shaped by the consumer's desire for individually tailored products that can be created quickly and on the spot, a futurist told an audience of engineers at this week's Medical Design & Manufacturing West Show.
Electronic Innovation Will Drive Medical Design
Electronic News & Comment 
2/13/2013  18 comments
Most of us are only vaguely aware of it, but there's a mini revolution taking place in the medical device industry that's going to change the way we monitor our health in the coming decade.
Boeing's Woes Shouldn't Be an Indictment of Electric Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
2/4/2013  38 comments
If Boeing's problems with its 787 Dreamliner serve as an indictment of lithium-ion batteries, then that's a shame.
Correction Technique Adds 'Warmth' to Dimmable LED Light
Electronic News & Comment 
1/15/2013  26 comments
Engineers at NXP Semiconductors say they've found a way to take the "coldness" out of white LED light.
Are Automotive 'Black Boxes' Secure?
Electronic News & Comment 
12/21/2012  22 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed a rule this month ordering automakers to put so-called "black boxes" in all new vehicles by late 2014, but some experts are concerned that the new rule won't protect the security of the data stored inside.
The Secret to Eliminating ESD Damage? Read Your Datasheet
Electronic News & Comment 
11/21/2012  10 comments
The scourge of electronic devices -- electrostatic discharge (ESD) -- can be virtually eliminated by designers doing one simple task: reading their datasheets.
Video: Pneumatics Power Scary Guy
Electronic News & Comment 
11/2/2012  12 comments
Bimba Manufacturing Co. gave a demonstration of the air-powered Scary Guy on Halloween at Pack Expo in Chicago.
Can You Make the Popinator Work?
Electronic News & Comment 
10/11/2012  39 comments
The maker of a popcorn-launching machine has a design task for dyed-in-the-wool gadget freaks.
Circuit Protection Can't Be an Afterthought
Electronic News & Comment 
8/14/2012  11 comments
Time-challenged engineers need to start thinking about circuit protection at the beginning of a project, not the end.
Battery Makers Roll Out Grid Storage
Electronic News & Comment 
8/9/2012  29 comments
Intermittent power sources, such as wind and solar, will need a backup to balance utility supply against consumer demand.
9 Things Engineers Need to Know About Embedded Development
Electronic News & Comment 
7/24/2012  18 comments
We've collected the recommendations of consultants and vendors who know some of the pitfalls and can offer strategies for avoiding them.
Video Over Fiber Gives Surgeons a Clearer Picture
Electronic News & Comment 
7/2/2012  13 comments
Surgeons who depend on video images in the operating room are about to get a big boost in picture resolution.
Hardware & Software Suppliers Simplify Multicore Programming
Electronic News & Comment 
6/12/2012  7 comments
Hardware and software companies are responding to the growth of multicore processing with a new generation of programming tools.
Smart Meters Create Opportunity for Electronics Suppliers
Electronic News & Comment 
5/14/2012  29 comments
A dramatic increase in demand for smart meters is going to create a big growth opportunity for makers of embedded electronic products.
Slideshow: Smarter Cars Paving Road to Intelligent Highways
Electronic News & Comment 
5/8/2012  44 comments
Experts say that the intelligent highway will save more lives than seat belts, airbags, and electronic stability control. For sheer lifesaving capacity, nothing in the history of the auto industry will come close to it.
Multicore Gaining Momentum in Automotive Powertrains
Electronic News & Comment 
4/27/2012  7 comments
In a bid to help automakers cut the fuel consumption and emissions of next generation engines, Freescale Semiconductor is rolling out a three-core microcontroller said to boost computing performance without drawing more power.
Carmakers Keen on Turning Driver Distraction Into Features
Electronic News & Comment 
4/16/2012  50 comments
Automakers are adopting consumer interfaces that police drivers who text, dial, and surf the Web.
Slideshow: Top Medical Tech Engineering Innovations
Electronic News & Comment 
3/30/2012  21 comments
Bionic limbs, innovative infusion systems, and transcranial doppler brain scanners are just some of the innovations engineers are bringing to the exploding medical design arena.
Ford Escape Taps Capacitive Sensing for Hands-Free Liftgate
Electronic News & Comment 
3/21/2012  19 comments
Ford engineers used capacitive sensing technology to create a hands-free liftgate on the 2013 Ford Escape.
Air Guitar Retuned by Clippard's Pneumatics
Electronic News & Comment 
2/22/2012  30 comments
Clippard Instruments demonstrated a pneumatically operated guitar at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show.
Design News Radio Explores Medical Electronics
Electronic News & Comment 
2/9/2012  24 comments
Medical device designers who want to learn more about electronics should join us at Design News Radio on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 2:00 p.m. EST.
LEDs Light Up Dodge Dart
Electronic News & Comment 
2/6/2012  43 comments
The new Dodge Dart uses 152 LEDs to form a ruby red "racetrack" around the trunk, tail lights, and rear decklid.
Cadillac's ATS Cuts Mass 1 Gram at a Time
Electronic News & Comment 
1/24/2012  31 comments
A massive engineering effort has produced a lightweight, high-strength body structure that will let Cadillac enter the compact luxury market segment this year.
Design News Radio: Microcontrollers for Mechatronics
Electronic News & Comment 
1/19/2012  7 comments
If you design mechatronic systems and want to learn more about using microcontrollers (MCUs) in your applications, listen to our Design News radio program on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Smartphones Pose More Danger to Drivers
Electronic News & Comment 
1/16/2012  39 comments
Engineers who have equipped cars with cameras and collected millions of miles of data on crashes say that the key to distraction is visual, not cognitive.
Would Cellphone Ban Secure Car Safety?
Electronic News & Comment 
1/6/2012  69 comments
Automakers continue to expand the scope of electronic "infotainment" features, despite government pressure to ban them and deem them unsafe.
Ethernet for Vehicles Advances
Electronic News & Comment 
12/14/2011  23 comments
Ethernet in the car, once an unthinkable concept for the automotive industry, has been gaining momentum lately.
Bill Gates Funds 'Big Battery' Startup
Electronic News & Comment 
12/13/2011  55 comments
One of the great underappreciated issues of renewable energy isn't whether seagulls are banging into turbine blades, but whether intermittent sources of power have any real value in a world without energy storage.
Top 5 Automotive Trends of 2011
Electronic News & Comment 
12/6/2011  24 comments
In a year when Detroit launched a comeback, the real news in the automotive world came from Washington, D.C.
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